Tip & How-To about Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines

Cleaning a coffeemaker/tea brewer

Every month or so, run a complete brewing cycle using white vinegar in place of water. Follow with 2 complete cycles using plain water.
Water quality in many places is not so good. The heat of the brewing process causes the solids (calcium, lime, &tc) in the water (especially HARD water) causes scale to form on the inside of the tubing. This not only affects the taste of the coffee (or even tea), but slows the brewing time by preventing water flow due to decreased diameter of the tubing.

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Doesn't always brew all the water, stops early


All coffee makers do this over time from calcium, lime, and mineral deposits building up inside the tubes and heating coil. Fill the reservoir with a 50/50 mixture of water and white vinegar and run a normal brew cycle, turning it off and on if necessary to completely empty the reservoir. Repeat this 2 or 3 times with fresh mixture of vinegar and water until it brews the reservoir empty without the need to cycle the power. Follow this procedure with plain water 2 or 3 times to clean the vinegar out. This should get it working like new again. It's best to use distilled water for brewing coffee as distilled water does not have the minerals that regular tap water has and therefore will not clog up the machine.

Mar 02, 2014 | Cuisinart Grind and Brew 10 Cup Coffee...

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I have a Mr. Coffee model JHX33 coffee maker, and have lost the owners manual I need cleaning instructions. Can you possibly help me?\r\n Thanks Eddie Thatcher


mcdevito75 here, I too have a Mr. Coffee, coffee maker 4 cup. The instuctions shold be just about the same for both our Mr. Coffee mavhines, ------ With a new or clean filter in the machine fill the pot 3/4 way full of White Vinegaar the pour that into the resovior, place thepot back in place on the machine and start the machine up, let the vinegar cycle thru, when done the vinegar is now in the pot, empty the pot back into the resovoir, and cycle again, this time 1/2 way thru the cycle or pot half full stop the cycle for 30 mins. this will keep the vinegar in the machine and claen all the little ports. After 30 mins, complete the cycle. repaet this 2 more times. Then repaet once the machine is cool but this time use plain water, repaeat plain water cycle 3--4 times to clean out all the vinegar, Mr. Coofee needs claening when you notice coffee brewing has slowed down or maCHINE STEAMS TOO MUCH DURING BREWING CYCLE.

Jun 19, 2010 | Juicers

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how to clean the kitchenaid java express coffee maker


The Coffee Maker can be descaled using
a packaged descaling agent or vinegar.
Always mix the descaling solution using
cool water.
• When using a descaling agent, follow
the directions on the package for the
recommended amounts of descaling
agent and water to use.
• When using vinegar, fill the carafe with
a solution consisting of 1⁄2 vinegar and
1⁄2 water.
Descaling Steps:
1. Before descaling, always remove the
water filter (see “Installing the Ion-
Exchange Water Filter” on page 7) and
make sure the brew basket contains
no coffee or coffee filters.
2. Run the Coffee Maker through a
complete brewing cycle using a full
carafe of the descaling solution.
3. If the cleaning needed indicator lights
after the brewing cycle is complete,
repeat Step 2 using fresh descaling
solution. Keep repeating Step 2 until
the cleaning needed indicator no
longer lights after brewing.
4. Rinse the Coffee Maker by running
it through two brewing cycles using a
full carafe of fresh, cool water
each time.
5. Wash the brew basket in hot, soapy
water and rinse with hot water. This
part can also be washed in the upper
rack of the dishwasher.
6. Reinstall or replace the water filter.
Replace the filter every three months
under normal usage, or more often
with heavy use.

Mar 30, 2009 | KitchenAid JAVASTUDIO KCM534 14-Cup Coffee...

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Incomplete brew


Sometimes you have to do the decalcification two or three times. Then, monthly after that.

Cuisinart Coffeemaker Decalcification Process

Run 2 cups distilled white vinegar and 2 cups water through the system - brew it like it was regular coffee. Then run plain water through the coffemaker to rinse the vinegar out and make sure the decalcification was successful. Repeat as needed. Don't forget to remove the charcoal water filters first.

-Tha Mp3 Doctor

Jan 01, 2009 | Cuisinart Grind and Brew 10 Cup Coffee...

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