All you want in the morning is a hot delicious cup of coffee and for your Bunn Coffee Maker to get the juices flowing. But instead, most people end up getting a perfect blend of coffee and mold, which is not as great tasting as it sounds. A study by NSF International, conducted in 2011 among 22 households came to the shocking conclusion that half the coffee makers in the houses had their reservoirs as prime breeding grounds for yeast and mold. Of these, one out of every ten harbored the coliform bacteria. More shocking was the discovery that the coffee reservoirs in most of the homes averaged a larger germ count than door handles of bathrooms and toilet seats.
Most of the growth of these germs was attributed to poor cleaning of the appliances. There is a popular belief that the hot water in the appliances is good as it rids them of germs. This is only the partial truth. The practice of running hot coffee through the appliance to act as a disinfectant is not entirely useful. Though it may eradicate some germs, this practice does not get rid of the dirt and mold collecting within. It also does little for the hard water minerals that collect with every coffee making cycle.
A good way to go according to professionals is with the use of vinegar. This simple ingredient found in many kitchens is the key to a cleaner, better functioning Bunn Coffee Maker. It also serves the added purpose of ‘decalcifying’ the coffee maker as well, removing the buildup of scale in the appliance. It is advisable to give your Bunn coffee maker a clean each day, and to do a decalcification on a regular schedule depending on the severity of hard water in your areas of stay.
Warm and sudsy water should be used in the cleaning of filter basket, the lid and the carafe. These need to be cleaned on a daily basis, or each time that the coffee maker is used. The collection of debris and dirt depends on how regularly the coffee maker is used and how long it remains dormant. The best defense against this is to ensure that your Bunn coffee maker is cleaned on a regular basis, even if it is not being used. Here is a good procedure of cleaning your coffee maker.
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Steps to clean your Bunn Coffee Maker
- Fill the Bunn coffee maker with vinegar and water, ensuring that they are in equal proportions. White vinegar is best for this exercise. Use a paper filter and allow the solution to brew till the chamber is half emptied.
- Turn off the appliance then allow it to cool for half an hour then continue brewing.
- Rinse the Bun coffee maker with a new paper filter then brew some clean water, twice
- Add warm sudsy water into the carafe then some rice. Swirl this around then use a scrubber sponge to rid the pot of the gunk. Rinse it with clean water and allow it to dry
- Use a dump cloth to clean out the outside of the coffee maker.
The last two processes should be done daily to ensure that mold and bacteria do not get the chance to collect on the Bunn coffee maker. Once you heed this, you will always have nice tasting coffee that is free of mold and bacteria.