Featured as one of the top five germiest places in the home in a 2011 germ study conducted by NSF International, the coffee reservoir is teeming with bacteria, mold and mildew if not cleaned regularly—and hot water isn’t enough! Not only will a clean coffee maker keep customers safe, you might find your normal cup of brew tastes better too.
Limit the potential for bacteria growth by following a regular cleaning schedule in your restaurant. Removable components like filter baskets, carafes and other items should be washed daily with warm, soapy water. Exterior surfaces should be also wiped daily with a clean, damp cloth. A simple rinse isn’t enough to kill the bacteria that might be teeming on these surfaces—in fact, adding more moisture to an already moist environment will simply let it thrive!
Not only is it important to clean your coffee maker regularly, you should also consider keeping your water filters up-to-date as well. Over time, minerals and other contaminants found in your water can build up within the machine, affecting the flavor of your coffee and the longevity of your restaurant equipment.
Keeping your coffee components clean and changing the water filter regularly? Nice job! To ensure an even longer-lasting machine, consider running a vinegar cycle through your coffee maker. Fill the water reservoir with equal parts vinegar and water and brew the solution into a carafe. Once your coffee maker finishes brewing, dump the solution and fill the water reservoir with just water and brew again—this will help remove any vinegar remnants or odors that remain. Run this cycle every 3-6 months (around the time you change your water filter) to keep the inner workings of your machine running smoothly for years to come!