One of the most important elements of making a great cup of coffee is keeping the coffeemaker clean. Coffee deposits oils that create a residue in the coffee pot and can alter the taste of your brewed coffee.
Using a Krups automatic coffeemaker can make a high-quality pot of coffee, but it should be maintained on a weekly basis, especially if it's used daily. These coffeemakers are designed to be easily cleaned.
- White vinegar
Clean the Filter Basket and Pot
Remove any old coffee grounds from the Krups automatic coffee maker.
Brew a full pot of water without any coffee in it to prepare the machine for cleaning.
Add 1 part white vinegar to 2 parts cold, filtered water. Pour the solution into the water basin of the coffee pot. Turn the pot on and let it brew a full pot.
Allow the hot water/vinegar solution to sit in the coffee pot for 15 minutes, then empty it.
Fill your sink with cool water and one cap-full of bleach. Soak the filter basket and coffee pot for 10 seconds to kill any bacteria or mold that might have grown in either component.
Run one last cycle of water through the Krups automatic coffeemaker and discard the water.
Wipe down the remaining parts of the Krups machine with a warm, damp cloth.
Wipe the outside, the warmer, the inside of where the brew basket sits and the underneath of the brewing element.
Use an all-purpose cleaner on the shell of the machine, but not in it.