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  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Las Vegas, NV

    safety issues of unwashed coffee pot...

    Hi coffee lovers, newbie here. I had a question relating to the hygiene regarding our coffee pot. We have a Krups metal carafe-style pot that keeps the coffee warm longer than a glass pot. The heating element turns off about 10 minutes after the end of brewing, and the thermal carafe then does its job pretty well. The problem is cleaning; it''s really hard to get one''s hand inside the carafe to do a good scrubbing, though not impossible. My wife takes the easy way out and simply does a quick rinse of the carafe then sets it up for the next morning''s brew.
    Is there any danger to leaving the residue from previous brewings in the carafe? Is there any chance of them going rancid? Will this spoil the flavor of the next day''s coffee? Thanks!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    If it's for a commercial kitchen, I'd recommend soaking it in hot soapy water for a short time,
    then using one of these:

    If it's just for home use, I'd just rinse it out after each use.
    Unless there's someone in the house with a weaker immune system,
    children or the elderly for example.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Des Moines, Iowa
    Urnex coffee pot cleaner.

    I normally tell the clients just to use the espresso machine cleaner. It does just as good of a job in my opinion.
    Have you ever walked through the aisle of your local grocer and smelled the death of a dying bean?

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Cascade automatic dishwashing detergent works well to clean thermal caraffes, stainless steel and glass. Just pour about a teaspoon of powder or gel into the caraffe, then fill with hot water. Stir it with a brush to clean any stubborn stains, then empty and rinse clear.
    The advantage to household automatic dishwashing detergent is: rinses clear quickly vs hand dishwasing soap which clings and does not rinse clear as easily. Cascade cleans easily most stains, especially if you follow the procedure may never require scrubbing or 'steeping'.



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