If you are anything like me, then you probably are completely useless until you have had your morning caffeine fix. Nothing beats taking that first sip of a piping hot cup of Joe. But when a sip turns sour or ends up with a mouthful of grounds, your coffee maker might be overdue for a cleaning. Keeping up with regular cleaning is not only important for sanitation but also improves the quality of the brew. Even if the machine looks sparkling on the surface, bacteria and mineral deposits can quickly build up inside. You want each cup to be gold level standard. Keep reading to learn how to clean a Bunn coffee maker and some tips for routine maintenance.

Why you need to clean your coffee maker

When you have a million other tasks on your plate, routine coffee maker cleanings may not be at the top of your list. But it should be. There are quite a few major benefits that come from keep a clean coffee maker.

First off, the buildup of limescale and minerals in the water can cause significant damage to its internal components. If not addressed, the flow of water during the brew can become obstructed. This means that not all the coffee brewing will be able to fill the carafe, resulting in smaller batches.

Brew times can also be negatively affected if water flow is blocked. Not to mention, coffee makers can become breeding grounds for bacteria and mold if left unmanaged.  Besides maintaining proper functionality, cleaning the machine can also do wonders for the taste of your coffee. Trust us, your customers and staff will thank you. Once you learn how to clean a Bunn coffee maker regularly, your machine will stand the test of time and taste.

Supplies needed

You will need to make a mixture of warm water with a small amount of mild detergent or soap. Gather a couple rags or cloths to wipe the machine too. You will also want to use a spray head cleaning tool ,small brush, or toothpick to help remove any buildup and debris.

Routine Cleaning Process

  1. Turn off machine/unplug- Before anything else, turn off the coffee maker and unplug the unit from the wall. This avoids any chance of electrocution or accidentally turning on while you are working.  Wait until the machine is cool to begin cleaning.
  2. Soak the carafe- Remove the coffee carafe and empty any coffee that remains. Fill the carafe with warm soapy water and let it soak to remove dark rings while you tackle the rest. Once the carafe is done soaking, scrub and rinse the pot and let it dry completely.
  3. Remove filters and grounds- If your coffee maker uses filter, empty the used grounds and filter in the trash. Next, rinse out the brew basket and make sure that any loose grounds are removed before the next brew cycle.
  4. Wipe the exterior- Use the soapy water mixture on the rags to gently clean the outside of the coffee maker. Be sure to wipe up any loose grounds and stains that may be visible.
  5. Rinse the exterior- Using a damp towel with clean water, rinse the exterior of the coffee maker to remove any remaining soap residue.
  6. Clean the spray head- Unscrew the spray head and remove this piece. Using a Bunn spray head cleaning tool or a small, pointed instrument, scrape away any grounds or mineral buildup clogging base of the spray head. This step may be a bit tedious, but thoroughly cleaning all the small openings helps ensure water can flow properly. While the spray head is still detached, perform a final wipe of the head and hose to dislodged excess buildup.
  7. Reassemble the coffee maker- Finally, reattach the spray head to the coffee maker. You can also return your carafe once it is fully dry.

How to deep clean your Bunn coffee maker

No matter what type of water you use to brew, there will eventually be some limescale mineral buildup over time. This chalky substance can cause clogging and heating issues potentially impairing the function of the coffee maker long term. But don’t worry, there is an easy solution to this problem. And you probably have some in your cupboards-  white vinegar.

Deep cleaning (descaling)

  1. Mix 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water to create a descaling solution.
  2. Pour the solution in the coffee maker as if you were brewing a pot of coffee.
  3. Run a brew cycle with the descaling solution.
  4. Rinse the coffee maker by running 3-5 brew cycles. Do this until the vinegar smell is completely gone.

Ideally the coffee maker would be cleaned after each use, but it is recommended to perform a descaling treatment on your coffee maker about every 3 months. Depending on the hardness of your water, you may need to descale more often.

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