A warm cup of coffee is the perfect way to start the day, until your mug appears to be acting strangely. It's not because you brewed your coffee incorrectly, either.
You might want to check the condition of your coffee filter. Is the flavor of your coffee off?
Coffee filters that are reusable or permanent can harbor mold and bacteria as well as a film that affects the flavor of your cup of joe.
There is no doubt that using a reusable coffee filter (such a French press or drip coffeemaker mesh filter) produces better tasting coffee than using a throwaway paper filter.
Coffee essential oils can clog up reusable filters if they are not cleaned properly, which results in a weak or strange smelling cup of joe.
Deep cleaning your coffee filters on a regular basis is necessary before your coffee begins to taste odd.
Dissolve distilled white vinegar in 2 parts of water, then soak the coffee filter in the solution overnight.
If you don't have time to soak it, using a scrub brush and a little baking soda, you can clean your filter. (Baking soda is an all-purpose cleaner!).
We'll focus on coffee filters that can both be reused and permanently installed.
Reusable filters can be made from a variety of materials, such as metal, gold mesh and plastic.
The stains are clearly visible when washing the coffee filters. All components must be dismantled before you begin.
To keep your stainless steel coffee filter from becoming scratched, use a soft-bristled brush, dish soap, and a washcloth.
Equal parts water, baking soda and vinegar are the most commonly used household cleaners for stainless steel coffee filters. Vinegar is an excellent approach to ensure that the coffee filter is free of scale.
To get into the hard to reach places, a toothbrush is a great tool!
Before you use the filter again, gently remove any stains and film, rinse thoroughly, and let the filter air dry for a while.
Clean your espresso machine's filter every time you make a cup of joe.
The portafilter and the basket should be cleaned separately. To remove film and stains from the filter, gently massage it in a circular motion with a small cleaning brush or non-abrasive scrubby pad. Small amounts of baking soda can be used to get rid of hard-to-reach spots.
Make a mixture of baking soda and water, then use a soft cloth to scrub the filter. Before your next cup of espresso, make sure to properly rinse your filter.
With soap and a brush, or non-abrasive scrubby pad, stainless steel may be cleaned.
To remove filth, run hot water over the steel filter and scrub in a circular motion. A few minutes of soaking the filter may assist if you're having problems.
If it's been a while since you've cleaned the filter, you can also use vinegar to remove hard water stains and calcium deposits.
Make a mixture of baking soda and water, then use a soft cloth to gently scrape the surface. Once it's been cleaned, make sure to thoroughly rinse and dry the filter.
The filter can be cleaned and disinfected by using a toothbrush or any tiny brush with plastic bristles. Non Abrasive scrubby pads are another option.
If there is still dirt or debris in your filter, turn it over and clean the other side. To get the greatest benefits and extend the life of the filter, clean it after each usage.
After each usage, be sure to thoroughly rinse your coffee sock. Rinse the sock thoroughly to remove any remaining coffee grounds. Lay flat to dry after squeezing out the water.
A few times a week, boil water and let the socks soak in it for 5 to 10 minutes to eliminate the oils and disinfect them. If you don't rinse your socks after every usage, you'll have to replace them sooner than you'd want, which is a waste of money.
OCM (OnCoffeeMakers.com) was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link).
In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years:
OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM
OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM
Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with.
Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops:
OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more.
So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates:
For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube
For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG
For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN
PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).