Ok, here’s the situation. You’ve just noticed your coffee maker needs a clean, you can’t get to the store and you only have apple cider vinegar, not plain white vinegar, in the house.
What to do?
Well if you’re happy to rinse your machine a few more times than normal, by all means go ahead. But here’s some things to bear in mind when cleaning your machine.
Why Clean Your Coffee Machine And How Often Do You Need To Do It?
When your coffee machine is dirty it not only affects the life of the parts inside it, but the mineral deposits and clogged lines will lead to water not being heated properly, affecting the brewing temperature. The mineral build up inside the machine can also have an impact on the taste of the coffee you’re going to get out of it.
It is surprising how often people take incredible care in every aspect of the making of their coffee but neglect to keep their machine in a decent enough state to work to its full potential. It is recommended to clean your coffee once a month to keep it in good shape and get the best coffee and the longest life span of your machine.
Cleaning Your Machine
The method for cleaning your coffee machine with vinegar, whether plain white or apple cider, is the same. You just need to run the machine without the coffee, but instead of water use vinegar solution (usually two parts water to one part vinegar). If you have the option to pause the brew for a few minutes to give the vinegar a chance to properly descale the machine it really helps. To then get rid of the taste of vinegar from the machine, run it again with just water once or twice, to give it a rinse.
For many coffee makers it helps to replace the charcoal water filter every now and then too. Water going into the reservoir passes through the charcoal filter on the way to the heating element. By routinely replacing this filter you may see less mineral buildup inside your machine resulting in incrementally better coffee.
Cleaning your coffee maker is easy to do and relatively cheap, but it’s enough of a chore to keep many people from doing it as often as they ought to.
What’s The Difference Between White Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar?
Well in terms of cleaning they are both acidic enough to achieve great results, but white vinegar is cheaper and leaves less of a taste behind in the machine. While you can certainly use apple cider vinegar to do the job, you’re using more expensive vinegar and making the job longer and more laborious. The taste will require you either get used to your coffee tasting a little weird for a while or you’ll need to rinse your machine more than once or twice, maybe 5 or 6 times, to get rid of the flavor from your equipment.
So the choice is yours really, although if the cheapest product works best then I suggest that where possible, use that cheapest product. In this case that’s the white vinegar.