Proper Cleaning Procedures for Commercial Coffeemakers

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For businesses such as restaurants, hotels, and cafés, coffee is usually in high demand. As a result, most of these establishments require commercial-quality coffee brewers. Commercial coffeemakers are designed for near-constant use, and yield more coffee than at-home models. In addition, one commercial coffee brewer actually uses less energy than several, at-home machines. Commercial coffeemakers and equipment are an investment, and their proper use, storage, and cleaning is paramount. Although some commercial coffee brewers have automatic rinse or wash features, one should always clean these machines to ensure proper functioning. In addition, an unclean or foul-smelling coffeemaker might reflect badly on one’s business or impact the taste of future brews.

As noted, most commercial coffeemakers can run for 24 hours. However, after approximately six to eight hours of constant use, commercial coffee brewers require cleaning. This ensues that one can continue to make great-tasting brews. Unclean commercial coffeemakers can result in oily or burnt tasting coffee. Commercial coffeemakers are most effectively cleaned with specialty cleaning products designed to treat these machines. These cleaning products require minimal effort, and clean efficiently. To effectively clean your commercial coffee machine, closely follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that the commercial coffee brewer is turned off. Fully allow all components, including the coffee pots, to completely cool before continuing.
  2. Fill each coffee pot with ice, and cover the ice with a generous amount of salt. Stir the ice-salt mixture around the coffee pot for up to five minutes, loosening any coffee stains. Next, dump the mixture in the sink and rinse the coffee pot with warm water.
  3. Place the coffee pots on their respective burners. Then, apply the commercial coffeemaker cleaner of your choice as directed. The application of such cleaners varies. For instance, some require filters, while others are placed directly into the coffee pot.
  4. Next, power on the commercial coffee brewer. Manually choose to run the brew cycle.
  5. After the brew cycle is complete, turn off the equipment. Allow the cleaning solution to remain in the coffee pots for approximately ten minutes.
  6. Saturate a wet towel with the coffee brewer cleaning product. Then, wring out the towel until it is damp, not wet. Use the towel carefully on the outside of the coffeemaker, cleaning any splash marks. While wiping the exterior of the coffee machine, ensure to clean the burners. At this stage, the warmers should be warm, not hot.
  7. Finally, thoroughly rinse out the coffee pots.

After completing these steps, one’s commercial coffeemaker is ready for use again. Aside from the coffeemaker itself, though, one also needs to clean coffee equipment, such as coffee grinders. To effectively clean a commercial coffee grinder, first close the hopper gate and remove the hopper from the grinder. Wash the hopper in warm water, allowing it to thoroughly dry overnight. Next, empty the chamber and use a grinder brush to completely clean and remove residue from the grinder. Finally, use glass cleaner on the outside of the commercial coffee grinder to buff the appliance and remove any unwanted stains.

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