Though this may be more of a cleaning topic and less so related to “organizing,” I want to use today’s Focus Area topic to talk about coffee pots, specifically how to clean French Press coffee makers.
I am a bit of a coffee snob. When I was little my mother forbade me from drinking my father’s coffee–therefore, I acquired a taste for coffee at a young age, simply to spite my mother! Of course, my taste for coffee quickly grew into a lifelong appreciation for well-brewed coffee and espresso.
I often prefer to make coffee using our French Press, as it offers a stronger brew then standard coffee makers (which I’ll discuss cleaning in the near future!).
The Beau is notorious for simply rinsing our French Press after each use. Coffee contain oils that are left behind with a quick rinse so it is necessary to give a good scrub a couple of times a week—depending on how often you use your French Press.
First things first. Compost, throw out or pour your leftover coffee grinds into the garbage disposal. Note: do not pour leftover grinds down your sink if you are on a septic system or do not have a garbage disposal.
Next, scrub the inside of the French Press canister using dish soap and a little warm water. Rinse until clean then set aside to air dry.
Here comes the only downside to the French Press—a mere scrub of the French Press plunger with soap and water will not remove all the built-up oil and coffee grinds. You need to take the plunger apart!
Holding the round plate section, unscrew the rod so that the cross (3), plate (1), and screen (2) are detached from the rod (4) and top of your French Press.
Individually wash, scrub and dry each section, including the rod. Don’t forget to clean underneath the lid of the French Press!
Once dry, replace the round plates (in order from bottom to top): cross (3), screen (2), plate (1), then screw back into the rod (4).