How To Clean A French Press?

French Press is an excellent brewer to use, however, it cannot always work fine if is not properly maintained. My honest article today will give you clear instruction to clean the machine correctly for great performance. Keep reading to make sure that your beloved brewer will be in the best condition possible.

How To Clean A French Press

1. Before Cleaning: What To Consider Before Cleaning A French Press?

There are some notes that you need to remember before actually conducting cleaning.

First of all, cleaning a French Press basically means cleaning the three main elements, namely, the glass (sometimes plastic, even stainless) and housings, the plunger with the enclosed lid and the stand, of which the plunger can be taken out into some small pieces for a more thorough cleaning.

And below are some more tips to note.

  • Always start cleaning with coarse ground coffee. Fine or medium ground coffee can result you in gritty cups and form clogging in the plunger
  • After finish brewing with the French press, use a soft cloth, sponge to gently clean it. Do not use harsh scouring pads or metallic pads because they may scratch the beaker which causes cracks after certain period of time.
  • Do not put the coffee grounds down the sink, but discard them in a compost bin, otherwise, your sink is in risk of clogging
  • Do not use tools like steel brushes or hard cleaners as they can scratch the press’s surface, regardless of the surface’s material
  • Clean and dry thoroughly the machine, then store it in a plastic bag or a kitchen cupboard if you do not use it for a long time
  • Filter screens are available with some French Press replacement parts, so if necessary, you can use them to complete plunger sets

2. While Cleaning: What Are Steps To Clean The Frech Press?

After being clear about what to do before starting cleaning for the best cleaning result, it’s time to clean the machine. And below are the specific steps to perform the process.

Discard Coffee Grounds

Once you finish brewing, the first step to clean the brewer is to remove the used grounds out of the beaker. This sounds simple, but it actually comes with somewhat of pain. Touch the breaker’s bottom and gently lift it over the compost and garbage to throw the majority of the grounds out. There are some grounds which may get stuck, so scoop them all out with a spatula or wooden spoon.

Disassemble The Machine And Do Washing

Clean the beaker and the coffee plunger (some grounds down the sink is not matter). Take out the beaker to clean the outside and put the press in vertical posture. Divide the French Press into its single components, including the coffee plunger, the lid, the disk and the filter screens. Note that the grounds are normally trapped among the three disks, so remember to separate them and make a deep rinse to avoid any possible build-up. If you want, you can use the light soap to clean the beaker and then a soft sponge to scrub it. If you are afraid of the risk of the changing flavor, simply make a thorough rinse or use baking soda rather than use some soap.

Do A Scrubbing

Do a gentle scrubbing with all of the French parts: the plunger, the beaker, and the filter screen with a soft cloth, sponge or brush to make sure that no coffee residue is remained. After this scrubbed clean, make a rinse through all the components to make sure that no soap is left, otherwise, your coffee taste will be altered due to the soap.

Air Dry Or Towel Dry

Carefully place all the press parts on a towel or drying rack for air dry. If you do not want to wait some minutes, then you can choose to towel dry and then reassemble.

3. After Cleaning: Reinstall The French Press

Reinstall the Frecnh press is somehow more complicated than it looks, especially to new user. So to make sure that all of you can perform reassmebley with ease and success, we would like to present the reassembling process as follow.

  • Slide the recently-cleaned beaker into its correct holder.
  • Put the retaining disk on a flat surface. This part includes a screw for attachment to the plunger later
  • Put the filter screen on retaining disk’s top. This disk is followed by the spring disk. The spring disk is on the top and the filter with the retaining disk is at the bottom
  • As the disks are correctly stacked, securely screw the lid
  • Now the French Press is ready for you to use

4. Note: French Press Replacement Parts

As time passes, your French Presses will wear and tear. In that case, make it better by replacing the worn parts. The parts that can be replaced without requiring you to invest in a new press include beakers, filter screens, and coffee plungers, available. Beakers can get broken with just one slip, but luckily, they come with various sizes and well-matched with any standard press. The filter screens have the same convenience. So it is recommended replacing your filter screens once or twice a year for better maintenance.

Ok, above is everything when it comes to cleaning your French Press. It is simple but effective. So let’s follow to have your French Press worked fine for long. 

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