Monday, November 14, 2011

Brewing Better Coffee

Happy Monday! I don't know about you, but we had a busy weekend. Which means I need some coffee this morning.

So many money saving tips talk about making your own coffee at home. But what do you do if your coffee pot looks like this?

Yuck! And yes, that's our coffee pot. Unfortunately, having a well-seasoned (scuzzy) coffee pot isn't like having a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. It doesn't add any flavor.

So what to do? Gather a few household ingredients

2-3 cups cold water
1-2 cups ice
1-2 teaspoons salt
1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Drop everything in your coffee part and start swirling! The salt and ice will act as abrasives and help loosen up whatever is built up on your coffee pot. It might be calcium or other hard water deposits.

Let everything sit in your coffee pot for a few minutes to let the acid in the lemon juice attack the scuzz. Dump the salty "lemonade" in the sink and you're left with this:

A bright, shiny, and CLEAN coffee pot!

Hope your week is off to a good start! I'm off to enjoy some chocolate mint coffee from the Coffee and Tea Exchange.

What's your favorite flavor of coffee?

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  1. Yeah, I need to clean my coffee pot. Thanks for the reminder Cathy!

  2. Wow, very cool trick!

  3. It's like you read my mind... I was just thinking about how I need to clean our (identical) coffee maker. I also need to look up the tip for what you are supposed to run through the actual maker to clean it out...

  4. oh i need to do this!! you can definitely do easy household chores like this on the cheap with stuff you probably already have at home. thanks for showing us cathy!

  5. Great tip! Our coffee pot is well-loved too, and my husband is not the best about cleaning it out.

  6. Thank you! I'm not a coffee drinking (i tried to be! I even worked at a coffee shop for 2 years)
    But, my boyfriend definitely is and his pot needs cleanin'!


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