Coffee has always helped us get through those tiring endless days and we cannot deny it. I’ve used quite a few different coffee makers and you already know, I’ve been posting a lot about BUNN lately. Its design and build are amazing and looks perfect on the countertop. I even did a top BUNN review after thoroughly going through its best models. However, one thing that’s been on my mind is the cleaning but hey! Aren’t we all tired of the cleaning drill?
So, dear coffee loving squad, I have sorted out a few ways to clean your BUNN because you won’t even be able to spell the names of the bacteria that live in those drawers. (Gross, right?) Then get your cleaning kit ready because we’re going to be doing some major scrubbing today.
A routine maintenance of your coffee maker might help you take off some burden. This research article based on cleanliness and health talks about the dirtiest places in our homes and when you come to think of it, it’s not surprising at all.
How to Clean your BUNN Coffee Maker in 3 Easy Steps
- Cleaning the parts
Wiping your machine regularly must be on top of your list because coffee or tea stains often remain which really take the charm off your countertop. We will be needing white vinegar and some detergent along with a sponge or cotton wipe.
The spray head is one of the most dirt-prone parts of your machine. Located at the center where the brewed beverage pours from, the spray head is likely to accumulate lime and mineral deposit. Believe me, it is not cool. So, cleaning the spray head every 2 weeks is suggested. You can easily clean it by following these simple steps:
- The spray head is usually located under the drawer and if you’re using the BUNN Velocity series, then it is under the brew funnel.
- In order to clean the sprayed, you’d need to unscrew it from the drip and put it aside safely, so, that you don’t lose it. If you’re forgetful then place it in a small dish (worked for my friend, hehe)
- It’s important that you find the deliming tool that came with your brewer. Well yeah, a metal or a plastic probe comes with Bunn so that you don’t lose track of cleaning.
- With the tool, it gets easier to clean all the mineral deposits that get accumulated within the drip. You need to insert it into the drip opening all the way in and twist and rotate it for a few seconds.
- Half of your task is done here. When you take the deliming tool out of the opening, it’s time for you to run a brew cycle. We will be doing that soon, but before that, the spray head requires cleaning.
- If you look closely, the spray head has openings around its sides. You should use a toothpick to clean the clogged openings of the spray head.
- Now, remember the cotton cloth I mentioned earlier, it’s time to put it to use. With a drop of liquid soap on the wipe, clean the spray head and wash it THOROUGHLY with plain water.
- I often emphasise on washing the parts thoroughly after using soap because I happened to run into this study earlier that highlights the harmful effects of soap and a lot of chemistry vocab **over my head**. If you are still doubtful, then read about it here.
- In the next part of cleaning, we will focus on the brewer’s inside because that becomes one hideous place if neglected for a while.
- Descaling The Brewer
Not cleaning your coffee maker for a while leaves magnesium and calcium deposits which affect the smooth functioning and degrades the brew quality. We don’t want that, do we?
Now that we’re done with the spray head, let’s focus on descaling the inside of your Bunn.
- Let me make myself clear on the model you’re using. If you’re using the velocity series, there is a decanter included and the brew funnel is detachable. If you’re working on a MyCafé, then there are drawers according to the brew format. Also, if you want more system-related information about your Bunn MyCafé MCU, then do visit my post here.
- Beginning with the safety instructions, ** Very Important** it’s advised that you unplug the brewer first. Also, you might get electrocuted otherwise.
- You must now set a container or a decanter in place, on the drip tray and add 1 quart (approx. 946 milliliters) of white vinegar into the top opening slot of your coffee maker.
- Adding 1-quart distilled water into the top once again, shut the spin lid and wait for the extra water in the reservoir to come out through the drip and into the decanter/container.
- You’re almost there. Just plug in the unit and leave it for 2 hours. Right! Leave it and let the vinegar work its magic.
- Meanwhile, throw out the water that got stored in the decanter earlier and within these two hours, you can wipe the outer surface of the machine and relax a little.
- **Two hours later** Now is the time when you fill in your decanter/container with water once again and pour it into the brewer through the top hole.
- Quickly, place the decanter in place and you will see the vinegar pouring out of the brew funnel. That is a lot of vinegar and water, make sure you don’t throw up after the stench gets stuck in your head.
- After all is done, you must run 2-3 brew cycles with clean water so that your coffee doesn’t taste like vinegar all of a sudden. Your brewer is spick and span.
Well done guys! Cheers on finally cleaning your BUNN. I hope you got all the steps right and didn’t actually break a leg. Hehe. Anyway, do tell me if you found my instructions useful and how did your first cleaning go. Keep cleaning your java machine often and I think I’ve encouraged you enough, so don’t sulk around. See you next time!