So, you have tarnished and perhaps stained your Bialetti after enjoying a few coffees and want to know how to clean a Bialetti moka pot.
By the time you have read this article, you will know exactly how to get your Bialetti moka pot sparkling clean and free from coffee particles using a variety of different cleaning products and methods.
If you want your brewer to be nice and clean, keep reading!
How To Clean Your Moka Pot
Getting coffee oils off your pot is best done with soap. Use a lot of soap and avoid soaps that are strongly perfumed and heavily scented. The best soap is natural soap.
This is all that is required to degrease your coffee maker, no matter what it is made from, be it stainless steel, copper or aluminum.
Take your coffee pot apart and clean all parts properly with an abundance of soap and hot water. Clean the boiler, gasket, coffee funnel and the filter plate.
Clean it well and don’t forget to rinse it with an abundance of water, err on the side of far too much water and far too much rinsing. If you don’t rinse well with cold water your coffee will end up tasting a little soapy.
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How To Clean Your Bialetti With Vinegar
You can go a step further and clean your Moka express with white vinegar. Using distilled white vinegar is best.
If your Moka express is not so dirty, you can use a 3:1 mix with 3 parts hot water with 1 part distilled white vinegar. If your coffee maker is dirty, then use a 1:1 mix with equal parts hot water and distilled white vinegar.
Simply fill the boiler and put your coffee maker on the hob or switch it on if it is an electric model until the liquid is boiling away in the coffee chamber. Repeat 2 or 3 times. Then rinse with warm water.
As above rinse with an abundance of warm water to ensure your don’t get any aftertaste of vinegar in your coffee.
Cleaning Your Bialetti With Baking Soda
To clean your Bialetti moka express with baking soda, start by taking it apart and soak it in a solution of water and baking soda for 45 mins to an hour. Use about 50g to 100g of baking soda per liter of water depending on how dirty it is.
Rinse with an abundance of water.
To clean the exterior of your moka coffee maker, simply wipe with a sponge that you have dipped in your water and bicarbonate of soda solution. Be sure to check and double check the seal as it absolutely must be intact. Check the filter also to ensure it is not blocked.
You can unblock it with a needle or just place your moka pot in boiling water. Bicarbonate of soda is soluble. Pay attention to the safety valve and be sure it is not blocked.
You can also clean using a similar method to the one above, cleaning with vinegar. Prepare a solution of warm water with bicarbonate of soda in the boiler and switch on your coffee machine or place it on your stove and boil it.
Repeat the process 2 or 3 times, of course, rinse it well when you are finished.
How To Clean A Burnt Bialetti
Fortunately, the above steps, cleaning with vinegar and baking soda will get the burnt stains from the inside and outside of your moka pot.
Never use steel wool or anything abrasive to clean your coffee maker as this will scratch it. Always use a soft cloth or a sponge. If you must, leave your pot immersed in the vinegar or baking soda solution to help get rid of deep burns.
And never boil it with any cleaning solution without adding water, for obvious reasons.
The way to clean a burnt Bialetti is to not let it get burnt in the first place and clean it well both inside and outside with soapy water after every use. Once per week, give it a proper clean with white vinegar or baking soda.
Frappé-Ing It All Up – How To Clean A Bialetti Moka Pot
It’s a dirty job but we all gotta do it. It’s part of making truly great coffee, if you don’t keep your coffee machine clean, regardless of which type you will not get the best possible coffee out of it.
Cleaning your Bialetti moka pot or any other coffee maker is something you should consider as part of maintaining it. This goes for home espresso machines too!
Keep them clean!
The process for all is fairly similar, so I hope that you have paid attention and learned how to clean a Bialetti.