How To Clean A Bialetti Moka Pot And Make It Shine!

How To Clean A Bialetti Moka Pot And Make It Shine!

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.

How To Clean Your Moka Pot
After you make great coffee, clean your moka pot.

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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.

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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.

How To Clean A Burnt Bialetti
You can get a burnt moka pot clean

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.   

Coffee is love, it's more than love — it's a passion of mine. I've had the luck to have travelled and enjoyed the most exotic of coffee's and unique flavors, brewing methods and techniques of making the perfect coffee from Thai hill tribe coffee to Indonesian volcanic coffee, Malaysian coffee that comes in a tea bag and the array of flavors in Vietnam, from Vanilla to Orange to Coconut to Avocado to even salt coffee and the famous egg coffee. The best part of my coffee adventures is getting to mix with the locals over a nice brew and learning how they make it! I'm cited and referenced on Google Scholar for the topic of coffee.

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