Whether you brew your coffee with bottled water, filtered water, or you can use water straight from the tap, there’s no way to avoid mineral buildup in your coffee maker. Over time, calcium starts to gather in your Cuisinart coffee maker, making that first cup of fragrant coffee taste bitter.
If you’re an avid coffee lover, the last thing you want is coffee that tastes horrible. The solution to awful tasting coffee and mineral buildup in your Cuisinart coffee maker is descaling the machine, so your coffee is fresh and fragrant once again.
Even with a complete cleanup, your Cuisinart coffee maker needs to be treated with loving care, which means regular rinsing and maintaining your coffee maker the right way. In this article, we’ll tell you how to clean your Cuisinart coffee maker before you make a costly mistake that can’t be undone.
If you own a Cuisinart with a “self-cleaning” feature, the machine itself will tell you when to clean it. A little self-clean light will start flashing on the front of your coffee maker when it’s time for internal cleaning.
For those of you who don’t have a self-cleaning Cuisinart, it’s recommended that you descale your machine every 3-6 months. There are a few caveats to this rule, however. If you have hard water, you’ll need to clean your machine more often. How often you internally clean your Cuisinart should be determined by how often you use it. It stands to reason that if you don’t use your coffee maker but once or twice a week, you’ll need to clean it less than if you use it two to three times a day.
Not cleaning your coffee maker regularly can result in needing to replace the machine sooner. On top of that, coffee reservoirs can contain coliform bacteria, which grows in warm moist environments. You certainly don’t want or need to get sick from drinking a cup of coffee!
If you have a self-cleaning coffee maker, it’ll tell you it’s time to clean your machine. Once the flashing light comes on, follow the steps below for success.
Step 6: The machine will now be in self-cleaning mode
You will know if this is working correctly as the self clean light will stay on but not flash. The Cuisinart coffee machine will beep five times and then turn off once the cleaning cycle is complete.
Note: Although this should be enough to decalcify your coffee maker, you may need to do another cleaning cycle . If you turn your machine on again and the self clean light is still flashing, simply repeat the steps above.
How often do I need to change Cuisinart coffee machine water filters?
Cuisinart recommend that you change the water filter every 2 months or after 60 uses. This may need to be more often if you live in an area where your mains water supply provides hard water.
Not only that but once saturated, the charcoal filters cannot remove chlorine and other chemicals from tap water. This will ultimately result in poor tasting coffee.
Charcoal water filters can be conveniently bought from Amazon. The advantage of these particular filters is that they will fit both the old and newer models of Cuisineart coffee makers.
Follow the steps below to change your filters.
Step 2: Make vinegar solution
Mix together 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water. This should be enough to fill your water reservoir.
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