The Italian coffee makers (also known as Moka or Oroley coffee maker especially in Spain) have been and are one of the most used by Italians, hence its name. It is one of the most traditional ways of preparing coffee (we recommend our article How to prepare the best coffee in your Italian coffee maker) and many people prefer coffee made with this type of coffee maker to that made with an espresso machine.
Ten types of coffee machine that do not involve going down to the supermarket for aluminum capsules
This object, in addition to being highly valued for the quality of the coffee it provides, is one of the many kitchen objects on which certain beliefs hang that are being strongly incorporated.
Many people have heard since childhood that it is not advisable to wash Italian coffee machines, or mocha, by rubbing the inside with soap or in the dishwasher, because they either spoil the after-taste of the coffee or they can cause the aluminum in the coffee machine to pass into the coffee. . That’s right?
Cleaner, less effective?
The coffee makers must be washed, because otherwise, the coffee will end up taking on bad flavors. A dirty coffee maker will have a mold-filled filter, dry joints, and precipitous bottoms where microorganisms can grow that will give the coffee a bad taste.
Therefore, the coffee maker, like any other kitchen object that is used to prepare food or drinks, is preferable to wash it. But should it be done after each use or only once in a while?
The answer is that it can be done from time to time: it doesn’t have to be a daily ritual. But on how to do it, different opinions arise. However it is done, the ultimate goal is that afterwards the coffee maker has as little chemical trace as possible.
And regarding the protective layer that some brands put inside their aluminum mocha, it is true that it spoils in the dishwasher, but different study reviews they emphasize that the possible migrations of aluminum to coffee are always below the maximum tolerated.
This is how you should wash (without using soap)
- The coffee maker has to disassemble with all the different parts.
- We can start with clean the exterior as we would with any other kitchen utensil, such as a steel pot, using a soft sponge that does not damage the surface.
- Has to pay attention to the bottom, one of the most prone to blackening from direct contact with fire.
- The filter and gasket These are perhaps two of the parts of the coffee maker that require the most attention: the dirtier they are, the more they become clogged and, therefore, the more difficult it will be for the coffee to pass through. In this case, the quality of the coffee will be directly affected.
- The filter can soak in boiling water with a glass of vinegar. In this way, the most clogged areas soften and can be easily unclogged. It should be taken into account that a clogged filter prevents the correct passage of water and, therefore, of the coffee. The filter must be rinsed well with water. If it does not finish unblocking, we will have to think of a spare.
- The rubber seal must also be in good condition and may clean with a cloth soaked in vinegar to remove burnt coffee residue.
- The gatherer, that is to say, the part where the coffee ends, ready to serve and which is in the upper zone, can also be washed with hot water.
- One last recommendation: dry very well with kitchen paper once washed to avoid the formation of mold inside.
Three interesting models (in case you want to change)
In case your old coffee maker is no longer cleaned well and it is more convenient for you to buy a new one, we show you three models that may be interesting, both for the manufacturer’s warranty and for its price.
By 34 euros we can have this fantastic design from architect and designer David chipperfield, a classic in aluminum and an ergonomic thermoplastic handle that has capacity for three cups, although they can also be find formats of six and nine squares. However, it should be noted that it is a coffee maker for three cups of espresso but not for coffees with milk or similar.
Designed by. The architect Spanish pine, which has conceived numerous table and kitchen products, is a coffee maker from the classic manufacturer Bialetti, creator of the original mocha, for three functional cups, with the handle made of heat-resistant plastic and silicone cover, for a soft and comfortable grip. Its price is 34 euros.
By 25 euros, this beautifully designed steel coffee maker offers six cups (300 ml; the standard espresso cup is 50 ml) with rapid and even heating, accompanied by a strong aroma. It is also portable and small enough to fit in a travel bag or backpack. Suitable for home and outdoors, such as camping, house parties, etc.
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