Beginners Guide: How to correctly clean and maintain Coffee Makers

Coffee makers are excellent devices for people who like drinking fresh coffee everyday, but do not have the time to prepare a cup themselves.

With continuous use, coffee makers tend to accumulate stuff inside, which decrease flavour and freshness of coffee, therefore a coffee maker should be clean and serviced regularly to main taste and flavor of produced coffee.


Sometimes oils may drip inside the coffee maker and give a rotten and rancid taste to your coffee. To prevent that happening, here are few steps you can take.

Method 1: Cleaning the coffee maker with a cleaning solution contain equal parts of white vinegar and water

To get a perfect cup of coffee from your coffee maker, clean it at least once a month with a cleaning solution that contains vinegar, and water. The acetic acid in vinegar reduces leftover coffee oils, stains and mineral deposits.

Here is the complete cleaning procedure:-

  1. Prepare a mixture of half white vinegar and half water. The amount of vinegar you require depends on the capacity of your coffee maker. For example, if your coffee maker can make 8 cup i.e. 2 qt., then you need 1 qt. of vinegar for each wash cycle. Since we will be doing two wash cycles, get 2 qt. of vinegar and mix it will equal amounts of water to prepare the cleaning solution.
  2. Place a clean, empty filter inside the filter basket
  3. Pour 2 qt. (out of 4 qt.) mixture into the coffee maker reservoir
  4. Put the coffee maker on stove, if it is a stove top model, or plug it into electric socket, if it an electric and model and power it on
  5. Once the brewing process is complete, let the mixture remain inside the coffee pot for at least 10 minutes. This will ensure that the cleaning mixture decomposes the oils, lime scale and mineral deposits inside the coffee maker.
  6. Get rid of the dirty cleaning solution by pouring it down the sink
  7. Repeat the brew cycle again with a fresh batch of cleaning solution
  8. Once the brewing is done, again let the mixture stand inside the coffee maker for another ten minutes before finally pouring the dirty used cleaning solution down the drain
  9. Now repeat the steps above again, but this time only with water. This is to ensure that vinegar is completely flushed out of the coffee maker.
  10. Let the water stand inside the coffee maker for another ten minutes after the brewing process.
  11. Smell the water before pouring it out. If you find vinegar smell, re-do the above process with another batch of water.
  12. Again smell the water before pouring it down the sink.
  13. Keep repeating the brewing with fresh batches of water till vinegar smell is completely gone

Method 2: Cleaning the coffee maker with a cleaning solution contain equal parts of dishwashing liquid and water

Dishwashing liquid is another effective cleaning agent that you can use to prepare the cleaning solution.

The method of preparing the cleaning solution is same as used in method 1 above. The only different is that instead of putting 1 quart of vinegar; put two drops of dishwashing liquid.

For cleaning the coffee maker reservoir complete, follow the same brewing cycles as above – Brew in the coffee maker twice with the cleaning solution and then with water alone.

The end point of water brew cycle is when bubbles disappear from the water brew.

Method 3: Use special coffee maker cleaning solutions instead of homemade cleaning agent used in above two methods

If you want to clean your coffee maker like a professional, you can buy coffee maker cleaning solutions from the market.

The process of forming cleaning solutions and the cleaning process remain the same and works great with Keurig k55 and Keurig 145 coffee machines.

To ensure you are putting the required amount of cleaning agent in the cleaning solution, refer to the pack.

Now that you know three methods of cleaning coffee makers, here are some other tips that will help you in maintaining coffee makers, so that you can enjoy a great cup of coffee from your machine for a long time.

Tip 1: At least once a week, remove all detachable parts from the coffee maker and soak them in dishwasher cleaning solution for 30 minutes

To prevent coffee oil and mineral from depositing in large quantities in your coffee maker, take apart your coffee and put its components such as coffee pot, pot lid, filter, filter basket at least once a weak and soak them either in dishwasher cleaning solution or white vinegar cleaning solution.

Note: White vinegar cleaning solution is prepared by mixing equal parts of white vinegar with equal parts of water.

For crevices of coffee maker that are difficult to reach, take a toothbrush, put some baking soda on it and rub the crevices.

Tip 2: Opt for canned air to clean out dust

Canned air uses pressure to remove dust that may be present at the inside or outside of the coffee maker. It is the most convenient method to clean hard to reach places.

Tip 3: Make sure cracked pots or burned power cords are replaced

Inspect your coffee maker carefully and see whether there are any cracks on the surface of coffee pot, if the power cord is burned from some place. If there are:-

  • Replace the cracked pot immediately as they can spill coffee inside the coffee maker and the heating pad
  • Replace the power cord with new ones because burned power cords is a big fire hazard

For more information on how to maintain your specific coffee maker, refer to the user manual provided by the manufacturer.

A Quick Note on Aeropress

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AeroPress is undoubtedly the most reliable way to enhance the quality of bad coffee. The use of lower temperature reduces the acidic content and bitter taste of the coffee, making it sweeter. However the complex operation and technicalities of the machine might be a bit too much for the amateurs.


However the complex operation and technicalities of the machine might be a bit too much for the amateurs. If you need something more hands-off then there are a lot of good single serve espresso brewers available.

The material used

Ceramic or plastic coffee machines are better than metal ones because they’re easier to handle (metal products can heat up pretty quick). Also white paper filters don’t affect the taste to coffee unlike brown ones that though cheaper and eco-friendly leave a coarse almost bitter aftertaste

How to maintain it?

Most pour over devices are washable, i.e. dishwasher friendly. Rinsing the machine after use is a good way to ensure that the coffee bean oil doesn’t accumulate in the nooks and crannies of the products. Also there are biodegradable powders that can clean the mess out. Grinders can pose a bit of a problem and require regular dusting and cleaning.

The bottom line

The art of coffee making is not as easy as it seems, it is surprising how there are such a lot of aspects that one must keep in mind just to enjoy a cup of coffee!

Cool Dog Cafe Events!

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Cool Dog Cafe hosted a Pet Adoption day on Saturday September 17th, with great success.
Click below to get see a copy of the flyer for the event.


Cool Dog Cafe is having a “Student Happy Hour” Monday – Friday from 3pm -5pm. Just show your school ID and get 15% off your food and drink!
Click below to get a copy of the flyer for the event.


Desserts And Fries

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Desserts And Fries


Fresh-Cut Fries

Twice-Fried and Amazing! Winner “Best Fries”…South Jersey Magazine

Small – $2.99Large – $4.59

Sweet Potato Fries

Small – $3.99Large – $5.59

Dipping Sauces for Your Fries

Dipping Sauces: Dijon Mayo – $0.89 | Chipotle Ranch – $0.89 | Mexi-Ketchup (Jalapeno-Infused Ketchup) – $0.89 | Curry Mayo – $0.89 | Kaboom Sauce (Hot Sauce & Mayo) – $0.89 | Garlic Aioli – $0.89 | Atomic BBQ (hot!) – $0.89 | TNT Mustard (hot!) – $0.89 | Honey Mustard – $0.89 | Cheddar Cheese Sauce – $0.99
(Dipping Sauces available…ask for selection!)


Onion Rings$4.25
Baked Beans$2.99
Mac N Cheese$2.99
Cole Slaw$0.99


Gadzooks Dog$4.50

Hot Dog topped with peanut butter, warm brownie pieces, chocolate & caramel sauces and whipped cream. Inspired by Preston & Steve of WMMR

Chocolate Chip Brownie$1.95


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BBQ Angus Burger$6.95

Angus Burger, Cheddar Cheese, Bacon, Onion Rings, Lettuce, BBQ Sauce

Brunch Burger$6.95

Angus Burger, Fried Egg, American Cheese, Bacon, Sliced Potatoes, Mayo, Ketchup

Cool Burger$6.25

Angus Burger, Cheddar Cheese, Grilled Onions, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, COOL SAUCE

Carolina Cajun Burger$6.50

Blackened Angus Burger, American Cheese, Coleslaw, Pickles, Chipotle Ranch Sauce

Big Andy’s BBQ Chicken$6.50

Breaded Chicken, Onions Rings, BBQ Sauce, Lettuce

Southern Pulled Pork$6.65

Pulled Pork, BBQ Sauce, Coleslaw, Jalapenos

Beer-Battered Fish Filet$6.75

Beer-Battered Fish, Coleslaw, Lettuce, Thousand Island Dressing

Special Homewreckers

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1/2-pound hot dog made from 100% Angus beef.

NYC Homewrecker$7.95

Spicy Mustard, Sabrett’s Onions in Sauce, Sauerkraut (optional)

USA Homewrecker$9.95

Peppers, Onions, Chili, Cheese Sauce, Coleslaw, Tomatoes, Jalapenos. Mustard, Ketchup

Blazing Homewrecker$9.95

Baked Beans, Kaboom Sauce, Spicy Red Pepper Relish, Spicy Mustard, Jalapenos, Sport Peppers, Onions, Fried Egg

Special Hot Dogs

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Hot Dogs

We use Sabrett all-beef franks in natural casings and deep fry them to give them a perfect snap. When you take your first bite, you’ll have a hot dog experience like you never had before. We use special hot dogs machines for our special hot dogs.


Classic Chili Cheese Dog$4.65

The classic with chili and cheese sauce!

Texas Ranger$4.65

Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, BBQ Sauce

Frank N Beans$4.65

Baked Beans, Fritos, Cheddar Cheese

Sweet & Spicy Corn Fritter Smash$4.95

Crushed Corn Fritters & Sweet Chili Sauce

Thai Satay$4.75

Thai Peanut Sauce, Scallions, Sesame Seeds, Chow Mein Noodles

Jersey Shore Breakfast$4.95

Fried Egg, Bacon, American Cheese

Hey, Mac$4.35

Mac N Cheese

Chicago Dog$4.55

Neon Relish, Yellow Mustard, Onions, Tomatoes, Pickle Spear, Sport Peppers, Celery Salt

Carolina Crusader$4.75

Chili, Coleslaw, Sport Peppers


Fried Peppers, Onions and Potatoes, Ketchup, Spicy Mustard on a Hoagie Roll

Mexi Dog$4.75

Guacamole, Salsa, Onions, Jalapenos, Lettuce

Coney Island Dog$4.50

Chili, Yellow Mustard, Raw Onions

Phat Dog$5.75

Mozzarella Stick, Onion Ring, Baked Beans, Seasoned Fries, Fritos

Anthony Weiner Wiener$5.35

Pulled Pork, BBQ Sauce, Jalapenos, Coleslaw

Filipino Dog$5.35

Sticky Rice, Mango, Sweet Chili Sauce

New England Dog$5.35

Fried Clam Strips, Tartar Sauce, Salt, Pepper

Stuffed Tater Dog$5.25

Tater Tots, Bacon, Sour Cream, Scallions

Corn Dogs$3.95

2 Per Order

(Vegetarians: You can substitute our veggie dog in any hot dog on the menu. And with your first taste, you’ll think we tricked you with a “real” hot dog. It’s that good!)



Cool Dog Cafe’s Dessert Dog

The Walk Show: Cool Dog Cafe HotDog Challenge

Cool Dog Cafe’s ICU

Courier Post Taste cover story on Cool Dog Café 7/27/2011

“Best Hot Dog” SJ Mazagine 7/2011

South Jersey Magazine 4/2011

Suburban Family Magazine names Cool Dog Café “Best American Food” 11/2011

CBS3 (KYW-TV) 3/72012

FooBooz 3/8/20

CBS KYW Newsradio with Hadas Kuznits 3/14/2012

FOX “Ya Gotta Try This” with Mike Jerrick 3/21/2012

93.3 FM WMMR’s Preston & Steve Show on 3/12/2012

FOX’s Good Day Philadelphia 3/27/2012 article 3/30/2012 article on Gadzoos Dog 4/2012

CBS3 (KYW-TV) This Morning & CW Philly segment at Cool Dog Café 4/5/2012

CBS3 (KYW-TV) story on Phillies Opening Day 4/5/2012

Courier Post story on the Dessert Dog 4/18/2012

NJ 101.5 FM online article 4/18/2012

NJ 101.5 FM mention by Jim Gearhert 4/18/2012

NJ 101.5 FM menition by Jim Ross 4/18/2012

CNBC story on the Dessert Dog 4/18/2012

SoJo 104.9 FM on the Dessert Dog 4/18/2012 article 4/18/2012

6ABC (WPVI-TV) Philadelphia mention on FYI 4/21/2012

6ABC (WPVI-TV) Philadelphia FYI Cool Dog Café 4/28/2012 / The Insider – Michael Klein5/10/2012

Foobooz 5/11/2012

Dining Out – 6/1/2012

Best Hot Dog  ‘South Jersey’ – Philly HotList 9/2012

Courier Post story on Kid Favorites 12/20/2012

NJ Monthly : Cheap Eats: Hot Dog 1/15/2013

Houston Press: How Do You Dress Your Dog? 5/2/2013

Conde Nast – Top 15 Hot Dog in America 7/7/2013

CBS 3/CW Philly – Grilling Hot Dogs: Part 1 | Part 2 7/4/2013

South Jersey Magazine – 2013 Best of the Best: Fries

Homewrecher Losers

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It’s a proven fact: hot dogs make people happy. From the first time Mom placed this ultimate comfort food in front of you…to Dad proudly pulling a slightly-overcooked one off the BBQ…to the row of strangers passing one down to you at the ballgame, hot dogs have been there throughout the best times of your life.


And we like to capture the happy faces of our Cool Dog Patrons as they discover a whole new world of hot dogs. Do you know anyone here? Are YOU here?

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