There are as many opinions about what a great cup of coffee consists of as there are coffee drinkers in the world. Every coffee drinker knows exactly what he or she wants in a good cup of coffee. Some like it hot, some like it cold, but very few like it in a pot nine days old..as the old nursery rhyme goes.
The one thing that all coffee drinks will agree on is that coffee needs to be freshly made. About the only other thing that coffee drinkers will agree on is that the best coffee is made in a clean coffee maker. The pot doesn`t need to be \”well seasoned.\” It needs to be well cleaned after every use.
There are a great many coffee-pot-cleaning products out there on the shelves of your local supermarket or chain discount store. All of them work when they are used as directed, but you honestly do not have to buy the products in order to keep your coffee maker clean. Granted, these products do make keeping your coffee maker clean much easier and will accomplish the task much quicker but there are cheaper ways.
One of the cheaper methods for keeping your coffee maker clean so that every pot of coffee will taste great is by using baking soda. Baking soda is cheap. It is one of the least expensive items that you will find on your grocer`s shelves, and yet it does so much. Baking soda neutralizes the acidity left behind in your coffee maker after you have made a pot of coffee, enjoyed it, and then emptied the pot.
Only one teaspoon of baking soda is enough to clean the average coffee maker. Simply put a teaspoon full of baking soda into the pot, let it sit for a few minutes, and then thoroughly rinse the pot to remove all traces of the baking soda.