Coffee has become so popular that researchers are evaluating the trend-setting beverage. Take a look at some of the health benefits that have been associated with coffee.
- Increase Energy Levels
- Lower Risk Of Depression
- Promote Weight Management
- Support Brain Health
- Enhance Athletic Performance
- Protect Against Chronic Diseases
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It is important to regularly clean your coffee maker for the longevity of the maker, for your health, and for your favorite cup of brew. Coffee buildup can cause bitter tasting coffee, which is a sign of, bacterial growth, yeast, mold, and mineral deposits to slow the functions of your coffee maker.
If you have noticed bitter-tasting coffee, longer than normal brew time, extra grounds in your cup, and a moldy smell, chances are your coffee maker is long overdue for a cleaning. Follow the easy and inexpensive steps to clean your appliance and start enjoying your coffee again.
Traditional Drip-Pot Coffee Maker
- Wash all removable parts to your appliance with warm soapy water.
- Decalcify your appliance every month by using water and vinegar. Fill the reservoir with equal parts of water and vinegar.
- Add a filter to the brewing basket.
- Turn on the coffee maker to brew only to the half pot line.
- Turn off the coffee maker and let the remaining vinegar solution sit for 30-60 minutes to release any mineral deposits.
- Continue with the brewing and dispose of the brewed vinegar solution.
- Repeat the process 2 more times with only water to rinse away any remaining vinegar.
Single Serve Coffee Maker
- Wash all removable parts to your appliance with warm, soapy water. Use a toothbrush to clean any grounds around the pod holder.
- If reusable filters are used, gently brush the filter with vinegar and water.
- Replace the reservoir and fill it with equal parts of water and vinegar.
- Place a mug and set the coffee maker to brew at the largest (cup size) setting. Dispose of brewed vinegar.
- Brew half of the water and vinegar solution, and let the remaining sit in the appliance for 1-2 hours.
- Continue with the brewing until all the vinegar is disposed of.
- Repeat steps 2 more times with only water to rinse away any remaining vinegar.
According to scientists at the FDA, caffeine can be part of a healthy diet for most people, but too much caffeine may pose a danger to your health. Depending on factors such as body weight, medications you may take, and individual sensitivity, “too much” can vary from person to person.
Please consult a physician or a registered dietitian if you have questions about how much caffeine is right for you.