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Topic: Clean filter in moka pot, was Don't wash my cup! (16 msgs / 340 lines)
1) From: Brian Kamnetz
That reminds me of a question I've been meaning to ask. The filter in
my moka pot is sort of like a plate toward the top of a funnel. I can
clean the top of the plate, toward the open end of the funnel, but
haven't figured out a way to get to the bottom of the plate. To get to
the bottom, you would have to go through the narrow hole at the bottom
of the funnel. Has anyone figured out a way to clean the inside of the
moka pot filter?
Thanks,
Brian
On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 1:10 PM, Dean De Crisce  wrote:
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2) From: Bill
Brian,haven't used a Moka pot, so haven't really looked at the design...
could you just soak it in a coffee cleaner like JoeGlo?  Or do you need to
get something in there to agitate it?  I've been pretty happy with JoeGlo...
bill in wyo
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3) From: Kris McN
Brian,
Echoing Bill - My moka pot sees daily use, often 2 or 3 times a day (it's SS
and has the funnel/filter configuration you describe).  Besides washing it
out with hot water (and a little dish soap in the main pot) after every use,
I do a weekly soak of all my coffee paraphernalia in a JoeGlo solution.  A
good rinse and it's all ready to go - no scrubbing required.  I haven't seen
the back of that filter, but I imagine it looks much like the front given
this regime.
Best,
Kris McN
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4) From: Sean Cary
Mine comes out - you remove the rubber washer and the filter drops out...  I
have a Bric I got from SM on the sale page.
Sean
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5) From: Dean De Crisce
The best way would be to brew empty with clean caf
Dean De Crisce
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6) From: Brian Kamnetz
I have been hemming and hawing, trying to decide how I can get
something up through the little spout end of the filter cone to scrub
the back side of the filter itself, after a good JoeGlo soaking. I
suppose I should just start giving it a weekly JoeGlo soak, and if I
figure out a way to scrub the back side, fine.
What got me started thinking about this was I bought a used Moka Pot
that needed LOTS of cleaning. I got some stainless steel scouring
powder and the whole thing cleaned up really well, but of course I
couldn't get at the back side of the filter. That was a 10-tasa; my
daily moka pot is a 6-tasa. As Kris does, I clean it daily and it
looks pretty good (except the back side of the filter).
Brian
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7) From: Brian Kamnetz
Sean,
Sounds like you are referring to the filter that is in the bottom of
the "north" part of the moka pot. I'm referring to the little
funnel-like filter (that you put the grounds into for brewing) that
then fits into the bottom part of the moka pot, that part the water
heats in.
Brian
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8) From: Sean Cary
check - I was...
Doh.
Sean
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9) From: Paul Helbert
I took a small punch to one of the three little indentations in the
aluminum funnel. Carefully removed the indentation. Then popped the
plate out using a bamboo chopstick or kabob skewer. Yes it needed
cleaning under there. Snaps right back in place. Clean it every time.
This is for the small camping goose neck spout model but would think
same procedure should work for internal spout ones as well.
A small chopsticks is also useful for cleaning the tube portion of the
funnels on vacuum pots. Wrap with a thin rag wetted with surfactant.
Rinse well.
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10) From: Brian Kamnetz
Paul,
Interesting... I'm at the office now, but when I get home I will look
to see what holds the filter part in the aluminum funnel.
Brian
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11) From: sci
Heh...every MP that I have or have ever seen has a ring gasket in the bottom
of the top portion that holds said filter in place. Take that gasket out; a
toothpick works nicely. Now gently pry the filter out with toothpick.
I clean mine regularly.
And like Dean, I quickly moved on to the stainless MP so it could be
meticulously cleaned each time. The alum versions are harder to keep clean
and some people say you should let them season so your coffee won't be in
contact with aluminum. It makes for a motor oily taste IMO.
Ivan
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That reminds me of a question I've been meaning to ask. The filter in
my moka pot is sort of like a plate toward the top of a funnel. I can
clean the top of the plate, toward the open end of the funnel, but
haven't figured out a way to get to the bottom of the plate. To get to
the bottom, you would have to go through the narrow hole at the bottom
of the funnel. Has anyone figured out a way to clean the inside of the
moka pot filter?
Thanks,
Brian
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12) From: Lynne
Ivan -
Hey - that explains why my coffee from my previously favorite little
aluminum mokapot started tasting... ugh - awful.
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13) From: Dean De Crisce
I loved my bialetti...the little man gave me untold pleasure. But I got an espresso machine (saeco aroma with non pressurized portafilter-not the best but it works for now), and am pleased with that, the prsspot and turkish ibrik. I have less room in my heart for the little dude...but he introduced me to a flavor blast every morning for a few years...then he got dirty and funky.
Dean De Crisce
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14) From: Paul Helbert
There are two screens on any moka pot I've seen. One is the one held
in place by the rubber gasket, the other is the bottom of the coffee
grounds basket funnel. This latter one is what is uncleanable without
some tinkering.
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15) From: Brian Kamnetz
I decided to stop worrying about how to scrub the underside of the
grounds basket filter and just soak it in JoeGlo, along with the upper
chamber and the upper-chamber filter, which I removed, and also
finally decided to toss the rubber gasket into the JoeGlo. I let them
soak for about 45 minutes, and as far as I could see by peering
through the skinny end of the coffee grounds funnel, the JoeGlo did a
really good job. I think I will follow Kris's lead and do this weekly
(though I'm a bit leery about soaking the rubber gasket that often).
Brian
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16) From: John Brown
on my pot you can take it apart on the bottom.
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