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Drip and single serve

For a coffee lover, coffee makers are a favorite and easiest appliance to get a perfect cup of Joe. That aroma of fresh coffee in the morning becomes the daily tradition. When you use your coffee maker on a regular basis, it doesn’t take long for it to slow down a bit and make the coffee tastes a little bitterer.

After a time and regular usage, soon the machine will unveil the gathering of hard water deposits inside the machine. The carafe and exterior may look spotty as well. But with a proper cleaning and just one ingredient, the coffee maker can be brought back to its original grace. The Drip Coffee Maker is one of the best coffee makers with grinder available in the market.

How to clean a drip coffee maker

  1. Clean the carafe, basket holder and reusable filter (if you have). Since all the grounds need to be cleaned, you don’t have to wash it thoroughly with soap and water. A good drench will work until later.
  2. Add plain white distilled vinegar to your carafe and fill it halfway and the remaining part with water.
  3. Spill the water and vinegar mixture to the water reservoir and start brewing. Halfway through, turn off the coffee maker and keep it for 45 minutes. Why we do this so that the vinegar sit in the inner workings of the coffee maker and you can easily remove those hard water deposits that can slow down your machine.
  4. After the time up, complete your brewing cycle. Can you see that messy substance and remains in the carafe? That’s what has been sitting inside the coffee maker that makes it slow and brew up a bitter cup of coffee.
  5. Pour that solution and fill it with fresh and clean water. Clean the machine a minimum of three times. Clean it until the water is clear and a smell of vinegar is fully gone.
  6. Take a damp microfiber cloth with a drop of soap to clean the exterior of the coffee maker. If there are any hard water deposits on the outside, use a small amount of white vinegar on a cloth to clean it. Clean the carafe and the filter basket with hot and soapy water. Allow it to dry

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How to clean the single serve coffee maker

A lot of the top single serve coffee machines come with a self-cleaning option but why is cleaning your coffee maker so important? All those germs and hard water deposits that have the potential to breed in the inner workings can be easily cleaned up by a simple cleaning process.

  1. To start the process, unplug the machine and remove all the removable pieces i.e. the water reservoir, K-cup holder and the tray where your mug sits. Wash these pieces with warm and soapy water. Left the drip dry.
  2. With the help of a damp microfiber cloth, wipe the exteriors of the machine. Clean the K-cup basket with extra care to get all the remaining grounds.
  3. Dry all the removable pieces that you washed and reassemble the machine. Plug it back in when you finish all this work.
  4. Fill the water tank reservoir with white vinegar and cold water equally. Without inserting the K-cup, turn on the machine. Remove the solution and repeat the process until there is no water and vinegar left in the tank.
  5. Fill the tank with fresh and cold water and run the cycle with no K-cup. Dump the water until there is no smell of vinegar left.

Don’t let your coffee machine go slow, take some time daily to clean it and work with it like you purchased it yesterday.

Categories: Home & Kitchen

Have you recently started taking more interest in baking? Do you love baking cookies and cakes at home? Then it is important that you have the proper tools and equipment for it so that you can make the best out of your baking experience.

A lot of people avoid investing in kitchen tools as they think these tools are not necessary for a good bake but it is untrue. You need to own a set of important kitchen tools if you want to bake the best damn cakes in the world! If you are willing to take it to the next level then I’d recommend you join a baking school like trufflenation.

Here is a list of kitchen tools that every baker must have in their kitchen:

1. Oven thermometer

Sometimes ovens might show you wrong temperature which could ruin your favorite batch of cookies or cake so it is always better to be prepared and use an oven thermometer instead.

2. Hand Mixer

This is yet another essential kitchen tool for every baker as it allows you to prepare dough and batter for your baking quickly and efficiently. Also, you don’t have to tire yourself too much by mixing the ingredients manually.

3. Food Scale

You definitely need a food scale to get the exact measurement of the ingredients. Sometimes you might need to get a particular ounces or grams of an ingredient in your baking recipe and you cannot use a cup for it!

4. Cooling Racks

Another must-have equipment for every baker is the cooking racks. You just cannot cool your cookies or cakes on the counter or in the baking pan, it won’t cool your food item evenly. That is why a cooling rack is essential, to ensure that your baked item cools evenly and properly.

5. Rolling Pin

Another important kitchen tool that a baker needs is the rolling pin which comes handy when you are preparing bread or pizza dough!

6. Baking Pans

Yes, this is one kitchen equipment that you cannot miss out on. You need different sized baking pans to be able to bake cakes, cookies, muffins, pies, and so on. You will need at least 1 baking pan each for cakes, muffins, pies, and cookies.

7. Rimmed Baking Sheets

Want to place your batter somewhere where they won’t spread out of the oven? Then, you need to get the rimmed baking sheets. These sheets can hold a batch of cookie batter and don’t allow the batter to fall off the sheets, helping you in retaining the proper shape of the baked good.

8. Whisks and Spatulas

This is yet another essential kitchen tool which every baker needs to own. When you are baking food items, you will need a whisk or a spatula to mix your ingredients together. A spoon just won’t work and won’t give you the adequate consistency as these two tools.

9. Mixing Bowls

Obviously, you need the mixing bowls otherwise where will you even mix your ingredients? A mixing bowl is a tool which is needed by all the bakers to prepare their cookie dough or their cake batter. Without a mixing bowl, you cannot bake at all.

10. Measuring Cups

Another important kitchen tool that every baker should have is the measuring cups and spoons. This will make it easier to roll out the ingredients in the exact quantity required and will make your baking easier and better.

Stay tuned to The Cafe Allegro for more useful tips.


Categories: Home & Kitchen

A food processor comes with a variety of attachments and accessories which can confuse you and make you wonder about their functionality. A lot of people think that if they get more attachments then they have made a better deal but if you don’t end up using those attachments, why waste the money on it? Btw, do check out’s reviews on the best food processors for 2017.

With the help of this article, you will be able to determine the different types of attachments and their uses and will be able to decide on which attachment do you need and which one you can pass.

1. Knife Blade

This multi-purpose attachment is a standard tool offered with all food processors and can handle the basic kitchen tasks like chopping, mincing, mashing, mixing, and so on.

2. Dough blade

A lot of food processors also come with a dough blade or hook which is useful for mixing food items with yeast like bread dough.

3. Shredding and slicing blade

Another common attachment that is included with a food processor is a shredding/slicing blade. You will find that these blades come in different sizes allowing you to slice and shred your food items into a fine, coarse and a medium finish. A lot of these blades are either separated or on single metal reversible disk where one side is for slicing and the other side is for shredding.

4. Grating blade

This attachment is similar to a slicing and shredding blade and can be used to grate vegetables and cheese to prepare a quick slaw. It works on both hard and soft food and is effective in its function. Trust me, this is one attachment which would not disappoint you when used with a food processor.

5. Blender

There are two types of blender attachments that are included with a food processor, one is a blender jug which is basically a replacement of the bowl and the other is a blender canopy which is attached inside the bowl and is in contact with the blade and is known to help in blending.

A jug blender comes handy when you are planning to make puree or sauce and can provide more versatility to your food processor without taking up more space in the kitchen. A blender canopy, on the other hand, is used in addition to the standard blade and is useful in providing a consistent and smooth blend.

6. Citrus press

Many food processors also come with a citrus press attachment which is useful is pressing fruits and vegetables to get their juice.

7. Mill

Many premium food processor models also offer a mill attachment which is handy in making little quantities of puree, grinding coffee beans and herbs, and so on. While a mill attachment is different from a bowl, many food processors also include a mini bowl attachment which performs the same task as a mill.

8. Whisk

Another popular food processor attachment is a whisk beater or a paddle. These food processors include twin beaters and metal beaters are found to be more effective although they won’t be as good as a stand mixer.

Categories: Home & Kitchen

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