If you’re like me you use your french press almost every day. Since it’s not pour over, drip, or Aeropress, it’s not as simple as taking out a filter filled with grounds and putting in the garbage only to have to rinse out your device afterwards. If you’re looking for some advice on how to clean a french press, or you want some tips to better maintain yours – you’re in the right place!
After brewing you have a whack of sludge at the bottom of your glass or stainless steel french press. You also might have grounds all over the plunger and filter portion of your coffee maker as well. To aid you in cleaning your french press and maintaining it so it serves you well for many years to come – here are a bunch of great methods for cleaning a french press that I’ve found effective.
How to clean a french press – getting rid of the grinds
The lazy method most people probably do
Most people (me included at some points) will empty the grounds into the garbage can with a spoon, their hands, or by shaking it, and rinse the rest down the drain. This might not cause you any immediate issues but over time it could clog your sink and eventually lead to expensive plumbing repairs if not attended to properly. If you currently do this, check out some of the other cleaning methods in this post to keep your drains running smooth and potentially make use of the used grounds.
Add it to your compost or garden
To use this method, after you’re finished brewing with your french press fill it up with enough water to suspend the leftover grounds and pour it into your garden or compost. You may need to do this once or twice to get most of the grounds loose and out of the carafe. After this, leave all of the parts in the dish rack to dry and once its dry brush the rest of the excess grinds off into the garbage or garden/compost again – wash as normal.
The sieve method
This is probably the easiest and quickest method that doesn’t involve running out into your garden every time you make a fresh press pot in the morning. Take a fine metal sieve and add water to your french press while you pour the water and grounds through the device. Repeat until all of the grounds are out, then dump the contents of the sieve into the garbage.
Similarly, if you have a sink filter that’s mesh and small enough to catch the course coffee grounds, you can perform this cleaning method straight down the sink and empty the drain filter once you’re done.
Soaking and extensive cleansing
So every once in a while you may want to do a bit more cleaning than the traditional ‘get rid of the grinds and rinse’. You could use products like Urenx Cafiza to break down all of the leftover coffee oils, but it’s not necessary.
So to start off this process separate all of the parts of your french press and soak/scrub them in a solution of warm water and soap (or baking soda). Use a brush or cleaning device that isn’t too abrasive for glass but will break down any films on the glass of your carafe.
For drying, leave it completely separated and place it in the dish rack until you’re ready to use it again, or your wife makes you empty the dish rack.
How to clean a french press hack: Glass and stainless presses generally ARE dishwasher safe if you want to go that route to clean a french press it’s definitely not my fault if you’re glass french press breaks…
I normally disassemble and rinse mine after every use, and give the carafe a quick swish with soap and water. Once every week or so I’ll do a more extensive cleaning to maintain it.