How to Clean A Bonavita Coffee Maker The Right Way

Few things are better than waking up to a fresh cup of coffee, but this simple pleasure can be hindered by inadequate brewing equipment. To ensure your coffee maker works smoothly and quickly, you’ll need to clean it regularly and invest some time in its maintenance. Yes, cleaning is often a pain in the neck, but it will ensure you can enjoy a fresh cup of joe anytime. 

Here’s how to clean a Bonavita coffee maker:

  1. Clean the carafe lid.
  2. Clean the carafe.
  3. Clean the brewer lid and shower head.
  4. Wipe the water container.
  5. Descale the coffee maker.
  6. Wipe the heating plate.

Keep reading to learn how to clean a Bonavita coffee maker so you can enjoy your coffee even more and reduce the cleaning headache to a minimum. 

1. Clean the Carafe Lid

The carafe lid can get covered in coffee residue quite easily, especially if you don’t clean it regularly. It’s very easy to clean, and you should do it at least once a week to prevent stubborn buildup, which can turn into a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. 

There are a few steps to this:

  1. Turn the lid counterclockwise to unscrew it.
  2. Gently wash it with some warm water and detergent.
  3. Rinse it.
  4. If there is some stubborn gunk, you can use a cotton swab to remove it.
  5. Remove the top of the lid if it’s detachable on your model.
  6. Clean it thoroughly with detergent and water.
  7. Rinse and let everything dry.

These parts are dishwasher-safe as long as you don’t put them on a heat cycle. However, if you’re only going to wash your coffee maker, it’s much faster to do it by hand. 

2. Clean the Carafe

As long as you clean the carafe regularly, you won’t have any trouble with it. You can simply use some water and detergent to remove any remains of coffee in it. Remember to only use the soft part of the sponge, as the abrasive part might damage the stainless lining. 

If there are some stubborn stains, you can mix one part of vinegar and one part of water and fill the carafe with that. You should leave it overnight and thoroughly wash it with soap and water to get the smell out.

You can also use special powders for cleaning coffee makers if you’re willing to spend a bit of money. They do an awesome job and are a great choice for stubborn stains. 

3. Clean the Brewer Lid and Shower Head

These parts are also removable and can be easily cleaned. You can put them in the dishwasher, but you can also clean them by hand. Even though you might not see the dirt that easily, you need to clean these parts regularly to prevent anything nasty from building up and slowing down your coffee maker.

To clean the brewer lid and the shower head, you need to follow a few steps:

  1. Pop them off.
  2. Wash gently with water and detergent.
  3. Soak in vinegar if necessary, cleaning with soap afterward.
  4. Rinse and dry.
  5. Put them back on.

That is pretty much all you have to do in this step. It’s pretty easy and takes almost no time—much less than not cleaning your coffee brewer and then spending hours scrubbing all the gunk off. 

4. Wipe the Water Container

You should ideally wipe your water container after every use. You can simply wipe it with a paper towel or a cloth after you empty it. This will prevent minerals from building up on it and spoiling the taste of your coffee. 

Some people avoid washing it with soap and water, but it’s not a bad idea to do this every week or so. If you rinse it well, there won’t be any problems. 

5. Descale the Coffee Maker

Descaling your brewer might be the most important part of its maintenance. You can do this every three months in an area with soft water, but if you live somewhere with hard water, it’s good to do it every two months, or maybe even more often if the water situation is really bad.

The easiest way to do this is by using a descaler like Cleancaf. This is how you can do it:

  1. Dissolve Cleanfac in water.
  2. Fill the water tank with the solution.
  3. Turn on your coffee maker.
  4. Let it “brew” until it’s halfway done.
  5. Turn it off and let the solution sit there for around half an hour.
  6. Turn it on again and let it run until the brewing process is done.
  7. Wash and rinse.

If you don’t have a descaler available to you, you can resort to vinegar and water. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Mix one part vinegar and one part water.
  2. Pour it into the water tank.
  3. Let it sit there for around 12 hours.
  4. Pour out the solution.
  5. Wash thoroughly until you get rid of the aroma.

Whichever method you choose, you’ll be fine as long as you do it regularly. 

6. Wipe the Heating Plate

As you use your Bonavita coffee maker, you’ll inevitably spill some droplets of water on the heating plate under the carafe. These droplets can leave little stains on the plate. While they’re not dangerous, they definitely look nasty. 

These stains were hard to clean back in the day, but today you don’t need to do anything but wipe most of the time. Simply wait until the heating plate is cold and wipe it with a paper towel or cloth. 

Need more ideas? Check out my article on how to clean a Hamilton Beach coffee maker.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! Following these steps will ensure that your Bonavita coffee maker is clean and makes perfect coffee every time. 

Joe Carrow

Reno addict, keen gardener, and baker. I  started blogging in 2012 and have been hooked ever since!

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