A french press with a mug of coffee and a jar of rock sugar.
The Parts Of Your French Press Coffee Maker You Can't Forget To Clean
If you have a French Press coffee maker, you may be cleaning the pot and the plunger, but you also shouldn't overlook the layers of mesh that can trap the coffee.
Most French press plungers are made up of a bottom support plate along with a top plate that has large holes, and these two sandwich a circle of fine mesh in between.
The layers are held together by the long plunger post. By unscrewing it, the pieces come apart, and you'll often find finely ground bits of coffee trapped in the layers.
Clean all the parts with distilled vinegar or a coffee-cleaning solution to dissolve the old coffee oils and kill any bacteria. Wash with warm, soapy water, and air-dry the parts.