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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 07:12 AM
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Easy Way to Clean A French Press Coffee Maker
I love my French press, but cleaning it isn't easy. The problem is the wet coffee grounds at the bottom of the French press, which is a narrow, cylinder shape. Shaking it and turning it upside down only gets part of the grounds. Rinsing it with water works, but where to put the water/grounds? I don't want to pour it down my sink as I'm afraid of clogging my plumbing.

A person can get their hand in the French press with a paper towel, but it's hard to move it since the container is so small in width.

Added Bonus: Water Compost Pile or Plants



So I came up with the idea of adding water to the French press and putting it in a used orange juice container. Two rinses and the coffee press is clean. Now to water the plants, which I thought should be acid-loving, like rhododendrons, azaleas, and conifers. In doing a little research, though, I find that the grounds are pretty acidic and after some initial watering, it's best to switch to putting the grounds in the compost pile.


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Phentex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-09-11 12:28 PM
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1. I was about to post what we do...
but your idea is the same except we just pour the mixture in our compost bin.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-10-11 09:25 AM
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2. This is what I do:
1. I remove the plunger and run it under a light stream of faucet water. The grounds go into a small sieve under it.

2. I take a rubber spatula that's designed to sprape food processors (scooped, not flat -- see pic) and carefully remove the grounds directly to the garbage.



3. Whatever little is left inside the glass base is mixed with a little water and then run through the same small sieve. The grounds are added to the garbage.
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GoneOffShore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-19-11 03:45 PM
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3. Do you have a garbage disposal?
Been dumping the grounds down the sink for years, along with tea leaves.

Not a problem.

Of course using the grounds as fertilizer is great.

But they're not going to hurt your plumbing.
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