A New Way to Make Cold Brew

There’s a new cold brew coffee maker out there. And it’s fast. Just 4 minutes to your cold brew happiness. FrankOne started in Bogota, Colombia as a Kickstarter campaign. The idea was to brew using vacuum called VacTec™.

It brews using a reusable filter. It pulls the water using vacuum through the coffee grounds. Hot coffee can brew in a mere 30 seconds! It takes just 4 minutes for cold brew instead of 8-12 hours.

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How clean is your coffee maker?

We’ve talked before about keeping your coffeemaker clean. There was a new study that tested Nespresso machines and monitored the colonization of bacteria from 10 different machines. Among the bacteria found were enterobacteria other coffee-adapted bacteria. They sampled what they are calling coffee leach waste that formed on the drip trays of the coffee makers to see what colonies grew on them.

The most frequent bacteria found were Pseudomonas sp. Also found was Enterococcus spp.

Bacteria grown from coffee leach

Chronological series of SEM images of the drip tray samples taken after 4 (A), 8 (B), 14 (C), and 21 days (D) of operation. Figure C corresponds to a sample highly abundant in Bacillus spp. Scale bars are indicated in each case.


Vilanova, C. et al. The coffee-machine bacteriome: biodiversity and colonisation of the wasted coffee tray leach. Sci. Rep. 5, 17163; doi: 10.1038/srep17163 (2015).

The Victor Crew

How do you clean your coffeemaker?

No matter what type of coffeemaker you have, you should be keeping it clean. In a study in 2011, the coffeemaker reservoir was the fifth dirtiest (mold, spoors) in the typical home.

So how should you clean it? First, make sure to clean the filter basket, lid, and pot in warm soapy water daily. Just a hot water rinse isn’t good enough. One of the best cleaning products for your coffeemaker is vinegar. You can use this to help sanitize, decalcify and remove mineral buildup from tap water. (If you can, you should make your coffee with filtered water.) If you have hard water, decalcify once a month, otherwise every two to three months.

Your manual should tell you how to run vinegar through to clean it out. If not, here is what you can do. Fill the chamber with half white vinegar/ half water. Use a paper filter and allow to brew until half empty. Turn off and let sit for 30 minutes. Finish brewing. Rinse by putting in a new filter and brew just water twice. You can use rice in the carafe as an abrasive with some warm sudsy water to remove any gunk. (We’ve also had luck with a little bit of dishwasher detergent but be sure to rinse well.) Enjoy germ-free coffee!

Jody Victor