How to Clean the Crofton Cold Brew Coffee System Filter

How to Clean the Crofton Cold Brew Coffee System Filter

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About three weeks ago, I purchased the amazing Crofton Cold Brew Coffee System and wrote up a little post on how to use it (because the instructions on the box are, shall we say, somewhat minimalist).

After using my ALDI cold brew coffee maker every week since (hey, it’s summer!), I think it’s now high time for a follow-up post on how to clean the filter on this same Crofton Cold Brew Coffee System — because, while the coffee itself is great, getting the filter clean for the next batch can be kind of a pain.

How to Clean the Crofton Cold Brew Coffee System Filter

cleaning the crofton cold brew coffee system filter

We all know that used coffee grounds and sinks don’t mix well, and of course the last thing any of us needs to do is clog a drain with soggy grounds from our Crofton Cold Brew coffee filter. However, this tall, skinny filter isn’t the easiest thing to clean! So here’s what I’ve been doing with mine.

  1. After removing the filter, stand it up in the sink until no longer drippy.
  2. Move the filter to the counter, and stand it up on a paper towel for a day or so until the grounds inside are fairly dry.
  3. Shake as many grounds as possible directly into the garbage (or, into whatever receptacle you use to save them for your garden).
  4. Give the filter a good couple of whacks to loosen the rest, and shake it out again.
  5. Use a chopstick to break up the coffee grounds that are likely still stuck to the very bottom of the filter, as well any that still cling to the sides.
  6. Now that the grounds in the bottom of the filter are loosened, shake it out again.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6, if necessary.
  8. Rinse out the filter.
  9. Rinse off your chopstick.

That’s it! It can be so hard to get the last bit of grounds out of the very bottom of that tall skinny filter, but the chopstick trick has been working quite nicely for me.

Note: If you are in a hurry to make another batch, shake as many of the damp grounds out as possible right after letting it drain briefly. Then, just let the last remnants dry out a bit before trying the chopstick trick — the last bits will dry out faster than if you leave all the grounds in there.

How to clean the rest of the Crofton Cold Brew Coffee Maker

how to clean the crofton cold brew coffee system filter

Don’t throw any of this in the dishwasher; there have been multiple reports of people cracking their cold brew coffee carafes. (How sad would this be?!) It’s easy enough to quickly hand-wash the various parts of ALDI’s cold brew coffee system, since all you ever have in there is water and coffee.

That’s about all there is to it: And, if you need to know how to use your Crofton Cold Brew Coffee System, see the step-by-step directions here.

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