How To Clean A Moccamaster

How to clean a moccamaster our 3 step guide

When you have a buildup of organic coffee matter and slime, it’s a sign your Moccamaster is due for a deep clean. Cleaning your Moccamaster not only sustains the longevity of your device but also ensures every batch of coffee you brew tastes as good as the last. 

We recommend considering 3 types of cleaning for your moccamaster:

Cleaning ProcessRecommended Frequency
Regular CleaningAfter every use
Deep CleanEvery Month
DescalingEvery 3 Months

To clean your brewer, Moccamaster recommends you use BioCaf or CleanCaf cleaning powder. These cleaning agents are non-abrasive – so none of the brewer’s internal parts get damaged, and they effectively remove residual coffee oils. 

It’s best to clean the carafe with warm water and soap after every use to prevent the lingering odors from carrying over in your fresh brew. 

In this article, we’ll take you through our step-by-step guide to cleaning your Moccamaster.

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How To Clean And Descale A Moccamaster – The Right Way 

Is there a wrong way of cleaning the Mommaster?

Unfortunately, there is. 

Simply rinsing your carafe after brewing doesn’t effectively remove residual coffee stains. Skipping the “deep” clean process – cleaning internal components of your machine, makes it easy for nasty flavors to carry over into your fresh brew.

So, how can you make sure you’ve correctly removed lime and organic matter buildup? 

Below is the answer to this puzzling question.

Cleaning coffee residue off the moccamaster

1. Cleaning after every use 

Cleaning your machine after every use ensures no coffee oils are lingering on the removable parts. When there’s a build-up of organic coffee matter, unwanted flavors can carry over in your fresh brew. 

It’s best to wash the carafe with warm soapy water after every use. Also, wipe the outside of your brewer with a soft, damp cloth to remove any coffee stains. 

The removable parts should be washed by hand, and like all other components, you should use a mild detergent. 

2. Performing a deep clean 

A deep clean is similar to descaling your machine – only you’d use a cleaning solution instead of a descaler. 

When it comes to deciding which agent to use, Moccamaster recommends you use BioCaf or CleanCaf

They are gentle yet effective at removing any organic material buildup. 

3. Descaling your Moccamaster 

Descaling your machine entails removing all the scale and mineral buildup in your boiling element. 

The build-up slows down the brewer, so it can take longer to brew your cup of coffee.

 If you put off descaling for too long – way past 3 months, your machine can become permanently damaged. 

Technical talk aside, if you appreciate a golden cup of coffee, you should descale your brewer.

Clogged-up boiling elements brew a cold and bland cup of coffee. 

How To Clean Your Technivorm Moccamaster After Every Use 

Cleaning your Moccamaster not only sustains the longevity of your device but also ensures you have a pleasurable drinking experience. 

Performing A Deep Clean 

We recommend you perform a deep clean every month or so.. or as often as needed. Doing so ensures your machine carries you for most of your drinking years. 

Cleaning the spare parts 

You can clean the removable parts with warm water and mild detergent by hand. This includes the carafe and outlet arm. Don’t wash these in the dishwasher because the high heat can make them brittle – unless you don’t mind spending extra money on spare parts. 

The only parts that are dishwasher safe are the lid and filter container.

Cleaning the machine 

You can wipe down the outside of your brewer with a soft, damp cloth.

Cleaning your brewer will remove any organic material and coffee oil build-up. If you notice an accumulation of organic ‘slime’ in your reservoir or thermal carafe, then it’s time for a clean-up. Follow these steps to clean your brewer.

You’ll need:

  • 32oz (950ml) warm water 
  • Cleaning powder 


  1. Dissolve the cleaning powder in water. 
  1. Pour the solution into the water reservoir.
  2. Run the solution through the brewer as you would when brewing coffee.

To Rinse:

  1. Fill the water reservoir with 32oz (950ml) of clean water.
  2. Run three rinse cycles.

How To Clean The Moccamaster Glass Carafe 

Wash the glass carafe in warm soapy water by hand. Avoid putting it in the dishwasher because the high heat can damage it.

Cleaning the moccamaster glass carafe

How To Clean The Moccamaster Thermos Carafe 

Here’s how to clean the coffee stains from the thermos carafe. 

  1. Put a scoop of cleaning powder and fill it with hot water. 
  2. Let it sit overnight. 
  3. Empty the jug and clean it with a bottle brush. 
  4. Rinse two to three times with fresh water. 

Descaling a Moccamaster 

As mentioned earlier in this post, descaling is essential to brighten your morning with a pleasant cup of coffee. 

Below are a basic guide to descaling your machine. 

Read More: For a complete guide on Moccamaster descaling, checkout this article.

The Green Pods moccamaster needs a descale

The best descaling product 

Moccamster recommends you use the Urnex or Durgol descaler. They are non-abrasive and effectively remove every ounce of scale and mineral build-up. 

You can use a universal descaler. 

When using other brands, make sure you don’t use agents with high citric acid content. The acid can cause chemical reactions resulting in lingering foul odor and taste.

How to descale your Moccamaster 

Descaling overdue? Here’s a step-by-step guide to descaling your Moccasmaster

You’ll need: 

  • Urnex or Durgol descaler 
  • 32oz (950ml) clean, warm water 


  1. Pour the powder into the water. Stir until dissolved.
  2. Add the solution to the water reservoir.
  3. Run the brew cycle as you would when brewing coffee.
  4. Once the brew cycle is complete, discard the solution.

Rinse Cycle

  1. Refill the reservoir with clean, warm water and run the brew cycle.
  2. Repeat the process two more times.

Moccamaster Cleaning Frequently Asked Questions 

Below are a list of frequently asked questions we’ve received about Moccamaster cleaning.

Q. How frequently should I descale and clean my brewer, and what should I use?

Moccamster recommends descaling and cleaning your brewer when you finish a box of 100 filters, or after every 3 months. Whichever comes first. 

Also, when the glass tube in the water reservoir becomes cloudy, you should descale the device. 

Q. How to clean coffee stains from Moccamaster carafes?

Here’s how to clean the coffee stains from the thermos carafe. 

1. Put a scoop of cleaning powder and fill it with hot water. 
2. Let it sit overnight. 
3. Empty the jug and clean it with a bottle brush. 
4. Rinse two to three times with fresh water.

To clean the glass carafe, wash it in warm soapy water by hand.
Avoid putting it in the dishwasher because the high heat can damage it.

Q. How do I keep the Moccamaster clean daily?

You can keep your Moccamaster clean by wiping the outside with a soft, damp cloth. Avoid using harsh detergents when cleaning the device. 

Also, wash your carafe and coffee sprout with warm soapy water.

Q. Can I use vinegar to descale the Moccamaster? 

It’s not recommended to use vinegar to descale your Moccamaster. It’s not powerful enough to break down all the mineral content and can leave a long-drawn-out odor in your future brews – making for an unpleasant cup of coffee. 

You can use a universal descaler in place of vinegar. Ensure the agent you use doesn’t have high citric acid concentration because it can leave a lingering odor in your brewer that can carry over to your cup of coffee. 

Concentrated citric acid can also cause mechanical issues with your brewer’s parts. 

Q. Is the Moccamaster dishwasher safe? 

Only the lid and filter container are dishwasher safe. The outlet arm, glass carafe, and thermos flask aren’t dishwasher safe. 

Q. What’s the difference between cleaning and descaling?

Yep, we were confused by this too the first time we saw it.

The key difference between descaling and cleaning is that cleaning is designed to remove fats and oils, so uses a weak base to break down these buildups. Descaling is intended to remove limescale, so uses a strong acid to dissolve these minerals.

Therefore, cleaning and descaling products are completely different!


Giving your Moccamaster a deep is essential to increasing the longevity of your device and enjoying a golden cup of coffee with every brew. 

Cleaning your appliance is similar to descaling it – only you’d use a cleaning agent instead of a descaler. 

A thorough rinse cycle after cleaning is also crucial because it ensures none of the residual solutions carries over to your fresh cup of coffee. 

Moccamaster recommends you use one of the cleaning powders provided on their website because they are gentle but can effectively strip off any organic matter. Other descalers have a high citric acid concentration which can result in mechanical issues with the brewer’s parts. 

A rule of thumb is to clean your brewer after you’ve gone through a box of 100 filters. And to clean your carafe after every use. 

Now, how about giving your Moccamaster a good clean so you can get back to doing what you enjoy most – brewing coffee?

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