April 20, 2014

How to care for your pots & grinders?

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR COPPER TURKISH COFFEE POT

With little care, your coffee maker will provide you with many years of service and pleasure.   Your coffee maker is made with copper which is the choice of the gourmet professionals for cooking.  It is considered the finest practical conductor of heat.  It’s primary advantage is that it requires only low to moderate heat to obtain the best results.  This is why the copper is the perfect material to use for Turkish coffee pots.  It is lined with tin which is the most commonly preferred choice for copper cookware (tin is the silver colored metal inside your pot).

BEFORE USING

  • Wash your new coffee  maker in warm water with a mild soap or dish detergent.

ESSENTIAL PRECAUTIONS

  • Never place your coffee pot in a dishwasher.
  • Never boil your pot dry.
  • Never use metallic utensils to stir your coffee.  Use only wood or plastic spoons.
  • Never use steel wool or abrasive pads that could scratch your coffee pot.

CLEANING

You can use the commercially available cleaning materials for copper or tin to clean your coffee pot if you need to, but remember it’s OK to let your pot turn dark.  It adds character!

Outside:

  • Non abrasive pad or sponge is the best.

Inside:

  • Tin is a soft metal and should be cleaned with a dishcloth or sponge only.  Never use abrasive cleaning materials like scouring pads or metal scrapers on your coffee pot.
  • Rinse thoroughly after washing and dry to avoid spotting.
  • It is best to rinse it right after use so that residual coffee grinds don’t dry and harden.
  • Eventually, it will need to be re-lined at a tinsmith.  We recommend Atlantic Retinning and Metal Refinishing in Oakhurst, New Jersey (Telephone: 732 – 531-1221).  You can visit their web site for additional information on how to take care of your copper product.

HOW USE YOUR TURKISH COFFEE GRINDER

With little care, your grinder can provide you with many years of service and pleasure.  Here are some guidelines that might help you:

BEFORE USE

  • Take off the lid on top (if it is tight, use a twisting motion and pull it out.  Do not use any pliers or metal objects to pry it out.  This also applies to the bottom canister).  Fitting will get better with use over time.
  • Take out the handle for the grinder, which is folded inside the upper hopper.

ESSENTIAL PRECAUTIONS

  • Never use your grinder empty.  This can damage the burrs.

CLEANING

  • You should not wash your coffee grinder.  However, if you must, make sure to dry it thoroughly to prevent any rusting.
  • Never use steel wool or abrasive pads to clean your grinder.
  • You may use the commercially available cleaning materials for brass to clean the outside.

HOW TO USE YOUR GRINDER

  • Place your coffee beans into the hopper and close the lid.
  • Unfold and attach the handle to the rod in the center of the grinder.
  • Make sure to have some coffee or spices in the hopper before you start turning the handle.  
  • Turn the handle clockwise  and hold it below your hand/wrist so that you are pushing down  on it while turning the handle – this will make sure that the handle does not come off (unlike the smaller grinders that are made for spices, the 5.5 inch handle on this grinder does not attach to the mill in order to have the maximum length and strength – the longer the handle; lesser the force required to turn it – since it is specifically designed for roasted coffee beans which are very hard).  The handle conveniently folds in half for easy storage in the upper hopper.
  • On your first use, it will take several turns before it starts to grind; because the burrs are empty.
  • Adjust the coarseness by the screw/bolt at the bottom only when it is empty.  The screw on the side of the grinder is to stabilize the burs in the hopper.  It should be tightened but not too tight.
  • Attach the bottom canister to the grinder to collect your grind.