When it comes to coffee makers, I appear to be cursed. I have gone through five in the last year!
The day I received the NEW Affresh® Coffeemaker Cleaner, our coffee maker died. Water would no longer pump through the machine. There was not a wheeze, nor a gurgle… Nothing. I could not believe it. R.I.P. coffee maker #4.
I felt doomed!
I was so desperate I went out and bought a second-hand coffee maker to see how well Affresh® Coffeemaker Cleaner worked. I carried home this heavy giant coffee robot that even grinds your coffee beans. I swear, my arms were longer by the time I got home.
We “brewed” hot water through it and the thing was a mess! The water was not clean and I just wanted to take it back. If you’re ever in my position and wonder how to clean your coffee maker, Affresh® Coffeemaker Cleaner is the product for you. After putting the tablet through our machine, water came out crystal clear. Unfortunately, a few days later the coffee monstrosity decided to brew coffee all over my kitchen countertop!
I had had it! That was it! No more cheap or second hand coffee makers for me. I wanted the real deal. So, we invested in a KitchenAid coffee maker. But! If I was going to make that kind of java commitment, I wanted to make sure it was in excellent condition and last for a long, long time.
Again, Affresh comes back into the picture! This time, I wanted to run it through my brand-new coffee maker just in case there was dust or factory debris. Just like the first time, there was no strong smell and it worked like a charm. I just put it into my water reservoir, added the Affresh® Coffeemaker Cleaner tablet and ran the brew cycle twice. Once was to clean and then once with just water to rinse.
I have realized now, what is the point of spending money on an appliance if you are not going to take care of it properly? Considering that this is now my fifth coffee maker in the last year, using this product is a simple way to do maintenance once a month.
I am happy to report that it has been a couple of weeks, the coffee maker is going strong, I have already used Affresh® Coffeemaker Cleaner to keep it clean and the machine is working great.
I even used the machine to help me brew coffee that I put into fudge! It goes great with a hot cup of joe for the coffee fanatics like me and my husband. This recipe is so fast to make, I bet you could brew yourself a cup of coffee in the time it takes to make it. It is absolutely decadent and perfect for the holidays.
If you want to add a fancy touch, cut the fudge into small squares, put into mini cupcake liners and top with a chocolate-covered espresso bean. Just make sure to eat them early in the evening or you might be up all night!
3 cups chocolate chips
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
2 tbsp strong brewed coffee, room temperature
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Grease an 8” x 8” square baking pan with butter. Line pan with greased parchment paper.
On the stovetop in a heavy bottom pan add the condensed milk, then the chocolate chips, brewed coffee, salt and instant espresso powder.
Over low to medium heat, warm up the pan so the condensed milk helps melt the chocolate chips. Once warm, start to stir everything together until the chocolate chips melt. You might have to increase the heat to make this happen. Just be careful the bottom does not scorch.
When the chocolate chips are all almost melted remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Quickly pour into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. I like to sprinkle the top with some coarse salt.
Bring to room temperature, cover and let sit in fridge for two hours. Cut into squares. Cover and store at room temperature.