What happens if you put milk in a coffee maker?

You might be wondering what if you put milk in the coffee maker and have a creamy delicious caffe latte you had in a restaurant lately with a friend. And whenever he visits you, you can present that amazing brew to him saying “bro I am a pro” then stop wondering and start reading because you might end up creating a disaster!

Coffee is undoubtedly a lifeline for its addicts. Either you have to kickstart your day or pull an all-nighter for an exam tomorrow, a cup of coffee always has your back. A lot of people can’t even proceed without their daily drink.

Over 100 different species of coffee are known to exist. With such a diversity in coffee species and coffee making methods around the world, one might think of adding milk to their brews and experimenting with their coffee-making skills. But would that experiment be worth it or would it result in trouble? We will be answering all your concerns and also suggesting some alternative ways to make your early morning love taste a little sweeter!

Can a coffee maker work with milk?

First of all, your concern needs to be answered and that is can milk be an option for water. The sad news is that your coffee makers just can’t work with milk. They are meant to work with water only. Yeah! That’s right.

Coffee makers work on the principle of brewing coffee grounds with water. The water gets heated by the machine, rises, and after condensing drains through coffee grains extracting flavor from the grounds. And bingo! You have a delicious cup of joe.

But we believe you will be wise enough to understand that the process may not work with milk. Heating the protein and fat content of milk to that high temperature would not only denature the nutrients but it would also taste bad. Quite opposite to what you wanted. The brew would thus be a disaster and yes! that friend would be laughing and poking fun at you all the time during his stay.

Can milk do damage to your machine too?

Not only the coffee will taste bitter but also it can damage your coffee maker. Milk contains casein proteins and proteins get denatured at extreme temperatures. This can produce a milk scald and oily sludge in the brewing mechanisms. Not only this scald won’t wash out easily but it can also scum on the heating element. All this solid mess can block the siphon tube. And there you go! You have just said goodbye forever to your morning best friend.

There is more to just that. All this mess inside the coffee maker provides a perfect breeding ground for microorganisms. They would keep growing turning your coffee maker into a home for themselves.

What if you have already put milk in the coffee-maker?

So, you have already put milk in the coffee maker not knowing the after-effects. Kudos to you! Only if you had read our article before. But don’t worry. We got you some solutions. Put your apron on and get ready for the cleaning job. Follow the simple steps to unclog the machine:

  1. Mix half water and half vinegar in a cup to make a solution
  2. Pour the solution into the machine
  3. Run a water cycle
  4. Repeat the cycle until unclogged completely. It can take many cycles!

Vinegar due to its acidic effect will help breakdown the residue clogged inside the machine.

Making your coffee taste less bitter:

Your quest for a milk-based coffee suggests that you like coffee that tastes less bitter. Since adding milk to a coffee maker is not a good idea already proved above, we got some better options for you to have a delicious milk-based coffee.

  • You can prepare a good cup of coffee and add milk afterward. But it may not taste as good.
  • Arabica beans produce comparatively less bitter brew than Robusta. You can also use beans that are less fine.
  • A light roast will produce a less bitter taste than a dark one.
  • If the above options don’t produce the desired output, try an espresso coffee maker that comes with milk frothers and that would certainly do the job. Read More