Anyone can go into their local thrift store and find one of these coffee wet mill makeovers on the cheap! You may be wondering who would buy a beat-up old appliance, but there are people out there with a taste for the retro.
And if you’re looking to save money, this is a great way to do it.
You may ask yourself, “What would I do with an old coffee wringer like that?”
The answer? You can turn it into a delicious home-brewed drink. With some simple DIY tools and recipes you’re guaranteed to be the talk of the town! And there are plenty of options for anyone who is gluten-free too. Who doesn’t love a great-tasting coffee from the comfort of their own home?
All you need is a little elbow grease and a lot of caffeine.
Now that you have an idea of what to do with that old appliance, let’s get started! You’re going to want to gather some supplies first.
Coffee beans –Freshly roasted coffee beans are the best. You can buy them from a local roaster or even get them online to save some money in this process.
Coffee grinder –You’ll need to grind your coffee beans into a fine powder before you begin the next step. And if you don’t already own one, it may be in your best interest to pick one up. They’re relatively inexpensive these days, even more so if you wait for a sale or buy refurbished.
Coffee brewer –Which coffee maker is best for your needs will depend on what sort of setup you have at home. But you can use anything from a French press to an espresso machine- the possibilities are practically endless!
Coffee mugs –You’re going to want a nice cup of coffee once you get this whole process completed. You can even choose your favorite color or design, depending on your preference.
Coffee bowls –If you plan on serving some guests a delicious cup of java, these are great for holding frothy milk and coffee to make a cappuccino or café au lait.
Ice cream sundae dishes -A great way to serve a delicious cup of coffee with a side of ice cream, especially if you’re feeling extra generous!
These are some other supplies that may come in handy:
Coffee filters –If you don’t already have some at home, these are great for straining your homemade coffee. You can also use cheesecloth or even a kitchen towel if you don’t mind dealing with the mess.
Coffee milk –If you plan on adding frothed milk to your java, plain old milk won’t do the trick! Coffee milk is so tasty and can be used in a variety of things from coffee beverages to smoothies.
Coffee glasses –These are perfect for serving iced coffee or an espresso martini.
Coffee sugar packets –Why not serve some delicious sugar with your coffee? Strawberry-flavored ones make a great treat! And they’re way easier for guests to use than sugar cubes.
Coffee stirrers –If you plan on serving iced coffee, these are a must! Or else you’re going to have a mess on your hands when it comes time to serve up your java.
Now that you’ve gathered the supplies and all of the appliances needed for this project, let’s get started!
#1. Remove the old gasket.
Depending on the make and model of your appliance, you may or may not need to remove the old gasket before proceeding with this project. Keep in mind that every extra step you take only adds time to your DIY project!
Read your appliance’s manual for more in-depth instructions. If you do need to remove the old gasket, you’ll want to do it with care.
Start by removing the cover of your machine. Once this is done you’ll see a lip towards the bottom of your appliance’s container where the plate meets up with it. The gasket will be seated inside of that gap. Gently lift the gasket out. Set it aside to use in your next project or dispose of it, depending on what you wish to do with it.
This is also a good time to clean the lip where the plate meets up with it. Since this space tends to trap coffee grinds and other debris, cleaning out all of this old stuff will ensure a better result with your coffee.
You should also take this time to clean the inside of your appliance where the plate is going to sit. Be sure to wipe it down well and remove any dirt or grime that may have accumulated within. You don’t want bits of old gasket or residue clogging up the works now, do you?
#2. Insert the new gasket.
Now that your appliance is nice and clean, reinsert the new gasket into the gap where you removed the old one from. Be sure to use a light coat of oil on your gasket before inserting it for a good seal!
Remember to clean up any excess coffee grinds or dirt that you see on the interior of your machine. You don’t want it falling into your freshly ground beans while brewing!
#3. Wipe some oil on the new seal.
Since a good sealing gasket is so important for keeping air out, be sure to give your new one a nice coat of lubricating oil before continuing on. This will ensure a better seal and more efficient use of your machine.
#4. Reassemble your coffee maker!
Now that you have all of the components ready to go, it’s time to reassemble everything! Place the new gasket into its proper place within the lip at the bottom of your pot. Be sure not to push down too hard or you’ll break it. If the gasket doesn’t seem to fit, check to make sure it’s facing the proper way and that your pot is clean.
Once everything is back in place, begin screwing on your lid. Hold your machine upright so you can be certain not to spill any of its contents while you’re doing this.
#5. Enjoy your new and improved coffee maker!
Now that you’ve finished the makeover, it’s time to enjoy all of your hard work! Make yourself a delicious espresso drink or use your machine for any other beverage that requires fresh ground coffee beans. You’ll be surprised at how much better everything tastes when your machine is in good working order.
And there you have it! Whether your appliance was broken or simply no longer performing like it once did, you can breathe new life into it with a little TLC and elbow grease. Have fun with your revamped coffee maker!
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