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Helpful Tips

Looking for a low acid coffee:

Here are a few tips to selecting a low acid coffee:

  •          Choose Arabica beans – smooth, rich, sweet taste with both less acid and caffeine
  •          Choose a darker roast – longer roasted beans have more acid burned off


My suggestions are:


Chock full o'Nuts - Upper West Side Dark Roast:

Boyd's Coffee – French No.6:


My personal favorite is the Kauai Coffee – Na Pali Coast Dark Roast:

*Note: my new personal favourite is the Jumping Bean - East Coast Roast



How to brew the BEST cup of ‘Jo’:

How we like to brew the best cup of ‘Jo’


A. Use filtered or distilled water - great water makes great tasting coffee


B. Pre-heat whatever you can, this includes having a warm coffee mug to keep the coffee hot


C. Prep the machine to make sure it's clean and the filter is clean too


D. Experiment with different brew sizes (6oz/8oz/10oz for example) to see how the coffee to water ratio affects your cup of coffee. Every coffee selection is affected differently, and most importantly is what your taste buds have to say! Not everyone likes a beer on tap, we all have our own favorite.



How to properly descale your single serve brewer at home; without chemicals or detergents:

Machines getting a lot of daily use can develop clogs that can cause the brewer to sputter or even quit completely. Here's a quick cleaning routine to keep your machine running smoothly.


What you need:

Dirty or clogged single serve brewer

White Vinegar

Clean, dry cloth (microfiber works best)



  1. Unplug the machine: It's a simple but important safety step!
  2. Disassemble and wash removable parts: Remove the water reservoir and lid, mug stand and also the AromaCup™ pod holder. Wash these pieces in warm, light soapy water, rinse and dry.  Remember that the needles that are used to puncture the single serve pods are sharp…be careful.  A can of compressed air can be used to blow out the coffee grinds that might be caught around the top needle.
  3. Wipe machine surface: With a clean, dry cloth (or a damp cloth where needed), wipe surfaces of machine. Don't forget the area around the pod holder where coffee and tea granules/oil may collect; you can use the can of compressed air, again. Return all removable parts and plug in machine.
  4. Descale with a water and vinegar rinse:
    - Mix 1/2 white vinegar and 1/2 water to fill the water reservoir in your machine.
    - Start the brew cycle without inserting an AromaCup™ pod.
    - Repeat until the reservoir is empty, discarding the mug contents after each brewing cycle. This process will help remove lime and scale buildup. If you have a particularly stained mug be sure to use it as the catcher mug, the vinegar/water solution will help remove the stains.
    - Fill the reservoir again with the vinegar/water solution and run 1 additional brew cycle through the machine; then, keep the brewer plugged in and turned on.  Allow the vinegar/water solution to sit in the reservoir and work its magic on the inner tubes as well. Discard the vinegar/water mix in the reservoir.
  5. Rinse with water: Using only clean plain water in the reservoir, run the brew cycle again (without inserting an AromaCup™ pod) to remove any residual vinegar taste. This can take 2-3 full reservoir tanks of water, depending on the size of your tank and volume of clean water going through the brewer.

    You're done! Start enjoying clean coffee brewing again!

    *Various brewer manufacturers recommend descaling your brewer at least every 3-6 months depending on your water source and amount of usage.



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