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Hamilton Beach Commercial Coffee Maker Cleaning Instructions

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Hamilton Beach Commercial coffee makers are renowned within the hospitality industry for their speed and functionality. If you want to take proper care of your unit, these Hamilton Beach Commercial coffee maker cleaning instructions will help you keep your piece of equipment working properly and safely for as long as possible.

This guide is for single-cup models, such as the HDC311 and HDC200B.


All coffee makers should be cleaned thoroughly at least once per month. In areas with hard water, clean the unit once a week. To avoid damaging the power cord, be sure to never immerse it in water, especially the plug.

Pre-Cleaning Procedure

  • Step 1. Remove any coffee pods - Take out any used single-serve coffee or tea pods and discard them.
  • Step 2. Connect the unit to power - If the machine isn’t already plugged in, make sure that the power cord is plugged into the outlet.
  • Step 3. Place a mug under the brew basket - Put a large mug or cup on the cup rest in order to catch any vinegar or water that leaks from the unit during the cleaning process.

Descaling the Machine

  • Step 1. Fill the reservoir with vinegar - Pour 1-1/2 cups (355ML) of plain white vinegar into the reservoir of HDC311 units. For HDC200B machines, add 1/2 cup (120ML) of vinegar and 1/2 cup (120ML) of cold water.
  • Step 2. Start a brew cycle - Press the “Brew Now I/O” button (“Start” for HDC200B machines), wait 30 seconds and then press the same button again to stop the brewing cycle.
  • Step 3. Let the reservoir soak for 30 minutes - Allow 30 minutes for the vinegar to break down scale buildup within the reservoir.
  • Step 4. Complete the brew cycle - After 30 minutes have passed, press either the “Brew Now I/O” or “Start” button to finish the brew cycle.
  • Step 5. Flush out the vinegar - Run 2 to 3 brew cycles using 1 cup (240ML) of cold water in order to rinse out any vinegar left in the unit.

General Interior & Exterior Cleaning

  • Step 1. Unplug the unit - Disconnect the power cord from the outlet.
  • Step 2. Cool down the machine - Allow a few minutes for the unit to cool down.
  • Step 3. Remove small parts - Uninstall the cup rest holder, single-serve pack holder and funnel on HDC311 coffee makers. For HDC200B units, take out the brew basket.
  • Step 4. Clean the removable parts - Wash the small parts by hand with warm, soapy water, then rinse and dry thoroughly. If you use a dishwasher, be sure to place them in the top rack and avoid using the “Sani” cycle so as not to damage the delicate parts.
  • Step 5. Unclog the needle (HDC311 units only ) - Remove the gray needle by turning the arrow to the unlocked icon. Then, bend a small paperclip and insert the tip into the needle to clear out any stuck coffee grounds. Reinstall the needle by placing it in the appropriate location and turning the arrow to the locked icon.
  • Step 6. Wipe the exterior - Clean the exterior with a damp cloth, then dry to remove any excess moisture. Don’t forget about the water spreader area just above the brew basket on HDC200B machines since coffee oils and residues can build up there.

Resuming Normal Operation

  • Step 1. Reinstall the removable parts - Return the uninstalled parts to the machine.
  • Step 2. Wash the mug - Remember to clean the mug used to catch excess vinegar.
  • Step 3. Restore power to the unit - Reconnect the power by plugging the power cord into the outlet.
  • Step 4. Resume normal operation - Now that the machine is clean and reassembled, you may use the unit normally. 

If you found this information helpful, be sure to take a look at the extensive collection of Hamilton Beach Commercial manuals and diagrams on our site.

Please contact a local authorized service agent who can help with these specific units and all your commercial kitchen equipment needs.