First of all, we need to address the most important question. Should you be cleaning your coffee pot daily? Well, yes and no. The short answer is that you should absolutely be washing your coffee pot in soap and water every time you use it. Not just because it will help you make the best pot of coffee possible, but also to get on top of germs, mold, and scale. So make it a habit of rolling up your sleeves and washing that carafe. Your taste buds will thank you.
Now, do you need to do the same with every portion of the machine, from reservoir to basket, shower head to heating pad? Not on the daily, no, unless you have the time, energy, and wherewithal. You’ll still want to give parts a good wipe as you go along, and maybe dip that basket in soap and water as well to take care of loose grinds that have escaped. While essential to brewing, you don’t want to be chewing on them, as well.