Getting a new coffee grinder is fantastic, isn’t it? You get a shiny new toy to play with, like a kid at Christmas all over again.
The house fills with the smell of coffee, and you slip into a daze, enjoying nothing but the sweet caffeinated goodness that is coffee.
A new grinder allows you to experiment with a fresh grind, creating a more refined or coarser grind of coffee than you have before. And there is no grinder quite like a Cuisinart coffee grinder!
But when it comes to cleaning your grinder, it can be a bit tricky! That is where we come to your rescue! Today we are going to break down exactly how to clean Cuisinart coffee grinder so you can go forth and grind to your heart's content!
Do I need to clean my grinder?
Now, you may be wondering whether you need to clean your grinder.
A coffee grinder can easily get covered in coffee-oils and crumbs, affecting how the grinder works. It can also impact your coffee’s taste; you don’t want stale tasting coffee, do you?
That’s why it is so important to clean your grinder as you would other kitchen appliances. How often will depend on how frequently you use your grinder, but it is worth making cleaning your grinder a regular part of your kitchen cleaning routine.
Cuisinart coffee grinders are categorized into two types: a blade or burr mechanism used to grind your coffee. You must check which mechanism your Cuisinart coffee grinder uses as to how to clean them varies.
If you are unsure, a blade grinder will have rotating blades, similar to those in a blender. The blades work to grind the coffee beans into the grounds we love so much.
A burr grinder works slightly differently. It will either be conical or flat and grinds the beans slowly into even pieces. The beans are fed into a fixture, which can be adjusted by the inner and outer burr. Adjusting these burrs change the size of the grind, which does make this a more precise grinder.
But we aren’t here to debate which is better; we are here to clean them, so let’s get into that!
How to clean a Cuisinart Blade Coffee Grinder
Blade grinders generally have two or three blades that are in a confined space in the grinder.
These blades will pulverize anything put in the grinder, so how do we clean it? You can follow these simple steps below:
- Add ¼ cup of uncooked rice to the hopper.
- Run the grinder until the rice is a fine powder
- Remove the ground rice in the trash and dispose of it.
- Unplug the grinder.
- Clean the inside using a damp towel or cloth
See how easy that was? We would recommend doing this every time your grinder looks dirty, or there is a smell. An unpleasant smell can come from the coffee oils sticking to the blades over time.
How to clean a Cuisinart Conical Burr Grinder
These mechanisms are not as simplistic as the blade grinders, making the cleaning process a little trickier.
A burr grinder is the most common type of grinder Cuisinart makes too, so you likely have one sitting in your kitchen!
To clean your conical burr grinder, follow these steps below:
- Begin by disassembling the grinder. Remove the hopper that holds your coffee beans and hand wash the hopper and its lid.
- While the hopper is not attached, run the grinder for 5 seconds. This will remove any remaining coffee.
- Unplug your grinder.
- Remove all plastic and rubber parts from the grinder. Any part that has contact with the beans needs to be removed.
- Wash each of these parts by hand, not a dishwasher. Remember to wash the bin that catches the coffee grinds too.
- Remove the inner burr; you may need some tools to do this. If you are unsure, there should be tips in your instruction manual.
- Use a stiff brush to knock any coffee grounds that may be stuck to the burrs loose.
- Use a dry cloth or towel to wipe the inner and outer burr. Make sure the towel is dry as it will absorb any coffee oils left behind.
- Make sure that all the washed and removed parts are fully dry.
- Once dry, reassemble the coffee grinder.
Cleaning a burr grinder is more complicated than a blade grinder, and you mustn’t use any water on the burrs. You may be wondering if there is a way around this? You can clean the burr grinder without disassembling it!
You can purchase cleaning tablets to run through the machine. The tablets are placed in the hopper, and the grinder is switched on. Pulse the grinder until the tablet has been run entirely through the machine.
After that, run through 1 oz of coffee beans and discard the grounds and any tablet residue from the coffee grind bin. Ensure you also rinse the coffee grind bin and thoroughly dry it before re-attaching it to the grinder.
That tablet method is more convenient than hand washing, but it will not be as thorough. We recommend cleaning the grinder every few months or when you notice a heavy build-up or begins to smell.
You could use a tablet frequently and hand wash for a deeper clean every few months if you feel your grinder also needs regular cleaning.
Before you leave today, let’s draw everything together. Cleaning a coffee grinder is essential to ensure your coffee’s taste and the smooth running of your grinder.
Depending on the grinder you have, the blade or burr will depend on how the grinder should be cleaned. It is essential to follow the steps laid out here today so that your grinder is cleaned correctly.
Avoid dishwashing the parts of your grinder, and make sure that the cleaning is done safely. Be sure to turn the grinder off when cleaning unless you are deliberately running the grinder to avoid a bloody tasting coffee!