How to Clean a Coffee Grinder


The electric coffee grinder has become a virtual necessity in the home for coffee connoisseurs and gourmet chefs. Besides helping serve up a better tasting cup of coffee, some grinders can also produce fresh ground herbs and spices for your recipes. To prevent those flavors and aromas from becoming rancid or mingling, it is vital to clean the grinder thoroughly to remove any lingering oils and residues.

How to Clean a Coffee Grinder
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Things You'll Need

  • Clean cloth or paper towels
  • Uncooked rice
  • Dishwashing liquid
Step 1

Unplug the coffee grinder and wipe out as much residue as possible with a fresh paper towel or clean cloth.

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Step 2

Plug in the grinder. Add a little dry, uncooked rice to the grinding compartment and begin grinding. The rice absorbs the oils and aroma. Run the grinder for one minute, or until the rice is reduced to dust. Repeat this step if necessary.

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Step 3

Unplug the grinder and remove the ground rice completely. Wipe again with a paper towel or clean cloth.

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Step 4

Hand wash any removable lid to the coffee grinder with dishwashing liquid. Allow the lid to air dry.

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Step 5

Clean the exterior of the coffee grinder with a damp cloth or paper towel.

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