Burr coffee grinders can be an expensive purchase, so you want to make sure that when you do find one that you love, you can take care of it properly. Here are a few steps to help you with the maintenance process for your burr coffee grinder.
Step 1 - Clean Regularly
The one thing that you need to keep in mind when it comes to most household appliances, not excluding the Burr coffee grinder, is that you need to care for and clean them regularly. After each use of your burr coffee grinder, rinse it with warm water and light soap. This will help you maintain between serious cleanings.
Step 2 - Use White Rice
If you consistently use your coffee grinder, you will want to do a thorough cleaning about every week. This helps to keep it in good shape for longer. Begin with about a quarter cup of white rice. Pour the rice into the coffee grinder and then turn the grinder on to start it. Allow it to grind up the white rice into small pieces. Once the rice is ground up into small pieces you can throw it away. Then, repeat this step a few times until your find that the ground up rice inside in completely white and all of the black or brown from the coffee has disappeared. This step may take about 3 or even 4 tries before the ground rice is pure. It is important to be patient and complete this step to clean out the grinder. Be sure to discard of any rice or coffee grounds once you are finished and completely empty out the grinder.
Step 3 - Rinse
Once you have finished with the last step, you can unplug the grinder. Be sure to do this completely as you will be using water in this step. Any piece of the grinder that is dishwasher safe can be rinsed off with warm water and then placed in the dishwasher to be cleaned. If you do not have a dish washer then just use a mild dish soap and a soft rag to get it clean. Check the manual for your grinder before putting anything in the dishwasher. While many have dishwasher safe parts, there are some models that do not. Using a soft bristle brush or bottle cleaner, water and a mild soap, clean off the rest of the grinder carefully. Make sure that you do not get any of the electric parts wet and plug in right away.
Once you are finished, allow the grinder to dry completely by itself or use a towel to help aid the process. If you are worried about soap residue at all, you may want to run through with trial beans or throw away coffee to get anything out before you actually use it. Typically though you will not have any problems.