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There are two ways to clean a Starbucks barista burr grinder. The first is the automatic method, which is quick and easy; and the second is the manual method, which takes more time and effort. The manual method is more thorough and gives the owner/operator the opportunity to closely inspect the Starbucks barista burr grinder for wear or damage. Manufacturers recommend cleaning the burr grinder every few weeks.

Unplug the grinder. Remove the hopper and coffee basket. Empty the hopper then twist counterclockwise to unscrew it. If the hopper does not come off you may need to turn the grind knob counterclockwise until it stops. Pull the coffee basket out as normal. Clean the the basket and hopper with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Do not put these plastic parts in the dishwasher as they may melt and become disfigured.

Automatically clean the grinder by pouring in the grinder cleaner or rice. Both the grinder cleaner and rice will soak up oils and clean the burr teeth. Screw the hopper back on the Starbucks barista burr grinder and insert the coffee basket as normal. Pour the grinder cleaner or rice in the hopper, then plug in and turn on the grinder. Empty the basket when done. If you automatically clean the Starbucks barista burr grinder you do not need to follow steps 3 and 4.

Manually clean the Starbucks barista burr grinder. Remove the silicon seal from the burr grinder. Using the wire brush or toothbrush and soapy water, clean the seal. Remove the burr ring and clean in the same manner. Dry both parts and replace the burr ring and then the silicon seal. Use the wire brush to clean the coffee shoot by reaching underneath the coffee shoot. Wipe down the outside of the grinder.

Replace the hopper and the coffee basket. Refill the hopper with beans and set the burr grinder to your preferred setting.


You can also use rice after cleaning the Starbucks barista burr grinder manually to help maintain sharp burr blades.


Whenever you are cleaning any electrical appliance, always ensure that it is unplugged.

About the Author

Greg Blankenship

Greg Blankenship is a Springfield, Ill.-based writer who has been covering public policy and politics professionally since 2002. He has written for "The American Spectator," "The Springfield State Journal-Register," "The Champaign News-Gazette" and "The Suburban Daily Herald." His focus has been on health care, public finance and economic issues. Blankenship holds a Master of Arts in international studies from Loyola University of Chicago.