Best Way To Clean a Cheapo Coffee Bean Grinder
- Breadcrumbs Mar 10, 2013 09:30 AM
A recent clean-out of the dreaded Tupperware cupboard unearthed an old White Westinghouse coffee bean grinder.
We bought it years ago when our old grinder died and we were still deciding what to purchase next. Now I'm thinking it would be ideal to repurpose for spice grinding but I'd like to give it a good clean out first since there's some slight coffee residue in there and it smells of coffee.
Does anyone have a suggestion for the most effective way to do this?
Actually, you'll want to use a short-cook 'minute rice' type of product. What you're looking to do is absorb oils & displace old grounds. Raw rice is extremely hard on the grinding surfaces & not great at absorbing stale coffee oils. 'Minute' rice (generic is fine) is much more friable & porous, making it a much better grinder cleaner.
Alternatively, you can buy a product called Grindz, but it's much more expensive & is basically the same thing as generic 'minute' rice.
I've always used a piece of chewy white bread. Run a small chunk through, dump out the crumbs and repeat until the bread stays white.