By February 9, 2011

How to Clean a Black & Decker CBM210 Burr Coffee Grinder

My workhorse Solis Maestro coffee grinder died last December. I was in a rush to replace it, and we were about ready to move, so I bought a cheap CBM210 coffee grinder from Black & Decker.

The grinder has its plusses and minuses. On one hand, it was really inexpensive – $20 at Target – and does a reasonable job grinding coffee. However, everything else is sub-standard. The grinds aren’t very consistent, the CBM210 is loud, and it vibrates so much that you have to be careful it doesn’t fall off the counter.

And then about three months ago, Sedagive? announced “the grinder’s dead.”

I was afraid this was going to happen. I read a few reviews online, mostly on Amazon.com, that units died within a month or two of usage. I tried the grinder again. The motor was sluggish, and the CBM210 didn’t grind any coffee.

I figured it was dead and started to work on it. I thought I couldn’t do any more harm, right?

Turns out that the coffee grounds chute on the grinder is poorly designed and was clogged up. The chute is narrow and will get blocked by repeated use. I used the cleaning tool included with the CBM210 and also had to use a metal barbecue skewer to chisel out some impacted coffee. After I cleared the chute everything was back to normal.

It makes me wonder how many of those “dead” units reviewed on Amazon were actually just clogged up. I have to clean the grinder about once a week now, and I can definitely see how not cleaning it over a month or two would render the unit worthless. Our grinder is set to medium coarseness; I am curious if people who grind on finer settings have even more problems.

I hope this helps someone out there who has problems with their Black & Decker CBM210 burr coffee grinder.

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2 Comments on "How to Clean a Black & Decker CBM210 Burr Coffee Grinder"

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  1. Nick says:

    Note: Finer grounds tend to clog it faster. When I was grinding for drip, my grinder would clog every few weeks. Now that I’ve switched back to French Press, it keeps on running.

    I’d complain, but I got it for 12 bucks at Target.

  2. Joel says:

    What about where you remove the grinder assembly? That is caked with ground coffee and you can’t take it out.

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