By April 2, 2012

How to clean your Krups GVX coffee grinder

My review of the Krups GVX grinder is one of my more popular Gibberish articles about coffee, and it’s the top ranked video review on YouTube. The coffee grinder is an inexpensive flat burr grinder and can be found at Costco for about $30 before tax.

However, the grinder has some design issues that may lead some to think their unit is broken. Two common issues reported with the GVX are slow / labored grinding and that the unit won’t turn on.

Here’s a video detailing my experience with a “broken” grinder and how I fixed it.

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2 Comments on "How to clean your Krups GVX coffee grinder"

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  1. David Silver says:

    I was so pleased to find your video, as my Krups just stopped working today and I hadn’t check for a little switch activated by the lid, but as of now I have made sure that both switches, the lid and the hopper switches, are depressed and still my unit does nothing (besides the blue light lighting up). My guess is the motor actually burned out or whatever tells it to stop grinding (according to how the setting on the front is set) is broken. The motor does absolutely nothing, so I don’t think it could be clogged. Darn!

  2. Leo says:

    Thank you for your video, and while there was nothing specifically new to your arsenal of maintenance techniques for this unit, it is good to know that I was doing the same things that a fellow three digit IQ and rational individual was doing.

    Nonetheless, I had a different problem. My grinder would suddenly run at a high speed, and I attributed it to oil from the beans preventing beans from flowing nicely into the burr stage of the unit. We have a gentleman in our small city who has a great many different types of coffee beans that are roasted fresh, and daily. I find that freshly roasted coffee does after a time “sweat” oil – more than what I am accustomed.

    This has become a problem over time, and with regular maintenance, and cleaning the unit below the burr stage, I put off the problem for a long time. Very recently, and I think that I got this idea from one of your readers, I took some rice and put that through after I cleaned the unit thoroughly. I thought grinding this at the finest setting would be the most appropriate. I was amazed at how much coffee was still in the unit, and did this twice more. Coffee flows through my machine with no difficulties now, and there is no high speed whining.

    I think that the quantity of coffee that is ground is a function of time, and so with a few seconds of pointless grinding, my quantities have not been so very reproducible – weaker coffee brews have been generated.

    Should any of your readers have the same problem, this is a final stage of cleaning that would rid the unit of any coffee oil buildup.

    Thank you again for your video,

    Leo