How to Troubleshoot Cuisinart Grinding Coffee Makers

Cuisinart offers a wide range of small appliances for the home consumer, including various coffee makers and coffee grinders. Many consumers prefer to purchase whole bean coffee and grind the beans themselves as opposed to buying pre-ground coffee, claiming that freshly-ground coffee has superior taste and freshness. To appeal to home-grinders who also abhor clutter, Cuisinart offers models of its coffee maker with a whole bean coffee grinder built into the top of the machine. The set-up decreases the amount of counter space needed for grinding and brewing fresh coffee, but increases the number of possible problems with the machine.

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Coffee beans sometimes clog Cuisinart hoppers and chutes.

Step 1

Listen for a continuous beeping when you try to start grinding and brewing the coffee. Beeping means that a component of the coffee maker is not set in place correctly. Check that the hopper is in place and its knob is in the locked position. Open the filter door and check that the filter basket is in place, empty of used grinds, and that its cover is on and aligned with the grind arrows. Close the filter door until it snaps into place.

Step 2

Check that the power cord is plugged into a working outlet and free of any visible damage if the unit fails to power on.

Step 3

Open the reservoir lid and check that you added water to the Cuisinart coffee maker. Look through the hopper's clear lid and make sure beans were added as well.

Step 4

Unplug the coffee maker from the electrical outlet. Turn the hopper release knob to the unlocked position to release the hopper from its seat. Lift the hopper away from the unit and set it aside. Clean the hopper's seat with a damp cloth. Push and lift the coffee channel's tab simultaneously to gain access to the coffee chute. Use a brush to pull any accumulated grinds over the coffee chute, then pull the grinder lever to send the excess grounds into the filter basket. Close the chute, wipe the hopper clean with a rag soaked in warm, soapy water, then replace the hopper in its container and turn the knob to the locked position.

Step 5

Add more beans to the hopper or adjust the strength control on the coffee maker if the coffee tastes weak. Cleaning the hopper and its chute also creates stronger coffee.