How to Clean a Cuisinart Grind & Brew

A Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffeemaker will not only brew you a delicious cup of coffee, but will also effortlessly grind the whole coffee beans immediately before it brews. Keep your Grind & Brew coffeemaker functioning properly by maintaining and cleaning it regularly with simple household products. With minimal effort, your Cuisinart coffeemaker will serve your needs for many years.

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Step 1

Turn the coffeemaker off and unplug it from the wall.

Step 2

Open the lid of the reservoir and take the grinder basket out of the coffeemaker. Open the door to the filter basket and take the entire filter basket holder, basket and cover out of the coffeemaker. Completely remove the reservoir lid: when it is open just over halfway, pull it toward you.

Step 3

Fill the sink with warm sudsy dishwater and wash the removed items. Rinse these items under warm water and dry them with the dish towel. Alternatively, you can wash these items in the top rack of the dishwasher.

Step 4

Wipe the coffeemaker down with the dishcloth, including the area under where the grinder basket sits. Do not allow water to splash into the grinder motor as you are cleaning it—use only a damp dishcloth to clean this area.

Step 5

Remove the carafe from the coffeemaker and hand wash it in the sink or wash it on the top rack of the dishwasher. Dry the carafe completely after washing it.

Step 6

Wipe the area where the carafe rests on the coffeemaker with the dishcloth. Use a small amount of dishwashing soap to remove stubborn coffee stains, if necessary. Remove the soap by rinsing the dishcloth, then wiping the coffeemaker again with plain water.

Step 7

Decalcify your coffeemaker by pouring one part white vinegar and two parts cool water into the reservoir. Turn the coffeemaker on and run the diluted vinegar through the coffeemaker. Turn the coffeemaker off and discard the diluted vinegar. Next, rinse it out: Fill the reservoir with plain, cold water and turn the coffeemaker on to run the plain water through it.

Repeat this process when your coffeemaker brews slower than normal or you notice a slight change in the taste of the coffee. The hardness of your water will determine how often the coffeemaker needs to be decalcified.