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When i turn the machine on and try to grind up some coffee beans, the machine makes a sound like the motor is trying to grind. when i open up the grinder lid, i can see that the grinder is spinning but nothing is getting ground. then the sound will stop and "Grinder empty" button will light but the grinder has plenty of coffee beans in it. how do i fix this problem?

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Generally, coffee beans are oily and form a goo in these machines.  You may get lucky by first unplugging the machine, getting some copper wire (#14 or #12) and poking around in there to loosen the crud up.  If this doesn't work, the unit will have to be disassembled and cleaned.  Messy!

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