Recalled Starbucks Grinders Pose Cutting Risk


About 530,000 coffee grinders sold at Starbucks (Stock Quote: SBUX) and Seattle’s Best Coffee stores are being recalled due to a cutting hazard, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

While the CPSC didn’t report any cases of fingers being cut off, it did say that it received three reports of lacerations and 176 reports that the grinders, shown here, failed to turn off, or turned on unexpectedly.

The recalled grinders were sold in stores as Starbucks Barista Blade Grinders and Seattle’s Best Coffee Blade Grinders for about $30 between March 2002 and March 2009.  They came in a variety of colors.

The CPSC advises consumers to stop using the coffee grinders immediately and contact Starbucks at (866) 276-2950 or online at to receive a free replacement grinder.

The recall comes amid increasing competition from McDonald’s (Stock Quote: MCD) and Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee drinking consumers.

Separately, Starbucks says it plans to change its coffee-grinding schedule in stores from mornings to just before coffee is brewed, according to The Wall Street Journal, in hopes that a stronger aroma will help attract customers.

Of course, folks who know how to be their own barista already have that fresh strong aroma of ground beans in their own kitchens. It goes especially well with the scent of saved money.

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