1. The broken latch on the grinder area is a much-commented upon issue. I have two units (the oldest is about 6 years old), and have not had this issue. I noticed that as the unit got older, the grind-basket needs extra “incentive” to sit into its sleeve. If the basket doesn’t go all the way into the sleeve, and you try to force the cover down, the cover would probably break.

    My suggestion would be, if you close the cover and it doesn’t catch immediately, open the cover back up and nudge the grind-basket a little lower in its sleeve.

    Hope this helps.

    BTW, I just contacted Melitta and this unit (and the larger one with the weather station) have been discontinued. They said they are negotating with a new manufacturer, and should have a new type unit sometime in 2010. I don’t know if they still have replacement parts, but if you want any, I wouldn’t wait to contact them.