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    Today while I was doing my weekly cleaning regime, I couldn't help feeling like my grinder doesn't get the same love as my espresso machine. So I have decided I am going to increase the level of preventative maintenance my grinder receives, but wanted to find out what love everyone else gives their grinder?

    Currently my cleaning involves:
    -Cleaning the hopper between bean changes to remove stale oils
    -Clearing the grind chamber and chute between bean changes
    -Cleaning the external housing weekly

  • #2
    G'day mate...

    Does your grind chamber/throat clean include vacuuming out weekly or so?
    That's about the only other thing I would add...

    Mal.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Dimal View Post
      G'day mate...

      Does your grind chamber/throat clean include vacuuming out weekly or so?
      That's about the only other thing I would add...

      Mal.
      Thanks Mal

      At the moment I have only been brushing it out, but using a vacuum makes so much more sense and less mess

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      • #4
        I cleaned the hopper this one time

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        • #5
          I vaccum out my grinder daily and give it the extra touch with a brush. I take out the burrs once a month to clean underneath and wipe off oils (there usually isn't much since I don't allow fines to sit around).
          Not a big effort once it's a part of the routine.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gonzo89 View Post
            I vaccum out my grinder daily and give it the extra touch with a brush. I take out the burrs once a month to clean underneath and wipe off oils (there usually isn't much since I don't allow fines to sit around).
            Not a big effort once it's a part of the routine.
            I have thought about pulling the burrs out for cleaning but have always been a bit worried about collateral damage, due to my inexperience more than anything.

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            • #7
              Depending on the grinder model it can be a lot simpler than you might imagine. In saying that though, always stick to what you're comfortable with

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              • #8
                I think removal of the stationary burr carrier is not really required more often than monthly if you're doing all the other good things. I sometimes leave it for a couple of months and there is hardly any difference in retained coffee residues...

                Mal.

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                • #9
                  It looks like I'm not too far off the mark with my current process.

                  I am going to look into "grindz" and possibly removing the burr carrier for cleaning periodically. [emoji106]

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dimal View Post
                    I think removal of the stationary burr carrier is not really required more often than monthly if you're doing all the other good things. I sometimes leave it for a couple of months and there is hardly any difference in retained coffee residues...

                    Mal.
                    Certianly not necessary as you say, I just like to tinker in my spare time. I change beans a lot and no longer own my second mazzer so I like to give it a decent clean monthly. Easy if you have a micro dial style grinder as there is no need to recalibrate (I don't own one anymore but the design is great).

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                    • #11
                      All good mate...
                      Just wanted to point out that more often is an option really...

                      Mal.

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                      • #12
                        Occasionally I'll spend 30 seconds with the brush cleaning under the burrs... but then again, I guess manual grinders don't have a lot to clean :-)

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                        • #13
                          I pull the Mazzer apart every few months. It doesn't take a lot of effort really and clean equipment = clean taste.

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                          • #14
                            I wonder which grinder is quickest and easiest to clean?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Smee View Post
                              I wonder which grinder is quickest and easiest to clean?
                              None of them. They all take time...My experience is that they rarely get cleaned...

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