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Thread: Grinder Maintenance Regime

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    Grinder Maintenance Regime

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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

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    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...

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    Quote 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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    I cleaned the hopper this one time

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    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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    Quote 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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    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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    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...

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    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.

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

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    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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    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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    I wonder which grinder is quickest and easiest to clean?

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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    None of them. They all take time...My experience is that they rarely get cleaned...
    Not much I can say about that then. I don't mind pulling things apart but sometimes I can't get them back together.

    sometimes I'm left with 'spare' parts when I finally do get them back together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smee View Post
    I wonder which grinder is quickest and easiest to clean?
    eureka mignon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertyrx1 View Post
    eureka mignon.
    Thanks for your reply. Do you have an Eureka Mignon ?

    Is it a good grinder ? (Happy with it?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    It's a good grinder I don't list it on my website. The Macap m2m is unrivalled as an entry level (prosumer) grinder IMO.
    This is going slightly of topic but, I have seen a lot of good reports on the m2m.

    What about this grinder do you feel earns it the best entry level prosumer grinder title?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boggas View Post
    This is going slightly of topic but, I have seen a lot of good reports on the m2m.

    What about this grinder do you feel earns it the best entry level prosumer grinder title?
    M2M is easy to clean, adjust, use and a new pair of cutters costs about $28.00
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    I clean out the hopper and chute on my Mazzer Mini after each coffee making session.
    Cleaning the burrs is probably not essential, but I've never tested that theory. Not much accummalates there in the Mazzer. I have noticed that the difference between burrs grinds/bean bits shortly after a clean and between long periods of clean is negligible.

    My no.1 now is changing the burrs on schedule for the grinder.
    That makes the biggest difference.
    Best money I've spent on espresso.

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    Usually do a vacuum and hopper wipe of my SJ once a month. I usually pull out the burrs when I'm majorly procrastinating which happens about 2 times a semester at the moment
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Yeah, I occasionally vacuum my SJ...



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