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    ROCKY MAINTENANCE

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I peoples. As some of you know I have now acquired a wonderful ROcky DL.

    Now...how do i clean it and maintain it in a good condition? Do i need to clean burrs etc?

    Joe

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    Re: ROCKY MAINTENANCE

    Hi jchiha,

    Just did a quick search and found a couple of threads re cleaning Rocky.... this one seemed to have the most info :-
    http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1103400488

    All the best,
    Mal.

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    Gday Joe,
    another thing you might like to consider is getting a click-clack storage container. The lid of this makes a good replacement for the grinder hopper lid and after youve finished grinding you just give the lid a few pumps and youll be amazed how much ground coffee comes flying out of the chute.
    All the best,
    Steve.

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    Good one Lovey [smiley=tekst-toppie.gif],

    Now THAT is something Ill have to give a try :),

    Mal.

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    Re: ROCKY MAINTENANCE

    There is absolutely no need to dismantle coffee grinders and get into the burrs unless the burrs require replacement. *In domestic use this is a rarity.

    I wouldnt put anything other than coffee in my coffee grinder, otherwise you could end up with the residue from the cleaner material in the grinder, instead of coffee grinds! *

    If you wish to clean a grinder, use a small artists brush and use it wherever it will get into. Then use a vacuum cleaner from either end of the grinder ( ie inlet / throat end, or outlet end) to suck all the dislodged grinds away.

    If this is done often enough the left over grinds wont turn into an oily paste, and nothing more will be required!

    For the rest of it...wipe it over with a clean soft cloth.

    Regardz,
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    Re: ROCKY MAINTENANCE

    Hi FC,

    Just wondering if you have seen the Urnex Grindz being used and if you would recommend against them also.
    I was considering buying a pack to put through my Mini every 6 months.

    What do you think?

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    Greetings Newbean. *

    Yeah they send us samples of the stuff every now and then.

    But look, we dont sell and and purposely choose not to sell it. The reason is, I try to sell only stuff I believe in, and I honestly dont believe it is necessary to use the stuff.

    For example. I have a fully commercial doser grinder in my training set up that gets used weekly for a few hours for coffee classes, demonstrations and for my own personal few cuppas a day.

    It occasionally gets lent out to cafes for a day at a time if someone has an emergency and they need a spare grinder pronto while theirs is "in the shop".

    This grinder gets used more than you would use it at home, but considerably less than you would use it in a cafe.

    My only cleaning implements are:

    a) a soft cloth with warm soapy water to wash the hopper with whenever it starts to show signs of oiling up and

    b) a cheap artists brush that is used to brush out the inlet throat or top burr carrier at the top of the grinder, all externals of the grinder, and the inside of the doser mechanism.

    There is no oily "build up" anywhere and if you look into the burrs when you remove the hopper to wash it (or more often, when you remove it to tip out one type of coffee & replace with another) & run the grinder empty the area in the burrs is as clean as a whistle.

    Oh I forgot to mention occasional use of the vacuum cleaner...

    I find it difficult to recommend and sell stuff to domestic use clients (taking their money), when I dont really think its a necessary item to tell them they should buy & use.

    Besides, the interval of use is "suspect". EG if you used it every 6 months you could well be wasting your money......it would be kind of like treating it as a "oncer" and if you were going to use it "properly" because you really believed in the benefits that it should return to you, then I think you would need to use it much more regularly than that.

    Regardz,
    FC.

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    Re: ROCKY MAINTENANCE

    Hi FC,

    Thanks for the advice. My grinder would be seeing a fair bit less than yours with only 2-4 cups per day on average.
    Appreciate the feedback as its easy to get caught up in trying to do all the right things and forgetting that the simple method is often the best.
    I too go with the regular wipe down and use Windex (on the outside only) at the same time as the machine and a brush out of the doser after each use. Every now and then Ill get the brush down into the top of the grinder to loosen up any build up.

    Cheers!

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    Rocky Grinder Maintenance

    I hear that maintenance should be done on a grinder. What's not in the manual is how to do it and when. Can anybody point me in the right direction here?

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    90% of all maintenance ( on anything) ,..is cleaning, inspecting for wear or damage, and lubricating !

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    Try here Mark, pretty comprehensive illustrated how to, CoffeeGeek - How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky will PM the link just in case this one contravenes site rules and gets deleted.

    Cheers,

    Jon.

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    Did mine the other day for the first time when it stopped grinding. A dozen vids to choose from youtube. Easy as. Now it works really well again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteman View Post
    Did mine the other day for the first time when it stopped grinding. A dozen vids to choose from youtube. Easy as. Now it works really well again.
    "When it stopped grinding" can you tell us what caused it to stop grinding?

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    "When it stopped grinding" can you tell us what caused it to stop grinding?

    Cheers,

    Jon.
    I assume coffee grounds in the mechanism - it hasn't missed a beat since its been cleaned. Very humid where I live so maybe that doesn't help.

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    I have heard you can rice through it to clean it that or buu some coffee'gritz from a coffee cleaning supplier ...Dav

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Try here Mark, pretty comprehensive illustrated how to, CoffeeGeek - How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky will PM the link just in case this one contravenes site rules and gets deleted
    I know that Mark Prince and others suggest there's no need to remove the bottom burr, but when I clean my Rocky, about every 6 months, I usually take out the bottom burr to clean both it and the area below it.

    I figure that as the Rocky is already open, another 20 seconds to remove the retaining nut is a good idea. There's always a load of old grinds under there, plus it makes it easier to clean the inside wall of the grinder.

    I measured 8g of waste grinds on my last clean, although that included the stuff caught in the hopper holes as well. That's from pulling on average 2 shots a day for maybe 6-8 months.



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