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    Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

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    Hi all,

    I just received my Mignon ( thanks to Clio *8-) cheers mate ) and was trying to find some information on here as to how to break it down for a clean.

    Ive taken the top burr plate off and brushed the insides out, but was wondering can I safely take the chute and fork off the front to clean that out?

    If you look up the angled chute theres a bent piece of metal up there. *Is that there in an effort to break up the clumps or direct the grinds?

    While Im asking, Do you have to get under the bottom burr? Do old grinds get under there? *Any other maintenance that people know about??

    Dewy

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    Re: Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

    i put the tube of my vacuum cleaner in my grinder throat and give it a suck...... the filter in the vacuum had a nice coffee smell but....


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    Re: Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

    Quote Originally Posted by 28293B354C0 link=1278504023/0#0 date=1278504023
    Do you have to get under the bottom burr?
    NO... Only when replacing it..

    Quote Originally Posted by 28293B354C0 link=1278504023/0#0 date=1278504023
    Ive taken the top burr plate off and brushed the insides out, but was wondering can I safely take the chute and fork off the front to clean that out?

    You could go further buy there is no real need.

    PS.. The chute guide and teh wire are fun :o

    I actually removed the chute insert and made up a special course grate (fixed to teh wire) to make sure it breaks up the grinds/powder; for when I go extra fine..


    PPS. Dont play... You will break it.

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    Re: Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

    Quote Originally Posted by 303C353838315D0 link=1278504023/1#1 date=1278504549
    i put the tube of my vacuum cleaner in my grinder throat and give it a suck...... the filter in the vacuum had a nice coffee smell but.... *
    Id read somewhere about using the ol vacuum cleaner ;) *...beats turning the thing upside down and risking dropping it!

    Quote Originally Posted by 1C333A382F103C333C3A38303833295D0 link=1278504023/2#2 date=1278508187
    PPS.Dont play... You will break it.
    Hmm yes. *When cleaning the work grinder, the first screw I undid loosened a part in the casing that turned the grinder into a maraca!:-[
    I had to unclip the wiring and switch, then pull out the motor to screw it back in place*::)

    Thats why I asked. *

    But just say the horizontal exit chute gets clogged, I can take off the angled shroud to give it a clean without any internals being affected, yeah?? *It looks like the fork would have to come off first.

    I know, I know... *you cant fix whats not broke. *:D

    PS. Do grinders need to be lubed?

    PPS. This is an awesome little grinder!! *

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    Re: Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

    yes great grinder, no lube.

    If I am not mistaken, *this grinder is virtually new and under guarantee. ?

    Therefore, dont touch it (or you may void the guarantee).

    Maheel has the right idea, vacuum cleaner both ways.....ie from inside the hopper, and from the end of the exit shute. End of story.

    Despite what is written all over internet sites about cleaning grinders, everything else is unnecessary madness.

    There is a difference between your HOME USE and general CAFE USE.

    In home use, you dont keep the grinder full of oily beans & grinds for 5 to 10 years at a time, and you have a much smaller throughput.....That is where the the differences lies in necessity for overall cleaning of your grinder. *

    In home use we generally only put enough beans in there for a sitting, keeping the bulk of the beans instead, in a separate airtight container. *The grinding chamber is often spun out & empty of grinds, while in cafe use the grinding chamber is never empty. These grinders also dont have a grinds dispenser only an exit shute. And in the end, they get much much much much much much less use and throughput that a cafe grider. And in general our coffee beans are more likely to be fresher & less oily....

    Ergo, other than a sweep with a common paint brush, and a suck with a vacuum cleaner........Leave it alone and let it do its job for you...it DOESNT NEED what many topics in internet forums eroneously tell you it needs, and most home coffee equipment owners are not coffee equipment mechanics and should not be encouraged to tinker with stuff they usually dont know anything about. As AM commented above "...dont play...you will break it..."

    Regardz,
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    Re: Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

    Ok, Thanks for that guys. All great news.

    It seems designed really well, with a short path for the grinds to exit, so wont clog anyway.... unlike my first grinder!

    My curiosity is sated. I shall look forward to many years of great grinds!


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    Re: Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

    Quote Originally Posted by 6C584F59427569454C4C4F4F2A0 link=1278504023/4#4 date=1278542053
    Ergo, other than a sweep with a common paint brush, and a suck with a vacuum cleaner........

    Leave it alone and let it do its job for you...it DOESNT NEED what many topics in internet forums eroneously tell you it needs, and most home coffee equipment owners are not coffee equipment mechanics and should not be encouraged to tinker with stuff they usually dont know anything about.

    As AM commented above "...dont play...you will break it..."

    Regardz,
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    So true... And the words above; also go for most things including coffee machines... Google is like being in a bar full of experts and many have their best beer goggles on...

    One word of WARNING...

    Turn the Grinder OFF / Disconnect when going to clean..

    KISS... A brush and a bit of air when and only when: needed....


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    I like the fact that a couple of screws and the burrs can be accessed...

    Only needed when some expert with beer goggles attempts to grind some Vietnamese beans that have been roasted in butter and the thus the grinder becomes totally clogged....

    How I detest some rels and their position in the family unit... Then again it was teh beans or the concrete boots :-X








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    Re: Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

    Quote Originally Posted by 5B747D7F68577B747B7D7F777F746E1A0 link=1278504023/6#6 date=1278548461
    I like the fact that a couple of screws and the burrs can be accessed...
    Its so simple, I thought thered have to be more.

    Im glad to hear little Miggy is basically maintenance free!

    Im in love with her already * :-*

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    Re: Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

    dewy - dont go to extremes to clean it - the number of times i used this grinder before selling to you i could almost count on one hand! and i use quality beans :)

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    Re: Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

    Thanks for the assurance Clio *;) *I admit I was getting ahead of myself, thinking I might need to take the front plate off one day.

    Im rapt that I wont need to * :D

    After brushing her down she is practically new! *Thanks again for a great sale mate, its been a pleasure buying from you.

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    Re: Cleaning a Eureka Mignon

    Quote Originally Posted by 6061737D040 link=1278504023/9#9 date=1278635337
    I might need to take the front plate off one day.
    Dont with out care... The nuts fall off.

    Thus you have to be prepared to do a full dissemble and restore... I use some Hot Glue to fix mine in place....

    But I was doing squirrel stuff ;)



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