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    What brushes do you use for your grinder?

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    OK, so you can just buy a simple paint brush from Bunnings, but thats not in keeping with the special nature of your grinder.

    Just like how a "regular" tamper may not do for some, what do fussy coffeesnobs use for brushes to clean out their grinders?

    Is there a brush that gives you sufficient bragging rights?

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    I use an artists brush.
    Only a cheap one at the moment.
    The good ones my wife uses for her painting are too expensive to pinch from her and also to expensive to clean out my grinder.
    So no bragging rights.

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    pastry brush and regular house painting brush for bench

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    I just use a couple of stiff bristle brushes for inside and a softer one for external cleaning... nothing too fancy :-?. If you want something that has a touch more pizzazz and style, I guess these purpose built beauties "Pallo Coffee Tools" from any one of our sponsors who sell them would be fairly good.

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    I thought those ones were more for cleaning PFs and groups.

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    correct. The pallo has stiff bristles for the group, a scoop for detergent, a pin for steam wand.

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    Just get a set of artist paint brushes from Big W.

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by nunu link=1176982088/0#6 date=1176992856
    Just get a set of artist paint brushes from Big W.
    Yep, thats what I use (except they come from Bunnings :)).....

    As long as they get into the places where those pesky grinds hide.... they do the job well.

    And a click clack lid for the bean hopper will push out the grinds in the chute really well (unfortunately wont work for the La Cimbali as the hopper is square :(

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    Hmm,

    Having a basic paint brush from a hardware store next to a magnificient Mazzer or ECM Best or Macap really doesnt do it much justice. * :-[

    Kinda like having a Ferrari and then using the soap broom at the local coin operated car wash place. * :o

    My quest for an awesome brush continues.... * ;)

    Got to find the right accessory.





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    Quote Originally Posted by tempestv8 link=1176982088/0#8 date=1177028155
    Hmm,

    Having a basic paint brush from a hardware store next to a magnificient Mazzer or ECM Best or Macap really doesnt do it much justice. * :-[

    Kinda like having a Ferrari and then using the soap broom at the local coin operated car wash place. * *:o
    Thats the only legal way the Ferrari, Roller or Hyundai will get washed in Melbourne (short of your own rainwater) due to water restrictions.
    :-/
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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    You can take the Ferrari to a Car Lovers, where a team of people swarm around your car and wash it, whilst you wait, sipping on your cuppa and reading a paper.

    Then hand over your money and drive away, still dressed in your business suit. * :D

    I can only presume that these car wash places use recycled water... :-?

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    tempestv8....

    I can assure you when you take your Ferrari in for maintenance.... they use the same brands of tools etc which they use for a Holden....

    The same quality air goes in the tyres.... they dont make special petrol just for Ferraris..... and none of these lowly common commodities lower the prestige of the Ferrari.... its whats under the bonnet which counts and how well it does its job..... not the tools which are used to maintain it!!

    The value of a grinder is in the coffee which is produced as a result of its use - not in the "gold plated, mink bristled" paint brush you pull out of the drawer to clean it...

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    I know the Sydney Bentley dealer and his tools have never touched a Holden etc. ;D

    tempestv8 if you really want an upmarket brush go to an art store and instead of paying $2 like we do, buy a $20 brush.
    It will definitely be better quality and might last longer, but wont look any different.

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1176982088/0#12 date=1177031107
    I know the Sydney Bentley dealer and his tools have never touched a Holden etc. ;D
    yeah, but Ill bet the tools are the same brand....... (except of course for special tool part number 14262526 ;) ;D ;D)

    And a $2 brush wont have been used with a pot of $2 paint either......

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1176982088/0#11 date=1177030202
    tempestv8....

    I can assure you when you take your Ferrari in for maintenance.... they use the same brands of tools etc which they use for a Holden....

    The same quality air goes in the tyres.... they dont make special petrol just for Ferraris..... and none of these lowly common commodities lower the prestige of the Ferrari.... its whats under the bonnet which counts and how well it does its job..... not the tools which are used to maintain it!!

    The value of a grinder is in the coffee which is produced as a result of its use - not in the "gold plated, mink bristled" paint brush you pull out of the drawer to clean it...

    JavaB,

    You may not know it, but the tools that my Land Rover dealer uses are top shelf Snapon brand tools. Try $80 for single spanner, rather than $50 for an entire set that you can buy in Bunnings.

    Ferrari requires 98 octane petrol otherwise the high compression engines start pinging, and they use far more expensive synthetic oils than what is poured into a Hyundai. Some car snobs even fill their tyres with nitrogen instead of basic air because it has better thermal properties.

    Coming back to the topic of coffee, I guess thats why there is a market for some cool coffee tools. I see that Rancilio have a coffee tamp for $85, and Greg makes some beautiful tamps. So if there is a desire to enjoy making an espresso using well crafted, beautiful tools like a Pullman tamp, I would imagine that it would only be natural to ask if theres a good quality brush out there.

    I used my wifes baking brush to clean out the grind from my coffee area and the bristles came off everywhere, so Id imagine it wont be any good for cleaning out a grinder. So Im merely looking for information for where to find a well made brush thats suitable for a grinder.

    I thought that this is the whole point of these forums - to discuss topics of interest to coffee enthusiasts. If handcrafted, beautiful tamps are of interest and brushes are not, then so be it. Im just trying to find out. Im not interested in a gold plated, mink bristled brush.

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by tempestv8 link=1176982088/0#14 date=1177033296

    You may not know it, but the tools that my Land Rover dealer uses are top shelf Snapon brand tools. Try $80 for single spanner, rather than $50 for an entire set that you can buy in Bunnings.
    I dont think Holden dealers buy tools from Bunnings either. And my Toyota and VW also requires 98 octane.... which comes from the same refineries as does the fuel for the Ferrari.

    Coming back to the topic of coffee, I guess thats why there is a market for some cool coffee tools. I see that Rancilio have a coffee tamp for $85, and Greg makes some beautiful tamps. So if there is a desire to enjoy making an espresso using well crafted, beautiful tools like a Pullman tamp, I would imagine that it would only be natural to ask if theres a good quality brush out there.

    I used my wifes baking brush to clean out the grind from my coffee area and the bristles came off everywhere, so Id imagine it wont be any good for cleaning out a grinder. So Im merely looking for information for where to find a well made brush thats suitable for a grinder.
    The main reason we use tampers (which Ill agree look great) is to replace tampers that dont work properly.... the standard tampers are the wrong size, uncomfortable to use, often made of poor quality plastic so you cant exert the correct pressure without them deforming etc.... so a replacement quality tamper is sought to enable the correct functionality.... and Gregs are great for that... plus they do look good sitting on the bench!

    Clearly your baking brush also isnt fit for the purpose - it shouldnt lose bristles..... But the $2 ones dont lose bristles and are fairly stiff - so they work really well.... and as was said above - you would be hard pressed to tell them from a $20 brush bought from a speciality store...

    I guess there is a market for quality tools to enhance functionality (like Gregs tampers) but not so much for things like grinder brushes as most of us find that the "cheap and cheerful" ones do a perfect job. If someone made a quality "purpose built" grinder brush the demand would probably be quite small..... a bit like the demand for a small sized low speed conical grinder (a mini Robur) because the cost would out way the benefits in most peoples view.


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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by JavaB link=1176982088/15#15 date=1177034606

    I guess there is a market for quality tools to enhance functionality (like Gregs tampers) but not so much for things like grinder brushes as most of us find that the "cheap and cheerful" ones do a perfect job. If someone made a quality "purpose built" grinder brush the demand would probably be quite small..... a bit like the demand for a small sized low speed conical grinder (a mini Robur) because the cost would out way the benefits in most peoples view.
    Hi JavaB,

    I agree, there doesnt seem to be much of a demand for a quality "purpose built" grinder cleaning brush. :-[

    Im sure that if theres a superior value proposition for buying one, then it will be possible to create a market for it.

    Ive used cheapo cleaning brushes (for house cleaning), and then found an expensive one which worked so well, I never looked back. Theres simply just much less effort and far better results with quality tools.

    I will endeavour to find a great brush for sweeping out the grinder and report back to the forum, if I do find one.

    Hopefully Ill have an update for you all! ;)

    Lawrance

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    Quote Originally Posted by tempestv8 link=1176982088/0#8 date=1177028155
    Having a basic paint brush from a hardware store next to a magnificient Mazzer or ECM Best or Macap really doesnt do it much justice. :-[
    Keep all my coffee tools in a cupboard below the bench where the hardware sits, no-one need ever know ::)

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    I have found a variety of brushes, and since it is our site sponsor, I think I can post the link here:

    http://www.coffeeparts.com/accessories/brushes.html

    Cheers all! * ;)

    Theres only the one brush for a grinder but I think that the group head brush would be quite effective at removing the grinds from
    the chute... :)

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    Would you be using the group head brush to also do the group head?
    Because then you would have the possibility of transferring moisture to the chute of the grinder.

    I just use a pastry brush with a wooden handle. $2.50 I think. Doesnt shed bristles, small enough to poke into the chute, large enough to also use in the doser.

    And, like Mal, all my tools (except the tamper) are in a drawer out of sight.

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    When you get right down to it, I think too much is made of supposed difficulties with cleaning your grinder and the frequency that cleaning should take place.

    Most grinders allow for the simple removal of the top burr carrier assembly with hopper, etc. Once this is removed, its extremely simple to clean the static burr and with the use of the end of a vacuum cleaner hose and any kind of stiff bristle brush, toothpick as someone else has mentioned, it probably takes all of two minutes to clean out the grinding chamber and rotary burr. I dont have a doser grinder but I imagine a vacuum and a bristle brush would make pretty short work of that too.

    Dont need to make this small chore seem any harder or more arduous than it really is. Regarding frequency of cleaning? I do my Rocky about once a fortnight after the weekly house vacuuming is completed and before the vacuum is put away in the cupboard. In truth, the most difficult part of the whole exercise is putting the vacuum away when the job is done. Think there is a certain amount of mountain building from molehills going on here :-?,

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    Agreed Mal- Its the vac every time for my grinder ;)....I often use it as a place to let freshly roasted stuff de-gas as well *:-[ 8-)

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    I have a set of mini attachments for my vac which I use to give the grinde an extra clean with occasionally.

    As for the group brush from Coffee Parts, It looks like the one I have and the bristles are too stiff and too short for my grinder.


    tempestv8, really with the many variances between so many different grinders, I reckon it wough be nigh on impossible to come up with anything better than whats already out there.

    All you have to do is find one that suits your needs.

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1176982088/15#21 date=1177049384
    Agreed Mal- Its the vac every time for my grinder ;)....I often use it as a place to let freshly roasted stuff de-gas as well :-[ 8-)
    You de-gas your roasted beans in a vacuum cleaner? :P ;D ;D ;D

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    wouldnt expect car dealer service departments to buy their tool sets at Bunnings --- but I did. ;D ;D

    In them thar days it was called McEwens, and the range was limited somewhat. Good thing, too. Because there were no cheap Chinese imports, so you couldnt go far wrong. ;)

    I have no regrets in having spent lots of cash on Sidchrome spanners, sockets, wrenches. They have a lifetime warranty, and only one 19mm socket has broken since. :-/

    Off topic? --------------no! Ive been using those tools on my coffee machine! :D

    (Along with a small kitchen pastry brush for the grinder)

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    Re: What brushes do you use for your grinder?

    I just use a soft bristle brush in combination with a garden variety toothbrush. Seems to do the job quite well. Like others they sit in the cupboard. If I left them beside or near the grinder, the cat would steal them and the dogs would chew them up.



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