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    EM0480 - grinds left in chute

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Just got the EM6910 and EM0480 a couple of days ago. Im happy with the expresso machine but the grinder seems to leave a lot of grinds inbetween and around the bottom burr and top of the chute after Ive finished grinding.

    Ive tried "tapping on the lid of the bean hopper" as per the instruction manual but theres still a lot stuck up there. The cleaning instructions dont seem to cover the area at the top of the chute.

    Im using packaged beans from Zarraffas and am happy with the grind size.

    Any thoughts on why this is happening, its a difficult area of the grinder to clean.

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    Re: EM0480 - grinds left in chute

    OK so Ive looked a little closer at the grinder tonight and its obvious that the grinds dont fall in a straight line from the bottom burr to the chute. If you look up into the chute it bends to the right creating a corner for the grinds to build up in.

    Being a green bean I didnt think to check this when buying the grinder. But its worth some thought if your considering buying the EM0480.

    Wouldnt it have been better to design the chute to fall in a straight line?

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    Re: EM0480 - grinds left in chute

    Quote Originally Posted by invisible insect link=1185606115/0#1 date=1185623598
    If you look up into the chute it bends to the right creating a corner for the grinds to build up in.
    Hi invisible insect,

    The EM0480 has 3 sweeper arms that sweep the grinds into the chute, lots of burr grinders have a similar setup. *When you pull it down to clean you will be able to see them.

    There is a good picture of them at the following link (6th pic down):

    http://www.coffeeco.com.au/articles/sunbeamgrinder.html

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    Re: EM0480 - grinds left in chute

    On the rocky the lid of a Click-Clack canister is used, this is a 25mil thick expanding lid, you use it like a air pump to blow out the grinds, Click-Clacks are available from BigW homeware section. Maybe one will fit the Sunbeam.

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    Re: EM0480 - grinds left in chute

    Theres usually a fraction of a gram of grinds that you cant get out by smacking it on the hopper. When I want to get rid of these excess grinds, usually when I change from caff to decaf, I just grind for about half a second with the new beans in the hopper and discard it.

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    Re: EM0480 - grinds left in chute

    Am late for work because I thought I could pull a shot before I left...so I have to be brief.

    Thanks for the link I had a look at the sweeping arms and the problem occurs where the grinds are pushed down the hole. They seem to fall down and to the left. This is where its piling up, and its not just a few grams, theres about a spoonfull that sits in the corner.

    The click clack thingy sounds good, I did think of giving it a blast with the compressor to give it a good cleanout. :)

    Ok gotta go....late.

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    Re: EM0480 - grinds left in chute

    :-[ okay so Ive pulled the grinder down so it looks like the sixth picture on the link and I can see the point you were probably trying to make....that there really isnt a great deal of room for the grinds to build up. It gave me a lot more perspective to pull my own apart and have a closer examination.

    Im guessing that the build up of grinds Im getting has a lot less to do with the grinder and perhaps more to do with the beans? A little sticky or stale perhaps? Will have to try something roasted fresh and see what happens.

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    Re: EM0480 - grinds left in chute

    If you can find a suitable size clickclack it will solve the problem, just chuff out the remains at the end of the grind, leaves very little, dont know if there made in your size though.

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    Re: EM0480 - grinds left in chute

    As richy said previously giving it a smack on the hopper will usually do the job. Although in my case i give it several... hehehe



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