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    a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    i know, i know,
    i have the WORST titles for new posts.

    but seriously, i wonder how you guys clear / clean out the chute from the doserless model of the Iberital Challenge?
    I use a little thin metal rod which i have bent. it has a little know on the end so it kinda grabs some of the grinds, but theres still a fair bit left. my nose picking finger gets used every couple of days too (to clean the chute i mean)..

    any ideas? *:-/

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    Re: a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    I use pipe cleaners ($2 a packet) which you can bend to any shape. Does a great job. Once every 6 months I take the top off and give it a good clean with a brush. I hope this helps.

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    Re: a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    hi barri

    pipe cleaners! by george! hand that man a medal!
    i would have probably never thought of that..
    they bend! they have friction! and they come in so many fun colours....now ill just need to budget for this unexpected expense.....

    thanks very much

    aaron

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    Re: a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    Pipe cleaners are no good. How the hell would I ever get them off my 6 y.o. daughter?

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    Re: a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    Quote Originally Posted by AndyCJ link=1196764707/0#3 date=1196913946
    Pipe cleaners are no good. *How the hell would I ever get them off my 6 y.o. daughter?
    You could take them off her very easily, the only problem would be that her screaming could be distracting while youre cleaning the grinder out.

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    Re: a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    I use "canned air" on a weekly basis to blow the grinds out of the chamber. Canned air is used in IT for blowing dust out of keyboards and PCs and other devices.

    It is available from your friendly tech support guy for free, or from Tandy / Dick Smiths / Jaycar etc for about ten bux a can - this is the only reason you need to be friendly with your tech support guy. Believe me he will appreciate the attention. ;)

    You will get many cleans from a can if used sparingly.

    I then follow that regime with a dismantle the top assy, and apply brush and vacuum cleaner finishing with a cloth dampened with a little machine backflush cleaner every 2 - 3 weeks so it doesnt get too grotty. :-X

    Not too difficult at all.

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    Re: a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    thanks for the advice re the air can thingy.
    i think i like it but ill try wrangling my 3 yr old for her pipe cleaners.
    "but PLEASE|...daddy really NEEDS them..."

    aaron

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    A good reason to take up pipe smoking with your coffee ;D

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    Re: a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    Quote Originally Posted by wingnut link=1196764707/0#5 date=1196929303
    I use "canned air" on a weekly basis to blow the grinds out of the chamber. Canned air is used in IT for blowing dust out of keyboards and PCs and other devices.

    It is available from your friendly tech support guy for free, or from Tandy / Dick Smiths / Jaycar etc for about ten bux a can - this is the only reason you need to be friendly with your tech support guy. Believe me he will appreciate the attention. ;)

    You will get many cleans from a can if used sparingly.

    I then follow that regime with a dismantle the top assy, and apply brush and vacuum cleaner finishing with a cloth dampened with a little machine backflush cleaner every 2 - 3 weeks so it doesnt get too grotty. :-X

    Not too difficult at all.

    jeff
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    Re: a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    Just to resurrect an old thread...

    I use a good ol home vacuum cleaner, yes, the ones you use for the floor. Turn it on full blast and suck the suckers out! I think I checked with others once in a thread and full power vacuum is ok.

    Anyway, thats what I do and it certainly does the trick. Though there is one slight colateral damage - it increases the static for the next lot of coffee grinds coming out...

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    Re: a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    I have some of those mini vacuum attachments that you use for keyboards.
    They come with an adaptor to fit it to a standard size hose.
    The nozzles and brush are all miniture and can get right into the nooks and crannies of a grinder.

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    Re: a challenging challenge for Challenge owners

    I use a plastic cable tie on Rockys chute.
    Its nice and flexible, one end is thin and tapered, and the other has an offset knob on it. Perfect for stirring up, then dragging out the remaining grounds.
    And being plastic, its not going to damage anything.



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