Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
Articles: How-To Article Feedback
How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky
Support Coffee Kids
Coffee Kids is a non profit charity working with farming communities around the world. Donate today!
www.coffeekids.org
 
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered  
Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Discussions > Articles > How-To Feedback > How to Clean a...  
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
showing page 2 of 4 first page | last page previous page | next page
Author Messages
beansbeans
Senior Member


Joined: 1 May 2003
Posts: 1
Location: darwin australia
Expertise: Professional

Posted Thu May 1, 2003, 8:13pm
Subject: grinder cleaning
 

I have found that when cleaning grinders the best way to do it is pull it to pieces as stated in the article, losen all the particles with a brush and then use a vaccum cleaner. This enables you to remove all the stale coffee particles in the grinder
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
EdMann
Senior Member


Joined: 15 Apr 2003
Posts: 2
Location: Chicago
Expertise: Intermediate

Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Vac Pot: Bodum
Drip: Krups & Oster
Posted Wed May 7, 2003, 9:03pm
Subject: Cleaning Rocky follow up
 

I said before my inability to dis-assemble the doser with plier.  I bought a screwdriver with metric sockets. No problem.
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
jamesw
Senior Member


Joined: 19 Dec 2001
Posts: 48
Location: North Carolina
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Silvia w/ PID of course.
Grinder: La Cimbali Jr.
Vac Pot: --
Drip: Braun
Roaster: none
Posted Sat Nov 15, 2003, 7:39am
Subject: Re: How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky
 

Why clean it?
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
Syzygies
Senior Member


Joined: 26 Apr 2004
Posts: 1
Location: New York, NY and Concord, CA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Pavoni Europiccola
Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Posted Mon Apr 26, 2004, 4:26am
Subject: Re: How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky
 

This is a great guide. Particularly if you caught yourself laughing at the "once a month" suggestion, cleaning the burrs is imperative, and will have a profound effect. Not as impressed with the Rocky as the day you bought it? It desperately needs a cleaning.

One step that is confusing the first time is keeping track of how it came apart so it can go together with the same calibration. There is a stop screw that prevents the dial from turning too fine, and the choices for reassembling are a third turn apart from each other. From my experiences with taking apart other grinders, I wouldn't assume that we all got the same choice, from the factory!

Clean as a whistle, I reassembled my Rocky so it could turn past zero, a bit into the "negative" range, before the stop screw catches. This might be a third turn off from factory, as the burrs can now catch in use, a risk I'm deliberately assuming. A grind at a dial setting of 8 or 12 with non-oily beans is now very fine, but still feasible for espresso without risking a stuck Pavoni lever or a blown pump. I'll now decide on the ideal "clean Rocky" grind setting over the coming days.

One can't decide where the screw catches with a Rocky that needs cleaning; the gunk catches first. Better to lift straight up when disassembling the first time, look for the stop screw and screw stop, and visualize for reassembly where on the dial this takes place. Failing this, come up with a rule for all future reassemblies as I did, and start from scratch on choosing a grind setting. If cleaning was overdue, recent experience will be of no help, anyway!

Everyone I know who owns one of these has had a ten cent part, the plastic "thumb on the ratchet" break on their doser. We twirl the innards by hand. I'd prefer not to have a doser at all, but the top of the doser doubles as a grind chute so the grinds don't all fall inside the motor, and the metal part of the doser holds up the plastic, "the leg bone's connected to the...". After completely disassembling my Rocky with intent to dismember it, I reassembled a cleaned, minimal hand-operated doser, and I'm quite happy to have tossed the missing parts. Cleaning the doser is now trivial (the surviving moving part lifts out) and grinding beans for other uses for guests is now much easier. This will do until I fabricate a custom wooden chute to replace the whole thing.

I'm very curious about the rice trick. I routinely use a different burr grinder for Indian spices as hard as dried turmeric (first broken up in a mortar), so I can't imagine that rice does permanent damage to the Rocky. Rather, ANY cleaning that is overdue will greatly affect the grind. Otherwise, why clean?

In defense of my compatriots who clean annually whether they need to or not, American beans look like Italian beans soaked in motor oil. As a tentative step toward the rice trick, one could try using some decent Italian beans for a month, and see if that cleans out the Rocky?
back to top
 View Profile Visit website Link to this post
dblamericano
Senior Member


Joined: 4 Jun 2004
Posts: 3
Location: Seattle
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Silvia
Grinder: Rocky
Posted Fri Jun 4, 2004, 11:57am
Subject: Re: How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky
 

I cleaned my Rocky grinder for the first time today.  Howerver, I could not remove the top (brass) burr plate.  It seems to unscrew to a certain point, but then stops.  Am I really supposed to take it out?  It looks like it has 3 weld points to the lower burr plate, so I wasn't sure it would really come out.
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
sether01
Senior Member


Joined: 9 Jun 2004
Posts: 1
Location: St. Louis
Expertise: Professional

Posted Wed Jun 9, 2004, 1:36pm
Subject: Re: How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky
 

Yeah, it really comes out, though on mine it get's stuck every turn or so and takes some extra torque to get it loose again.  One thing that helps me is to use a small hex wrench and put one in two of the holes that the hopper screws into and use that for leverage.  Make sure you're careful too, I have kinda big hands and the plastic casing edge sure is sharp =(.

Khabs,
Mark
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
nsxbill
Senior Member


Joined: 26 Mar 2003
Posts: 10
Location: Fair Oaks, CA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Miele System,Silvia,S27
Grinder: Rocky(2)  MD40
Vac Pot: Bodum
Drip: Senseo Deluxe
Roaster: Hottop Programable and my...
Posted Thu Aug 26, 2004, 11:03am
Subject: Re: How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky
 

Your very detailed description and good pictures will help me, as a new Rocky owner, to do this much needed, but PIA task much easier.  Thanks for posting this.

Bill
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
nyc_crema
Senior Member
nyc_crema
Joined: 13 Oct 2004
Posts: 1,619
Location: New York City
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Alexia (2010), Silvia (2004)
Grinder: Mazzer Mini (2004)
Posted Mon Nov 15, 2004, 8:46am
Subject: Re: How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky
 

Maybe I'm retarded, but I have a bunch of quesitons!!


"Remove the top hopper and set aside. Note the forward screw position on the brass burr assembly. This is roughly where it was when I was grinding "tuned in" for my Silvia."  

What screw position?  I'm unsure what you mean by this.




"Brush out the burr assembly in place (note the grinds in the doser, going through the chute), then remove the top 1lb burr plate and brass holder. Give it a BIG TIME scrubbing with your brush, bristle brush (toothbrush), can of compressed air, all away from the Rocky (I do it outside). "  

What do you clean it with?  I guess just a brush and compressed air (no cleaning solutions?)





"Once cleaned, clean out your doser well, and reasemble the vanes and plate. Screw your top burr back in, turn it until you feel resistance, then turn it back a couple of revolutions. Plug Rocky in, turn it on and gently turn your burr until you hear a whisper of the burrs touch (watch your fingers). This is your zero point. Note the screw position"  

When you say "revolutions", you mean completel 360 degree turns?  This part scares me the most, becuase I don't want to over tighten or under tighten and end up breaking Rocky.





Finally, "When you put your hopper back on, line it up (without moving the burr group) as closely to "0" pointing to the front arrow as possible. It may be off by a couple of numbers. Screw in the three flathead screws (note, in this picture, I'm doing the last screw, and rotated the hopper up to 9 to conveniently finish the job). "

So, I put the hopper back on onto the zero position (which should be zero since we lined it up in the previous step) and when all the screws are in place, I can rotate it back to where it was before cleaning (probably around 8 for espresso for rocky)??



Thanks for any input, I'm real nervous to break Rocky (cost $250!!!)
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
trictle
Senior Member


Joined: 27 Aug 2004
Posts: 37
Location: Seattle
Expertise: I love coffee

Grinder: Rancilio Rocky
Posted Tue Mar 22, 2005, 12:55pm
Subject: Re: How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky
 

I can't get the vanes to come apart.  I've removed the nut but no matter how I tug it won't come loose.  It's only 9 months old.  Have they changed something since the article was written?
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
desmo
Senior Member


Joined: 4 Jun 2005
Posts: 3
Location: NYC
Expertise: I love coffee

Posted Sat Jun 4, 2005, 8:40am
Subject: Re: How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky
 

Anyone know how to get the doser itself off?  I removed the 2 screws in the back, but something's still holding it on.

Thanks in advance!

- Mark
back to top
 View Profile Link to this post
showing page 2 of 4 first page | last page previous page | next page
view previous topic | view next topic | view all topics
Discussions > Articles > How-To Feedback > How to Clean a...  
New Topics updated topics   New Posts new posts   Unanswered Posts new unanswered     Search Discussion Board search   Discussion Board FAQ faq   Signup sign up  
Not Logged in: Log In to Postlog in
Discussions Quick Jump:
Symbols: New Posts= New Posts since your last visit      No New Posts= No New Posts since last visit     Go to most recent post= Newest post
Forum Rules:
No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards.
No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum.
No SEO style postings will be tolerated. SEO related posts will result in immediate ban from CoffeeGeek.
No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum.
Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards.
Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics.
Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies.
Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies.
Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts.
Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.
Rancilio Silvia - How to
Step by step guide for easy brewing and steaming with the Rancilio Silvia
www.seattlecoffeegear.com
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2014 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.208058834076)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+