paulsdatter Senior Member Joined: 18 Jan 2002 Posts: 64 Location: Seattle, WA USA Expertise: Professional
Espresso: only at work Grinder: Solis Maestro Plus Vac Pot: 2 oldies, LOVE EM! Drip: pour-over melita Roaster: big ole Probat
Posted Sun Jan 20, 2002, 4:07am Subject: the rice technique
years ago, I am talking mid-1980īs, in what we now know as the dark ages/ watery espresso/burnt french vanilla days....we used to put (raw) white rice down our grinders to clear the sticky soluables. More than a decade later, and Iīm still doing this when no one is watching. I canīt remember how I learned it. I am wondering if it is a bad thing...and donīt worry, I donīt do it very often and Iīm not recommending it to customers who have puchased Rockies from us.
jroche Senior Member Joined: 19 Dec 2001 Posts: 24 Location: Piermont, New York Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Silvia, Solis SL90 Grinder: Rocky, Solis 166 Drip: Cone, press pot Roaster: dead dead dead
Posted Mon Mar 4, 2002, 6:39am Subject: Re: the rice technique
FWIW, i tried the rice technique on my Solis 166 about a year ago, it threw the grind way off. I had to open her up and re-adjust the grind settings. I can't say for sure if it actually did anything bad, but i'm not sure i'd try it again. I used regular uncooked rice, but heard some comments that the softer minute rice (par-boiled) works better and is easier on the grinder. In retrospect, it's easy enough to take apart & clean once a month or so. I'm not sure the rice method buys you much, but i can see how some people would be more inclined to clean the grinder if all they had to do is dump in a cup of rice or two and flick the switch.
jonathanknight Senior Member Joined: 22 Apr 2002 Posts: 1 Location: Leeds, England Expertise: Intermediate
Espresso: Silvia Grinder: Rocky
Posted Wed May 8, 2002, 12:49am Subject: Re: How to Clean a Rancilio Rocky
Good and informative. I just wish I could get those bottom vanes out of my Rocky. I have tried all sorts including the tips on Randy G's pages. I just settle for giving the doser a good brush out upside down. A bit more effort but it does the job.
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