healthyhunter Senior Member Joined: 5 Jan 2012 Posts: 2 Location: Toronto Expertise: Just starting
Espresso: Saeco Aroma Grinder: Rocky
Posted Wed May 16, 2012, 5:53pm Subject: Rocky
I just got my rocky grinder and have gone through almost 3/4 lb of espresso beans. How often do you clean it? The manual is less then helpful in this regard. Do I clean it between filling the hopper? I have been finding that my espresso has begun to taste burnt or grainy and I have been wondering if it is build up in the grinder that is contributing to this. Thoughts?
Posted Wed May 16, 2012, 7:25pm Subject: Re: Rocky
Grinder upkeep habits vary, but I prefer to do a "soft cleaning" between every bag/jar of beans. That is, I'll open 'er up and brush and vacuum the dust out. A full cleaning is more or less bimonthly, though I tend to just do it whenever I think it's about time. That's a run through of about 1/4 cup of quick-cook rice (I eyeball it), starting with a fine grind, then progressing to a coarser one. Then, I open it up again, pull out the upper burr, pick out the buildup with a toothpick, vacuum it up, sometimes I give the burrs a wipedown with a damp cloth, dry everything and reassemble. My personal motto though, is that if something tastes funky, smell the beans, smell the grinds, smell the grinder, and prepare to clean. You should soon find the source of the problem (for espresso, I might suggest smelling the portafilter, basket, group as well), like when my sister runs her skunky beans through my grinder and taint my next three espressi. Yech.
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 5,685 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Veneziano A1 Grinder: Many different commercial Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Milita, Bunn&Curtis... Roaster: Cast iron pan, gas burner
Posted Thu May 17, 2012, 5:57am Subject: Re: Rocky
Just as a counter point, I tend to deep clean my grinders only about every 6 months or so. I tend to go through a fair amount of coffee (about 5 pounds a month) so constant use, for me, seems to keep things fairly clean. I might use a brush to clean out the entry chute of the grinder and around the burrs about once a month.
My work grinder, tends to get used much less so it gets cleaned about once a month.
If something tastes/smells funky, clean things up and take a good look at everything until you find the source.
In real life, my name is Wayne P.
Feed the newbs, starve the trolls and above all enjoy what you drink!
Symbols: = New Posts since your last visit = No New Posts since last visit = 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 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.