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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 5:41pm
Subject: Vario W: How often do you clean?
 

I cleaned my Vario W just about a week ago by disassembling it, cleaning it out with compressed air and wiping away as much of the oils as I could reach with the top burr out.

This morning, the bin ran out of beans just as I was finishing my grind, so I left it empty until I got home tonight and took it apart again. I was surprised how much oily ground beans there was between the bottom burr and the edge of the grinder that didn't seem to want to move. I cleaned it again. I have probably ran about 1 pound through the grinder since I cleaned it last week. I am currently using Redbird, which isn't a real oily or dark roast

I have some of those grinder cleaning tablets. I have not used them in a while. Should I be using these? Do they provide any benefits over just taking it apart and cleaning it? Do I need to clean after each pound of beans?

Thanks in advance!!
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Posted Wed Jul 10, 2013, 7:08am
Subject: Re: Vario W: How often do you clean?
 

Taking it apart is a better cleaning than the tablets.

Some may cringe but I only clean my grinder every several months, at least 10 pounds and very often much longer. Oils are a fact of life with coffee however I do not have any real oil buildup on the parts.

Redbird is a good quality roaster and I like the coffee. I have not had the same oil buildup as you.

 
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