Cleaning grinder with Grindz
misterdoggy wrote:Question is: How often should you clean your Grinder ? Is there such a thing as a light cleaning or there is just the total take apart ?
shows how to freshen up the grinder without disassembly. Grindz does remove oils and funky smells, but even if I use them, I'll want to clean the grinder anyway because of the nagging feeling that it's trading one trapped particle for another:
In all fairness, this was a really, really dirty grinder depicted in Cleaning a Mazzer Mini
. I could tell you that the grime was allowed to accumulate for the benefit of the cleaning tutorial, but that'd be a lie. Sometimes I fall behind on maintenance; when I can't remember when a grinder was last cleaned, I do the doser sniff test Chris suggests. If it's funky, it's overdue.
mhoy wrote:We'll have to see what cleaning is needed and how often with my new Baratza Vario.
Oils collect and go rancid in a grinder no matter how well it sweeps the grind chamber. If you use a grinder daily, I don't think once a month is overkill, but as mentioned earlier, the sniff test will tell. That said, a product like Grindz should work better with a grinder that doesn't trap coffee in nooks and crannies.