Today's topic: cleaning the LIDO--in particular, the hopper.
The canned air I have on hand contains a bitterant, as it turns out. For less than the cost of replacing it with some unadulterated canned air, I decided to take a chance on this 8-piece micro vacuum attachment kit
from Harbor Freight. It works!
I can get most of the little bits clinging to the inside of the hopper to fall down between the burrs simply by using the brush that comes with the LIDO. It's a little too short to reach the bottom, so I use the plastic sheath my cheapo meat thermometer came with as a makeshift brush extender.
At this point the vacuum attachment kit comes in handy re: finishing off the rest. I'm happy to report the hose fits.
This kit is no miracle-worker though. I still haven't found a good solution for getting rid of the clingers wedged between the black nylon tubes covering the 4 rods inside the hopper and the hopper wall. At one point I removed a tube for cleaning and replaced it. The clingers came back the next time I ground some beans. Who wants to develop some LIDO floss?