How often do you clean inside of burrs on home-use commercial grinders

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Acavia

#1: Post by Acavia »

I have KR804 with Sweet burrs. I use it once a day for ~24g of coffee. I used to clean it every 3 months, then went to 4 months the last two cleans. Based on how it looks, I will probably wait 5 months next time. Everything cleaned easily, so nothing is hardening or anything.

Note: Right after cleaning it usually has .3g to .4g of retention per grind for a week or so, then to .3g to .2g per grind steadily for months. Recently, it was only retaining about .1g. As to why, I assume all crevices that hold coffee had filled. So perhaps I will use that (only retaining .1g) as a signal to clean when it happens again.

Any problem waiting 5 months or more?

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BaristaBoy E61

#2: Post by BaristaBoy E61 »

Acavia wrote:As to why, I assume all crevices that hold coffee had filled. So perhaps I will use that (only retaining .1g) as a signal to clean when it happens again.
And that is why I have never opened up and cleaned our grinder. That and we weight coffee in and coffee out. Espresso tastes great with 'acceptable' (to us) retention.

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Ypuh

#3: Post by Ypuh »

I'm not entirely sure, but cleaning on grinders with little retention doesn't seem too necessary for me. A few parts like the burr screws will gunk up, but after grinding 2 espresso's the same will happen again. Some grinders might have more build up, for example near the exit chute. In that case 5 months probably won't be frequent enough.

Once every 4-5 months seems like a reasonable interval to me. Find it quite relaxing to clean/maintain stuff like grinders.
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harrisonpatm

#4: Post by harrisonpatm »

I like to clean and restore old grinders, anywhere from 20-100 years old, and my rule of thumb is total spotless clean upon restoration, then once a year after that. If the burrs are moving and getting a layer of fines on them, they are always going to be some level of "dirty," and you get diminishing returns trying to clean them too often.