Grinders are one of the keys to exceptional espresso. Discuss them here.
5 doubles a day? Man, I'd think you'd be cleaning everything in sight!
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I clean my grinders never, unless I make a mess of them with too much RDT or skanky beans.
Just to be clear the quote you took out of context re the cleaning every 2 days was in reference to an earlier shower screen comment....not suggesting a grinder is cleaned every 2 days, but monthly or quarterly depending on usage...yes.Nate42 wrote:Maybe its just me, but I for one use the same cup for WAY more than 2 days. I'm not totally gross, i do rinse it after using. But full on washing is a pretty rare thing.
As to grinders, I've owned my monolith flat for 2 years and some change. I've taken it apart an cleaned it once during that time. Once I opened it up I realized there really wasn't anything that needed cleaning that badly. I think how often a grinder needs cleaned depends a lot on the design of the grinder, and the beans you use.
As a Pharos owner, I wonder what other Pharos owners do to clean their grinders since you really can't take it apart without losing your precious alignment. I suppose you couldn't be in the grinders need to be cleaned camp.
I'm in the same boat with my Lido 1 grinder. I can't really clean the main compartment without a full disassembly and subsequent realigning. So over the years it has become pretty disgusting in there. I clean it as well as I can once in a while but for the most part I just look away.
Also, what are people doing as part of the cleaning process? I would imagine just brushing out the retained coffee isn't going to be enough to rid the grinder of coffee oils. I would think most of the oils are imparted to the burrs and other surfaces during the grinding process and not from retained grounds. Oils are not going anywhere with brushing. In my mind washing with soapy water would be required, or a less rusty option wiping thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol.
I do use soapy water for the burrs if I'm coming from a darker, oily roast. A nice soak and then I use a small brass brush from Home Depot to remove these from burrs. Inside the chamber is whatever I can get in there that isn't invasive. Usually involves a troop of paper towels.
What is the proper way to clean a grinder? I occasionally wipe off the oils from the hopper, run some GRINDZ through it and then some old coffee. Is there more too it than that?