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Date: 17 Aug 2007 18:21:50
From: JoeSpareBedroom
Subject: Easy to clean grinder?
Time line:

- A week ago, bought a bag of whole bean Starbucks French roast. Not because
I love Starbucks, but because I'd never tried their supermarket product
before. It tasted fine.

- Two days ago, the coffee here started to taste like ass. (Description
courtesy of my 18 yr old son and his friends)

Hadn't cleaned the Melitta 10 cup coffee maker in a couple of weeks, so
today was the day. Ran a 50/50 water/vinegar mix through it. Rinsed the
tank, then ran 4 pots of filtered (Brita) water through it. Scrubbed out the
pot with baking soda paste. Took a toothbrush & baking soda to the cone, to
get in the grooves. I'm using Melitta brown filters.

The coffee still tastes lousy.

- The drinking water here is fine.
- The beans could've gone past some freshness landmark in the previous days.
- My favorite: There's no really good way to clean a Braun grinder, other
than "wipe with damp cloth". I've tried wiping it with alcohol swabs, but
still, the plastic housing has absorbed some aromas over the two years I've
owned it.

Who makes a grinder that can really be disassembled for an obsessive level
of cleaning?






 
Date: 19 Aug 2007 00:53:28
From: lockjaw
Subject: Re: Easy to clean grinder?


WHAT??

the gdinder is NOT where the coffee is COOKED!

crud in the grinder is gonna have minimal effect -- sure, keep it
clean, but let's not go crazy.

It's the COFFEE!

dave



 
Date: 18 Aug 2007 19:52:09
From: Janice Baker
Subject: Re: Easy to clean grinder?
Other than regular cleaning and maintenance of your coffee machine, it is
extremely important to keep your grinder cleaned on a daily or weekly basis.
Because chemical and soap residues can attach itself to your beans, it is
not recommended to use anything but a paper towel to clean your grinder. I
wipe out my grinder every day with a paper towel, so that I can continually
enjoy a fresh tasting cup. If you do not keep your grinder clean on a
regular basis the acids from the coffee will build up, and any new beans you
put in your grinder will absorb the odors and residues of old beans. Thus
creating a poor tasting coffee.

Jan


"JoeSpareBedroom" <dishborealis@yahoo.com > wrote in message
news:2Hlxi.14102$ya1.4596@news02.roc.ny...
> Time line:
>
> - A week ago, bought a bag of whole bean Starbucks French roast. Not
> because I love Starbucks, but because I'd never tried their supermarket
> product before. It tasted fine.
>
> - Two days ago, the coffee here started to taste like ass. (Description
> courtesy of my 18 yr old son and his friends)
>
> Hadn't cleaned the Melitta 10 cup coffee maker in a couple of weeks, so
> today was the day. Ran a 50/50 water/vinegar mix through it. Rinsed the
> tank, then ran 4 pots of filtered (Brita) water through it. Scrubbed out
> the pot with baking soda paste. Took a toothbrush & baking soda to the
> cone, to get in the grooves. I'm using Melitta brown filters.
>
> The coffee still tastes lousy.
>
> - The drinking water here is fine.
> - The beans could've gone past some freshness landmark in the previous
> days.
> - My favorite: There's no really good way to clean a Braun grinder, other
> than "wipe with damp cloth". I've tried wiping it with alcohol swabs, but
> still, the plastic housing has absorbed some aromas over the two years
> I've owned it.
>
> Who makes a grinder that can really be disassembled for an obsessive level
> of cleaning?
>




  
Date: 18 Aug 2007 18:08:29
From: Marshall
Subject: Re: Easy to clean grinder?
On Sat, 18 Aug 2007 19:52:09 -0400, "Janice Baker"
<JBAKER004@stny.rr.com > wrote:

>Other than regular cleaning and maintenance of your coffee machine, it is
>extremely important to keep your grinder cleaned on a daily or weekly basis.
>Because chemical and soap residues can attach itself to your beans, it is
>not recommended to use anything but a paper towel to clean your grinder. I
>wipe out my grinder every day with a paper towel, so that I can continually
>enjoy a fresh tasting cup. If you do not keep your grinder clean on a
>regular basis the acids from the coffee will build up, and any new beans you
>put in your grinder will absorb the odors and residues of old beans. Thus
>creating a poor tasting coffee.
>
>Jan

If you can simply wipe yours out with a paper towel, you must be using
a simple blade grinder. I agree that it should be cleaned out
regularly.

But, most of the aficionados on this board use burr grinders of one
sort or another. These are much more difficult to clean. Fortunately,
though, most of the residue grounds lie in nooks and crannies away
from the path to the dispenser.

Marshall


   
Date: 19 Aug 2007 14:39:58
From: Bill (Adopt)
Subject: Re: Easy to clean grinder?
In article <mo5fc3hfjpif7mtvhmfq00817ln8di8bb8@4ax.com >, Marshall
<mrfuss@ihatespamearthlink.net > wrote:
> On Sat, 18 Aug 2007 19:52:09 -0400, "Janice Baker"
> <JBAKER004@stny.rr.com> wrote:

[..]
> But, most of the aficionados on this board use burr grinders of one
> sort or another. These are much more difficult to clean. Fortunately,
> though, most of the residue grounds lie in nooks and crannies away
> from the path to the dispenser.

..and if anything is removed and added to the new grind
in the process of grinding, it's rarely going to be whole
chunks of ancient solidified coffee pumice, but likely
just a microscopic skim of the most recent 'skin' - lost,
taste-wise, in the vastly greater mass of the 'new' coffee.

Do Italian Baristas dismantle and thoroughly clean their
grinders at the end of every day, week, month, year?

..or do they just give them a quick shake-out as they dump
the worn out beast in the rubbish skip ..or drop them on
Ebay for us to play with...?!

:))

Bill ZFC

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Date: 18 Aug 2007 10:23:17
From: Zeek!
Subject: Re: Easy to clean grinder?
On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:21:50 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
<dishborealis@yahoo.com > wrote:

I think most pre-roasted coffe tastes like ass by-product.

Try blowing your grinder out with an air compressor if cleaning will
make you feel better. I've never cleaned my Zass in years. My home
roasts taste fine.


  
Date: 18 Aug 2007 17:09:28
From: beerboyfeelgood
Subject: Re: Easy to clean grinder?
Zeek! <Zeek!@bellsouth.net > wrote in
news:8f3ec3pv30pchbmp0i8i2aba1e11boq3lr@4ax.com:

> On Fri, 17 Aug 2007 18:21:50 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
> <dishborealis@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> I think most pre-roasted coffe tastes like ass by-product.
>
> Try blowing your grinder out with an air compressor if cleaning will
> make you feel better. I've never cleaned my Zass in years. My home
> roasts taste fine.

kev <--- too much info (does not want to know how anyone can explain what
ass tastes like...) ROFL


 
Date: 18 Aug 2007 10:29:44
From: D. Ross
Subject: Re: Easy to clean grinder?
"JoeSpareBedroom" <dishborealis@yahoo.com > wrote:



 
Date: 17 Aug 2007 23:41:01
From: lockjaw
Subject: Re: Easy to clean grinder?

> Who makes a grinder that can really be disassembled for an obsessive level
> of cleaning?

Oh, lotsa folks Rancilio Macap Mazzer, Gaggia etc. etc

and it may NOT be your grinder. I know that Starbucks coffee SMELLS
like ASS,

so it would follow it tastes that way.

and anyway what you bought is many weeks or months old before you open
it.

dave



  
Date: 17 Aug 2007 23:46:10
From: JoeSpareBedroom
Subject: Re: Easy to clean grinder?
"lockjaw" <davebobbl@gmail.com > wrote in message
news:1187394061.990032.327510@r29g2000hsg.googlegroups.com...
>
>> Who makes a grinder that can really be disassembled for an obsessive
>> level
>> of cleaning?
>
> Oh, lotsa folks Rancilio Macap Mazzer, Gaggia etc. etc
>
> and it may NOT be your grinder. I know that Starbucks coffee SMELLS
> like ASS,
>
> so it would follow it tastes that way.
>
> and anyway what you bought is many weeks or months old before you open
> it.
>
> dave
>

I figured that last thing was a possibility. I hadn't yet started shopping
around for fresher stuff, probably because I'm assuming (maybe incorrectly)
that it's gonna exceed my randomly chosen price limit of eight or ten bucks
a pound.