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Postby phil2spill » Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:28 am

The idea is to use something 'starchy' to lightly scrub the surfaces and absorb old coffee oils. The urnex tabs are somekinda corn starch iirc.

I prefer cheapo porridge rolled oats to rice since they're a lot softer. You can see the old grinds being pushed out. Then a thorough vacuum. Mini has got an idiotic void in the upper burr carrier which stores a couple of grammes of old grounds and the only way to clear that is with a full stripdown.

One thing worries me about using compressed air -- could you be blasting dust down into the motor bearings and wirey bits? I've never taken mine apart far enough to see how well they're protected from the grinding chamber.
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Postby jon » Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:16 pm

thanks - might give it a try, but tbh the antigua seems fairly well designed for cleaning ( a strip down and a brush seems to do OK :) )
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Postby bruceb » Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:24 pm

phil2spill wrote:One thing worries me about using compressed air -- could you be blasting dust down into the motor bearings and wirey bits? I've never taken mine apart far enough to see how well they're protected from the grinding chamber.


I thought about this and decided to pull apart my grinders to see if I had filled the motor compartments with grinds. In fact, however, only the normal build-up of dust was in all three of them. I suppose some grinders could be built so it is possible to blow grounds down in there, but if they really are built that way I feel relatively certain that the motor would get a load of grounds even without compressed air.

In any case I'll go on puffing the bits out of my grinders. I'm too lazy to tear them down regularly and I don't think it's really good for them anyway. :roll: :wink:
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Postby monkey66 » Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:29 am

I don't know about the mini but the SJ has a plate over the bearing to keep it clean.
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