Paul, I posted about this just last week about my Maestro Plus. I hadn't
taken the plastic off for a year, and I had never replaced the burrs. I was
disgusted by what I found!!! Under the center burr is a plastic "grinds
pusher" that pushes the grinds down the shoot to the hopper. It had coffee
oils. When were those from? Which coffee in the past year? How many of my
coffees were tainted?????????
Anyway, some pics and info here: http://www.baratza.com/faq.php or at
www.baratza.com A concern, though. I ordered new burrs (20 bucks for a
set, so not even an investment!!!!), so I had to pull the center burr.
Anyway, it was a REAL pain to get the burr to come off. I nicked it up
with my pliars, so I was really glad I had another.
SO, if you're looking to do it, I'd order a set of burrs, just in case. If
you don't mess up your burrs, then you have them for 6 months or a year from
now. Oh, and that FAQ has info on how to pull up the plastic sides on the
virtuoso. Be prepared for a lot of coffee dust. And frankly, if it can get
OUT of the grinds path, it can get back IN!!!
That's my thoughts. As I said last week: I pay more to buy the best greens
possible. I use my time to figure out how best to roast my beans. I devote
excessive care to the roast. I rest them to perfection. I check my brew
temps and assiduously clean my brewing equipment. Why wouldn't I want my
grinder to be absolutely clean? It makes no sense.
Clean them grinders!!!!
On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 10:32 AM, Paul Helbert
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