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Topic: Cleaning Grinder (27 msgs / 514 lines)
1) From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Bob=20Cassinelli?=
After I grind some Columbian or something, I empty the
grinds into the filter/jar... the grinder still has
the oily coating in it, I wipe it clean... but it
still has the smell. 
Basically, does anyone have a way to clean the grinder
(it's not water submersible). 
Thanks,
Bob
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2) From: Lee XOC
Run some uncooked rice through it.
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Lee xoC
San Diego,
California
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3) From: jim gundlach
On Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at 11:11 AM, Lee XOC wrote:
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I've read that you should not use regular rice.  Instant or minute rice 
may work.
Jim Gundlach
roasting over pecan wood fires
in La Place, Alabama
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4) From: John - In Deep Southern Texas
Jim,
    I've heard enough sad stories about the rice that I just decided to
learn how to take my grinder apart and clean it.  It turned out that it
wasn't all that hard - and I KNOW its clean now.  I used rice on the hand
grinder, but now I have reservations about that too. With the Solis Master,
it would take me four or five sessions to feel like I had all the rice out
of the system.
John

5) From: Glenn R. Holmes
True.
I use Minute rice.
Works fine!
Glenn
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6) From: Glenn R. Holmes
Hi John.
Hmmmm,, I haven't heard those sad stories but you are making me think 
twice about it. I pull my Solis 166 apart to clean from time to time, 
when in a hurry, I used the rice
Glenn
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7) From: John - In Deep Southern Texas
Glenn,
    Don't let me scare you out of it.  It is the recommended cleaner from a
lot of different sources - so it can't be all bad. I just kept hearing about
folks jamming their systems trying it.  I think that if you were to run
straight long grain rice through a grinder you will get into trouble - the
minute rice has been slightly cooked and shatters quickly.  I just elected
to do mine the long way because I'm not anxious to replace it ;O)

8) From:
On Tue, 2 Jul 2002 15:01:10 -0500
 "John - In Deep Southern Texas"  wrote:
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I recently cleaned a very greasy hand Arabic coffee grinder
 using minute rice.  It did get out all the nasty grease.
  Eventually.
It was much more difficult to turn the crank with the
 minute rice than it was with coffee beans in the hopper.  
I don't think I'd use minute rice to clean an electric
 grinder.  But, it did the job on my hand grinder, and not
 many other things would have.
Be well,
Lissa
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9) From: Dave Huddle
The Zassenhaus Turkish grinder I got on ebay gave EVERY cup a nasty
taste.  It smelled bad too.
I took it apart and cleaned it with a toothbrush, but the nasty taste
remained.
After a couple of rice treatments it was MUCH better.
I agree with Lissa.
Dave  Westerville, OH
      25 minutes from the present location of SweetMaria's  :)
      41 hours   from the future  location of SweetMaria's  :(
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10) From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Bob=20Cassinelli?=
Someone mentioned baking soda to me...
I don't see it though.. 
MAYBE... with a cloth, wipe some cider vinegar in it
(I flush the coffee pot with that every few mos to get
rid of mineral buildup). 
 --- John - In Deep Southern Texas 
skrev: > Glenn,
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11) From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Bob=20Cassinelli?=
A Turkish grinder.. did it have Turkish coffee in it? 
 That'd explain the nasty taste. 
*I'm basing that on my visit to Istanbul... The coffee
was HORRENDOUS!!!!!!!  Like ash and silt and mud
that'd been on a burner for days!
I stuck with their apple tea... it was a little too
sweet, but ok.
 --- Dave Huddle  skrev: > The
Zassenhaus Turkish grinder I got on ebay gave
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12) From: Mike Gallant
	Now, are you bashing Turkish style coffee (powder grind, prepared 
in an ibrik, etc), or the beans they were using at a particular place in 
Turkey? If the former, well, as they say, "beauty is in the eye of the 
beholder" (taste buds of the beholder?). Properly prepared 
Turkish/Greek/Arabic coffee is very tasty - thanks to Jim F for 
demonstrating that to me. Just make sure you don't drink to the absolute 
bottom of the cup! ;)
-mike
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13) From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Bob=20Cassinelli?=
Bashing 'my experience'. PLEASE don't think I'm
bashing all of the turkish coffee out there...
Honestly I've not tried it all. 
I was in Istanbul for 4 days 3 arabian nights ;)...
The coffee I had at a few of thestablishments... was
bitter and ashy... Perhaps it's my palett (my fav is 
Ethiopian yirgacheffe and like Ugandan, if those are
any criterion)).
  --- Mike Gallant  skrev: > 
Now, are you bashing Turkish style coffee (powder
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14) From: John - In Deep Southern Texas
Bob;
    My mom used to clean everything in the kitchen with cider vinegar.
However, on the warranty that came with my Solis Master it specifically
mentions voiding the warranty by using vinegar.  I'm not sure its all that
friendly to the metal or the plastic parts.   So if folks are cleaning
Maestro or anything via Solis I wouldn't recommend it.
John

15) From: John - In Deep Southern Texas
Bob,
    Was this before or AFTER we bombed them?  That would make a difference
too.  I was in Eritrea (across from Yemen) in 1957 and the coffee there was
excellent - the reason I bought an Ibrik before I bought a Press.  I still
can't produce as smooth a drink as they served - but I love what I can make.
My other elusive coffee is what the Moravians serve - brewed with cream and
sugar in it and some kind of spice that they wont identify.
John

16) From: Jim Schulman
On 2 Jul 2002 at 21:23, John - In Deep Southern Texas wrote:
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BTW, The inestimable Josie of Baratza recommended "a buch" of rice at fine 
for solis grinders on alt.coffee thread on cleaning grinders. Two espresso shop 
owners joined in saying they use the same treatment weekly for their 
commercial grinders.
The threads are:http://groups.google.com/groups?q=cleaning+grinder&start0&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-
8&oeF8&scoring=d&selm=5a99a2df.0205301128.7f3657b%40posting.goo
gle.com&rnum@
andhttp://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ieF-8&oeF8&threadm=sEwK8.1460%24Ct6.723%40newsread1.prod.itd.earthli
nk.net&rnum6&prev=/groups%3Fq%3Dcleaning%2Bgrinder%26hl%3Den%2
6lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-
8%26oe%3DUTF8%26scoring%3Dd%26start%3D30%26sa%3DN
Sorry for the monster links, Jim
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17) From: John - In Deep Southern Texas
If Josie said it, that's good enough for me :O)  He REALLY knows this
hardware.

18) From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Bob=20Cassinelli?=
 June of 2000
--- John - In Deep Southern Texas 
skrev: > Bob,
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19) From: Angelo
If you all feel apprehensive about using rice, an alternate grain to use is 
oats (rolled). This is soft enough and absorbs the oils. There is also a 
slight abrasive quality to it which leaves the burrs nice and shiny. :-)
Ciao,
Angelo
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20) From: Les & Becky
I still like blasting my grinder with a good shot of compressed air (110
psi).  After the first blast, I use pipe cleaners and some plain old water
to get out the tough stuff, and then I use some cotton balls on wire that I
bought for cleaning to do a general cleaning with water.  I don't soak my
grinder!  After the wet clean, I blast it dry with the compressed air!  It
takes between 5 and 10 minutes to get it nice and clean!  I also clean it
once a week!
Les
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21) From: Lissa
On Tue, 2002-07-02 at 21:55, Bob Cassinelli wrote:
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Hmm...I love yirg and Ugandan, although my favourite (besides the
Yemenis) is PNG.  And, I love Arabic coffee (as it is called here in the
Lebanon of North America).
I've found around here that most places make it very weak for non-Arabs,
out of concern for the tastebuds.  Understandable, considering that most
Americans think Folgers is drinkable.  I ask for it thick and not sweet
(I don't like sugar in my coffee).  It generally comes with lemon zest
(also nice with espresso), and is lovely.  Much nicer than the crap that
passes for espresso around here.
I don't doubt you had bad coffee, Bob.  But, with the right beans and
the correct preparation, you might like it.
Be well,
Lissa
-- 
The greatest respect we can have for law and order is
to question and challenge the people who are enforcing it.
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22) From: David Lewis
At 11:01 PM -0400 7/2/02, Angelo wrote:
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I used kasha (toasted buckwheat groats) for years before I heard the 
official line. It's also softer than rice, works well, and makes a 
great hot cereal when ground and cooked in milk.
Best,
	David
-- 
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not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
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23) From: Peter Zulkowski
Has anyone tried this yet?http://www.sweetmarias.com/urnex.grindzFAQ.htmlPeterZ

24) From: Rich Adams
Hi, 
I have (Urnex gave out free samples), it works, but expensive.
Randy over on a.c did a review, some good before and after pictures.http://home.surewest.net/frcn/Coffee/grindz.htmlRich Adams

25) From: James House
Yeah I use it with my mazzer mini e, works great.
On 5/16/06, Rich Adams  wrote:
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26) From: Steve Hay
On 5/16/06, James House  wrote:
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Ok someone with an ion chromatographer or something lets figure out how to
hack the Grindz composition and create a homeade version of it >g< (althoug=
h
I've heard minute rice is nearly as or as good as the Urnex stuff.
-- 
Steven Hay
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27) From: Jared Andersson
I have it.  It works better than anything else I have used on my Mazzer min=
i
and it is expensive.  I tend to like the best of anything available if and
only if it has a major benifit to cost ratio.  This product is not a bargin
but it does fit my high quality to cost ratio.  It also has lasted longer
than I thought it would.  Jared.
On 5/16/06, Peter Zulkowski  wrote:
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