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Greetings Coffee Lovers,
This being a great day NOT to go out, I brought my precious 3-month old =
Hottop in from the garage for another deep cleaning. This time I had =
some Urnex Liquid coffee Pot cleanerfrom SM to try. Previously, I used =
detergent and a nonmetal abrasive pad I'd bought from the Home Despot =
but it still scratched the metal rather badly.
The bottle says 1/4 oz/gallon of water for soaking but I wanted to brush =
it on, so I put one small squirt into about 1/4 cup water. A toothbrush =
was good for wetting the surfaces but it was slow going getting up the =
coffee oils so I tried dipping the abrasive pad into the cleaning =
solution and gently working over the stains, etc. This worked well and =
now my Hottop shines like new! The dirtiest part of the roaster was the =
upper chute. There are small vent holes at the back upper edge where =
most of the smoke and steam come out.
The other day someone referred us to his site where he lists other =
cleaning tips, so I also used the solution to clean the inside of the =
roaster, including the temp sensor at the back. Since my roaster also =
sometimes squirts a little "tobacco juice" out the back, I took off the =
back panel. There was a lot of crud on the motor and insides of the =
outer case. Being careful not to drip, I cleaned all that off also. =
There was a lot of chaff dust on the inside of the grill that covers the =
I took it back out to the garage and roasted some of SM's lovely =
Nicaragua Matagalpa Maragogype. Steam and smoke really pours out of the =
roaster when I roast those large beans. I kept pulling out the filter =
to wipe off the condensation. (The fan never came one, so I hope that =
was because of the cold weather and not something I did!)
Tom warns that these large beans are a little tricky to roast in a fluid =
bed roaster. I found that they also don't clear from the Hottop very =
quickly. It takes 1-2 minutes for all of them to go from the drum to =
the cooling tray so they wind up being darker and glossier than I =
wanted. I guess I have to remember to Eject the beans a little sooner.