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Posted: Nov 21, 2014 - 6:24am

damn fine coffee
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Posted: Nov 19, 2014 - 6:52am


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Posted: Nov 14, 2014 - 6:52am

 Steely_D wrote:

I started by experimenting with the hot air popper, but it wasn't consistent enough.
You can roast them on the stove, etc. But that's like saying you can still play a record on this

You can, but why bother if you really care about the end result?

 
I was only experimenting also. I couldn't justify the expense of a good purpose made roaster. I also tried spreading them out in one layer on a roasting pan in the oven and that worked better but it still wasn't consistent throughout the batch. One of these years I'll get a proper roaster though.
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Posted: Nov 13, 2014 - 8:20pm


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Posted: Nov 13, 2014 - 1:23pm

 DaveInVA wrote:

I used to use my hot air pop corn popper. Just have to keep an eye on them and shake them up so the bottom ones don't turn to charcoal. It stinks but it works,

 
I started by experimenting with the hot air popper, but it wasn't consistent enough.
You can roast them on the stove, etc. But that's like saying you can still play a record on this

You can, but why bother if you really care about the end result?


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Posted: Nov 13, 2014 - 1:12pm

 haresfur wrote:

You can use a heat gun to roast coffee if you are careful.

 
I used to use my hot air pop corn popper. Just have to keep an eye on them and shake them up so the bottom ones don't turn to charcoal. It stinks but it works,
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Posted: Nov 13, 2014 - 12:59pm

 Steely_D wrote:
And I'm seriously thinking about re-buying a roaster. My old one died and I had too many midnights of having to run the (loud, smoky) thing where I know the neighbors could hear/smell it wondering WTF is he doing???
But, green beans are only about $6-7/lb...

 
You can use a heat gun to roast coffee if you are careful.
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Posted: Nov 13, 2014 - 12:08pm

Sheesh. Now the cabinet has a french press,
a Keurig machine from Costco,
a ceramic cone for paper filters,
and now I went and got one of these Aeropress
babies.

 
I need a cup of joe just to decide which method I'm going to use to make my cup of joe...

And I'm seriously thinking about re-buying a roaster. My old one died and I had too many midnights of having to run the (loud, smoky) thing where I know the neighbors could hear/smell it wondering WTF is he doing???
But, green beans are only about $6-7/lb...


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Posted: Nov 5, 2014 - 6:28am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I can't speak to the individual models people have, but this sort of cleaning is not required every day. If you grind beans then put the thing away for a week, you're going to get some rancid oils building up. If you use it every day, you're not going to have a problem like that unless/until the deep recesses get coffee packed into them and won't come out. But even then, I don't see it affecting your taste: because it doesn't come out. You just don't want to leave oils on the surfaces that your coffee will touch every time you use it (again, if you're using it then putting it away for a while). I think a weekly half-cup of rice, or at least every time you get a different roast, will keep it in good condition. Maybe take it apart every 3 months ? to give it a thorough cleaning and to check the burrs in case you got a rock in your beans (happens). If the burrs are dull they'll still grind but it heats up the coffee too much...

I'd like to hear proclivities' 2¢
 
I've never tried the rice technique; I'll have to look into that.  Usually I clean the removable top burr with dish-soap after I brush it off.  The inside gets brushed and dumped out and I wipe it with a paper towel - sometimes with a little alcohol if it seems too oily.  I guess I clean it every two weeks or so.  My grinder is not a high-end one but it's relatively simple and effective - albeit loud.  The grind adjustment is not super-fine (I couldn't do true espresso or Turkish grinds with it), but I can adjust it for differences between French press, paper filter, and metal filter.


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Posted: Nov 5, 2014 - 6:14am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

Well now I'm concerned... just how much stuff is left inside the grinder after a grind? Because what's the point of fresh-ground beans if there's a lot of ground coffee from yesterday still in there?

I would hope that, after grinding the rice, a pinch of whole beans (a tablespoon? 23 beans?) would be enough to push out 97% of the rice that's still in there...

Anyway, you're set for now; you don't need to do the rice every day. We did at the coffeeshop because we ran a lot of coffee thru and we'd run rice every time we changed beans (dark roast, single-bean, flavored ick flavored)... 

 
Still better than pumpkin spice.
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Posted: Nov 5, 2014 - 6:10am

 DaveInVA wrote:

I only clean mine every couple of weeks but it does literally get used every day.

 
Well the sniff test is really a decent way to know. You'll get either "fresh-ground coffee," "stale coffee," or "what died?"
 
edit: For the people in this conversation, it wouldn't be a bad idea to keep a natural-bristle brush handy to reach up in and get the residue out of the easy-to-reach areas. Nylon bristles will get eaten by the coffee oils. But brush off the obvious stuff and you'll be way ahead of the game. 
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Posted: Nov 5, 2014 - 6:04am

 miamizsun wrote:

so i sacrificed some innocent rice through the grinder

it definitely added some fiber to my coffee

euell gibbons came to mind...

 
Well now I'm concerned... just how much stuff is left inside the grinder after a grind? Because what's the point of fresh-ground beans if there's a lot of ground coffee from yesterday still in there?

I would hope that, after grinding the rice, a pinch of whole beans (a tablespoon? 23 beans?) would be enough to push out 97% of the rice that's still in there...

Anyway, you're set for now; you don't need to do the rice every day. We did at the coffeeshop because we ran a lot of coffee thru and we'd run rice every time we changed beans (dark roast, single-bean, flavored ick flavored)... 
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Posted: Nov 5, 2014 - 6:01am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

I can't speak to the individual models people have, but this sort of cleaning is not required every day. If you grind beans then put the thing away for a week, you're going to get some rancid oils building up. If you use it every day, you're not going to have a problem like that unless/until the deep recesses get coffee packed into them and won't come out. But even then, I don't see it affecting your taste: because it doesn't come out. You just don't want to leave oils on the surfaces that your coffee will touch every time you use it (again, if you're using it then putting it away for a while). I think a weekly half-cup of rice, or at least every time you get a different roast, will keep it in good condition. Maybe take it apart every 3 months ? to give it a thorough cleaning and to check the burrs in case you got a rock in your beans (happens). If the burrs are dull they'll still grind but it heats up the coffee too much...

I'd like to hear proclivities' 2¢ 

 
I only clean mine every couple of weeks but it does literally get used every day.
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Posted: Nov 5, 2014 - 4:51am

 ScottFromWyoming wrote:

No, you want the cheap stuff. It's hard and doesn't actually turn to rice flour, it stays a little coarse and comes through cleanly. The parboiled instant stuff I think would turn to flour and could get gummy.

 
so i sacrificed some innocent rice through the grinder

it definitely added some fiber to my coffee

euell gibbons came to mind...
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Posted: Nov 4, 2014 - 6:09am

 Coaxial wrote:

Yeah...That's nice and helpful.
 
cof
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Posted: Nov 4, 2014 - 5:51am

 buzz wrote: 
Yeah...That's nice and helpful.


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Posted: Nov 4, 2014 - 5:27am

i need this.
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Posted: Nov 3, 2014 - 3:09pm

 DaveInVA wrote:

I've been washing the parts that disassemble and using a small stiff brush on the interior, then a shot from a compressed air can holding it over the sink. Quite a bit comes out.

 
I can't speak to the individual models people have, but this sort of cleaning is not required every day. If you grind beans then put the thing away for a week, you're going to get some rancid oils building up. If you use it every day, you're not going to have a problem like that unless/until the deep recesses get coffee packed into them and won't come out. But even then, I don't see it affecting your taste: because it doesn't come out. You just don't want to leave oils on the surfaces that your coffee will touch every time you use it (again, if you're using it then putting it away for a while). I think a weekly half-cup of rice, or at least every time you get a different roast, will keep it in good condition. Maybe take it apart every 3 months ? to give it a thorough cleaning and to check the burrs in case you got a rock in your beans (happens). If the burrs are dull they'll still grind but it heats up the coffee too much...

I'd like to hear proclivities' 2¢ 


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Posted: Nov 3, 2014 - 2:34pm

 Proclivities wrote:

I had one similar to that - it was a Christmas present from the in-laws.  It worked well for several years then the circuit board died and there was no way to run it manually.  I still have an older Melitta burr grinder which is relatively easy to clean - parts of the burr assembly are removable and the rest is easy to get to with a wire brush.  For years I had to clean and calibrate commercial coffee grinders for work; it was kind of fun - though messy.

 
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Posted: Nov 3, 2014 - 7:23am

 miamizsun wrote:

is that a capresso grinder?

are there any burr grinders that are easy to clean?  {#Wink}
i have one of these capresso rigs for years (haven't used it lately)


i have to run several "long grinds" to get enough coffee for my desired strength

although i have purchased a separate grinder and use it for drip only

 
I had one similar to that - it was a Christmas present from the in-laws.  It worked well for several years then the circuit board died and there was no way to run it manually.  I still have an older Melitta burr grinder which is relatively easy to clean - parts of the burr assembly are removable and the rest is easy to get to with a wire brush.  For years I had to clean and calibrate commercial coffee grinders for work; it was kind of fun - though messy.
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