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Offline RBEmerson

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Cleaning a coffee mill
« on: May 16, 2014, 10:10:22 AM »
I bought a used German hand coffee mill (a Zassenhaus mill that about 2.5" x 2.5" x 4"). The problem is the grinder and its support frame is rusty. I'll get all of the loose stuff off with a brush and Dremel tool with a brush. The problem, and the question for EOE, is what to coat things with when I'm done. Painting is out, of course. WD-40 strikes me as a dumb idea. About the only thing that might be a winner is olive oil. But what might it do to the ground coffee? Or is there something else that can do the job?
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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2014, 12:21:22 PM »
Is it cast iron? If yes, you could season it like you would cast ovenware.

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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2014, 12:36:36 PM »
Almond oil is going to have less flavor than olive.
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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2014, 01:33:38 PM »
You are so da man! That's exactly what I was looking for!

A cup of virtual Cafe du Monde coffee/chickory, with beignets, to ya!
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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2014, 01:37:58 PM »
That sounds a little too foo-foo for my liking.

I know nothting about these coffee grinders.  It's a wonder what a Google search will bring up.

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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2014, 01:44:38 PM »
Not foo-foo at all. Cafe du Monde's coffee, black, will put hair on a gorilla's chest. Beignets? One of life's better sin foods - damn near as good as bacon!
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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2014, 04:10:14 PM »
This might help.

http://www.orphanespresso.com/Vintage-Hand-Grinder-Restoration_ep_546-1.html


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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2014, 11:31:55 PM »
When that's done run some cheap dried pasta through it.

Small elbow macaroni works pretty well.
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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2014, 07:45:02 AM »
Thanks for the suggestion. I've been thinking about grinding something that will clean up the remain stuff, won't waste good coffee beans, and won't leave any flavor.
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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2014, 09:11:27 AM »
What I use on my good knives is food grade mineral oil.  Available nearly everywhere and inexpensive.

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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2014, 08:20:05 PM »
Hmmm... better and better. But ...uh... what's a good "nearly everywhere" source?
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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2014, 08:29:25 PM »
Hmmm... better and better. But ...uh... what's a good "nearly everywhere" source?
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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #14 on: May 19, 2014, 09:37:40 PM »
Hmmm... better and better. But ...uh... what's a good "nearly everywhere" source?

Amazon? Even Bed Bath & Beyond has it. It won't affect your digestion in the amounts used to protect a knife or other kitchen tool.

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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2014, 06:46:56 AM »
BB&B works for me. Thanks!
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Re: Cleaning a coffee mill
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2014, 10:30:25 AM »
It's also excellent for conditioning and sealing cutting boards.