[Homeroast] Yep, Take apart the GeneCafe screens

Steven Van Dyke coffee at svandyke.com
Mon Sep 13 20:02:28 CDT 2010

Has to be the standard one - I've had  my Gene since around when they 
came out and until this message I didn't know there *was* a larger one.

At 10:26 AM 9/13/2010, you wrote:
>Are you talking about the standard chaff collector here, and not the 
>large collector?
>From: homeroast-bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com 
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>Van Dyke [coffee at svandyke.com]
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>Subject: [Homeroast] Yep, Take apart the GeneCafe screens
>So, I've been meaning to clean the chaff collector on my GeneCafe
>for... a while (probably not a whole year).  I've been going to boil
>it but didn't want to heat up the house.
>Then Ken had his thread about his GeneCafe and the revelation that
>you *really* need to take the screens apart.
>So today, as I was getting ready to roast I decided, what the heck,
>and got out the screwdriver.  I filled the sink with hot water and a
>good sized slug of Simple Green.
>Turns out, Ken (and the others) were right - you *REALLY* do need to
>take the screens apart.  My chaff collector *looked* clean(ish) - you
>could see some internal gunk but nothing really objectionable and
>looking through the screens the light came through just fine.
>Took the collector apart, looked at the screens - still didn't look too bad.
>Took the screws out that hold the inner screen in place...
>A *LOT* of crud can accumulate in there - there were parts where
>there was just a little tunnel through the crud from inner screen
>hole to outer screen hole.
>Didn't seem to affect my roast, but I have to wonder how much longer
>I had before *not* cleaning the screens would have.
> >Time and time again I had been told to clean my chaff collector...
> >and I did!  I swear!  I even used detergents, brushes, etc!
> >
> >Time and again they said - Take Apart the Two Screens!!!  And I did
> >NOT - because I could see just fine through all the holes in the
> >screen so clearly they were not clogged...
> >
> >Well, I was wrong... I took apart the two screens and they were
> >clogged - All to hell....  No wonder it has never worked right since
> >I got the new heater... No wonder the last one died...
> >
> >
> >Now I just wish I hadn't just roasted 3 lbs of coffee... I have to
> >wait 2 weeks to try it out again!!!
> >
> >Sorry to one and all... I guess I'm stubborn...
> >
> >Ken
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