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Grinder keeps stalling

We have a virtuoso Burr Coffee grinder, just bought. We set the grind to about 10, and hit the button. After a few seconds it stalls. We have to stir the beans, then it goes again, then stalls. We have tried various settings, from 5 to 15 but same thing happens. Are our beans too oily. What do you recommend we do?

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    Sulejman Sulejmani May 11, 2010

    the motor? is it 3 phase or mono phase. if it is monophase is it with brushes(collector motor)??



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Use less beans when grinding! Or if your not happy with it return for better model!
(its no falt of yours!)

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The current Kitchenaid A9 burr grinder glass jar is interchangable with the original Hobart/Kitchenaid A9 glass jar; therefor, the gasket should also interchange - contact Kitchenaid customer service to order a gasket.

Setting the grind is accomplished by grasping the body of the ginder in one hand and the grind-selector ring (collar that the jar screws into) in the other. Hold the base tight and turn the selector ring clockwise for a finer grind, counterclockwise for coarser. Be careful not to completely unscrew the selector ring; if you are not sure how much adjustment is left, screw it all the way clockwise until it stops (finest grind); then, back it off, up to one full turn to make the grind coarser.

The selector ring has the words coarse, medium and fine cast into it; these are rough postition markers. There is a triangle cast into the body of the grinder, just above the brand name, that can be used to diral in a preferred level of grind. I use a medium-coarse grind for drip coffee makers; to do likewise, position the selector ring so that the triangle is pointing midway between the words coarse and medium.

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SOURCE: all of sudden my grinder plugs up. coffee settles

If you can adjust the bean hopper to the coarsest grind setting and try again. If that doesn't work, remove the grounds drawer and vacuum the inside top where the grounds drawer was. You have a blockage above the grounds drawer.
You can also rotate the bean hopper counter clockwise and lift it off. Remove the outer burr by lifting it out. Vacuum the grounds out from both sides( burr side and grounds drawer side) probe the opening to remove any packed grounds, then reassemble. The bean hopper has 2 tabs on the bottom. 1 large and 1 small. Make sure that they go in their respective place.
If you cannot rotate the bean hopper? Remove the beans and ground hopper. Turn the machine upside down and then gently rotate the bean hopper back and forth until it will rotate completely (270 degrees). This will shake out any grounds in the threads. Do not force it as you can break the tabs that rotate the burr adjustment.

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If it is any consolation, mine just did the same thing, now takes too long to grind and it is way to fine dispite a thorough cleaning by disassembly.

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I've owned my Baratza Virtuoso for almost two years. Over the past four months it has started acting up on my when I grind beans with a high oil coating. I tried cleaning it today by running white rice...

First, I'm not a Baratza tech, but I have worked on commercial grinders. You should contact your vendor for service.
*** The following is for information only ***
* check on line for your model parts manual. The diagrams will help you identify the parts needed and should provide instructions on replacing/cleaning the burrs.
* As you've figured out, cleaning with rice is not a good idea.
* Burr plates do get dull and needs to be replaced. Longer grind times and frequent adjustments to get finer grinds is an indication of dull plates.
* The oil in the beans used gets caked up under and on the sides of the burr plates.
* Heavy usage and long grind times will melt the oils and fill every part of the burr chamber and even get into the motor and bearings. I've found oil in the on/off switches and rotary switches.
* The burr plates must be removed and chamber cleaned of all oil residue and beans (rice too). Use a vacuum cleaner and stiff brush to clean. Do not use water or any liquids in the burr chamber. You can clean the burrs in wash water once it's removed from equipment. Dry thoroughly before reinstalling.
* The motor should turn freely by hand (no power!) with nothing hitting the sides or under the plate. If it's difficult to turn or makes grinding or whirling noise. Then the lower plate needs to be removed and cleaned. The motor bearings will need to be replaced if the motor does not turn at all.
* Once cleaned and assembled(without any beans) Power up and check the operation. You should have a motor hum without any clanking or screeching (metal rubbing metal) sounds. Stop and power down if you do. Motor bearings are bad.
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* Placing another 1/4 cup of whole beans. Turn on grinder again. Just hums without grinding? Power down. Replace motor starter capacitor.
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* Final; if everything is working but your not getting the fine grind setting (you should at least get espresso setting but not turkish) then the burrs are gone. It will only be good for drip coffee.
Aloha, ukeboy57

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