Sweet Maria’s guide to cleaning the roaster and the thermal sensor in your Aillio Bullet R1 A machine for roasting coffee. Or the person operating it! The basic requirements for a coffee roaster are a heating element that gets suitably hot and a mechanism for agitating the beans.: A mechanism for More
The Bullet R1 requires more frequent cleaning and careful maintenance compared to other home roasters. If you don’t care for your Bullet R1 properly, smoke can damage the internal electronic components that make your roaster tick. This is our recommended regimen for keeping your Bullet R1 in tiptop shape.
What to clean on the Bullet after 1 to 2 roast batches…
Vacuum Chaff is paper-like skin that comes off the coffee in the roasting process. Chaff from roasting is part of the innermost skin (the silverskin) of the coffee fruit that still cling to the beans after More from the following locations:
Clean the Cooling box (under the bowl)
Remove cooling filter and vacuum any chaff from the fan chamber
Clean Around drop door – look for any small beans that might be wedged between the drum and the drum out lining and remove them!
Chaff plug in rear of the machine
Cleaning after every 5-10 roast batches…
(or after 3 roasts, depending on roast level/batch size)
Remove back chaff basket
Remove the metal chaff filter and vacuum
Hold the filter up to a light source and look through it: Can light shine through the basket? If not, soak the basket in a solution of A small coffee beverage, about 20 ml, prepared on an espresso machine where pressurized hot water extracted through compressed coffee.: In its most stripped-down, basic form, this is a working definition for espresso: A small More cleaner (Cafiza, Joe Glo, etc) for 10 minutes and gently scrub with a brush
If you are roasting commercially, we recommend purchasing additional chaff baskets – that way, you can swap baskets to continue roasting without needing to pause for cleaning.
Bullet Deep Cleaning after 20-25 batches…
Disassembly and Deep cleaning of rear chaff collector
Remove rubber gasket, brush off the chaff
Unscrew and remove the panel covering
Vacuum chaff from back and clean with a brush if needed
Transfer Tube Cleaning
Using a bottle brush, clean transfer tube
Brush from the front and from the rear
Vacuum any remaining chaff/residue from the front and the rear ends of the transfer tube
Rear Impeller Fan Cleaning
Clean the impeller fan by brushing and/or vacuuming any chaff/residue.
Is the impeller fan oily or coated in residue? If so, remove the fan for deeper cleaning.
Find the set screw and loosen using the #2 hex driver in the Aillio tool kit (5/64″ will also work) – do not remove it completely, as the screw is easy to lose. Just loosen it.
Using a fine metal brush, gently scrub and vacuum any chaff/residue
If need be, soak the fan in a solution of espresso cleaner for 10 minutes and gently scrub with a brush
Refer to our video for a detail explanation of impeller fan deep cleaning:
Cleaning the IBTS (Aillio Bullet V1.5 and V2) – Infrared Bean Temperature Sensor Module
How to keep the IBTS (Infrared Bean Temperature Sensor Module) Clean and working correctly.
We recommend cleaning the sensor every 25-40 roasts – darker roasts require more frequent cleaning. If you start to see some odd changes to your temperature readings, this is an indication that the IBTS lens needs cleaning
What you’ll need:
- Soft metal bristle brush, small-ish
- Cotton Swabs / Q-tips
- Rubbing alcohol – we use 70% here but 90% is good as well.
Remove back cover and place in front of the drop door to act as a stabilizer for the faceplate.
Unscrew the 5 front screws to remove the faceplate
Swivel open the faceplate and rest it on the back cover to keep the plate stable during cleaning
Locate the IBTS in the faceplate
Brush chaff and residue from the interior of the plate
Use a flashlight to check the sensor for any oily residue or chaff
Dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and gently wipe away any oils from the sensor
You’re all done! Put it back together and keep roasting!