kingoslo Senior Member Joined: 24 Dec 2011 Posts: 33 Location: OSLO Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Sat Dec 24, 2011, 4:11pm Subject: Compak K3 clogging when coffee is ground very fine
I got my first grinder today. A K3 touch. When the grind is set very fine, it seems the chute where the coffee exists clogs up, or something, because after a while it stops extracting ground coffee. I find I have to remove the hopper and front cover, then poke a screwdriver in to get it out. Then I start over, and it clogs up once again.
Surely this must be quite terrible design, or perhaps it is my fault?
diggi Senior Member Joined: 28 Nov 2011 Posts: 387 Location: Red Deer, AB Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Spaz vivaldi S1 V2 Grinder: HG One, B Vario, OE LIDO Drip: Chemex, Espro Press,... Roaster: Poppery I
Posted Sat Dec 24, 2011, 4:21pm Subject: Re: Compak K3 clogging when coffee is ground very fine
Is it too fine??? what shot times are you getting?
Are you using fresh beans of high quality roast....I had similar results to this when I first got my set up and only had access to crap beans (really dark and oily crap). Need beans within last 2weeks of roasting.
Posted Thu Jan 5, 2012, 11:54am Subject: Re: Compak K3 clogging when coffee is ground very fine
OP: I've got a Wega 5.8a MiniMax that's a rebranded K3 Elite. I had the same issue as you describe when I first unpacked the grinder and threw in whatever beans I had in the kichen. I had adjusted the grinder to pretty fine setting and promptly clogged the grinder. After cleaning it out, putting in fresh beans and adjusting the grind coarser, I had no problems. I've found that, out-of-the-box, the grinder is (as the manual says) definitely set in the "espresso area". IOW, even the coarsest setting is somewhat fine. As you probably know, there's 3 screws you can undo and adjust the grinder to coarser settings. Insofar as I only use mine for espresso, I've not done that.
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