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kingoslo
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Posted Sat Dec 24, 2011, 4:11pm
Subject: Compak K3 clogging when coffee is ground very fine
 

Hello there,

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?

What do you reckon?

Thanks.

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Marius
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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.
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Posted Sat Dec 24, 2011, 4:49pm
Subject: Re: Compak K3 clogging when coffee is ground very fine
 

No idea man. I had less than 10 sec extraction time for a single shot earlier. But when trying to grind finer, the grinder started clogging up.

No idea if the beans are a high quality roast.

Says Caffe' Musetti on the bag. It has an Italian flag on it. Only date printed on it is 11.2013. I assume that is not when it was grinded, as we have not yet passed the date.

Thanks.M
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Posted Sat Dec 24, 2011, 5:59pm
Subject: Re: Compak K3 clogging when coffee is ground very fine
 

So that's problem #1.  The beans.  Need fresh artisan roast.

  1. What are you pairing the grinder with?
  2. What dose are you using?  By weight if you have a scale.  Just to get an idea of how fine you are grinding (maybe actually grinding finer than you think if you are underdosing).
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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.  

Good luck.
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Posted Thu Jan 5, 2012, 12:11pm
Subject: Re: Compak K3 clogging when coffee is ground very fine
 

kingoslo Said:

Says Caffe' Musetti on the bag. It has an Italian flag on it. Only date printed on it is 11.2013. I assume that is not when it was grinded, as we have not yet passed the date.

Thanks.M

Posted December 24, 2011 link

UH, are you saying that you are REgrinding the coffee a second time at home?

Yes, the beans are hopelessly stale. If there is a "use or best by date" on the bag, do not even buy it, it was stale long, long ago.

Only use beans that you know the day THAT THEY WERE ROASTED ON to start the two week clock.... from the day they were roasted.

 
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