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chrishillnz
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Posted Mon Feb 18, 2013, 9:48pm
Subject: Help! Grinders and Humidity.
 

I am based in HK and for at least 9 months of the year the temperature is over 25C/77F and 80% humidity (in summer its routinely 90 - 100%). While air conditioning and dehumidifiers do balance this somewhat, my apartment is still pretty damp.  I'm wondering if anyone has experience or suggestions as to whether grinder features such as, doser/doserless, plastic/metal body, or any other features  would make a grinder more suitable for the Hong Kong Climate. I make 2-3 espressos a day and would measure coffee beans per cup.

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Posted Mon Feb 18, 2013, 10:13pm
Subject: Re: Help! Grinders and Humidity.
 

Well, Houston can get pretty darn hot an humid too. It starts getting bad mid-May, and doesn't get nice again til around October. June and July often feel like we're living inside a bowl of soup. I can't say I've had all that much of a problem with my espresso beans, despite this. I think as long as you make an effort to care for your beans and don't have more than a few days worth sitting out, you can relax.

 
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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013, 1:26am
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Dear Chris,
Having lived in Bangkok and Houston (also) long enough, emradguy is right, do not let beans sit out, even airtight, on the counter for more than a few days before using them.  I do not know what bean supply is like in HK, but if you have to mail order premium beans and freeze them, find out if someone has a deep chest type freezer and borrow some space in it - it does a much better job of storage than a refrigerator freezer, especially the models that are sold in Asia.  Freeze only a few days worth in a jar or bag and let it come completely to room temp before opening the container and exposing the beans to the humidity.
The good news is that you will not have to worry about grinders that produce static.

Buckley
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chrishillnz
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Posted Tue Feb 19, 2013, 7:51am
Subject: Re: Help! Grinders and Humidity.
 

Useful advice the reduced static is a good point. I will focus on keeping my beans dry. I Should be able to get beans reasonably fresh and regularly enough, but will need to think about storage.

thanks again
Chris
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:43pm
Subject: Re: Help! Grinders and Humidity.
 

The features listed are more a matter of preference than climate (I'm also in Houston).
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