Coffeenoobie Senior Member Joined: 11 Dec 2011 Posts: 3,057 Location: PNW Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: N S Oscar Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 1:15pm Subject: Re: Stop mess around grinder and coffee machine
I was suggesting you make a funnel that would close most of the gap between your portafilter and where the grinds come out of the grinder. If you look closely at my photo you will see it is a basket not a portafilter. I am using the W and just the basket is sitting on the scale in a cup.
Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.
SStones Senior Member Joined: 24 Nov 2012 Posts: 518 Location: Canada Expertise: Professional
Espresso: Giga 5, ECM Giotto, Rocket... Grinder: Anfim Milano-Best Vac Pot: No :( Drip: Some $30 thing from Walmart Roaster: I buy pre-roasted.
Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 8:05pm Subject: Re: Stop mess around grinder and coffee machine
A mouse pad works well as a tamping mat, but you'll still get stray grounds on the counter and occasional drips when disengaging the portafilter. Note that these stray wits will be on the machines as well as the countertop (and maybe the floor).
The best thing to address this is a roll of paper towels and a bottle of Simple Green spray. Although bar towels may appear to be a more attractive option, The coffee stains will be a b**ch to get out, even with bleach.
To get coffeestains out of your dishtowels/Bartowels make a mixture of Cafiza brewhead cleaner and hot water (Note it will foam like mad if the water is nearly boiling) Cafiza is the brand name I know of for a Trisodium Phosphate backflushing product, but it is probably called different things in other parts of the world. Whatever you backflush with will also clean your espresso-stained shop-rags. Wash your hands afterward, it really dries out your skin.
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