We really tried to find a cool knockbox for under $20. We did find some, but they were definitely not cool.
These Grindenstein knockboxes, on the other hand, are very nice to look at! But more importantly, they're well made and have some very good features, including a no-slip bottom design and while they are very small, they still easily accommodate the use of a 58mm portafilter.
Their small size is a plus as well, especially in today's crowded kitchen space. They're also dishwasher safe, and can handle about a half dozen banged-out espresso pucks before you have to start thinking about emptying it.
Intelligentsia stocks several colours, so visit their website to see what's available!
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.