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Topic: Quiet grinder for work? (21 msgs / 463 lines)
1) From: Obrien, Haskell W.
Hey guys,
I'd like to set up some coffee stuff in my cube at work. I'm in a big
room with a bunch of cubicles (of doom) - I'd like to grind without
annoying my coworkers.
Any suggestions for quality, but quiet grinders? (Prefer electric, not
hand crank!)
Thanks!

2) From: Brett Mason
Grinders for Connoiseurs should be large and noisy - it's gourmet coffee
after all...  Your Office Coffee Methodology should serve to remind people
that they are living a mundane existence with no class whatsoever.  Your
brew should fill the room with rich coffee aroma, and for the first two
weeks, only make enough coffee for one person.  Apologize profusely, and
don't leave a mess.  At the third week, bring in a french press and little
tiny cups, and share a bit.  Be sure to put out the requisite contribution
can - preferably folgers...  Charge less than Starbucks - say $1.00 a cup...
A Zass on a desktop is quieter than a whirley-gig grinder - but it's all
about choice...  Wish we could watch the events...
Brett
On 9/7/06, Obrien, Haskell W.  wrote:
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Cheers,
Brett

3) From: Jason Brooks
I've used a whirly blade and hand crank.  Manual is definitely quieter,
but I'm not in a doom cube world either (yet).  Depending on your brew
method, a whirly's advantage is a short burst of noise.  What's your
brewer of choice?
Jason
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Jason Brooks
jbrookshttp://javajeb.wordpress.com

4) From: Jeff Sheltren
Obrien, Haskell W. wrote:
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Hi, I think any electric grinder is going to make a good amount of noise 
-- definitely more than I'd like to hear from the cube next to me ;)  
That said, I've been happy with my KitchenAid ProLine grinder, and as 
far as burr grinders go, I'd consider it on the quiet side.  Actually if 
you can find a good hand crank, I'd go with that!  Unless you're 
drinking may pots a day and you're afraid one arm may start getting much 
stronger than the other!
-Jeff

5) From: Brian Kamnetz
On 9/7/06, Brett Mason  wrote:
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I seem to recall Les saying that his Mazzer Major runs comparatively quietly....
Brian

6) From: Leo Zick
if i were an employer watching my employee crank away on a hand  
grinder while he should be working, i may have something to say about  
that. lol
then again, turning my cube into a kitchen doesnt sound appealing either..
cant you grind at home that morning or the night before?
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7) From: Dan Bollinger
I used to use a whirly blade for drip.  They are cheap (a good idea in an office 
where nice things can disappear).  To avoid waking my wife, I wrapped it in a 
kitchen towel and gripped it tightly to my chest. I is no louder than some laser 
printers or pencil sharpeners.  Try it.
Hey guys,
I'd like to set up some coffee stuff in my cube at work. I'm in a big
room with a bunch of cubicles (of doom) - I'd like to grind without
annoying my coworkers.
Any suggestions for quality, but quiet grinders? (Prefer electric, not
hand crank!)
Thanks!

8) From: Sharon Allsup
On 9/7/06, Obrien, Haskell W.  wrote:
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A few years ago I tried out several grinders at my office, and none
were quiet enough to avoid undue disturbance of the cubical corral.
Coworkers were very curious and brought in some of their own grinders
to see how it'd go.  I know a bunch of whirlyblades were brought in,
as well as a Bodum Antigua, some Starbucks-thingy, a couple of other
small countertops, and at least one of those "grind-and-brew" combo
machines.
After a bunch of experimentation, I gave up and simply ground the
day's coffee at home.  It still tasted great, and blew the doors off
the crap served in the breakroom, and that's all that mattered to me
... great-tasting coffee.  There wasn't such a huge difference between
just-ground and ground-two-hours-ago-stored-in-zip-shut-baggie that it
destroyed the flavor and my enjoyment.
Sorry I can't be of much help with this quest.

9) From: Don Cummings
Whirly's are so much louder than most burrs.  They do have a small footprint
though, which I imagine is kind of key in the cubicle environment.
Don't you have to get up to get the water?  You could just schlep a grinder
to the kitchen when you get the water and I'm sure noise would be less of an
issue.
Otherwise I would consider wrapping a big cotton towel around the grinder.
That would muffle any sound quite effectively, I should think.
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Don

10) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Maybe counter-intuitively bigger badder larger grinders tend to run quieter.
Do to having more powerful motors with more torque and using lower grinding
speeds. My Mazzer Super Jolly is a bit is quieter than my Rocky, Rocky was
quieter than Solis Maestro, Solis Maestro about the same as Solis Mulino
(duh, Maestro updated more adjustable model with same motor and burr set)
Solis was quieter than Capresso 550 (major POC, got rid of it in 5 days)
that was noisier and messier than years old worn out Braun burr... 
When not grinding coffee my La Pavoni whirly chop is actually fairly quiet
motor wise and doesn't make too much noise grinding herbs or spices. Haven't
used a whirly chop for coffee since the 80s so don't recall...
But if you really want quiet, get a 900w 500rpm conical burred Mazzer
Ropur:-) Not to mention would grind for a large pot of coffee in a couple
seconds! (THE grinder of choice in many of the best espresso bars and
competitions)
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.

11) From: Greg C. Rose
Here is an idea:
Find a grinder that has preset grinding times, find a cardboard box big 
enough to fit over it, and line the box with foam.  When you want to grind, 
simply hit the start button and place your "muffler" over the grinder.
Greg
Loudly grinding in WI
Here is an idea:
 
Find a grinder that has preset grinding times, find a cardboard box big 
enough to fit over it, and line the box with foam.  When you want to 
grind, simply hit the start button and place your "muffler" over the 
grinder.
 
Greg
Loudly grinding in WI

12) From:
Any grinder, especially electric is going to cause some noise.
Now a rocky is actually fairly quiet, but big heavy and expensive.  others are cheaper, plastic and noisier.
realistically, the walls of the cubicle will kind of muffle a lot of the noise and it shouldn't be any more annoying than an electric pencil sharpener or a paper shredder that sits over the garbage can.  Unless you are in a library or a monastary, I don't see how this noise is really going to be obscenely offensive.
ie tell them to kiss your a$$ if they whine about 20 seconds of 'grind' noise.
As brett mentioned, once they smell the coffee brewing, and you share a bit, I bet they won't mind the noise at all.
Then again you can turn your grinder on, and quick throw a box or garbage can over it to help 'keep in' the noise... I mean... if the noise really IS that big of an issue, there are plenty of ways around it.
aaron

13) From: Eddie Dove
I would second that the Proline grinders are relatively quiet grinders.
Eddie
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14) From: Justin Marquez
On 9/7/06, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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I just bought a Solis Maestro Plus from SM to go into the new house
(closing tomorrow) in Houston.  It was much quiter than the whirly
blade and to my ears very unobtrusive.  Of course, it is 7.5 lbs and
about 12 " tall and about $160 delivered.
Linda and I can both tell a positive improvement, regardless of which
pot we brew in.  We are very happy with it.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

15) From: Derek Bradford
Meh.  Make whatever noise you need to.  It'll be your counteraction to
all the obnoxious perfume, gum smacking, gum popping, loud telephone
voices, the crazy staple guy, the tappers, and the whole cubical
phenomenon itself.  I say bring it on.
--Derek, whose never actually worked in a cubicle, and imagines he'd
fit in rather poorly.
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The Uglyroast 3! Coffee Roaster.  ...Now 85% less ugly!http://uglyroast.atspace.com

16) From: an iconoclast
On 9/7/06, Obrien, Haskell W.  wrote:
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As much as I like fresh ground coffee, I have the same problem....plus
my employer prefers I work and work.  So....I grind my coffee in the
am for the Aeropress I keep at work.  I store it in a VacuVin
container.  I have several sets, so keep a small hand vacuum pump at
work and one at home. I open the container and everyone in our booth
sighs with pleasure at the aroma.  Tastes great, too.
Take care,
Ann

17) From: Leo Zick
LOL
Bring it outside the building where all the damn smokers hang out!
Annoy them with the grinding..
Actually, start roasting out there, it only takes as long as a cig break

18) From: raymanowen
Is there a kitchenette in the area of your cube? The Solis Maestro Plus or
the nearly identical Baratza Virtuoso could be put away in a cabinet between
uses.
But, as folks say, "You don't really need fresh ground coffee for fresh
coffee." The latter can be had from a percolator using canned Folger's. It's
called "Work Coffee." Needs cream and sugar.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
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19) From: Brett Mason
Does anyone complain of the noise caused by the can opener for the Folgers?
Just crud for thought is all...
Brett
On 9/8/06, raymanowen  wrote:
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Cheers,
Brett

20) From: Leo Zick
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ah but the new plastic folgers containers have that aluminum-paper seal over
them that just rips off.. its the quiet coffee!  
From: Brett Mason [mailto:homeroast] 
Sent: Friday, September 08, 2006 8:46 AM
To: homeroast
Subject: Re: +Quiet grinder for work?
Does anyone complain of the noise caused by the can opener for the Folgers?
 
Just crud for thought is all...
Brett
On 9/8/06, raymanowen  wrote: 
Is there a kitchenette in the area of your cube? The Solis Maestro Plus or
the nearly identical Baratza Virtuoso could be put away in a cabinet between
uses. 
But, as folks say, "You don't really need fresh ground coffee for fresh
coffee." The latter can be had from a percolator using canned Folger's. It's
called "Work Coffee." Needs cream and sugar. 
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
On 9/7/06, Leo Zick  wrote: 
LOL
Bring it outside the building where all the damn smokers hang out!
Annoy them with the grinding.. 
Actually, start roasting out there, it only takes as long as a cig break

21) From: raymanowen
"...the quiet coffee!"
Yup- dem people what drink dat stuff better be quiet.
What's the next ploy from the marketers to attract indiscriminate buyers to
their Janitorial Floor Sweep?
Real quiet and pretty convenient was the ersatz coffee in C-rations. Now
it's MRE, for Meals Ready to Eat.
Do they have CRD, Coffee Ready to Drink- the only thing missing is "U"?
We always had a shoebox full of that ...stuff somewhere in the radio shack.
It was a good vehicle for sugar, and Elmer's Glue from the shop was better
creamer than the dry cakey stuff.
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
Quiet, Coffee- NGN: no grinder needed-
On 9/8/06, Leo Zick  wrote:
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