When I took off the green chute on my Rocky today, I found 3-4g of espresso grounds in there. I know we talked about this not too long ago but I am shocked to find so much in there. It almost seems each time you grind you would want to toss the first handful of grounds. Is the best solution as I heard before to notch out 1 inch of the chute and stick a brush up there when done each day? Chad
I toss the first tsp of grounds from my Rocky. Life is too short for poor coffee (See your local coffee schlepping establishment - they never toss theirs!) Brett Zassman with a Rocky complex On 10/14/06, Chad wrote: <Snip> -- Cheers, Bretthttp://homeroast.freeservers.com
<Snip> No not daily, after each grind! Seriously. However I only grind enough for what is immediately needed. I completely clear both the burr area and chute after each grind using combination of click-clack for blower and flux brush. This of course means I don't store beans in the hopper. The easiest solution would be to simply toss the first few stale grams each grinding rather than always taking the few seconds to clear after grinding using the cleared grinds for the brewing, but I'd rather not waste that much. Don't know about notching the stupid in the way of clearing grind hang doserless spout, which is one reason I went with a grinds dispenser aka doser. 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.
Well, there are several solutions to this. Here are some: 1. Chop an inch off the chute (as you mentioned), and/or get a flexible brush (or use a pipe cleaner) and clean it out whenever you change coffee or every night, whichever comes first. BTW, you can get the cracked chute replace under warranty - use the cracked one as the shorty, to make sure that's what you really want to do. 2. Rock the Rocky - lean 'er back, thump 'er forward, watch the ground coffee come out the chute. Won't get it all, though. 3. Tom likes the Shop Vac solution - just suck it out. 4. Mount Rocky on an inclined board with vibrator attachment so the coffee doesn't have a chance to settle on the horizontal exit chute - oh, sorry, that was something that suddenly occurred to me at 3:00 AM and I wrote it down as a brilliant idea. Never mind ... Larry On 10/14/06, Chad wrote: <Snip>
Every grind, I seek to retrieve all the ground coffee my Fire Hydrant-sized thing has made. I remove the funnel and whoosh air into the grind chamber with a bellows from a broken thrift store airpot. In the future, I plan to use a beverage CO2 bottle to blow it out as I grind, to expose the ground coffee to as little O2 as possible before hitting it with hot water a couple of seconds later. Overkill? I just don't want to ignore any details that occur to me With the SMP grinder, I did rock 'n roll it to maximize the grounds in my filter, followed by Hoover. The upper burr and carrier in the Fire Hydrant weigh more than the entire Solis Maestro. Ever try to rock 'n roll a Fire Hydrant or thump it around? Ouch! Not happening. I honestly never understood the little magnetic trap door at the grind chamber exit of the SMP, so I lost it. Kyle Anderson of Baratza sent a gorgeous new burr set for the SMP. Ray and Naida exclaim over the additional flavor from the 2-Horse blend. Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Got Grinder?