This is a multi-part message in MIME format. The new grain funnel I just got for my Mazzer Mini is great with a Zass = too. I used to transfer the grinds from the Zass's clumsy square drawer = to a bowl and then would spoon them carefully into the portafilter = basket. I now pour the grinds directly from the drawer into the basket = using the funnel - no mess, and the grinds stay fluffier until leveled = and tamped. The grain funnel is far and away the best coffee toy I've = gotten in a long time and one of the cheapest too.
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. I love mine too. But if you are searching for one look it up under = canning funnel not grain funnel.
Zara Haimo wrote: <Snip> Interesting. I've usually poured from the square basket right into the portafilter. I use a corner which acts as a type of funnel, and yes, I do it over a trash can as some grinds will fall out. But that is minimal and I'm going to level off some grinds into the trash can anyway. I have a few funnels though, the one that came with the Aropress looks like it could work for that purpose. -- Rick Copplehttp://www.rlcopple.com/
Rick Copple wrote: <Snip> I end up losing a fair amount of the ground coffee when I try to pour the grinds from the square drawer into the portafilter, even using the corner of the drawer as a sort of funnel - I usually make a bit of a mess. I have the knee grinder which has a long narrow drawer - if you have a Zass with a square drawer, it may be easier to transfer the grinds. The grain/canning funnel is a perfect fit for an E61 basket while the Aeropress funnel is a bit too small. I keep the grain/canning funnel on my Mazzer Mini in place of a hopper - it's a perfect fit there too. It's stainless steel, so it looks almost like it came with the Mazzer. It's great for funneling beans into the Mazzer, especially with a tamper (a cheap metal one, not one of my Thors) as a weight on top. After catching the grinds from the Mazzer in a small bowl, I use the grain/canning funnel to transfer them into the portafilter basket. For the Zass, the grinds go directly from the drawer to the portafilter via the grain/canning funnel. Either way, the funnel makes getting the grinds evenly into the basket neat and very easy.