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Thread: Keeping your espresso work area clean?

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    Keeping your espresso work area clean?

    A combination of fine grinds and a white stone benchtop = a pretty messy work area. My wife is always on my case about the mess i'm making and she is worried i will end up staining the benchtop.

    I'm wondering if you guys have any specific things you use to put under your machine + grinder setup to 'control' the spread of grinds/dripping water etc.

    I thought this roll liner from spotlight would be an ok idea but there might be a better, more creative solution that might ever add to the work area.

    https://www.spotlightstores.com/kitc...r/p/BP80033662

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    Keeping your espresso work area clean?

    Coffee grounds won't stain your bench top (assuming the stone has been sealed) and they are easily swept up.

    I use a Dyson DustBuster at the every day or two to suck up the grounds.

    The other things that help:

    A tidy grinder, don't overdose the basket, and use an extra wide 150- 200mm knock box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by herzog View Post
    Coffee grounds won't stain your bench top (assuming the stone has been sealed) and they are easily swept up.

    I use a Dyson DustBuster at the every day or two to suck up the grounds.

    The other things that help:

    A tidy grinder, don't overdose the basket, and use an extra wide 150- 200mm knock box.

    Similar routine as above, I have white laminex counter top, I always have a moist Chux at hand to wipe up any spills etc, I use a small hand vacuum to clean up around the grinders and knockbox then wipe counter with Chux.
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    It has been treated and most of the time I'm able to buff out most stains anyway (even after a few days) with a spray bottle with vinegar and water. I guess it's as easy as try to be as careful as possible and maintain every few days! Good tip about the handheld. Thank for the recommendations!

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    Where are your spilt grinds coming from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    Where are your spilt grinds coming from?
    Mostly from dosing into the portafilter. I'm using a doser and several times it acts a little erratically. Might be worthwhile getting a funnel extension?

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    I got an orphan espresso portafilter funnel from talk coffee, worth every cent. Maybe check if any current sponsors sell it
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    Re drips, a naked PF is essentially drip/mess free. I cut mine up years ago for the novelty of watching a naked poor and assessing my extraction but it is such an improvement in keeping things clean (including the PF) that I only use the naked now.

    Using a normal PF on a friends machine I couldn't believe all the drips etc, forgot all about it from years ago.

    Or use a towel under the PF when moving from group to knock box to grinder etc?

    You can see how a funnel will help by making a makeshift one out of a yogurt or similar container.

    I haven't found stray grinds to stain, drips can be stubborn though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by artman View Post
    Re drips, a naked PF is essentially drip/mess free. I cut mine up years ago for the novelty of watching a naked poor and assessing my extraction but it is such an improvement in keeping things clean (including the PF) that I only use the naked now.

    Using a normal PF on a friends machine I couldn't believe all the drips etc, forgot all about it from years ago.

    Or use a towel under the PF when moving from group to knock box to grinder etc?

    You can see how a funnel will help by making a makeshift one out of a yogurt or similar container.

    I haven't found stray grinds to stain, drips can be stubborn though.

    Cheers
    Really good ideas regarding funnel and naked portafilter! I'll check them out

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    I made a funnel out of a platic cup, bought a stack for a dollar at Kmart and cut the bottom out...no more mess and easy to redistribute coffee by giving it all a shake
    Also a tall knock box with a wide mouth is handy...if only there were instructions on how to make one on this forum...hmmmmm
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    I made my funnel out of clear aluminium. It probably looks much the same as yours but is much more hi tech.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    I made my funnel out of clear aluminium. It probably looks much the same as yours but is much more hi tech.
    Ha! and I thought you were joking, until I Googled it.

    (PhysOrg.com) -- Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. 'Transparent aluminium' previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.

    Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2009-07-transp...state.html#jCp
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    I never joke
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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    I made my funnel out of clear aluminium. It probably looks much the same as yours but is much more hi tech.
    Where were you able to buy some?
    Sounds interesting...

    Mal.

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    What is this? The Spanish Inquisition?

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    No mate, wouldn't mind knowing where it can be obtained in Oz. That's all...

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    I suspect what trentski is using is not what Yelta linked to but rather is a ceramic that is sometimes refereed to as transparent aluminum.


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    I suspect trentski also used this material on the garden path he is leading us up...
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    Always a possibility.


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    The best solution to end the arguments about making a mess on the kitchen bench is to get your own bench Best move I ever made was to have my own coffee station away from the kitchen bench.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hypergear View Post
    The best solution to end the arguments about making a mess on the kitchen bench is to get your own bench Best move I ever made was to have my own coffee station away from the kitchen bench.
    I claimed a convenient area close to the kitchen sink, minimal consultation, logic prevailed, no argument.

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    A silicone pastry mat might be a good option for a laminate benchtop, grippy, cut to fit, easy to wipe down wth a damp cloth.
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    Sundays' little job, took me awhile to even understand what this funnel should be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredtyler View Post
    Sundays' little job, took me awhile to even understand what this funnel should be.
    Looks really good, don't imagine you want to make another

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    I use a piece of plastic grid sitting in a routed out cutting board. Works really well as excess grounds from distributing and levelling just fall through the grid and are retained in the bottom part. Works particularly well for hand grinders as the transfer of coffee grounds occurs over the grid, and any spillage just disappears through the grid.
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
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