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    Looking for a new knock box

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Ive got an old pvc one which is looking a bit shabby.
    Can anyone recommend a nice bench top knock box?

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 6D6C3A323C390B0 link=1331519606/0#0 date=1331519606
    Ive got an old pvc one which is looking a bit shabby.
    Can anyone recommend a nice bench top knock box?
    Have you had a look at Talk Coffees concept art knock boxes. I quite like the look of them:

    http://shop.talkcoffee.com.au/products/concept-art-knock-box
    Or
    http://shop.talkcoffee.com.au/products/concept-art-knock-box-stainless-steel
    Or
    http://shop.talkcoffee.com.au/products/concept-art-mini-knock-box

    I really like the second one. =)

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Thanks David,
    I too like something stainless steel. Might have to pop into their shop I think.

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 3B3A6C646A6F5D0 link=1331519606/2#2 date=1331540164
    Thanks David,
    I too like something stainless steel. Might have to pop into their shop I think.
    Or this one from Di Bartoli:
    http://www.dibartoli.com.au/product/Espresso_Gear_Pisa_Knock_Box_Stainless_Steel

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Alternatively if you are prepared to spend a bit more take a look at the Reg Barber knockbox.

    They are pricey but really do look the goods. I was lucky enough to get one from Santa last year :)

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    FWIW, this one is my current fave. I really like the fact that there are no corners to collect stale grounds. The bottom edges come to a nice curve. Size and ergonomics are excellent as is the really thick rubber base on which it sits. Its very quiet to use.

    I reckon the knock tube/box is often the ugliest piece of kit in the snobbers armoury. This one is up to scratch.

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    There is a great variety of knock boxes both here and elsewhere on the net.

    I have used a red plastic bucket when nothing else was handy.

    Now I am using a Breville Knocchi Espresso Knock Box.
    http://www.breville.com.au/knocchitm-espresso-knock-box.html

    While it doesn’t have the capacity of the red bucket, it is far more elegant and the price is reasonable.

    While we are here:

    Knock Knock
    Whos there!
    Puck!
    Puck who?
    Puck-er up for a kiss!

    Barry.

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    I have an Incasa stainless knock box that I am happy with, its quite simple in design and unobtrusive. They come in brushed or polished finish. The inside corners do have a bit of a recess, but it cleans fairly easily and is large capacity.

    The draw type ones that fit under a grinder look quite good too, and saves bench space. eg:

    http://www.dibartoli.com.au/product/Isomac_Single_S-S_Coffee_Draw

    Wonder how they work in practice with the knock bar being close to the bench? I guess you could pull the draw out past the bench edge.

    Cheers

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    i have this as well and its great: turn it upside down and the grinds just drop out. Much better than the old sunbeam which hangs on to the muck and grows all kinds of things in there.

    Quote Originally Posted by 7E4B46417569454C4C4F4F2A0 link=1331519606/5#5 date=1331760929
    FWIW, this one is my current fave. I really like the fact that there are no corners to collect stale grounds. The bottom edges come to a nice curve. Size and ergonomics are excellent as is the really thick rubber base on which it sits. Its very quiet to use.

    I reckon the knock tube/box is often the ugliest piece of kit in the snobbers armoury. This one is up to scratch.

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    +1 for the breville, cant beat it for the money...
    Plus it matches my new BDB* 8-)

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    dont forget the grindenstein, specially if you are cramped for space

    have had mine going on 7 or so years and showing hardly any wear at all

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 1008120F131419020F09600 link=1331519606/10#10 date=1331979808
    dont forget the grindenstein, specially if you are cramped for space
    About the only thing it has going for it.
    Ive had a Grindendstein for a few years and find it too small, the bar is positioned in the centre of the container causing pucks at times to sit suspended like a tightrope walker.
    Would love to replace it, the only reason I dont is lack of bench space. :)

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    I want a Reg Barber burbinga knock box to match my tamper but cant find any Australian suppliers.
    Probably have to order it from US. Its a lot for a box but it looks nice and I dont imagine ever having to buy another.

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 747172676776617F766A130 link=1331519606/12#12 date=1332337662
    I want a Reg Barber burbinga knock box to match my tamper but cant find any Australian suppliers.
    Probably have to order it from US. Its a lot for a box but it looks nice and I dont imagine ever having to buy another.
    Hi gbatterley,

    Id think that any outlet which supplies Barber would be able to order one on your behalf. It may just need to wait until they (or an importer) next orders from the US. Bombora have one which is pretty much identical, but its in maple.

    Cheers

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 050003161607100E071B620 link=1331519606/12#12 date=1332337662
    Probably have to order it from US.
    Yes, this is what my wife did but be warned, freight is a killer.

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 04313C3B0F133F36363535500 link=1331519606/13#13 date=1332366632
    Quote Originally Posted by 747172676776617F766A130 link=1331519606/12#12 date=1332337662
    I want a Reg Barber burbinga knock box to match my tamper but cant find any Australian suppliers.
    Probably have to order it from US. Its a lot for a box but it looks nice and I dont imagine ever having to buy another.
    Hi gbatterley,

    Id think that any outlet which supplies Barber would be able to order one on your behalf. It may just need to wait until they (or an importer) next orders from the US. Bombora have one which is pretty much identical, but its in maple.

    Cheers

    Chris
    Thanks for the advice Chris. Ill email the site sponsors and see if I get a bite.

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 62575A5D69755950505353360 link=1331519606/13#13 date=1332366632
    Bombora have one which is pretty much identical, but its in maple.
    If by "pretty much identical" you mean square and made of wood then yes.


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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 7079672223130 link=1331519606/16#16 date=1332452608
    Quote Originally Posted by 62575A5D69755950505353360 link=1331519606/13#13 date=1332366632
    Bombora have one which is pretty much identical, but its in maple.
    If by "pretty much identical" you mean square and made of wood then yes.
    No- what was meant was using exactly the same insert and likely manufactured by the same mob- but in a different wood ::)

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Chris, my point is that they are both wood and both hold a similar insert.

    As well as the differing timbers used, the construction of the two are quite different, take a look at the joinery. Perhaps not an issue for many people but I think it is a stretch to say they are "pretty much identical".

    When I pay a premium for a product its often the small details that make all the difference.




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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    I am 99% sure ours wer joined in the same manner (when we last sold them) the detail wasnt quite as fine- thicker timber "fingers" but otherwise same same...

    Anyway- as they say, whatever ;) Horses for courses.

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    I have a Grindenstein
    http://www.dibartoli.com.au/product/Grindenstein_Knock_Bin
    Fantastic - compact and very solid and best of all goes in the dishwasher to be cleaned.

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 6B6D7665626B537F637978640C0 link=1331519606/20#20 date=1332918479
    I have a Grindenstein
    http://www.dibartoli.com.au/product/Grindenstein_Knock_Bin
    Fantastic - compact and very solid and best of all goes in the dishwasher to be cleaned.
    Hmmm, not my opinion, I could forgive it for being a little small, large knock boxes in the home situation tend to get overlooked until they are full, by this time they have turned into a lush colony of fungus.
    Compact, yes.
    Solid, yes.
    Dishwasher proof, yes.
    Design, must have been designed by someone who had not the faintest idea of what they were on about, the bar is positioned in the centre of the tube, after youve dumped about 4 pucks into it your faced with pucks more or less balancing on the bar supported by the pucks below, so you have to break em up by hand or give the box a few whacks on the bench to settle things.
    If I had a little more space my Grindenstein would be gone in a flash. ;)

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 18242D3520410 link=1331519606/21#21 date=1332927854
    Quote Originally Posted by 6B6D7665626B537F637978640C0 link=1331519606/20#20 date=1332918479
    I have a Grindenstein
    http://www.dibartoli.com.au/product/Grindenstein_Knock_Bin
    Fantastic - compact and very solid and best of all goes in the dishwasher to be cleaned.
    Hmmm, not my opinion, I could forgive it for being a little small, large knock boxes in the home situation tend to get overlooked until they are full, by this time they have turned into a lush colony of fungus.
    Compact, yes.
    Solid, yes.
    Dishwasher proof, yes.
    Design, must have been designed by someone who had not the faintest idea of what they were on about, the bar is positioned in the centre of the tube, after youve dumped about 4 pucks into it your faced with pucks more or less balancing on the bar supported by the pucks below, so you have to break em up by hand or give the box a few whacks on the bench to settle things.
    If I had a little more space my Grindenstein would be gone in a flash. ;)
    Try emptying it more often ;)

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Quote Originally Posted by 6365727963647C7E170 link=1331519606/22#22 date=1332932906
    Try emptying it more often Wink
    Are you serious? the thing is half full with 4 pucks in it ::)

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    been using mine for 5 years now and never had a problem with its size - mind you I do empty it after I make coffee (wife hates the mess I make so that helps motivate me)

    The reason I went for the Grindenstein was because of its compact size - it fits perfectly on my machine after use and therefore takes up no bench space. The small size forces me to empty it regularly so the wife stays happy....
    If you were making >4 coffees at a time then this is not for you as you would be continually forced to empty it mid cycle.

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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    I reckon the Concept one is way better in design and quality. Larger, easier to remove softer knock bar as well. It sells for about the same price.



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    Re: Looking for a new knock box

    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Quote Originally Posted by 015E46505B505C555556565E525D330 link=1331519606/25#25 date=1332972852
    I reckon the Concept one is way better in design and quality. Larger, easier to remove softer knock bar as well. It sells for about the same price.
    Like the look of it Chris, similar footprint and a tad taller, easily removed bar would certainly help with washing, is the bar centered or offset toward the front? :)



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