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    Coffee Catcha compared to OE Dosing Funnel.

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    Knowing I have been using a dosing funnel from Orphan Espresso for over 2.5 years Chris from Talk Coffee sent me a Coffee Catcha last week and asked if I would write a short review on Coffee Snobs, so here it is.

    Basically the Coffee Catcha is a funnel that sits securely on top of the portafilter while the barista is dosing, and, directs the ground coffee into the basket, it has a short handle that runs along the PF handle, the idea being that the operator holds it in position with his/her thumb, I'm not really sure why the handle is necessary as the CC sits there quite securely without being held, in fact my feeling is the handle gets in the way and makes the CC a little unwieldy.

    The base of the CC has a turned lip that fits over the top of the PF and basket, no part of the device is inside the basket, you can even tamp through it if you want (though I'm unsure why you would want to) it certainly does it's intended job, directing nearly all of the coffee into the basket with virtually no spillage.

    It's very nicely made from either stainless or chrome plated brass, as well as being well presented in a foam lined box, even has a little instruction book, somehow I doubt instruction will be called for, it will certainly compliment any machine you choose to use it with.
    I suspect despite claims to the contrary both the CC and OE funnel will be used more by home barista's than commercially, I really cant see it being adopted in a busy cafe situation.

    At the moment it's only available in 58mm, the makers say that versions to fit other machines are coming soon, they also claim it's an innovation developed by them, I bought my dosing funnel from OE in July 2010, approaching 3 years ago!

    It's quite a solid piece of gear weighing 123 grams.

    What was my impression of the CC compared to the OE funnel?

    The Coffee Catcha fits over the PF, the OE funnel sits inside the PF, both seem to work equally well in directing coffee into the basket and dramatically reducing spilled coffee grounds.

    The CC is certainly the more attractive of the two, it's heavier by far, weighing in at 123 grams, in fact I found the weight combined with the handle and highly polished finish made it a little unwieldy/slippery to handle, made of powder coated spun aluminium the OE funnel weighs just under 11 grams, it's a simple easy to use device that does what it's designed for without fuss.

    Which of the two do I prefer? regardless of price, for ease of use, I'll stick with the OE funnel, I'm sure others will prefer the Coffee Catcha.





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    Thanks so much Yelta for donating your time freely and for a balanced, unbiased review.

    I don't personally use these tools, but I am certain that any who are contemplating a dosing tool will find your comments invaluable in the decision making process.

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    Nice review Yelta.
    That wooden portafilter block in your photos looks like a great idea, did you make it yourself?

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    What a great idea I thought... $75 I thought... Ouch... But great idea given it looks like you can tamp with it on. But I'll look around for the dosing funnel. Cleaning the grind area means washing the cloth every time - be nice to only have to do it once a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fg1972 View Post
    Nice review Yelta.
    That wooden portafilter block in your photos looks like a great idea, did you make it yourself?
    Yep, made it up in 2009 http://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-eq...ing-block.html mine was the original, everything after are copies.
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    Nice review, might give the OE a try.

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    Which product did that funky carpet come with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    Which product did that funky carpet come with?
    Morning Barry, the funky carpet is in fact a funky table runner.

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    Thought this may have generated a little more interest, obviously not as sexy as a nice new custom tamper, but, a very useful tool for the home barista trying to eliminate the mess factor.

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    I'd hit it... but for the fact that my cut up yoghurt container does a similar job and I can't justify spending like that...

    Nice piece of kit though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragunov21 View Post
    I'd hit it... but for the fact that my cut up yoghurt container does a similar job and I can't justify spending like that...

    Nice piece of kit though
    I know what you mean, I agonized before buying the OE job, seemed a lot of money for what can be done with a empty plastic container.
    Cant say it does the job any better than the yoghurt container, must say the yoghurt container looks a little rustic though.
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    Coffee Catcha compared to OE Dosing Funnel.

    I purchased one two weeks ago. Had to chase the OE team thrice with emails before it finally shipped yesterday..... Now the long wait for the post begins!!

    Probably should have bought local but I couldn't justify the extra $$ for the catcher sadly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukemc View Post
    I purchased one two weeks ago. Had to chase the OE team thrice with emails before it finally shipped yesterday..... Now the long wait for the post begins!!

    Probably should have bought local but I couldn't justify the extra $$ for the catcher sadly
    That's surprising, the OE mob are usually very responsive.
    Keep us informed.

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    Nude Espresso just off Brick Lane in London is using one of these and also selling them at around £48. I don't think I could justify that sort of money for this piece of kit. I'd like it though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I really cant see it being adopted in a busy cafe situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    That's surprising, the OE mob are usually very responsive.
    Keep us informed.
    I finally got my OE dosing funnel after about 6 weeks. Never got a response to any emails I sent either. I doubt I'll order from them again in all honesty.

    The funnel itself is great. I barely lose a coffee ground now. Best but I've made just the service and communication was a huge letdown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukemc View Post
    I finally got my OE dosing funnel after about 6 weeks. Never got a response to any emails I sent either. I doubt I'll order from them again in all honesty.

    The funnel itself is great. I barely lose a coffee ground now. Best but I've made just the service and communication was a huge letdown.
    hmm... thats very surprising actually... I placed my order and received a confirmation that it has been received, then later a confirmation email to say it was posted... 2 weeks later it was in the mail.

    Normally, when ever I place an online order, I always get in touch with the seller if they don't have any response after a day or 2 just to confirm if order was received, and processed. This eliminate alot of confusion, and sometimes, things do happen and one would slip through the crack...

    I do have an OE funnel (both the straight funnel, and the tube) and both are very handy to keep the grinder area clean... I particularly light the tube funnel which allows me to WDT vigorously when needed and not make a mess...
    The coffee catcher looks really cool though, but I would think if I am using at home single dosing slowly, it would be an over kill

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    Quote Originally Posted by okitoki View Post
    hmm... thats very surprising actually... I placed my order and received a confirmation that it has been received, then later a confirmation email to say it was posted... 2 weeks later it was in the mail.
    Ditto.
    Order Confirmation email received just after I ordered at 9:42AM on Sept 12 2012. Then an email to advise the order was shipped at about 6:10PM the same day.
    Check your spam folder.

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    I must have just been unlucky. I got the order confirmation then weeks of nothing. I emailed them twice and no response either. They did obviously finally ship it and send me a shipping confirmation but that was it.

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    I thought I should add my own unbiased and unpaid for opinion on the Coffee Catcha.

    When down at MICE this year, I picked up one of these for $55, as well as got to have a chat with and get good instruction from the designer of the product.

    I have used it in a commercial environment as well as at home.

    Along with Yelta's initial impressions I also think that it is a very nicely packaged and presented piece of equipment.

    The Coffee Catcha in the commercial environment was impressive with that those who seem to waste a lot of coffee with their technique. This tidied that issue up very well and made wastage at least 90% less than it had been. Personally, I've not been a huge waster with my dosing and have always been pretty good so the Coffee Catcha cleaned my dosing right up. For those in the commercial environment, it can be added quickly to a portafilter for dosing as the catcha can be left on top of the grinders dosing chamber (if using one!) Those who had a chance to use it were impressed and thought it was a great tool to aide with their dosing and reduce wastage. If it meant that it would save you one dose a day, then on average you could potentially save 4kg* or more per year of coffee! Going on that, you'd pay for this piece of equipment fairly quickly.

    In the home environment, I find it handy and certainly no overkill. You can also use it to sweep back into the doser on the grinder. So, it can serve two purposes quite well!

    This device can be adjusted to fit any 58mm portafilter. By adjusted, I mean that you can move the handle so that the catcha will sit flat and flush on any portafilter.

    So for the dollars, I think a useful tool that is nicely made and well presented that has the potential to be a dollar saver in a commercial environment that is still using doser grinders.

    *calculated on a cafe dosing 14g into a portafilter, operating 6 days per week.
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    I went another path. After having owned a couple of OE dosing funnels, I ended up getting two from Germany.



    These actually sit on top of the curved rim of the basket and don't have an edge that protrudes down into the basket. I think this is better from a distribution point of view as I don't think there is an increased probability of less grounds around the edge (less chance of a donut extraction).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwantfm View Post
    These actually sit on top of the curved rim of the basket and don't have an edge that protrudes down into the basket. I think this is better from a distribution point of view as I don't think there is an increased probability of less grounds around the edge (less chance of a donut extraction).
    Exactly the same as the Coffee Catcha, the OE funnel is the only one of the three that has a lip protruding into the basket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scoota_gal View Post
    I thought I should add my own unbiased and unpaid for opinion on the Coffee Catcha.

    When down at MICE this year, I picked up one of these for $55, as well as got to have a chat with and get good instruction from the designer of the product.

    I have used it in a commercial environment as well as at home.

    Along with Yelta's initial impressions I also think that it is a very nicely packaged and presented piece of equipment.

    The Coffee Catcha in the commercial environment was impressive with that those who seem to waste a lot of coffee with their technique. This tidied that issue up very well and made wastage at least 90% less than it had been. Personally, I've not been a huge waster with my dosing and have always been pretty good so the Coffee Catcha cleaned my dosing right up. For those in the commercial environment, it can be added quickly to a portafilter for dosing as the catcha can be left on top of the grinders dosing chamber (if using one!) Those who had a chance to use it were impressed and thought it was a great tool to aide with their dosing and reduce wastage. If it meant that it would save you one dose a day, then on average you could potentially save 4kg* or more per year of coffee! Going on that, you'd pay for this piece of equipment fairly quickly.

    In the home environment, I find it handy and certainly no overkill. You can also use it to sweep back into the doser on the grinder. So, it can serve two purposes quite well!

    This device can be adjusted to fit any 58mm portafilter. By adjusted, I mean that you can move the handle so that the catcha will sit flat and flush on any portafilter.

    So for the dollars, I think a useful tool that is nicely made and well presented that has the potential to be a dollar saver in a commercial environment that is still using doser grinders.

    *calculated on a cafe dosing 14g into a portafilter, operating 6 days per week.
    Interesting observations Scoota_Gal, I would have thought the CC would be a step commercial barista's would consider too fiddly, you learn every day.
    The devices certainly make dosing a lot tidier in the home situation, but then I guess a cut down yoghurt container does as well.

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    Yelta, I think that it was a simple enough process to add into your routine and the savings could outweigh the slight inconvenience of doing an additional step. I felt it blended into my dosing routine pretty seamlessly.

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    I have been using the OE funnel for a month now and TBH I don't think a handle is necessary. The OE funnel is simple to use and that very small portion sitting inside the basket should not be any worry. I have kept my coffee wasted minimal to say the least.

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    I was given the mentioned coffee catcher as a birthday present and I'm well impressed with it. As mentioned in my earlier reply the baristas at Nude espresso in Brick Lane London E1, are using it with every shot pulled which is what caught my eye. The reason I like it is because I use a Mazzer major and as every Mazzer owner knows that the ground coffee comes out of the doser heading west and this is where the CC comes into play. Take the full portafilter to the top of the chamber and level off, easy.
    A great piece of kit (in my eyes)



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