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    Rocky D/L Messy?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Also, I forgot to add - I used the Sunbeam for a year or so, and loved it. However I found it very messy, and after a while up-graditis crept in, so I up-graded to a Rocky, and love it even more!

    THanks for the suggestion with the steam tip. Being in hobart i have not even one coffee machine seller ...unlesss you count Harvey and his friend Norman (I had a laugh ;D)... but will investigate via the net.

    I have also read on several threads about the mess with the sunbeam, and would consider myself verging on the anal with neatness - especially in the kitchen (ex-chef). There seem to be all sorts of mods with yoghurt containers under the opening, etc, but i dont see this suiting me. Is your rocky a doserless? Why,then, is there less mess?

    I know this thread is wandering into grinders not machines...sorry.

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    Re: Rocky D/L Messy?


    The doserless Rocky is less messy than the Sunbeam. The Rocky generates less static than the Sunbeam, so the grinds flow down the shute into the P/F evenly.

    Bottom line, if you can afford to, go the Rocky, it is a considerably better grinder than the Sunbeam, mess or no mess.

    If you dont have the budget, go with the Sunbeam - its not as though it chucks coffee grinds randomly around the kitchen! Worse case is that you need to keep a damp cloth handy to quickly wipe up the grinds that escape.

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    Re: Rocky D/L Messy?

    When I first got Rocky I tried to grind into portafilter but found this messy, I have the plastic container from my EM450 and I grind my measurd dose into that and then dose over my knock box, tamp etc. I manage to keep the mess down to a manageable level using this method. I must try the yoghurt container method one of these days!!

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    Re: Rocky D/L Messy?

    The conclusion Ive come to is "Coffee Is Messy"!
    I started out with a dosered Gaggia MDF with modified sweeper vanes to clear the doser more effectively and the reason I went that way was because I thought it was less messy than D/Ls. Turned out to be just as messy but with the added hassle of having to pull the doser lever to get the coffee into the PF. Given I only make one each time, the doser really is not necessary so I got the Rocky D/L instead and am at total peace with the mess left behind. I could look at grinding it into another container etc... but its another step and way more hassle to me than running the hand held vacuum across the bench one morning a few times a week. Plus point is the coffee grounds dont attract ants or bugs.

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    Re: Rocky D/L Messy?

    Two suggestions to reduce mess:

    1 Use a cut-off portion of a yoghurt container as a sort of extension of the portafilter. This gets the outlet of the grinder inside the pf.

    2 Put the whole grinder on a dark serving tray. This hides any mess that is left and enables the rest of the counter to be kept clean very easily.

    Greg

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    Re: Rocky D/L Messy?

    If you dont have the budget, go with the Sunbeam - its not as though it chucks coffee grinds randomly around the kitchen! *Worse case is that you need to keep a damp cloth handy to quickly wipe up the grinds that escape.

    No, that will be me randomly chucking coffee grounds if i cant get a good pour, and the damp cloth will come in handy to mop my brow whilst trying *;D

    Its been beaten into me so many times - grinder quality is paramount so i think i will upgrade before purchase and save some time and money. Thanks to all for their advice and support - this is a truly GREAT site of which i am totally addicted (just add it to the list :D)



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