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    New Compak K3 Touch not fine enough?

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    I just bought a brand new Compak K3 Touch, with the first batch of beans I used it was barely able to grind fine enough to produce a decent shot, however with fresher beans from our host (lighter roast), I cannot get even close to a fine enough grind, even on the finest setting.

    Am I missing something here? Is there a secondary means of adjustment?

    The manual is completely useless, all the diagrams are of a different machine/model :P

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    I have to agree about the manual and the fact its hard to read even with good eyes. Somewhere on here there is some picture diagrams showing how to adjust the grinder. Firstly don't worry you haven't got a bad one. Secondly you need to take out the hopper and use a suitable hex head to take out the three screws. Once they are out you take off the black cover and you will see from there what you need to do to make it finer.

    Someone had posted about this a few weeks back?? my mind eludes me sorry so maybe search for it in the search option.

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    Without any beans in the machine, can you adjust the grind so that the burrs are just kissing? (Dont turn it one while burrs are close together so you dont damage anything!)

    I find my K3 grinds extremely fine, I accidently choked my machine this morning and yesterday must have been a bit funny with temp and humidity and required significantly finer grind that the day before or today.

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    When you remove the collar, you will see a black metric screw which limits adjustment to stop inexperienced users from putting the burrs together, leaving the grinder on and killing the grinder.. The silver circle on the collar is actually a screw which impacts on the metric screw therefore limiting travel.

    You can either reposition the black screw or bin it- as you prefer.

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    Hi, just for info, you don't need to remove the 3 hex headed screws to remove the top, just use a magnetic screwdriver to remove the limiting screw that Talk_Coffee mentions (the one under the silver cap) and the whole top unscrews and comes free. I had to do this as my K3 Push had some sort of grease on the burrs, the vendor checked the other ones they had in stock and confirmed that the new shipment all had this. I had to clean the gunk off the burrs and everything was sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeechris View Post
    I have to agree about the manual and the fact its hard to read even with good eyes. Somewhere on here there is some picture diagrams showing how to adjust the grinder. Firstly don't worry you haven't got a bad one. Secondly you need to take out the hopper and use a suitable hex head to take out the three screws. Once they are out you take off the black cover and you will see from there what you need to do to make it finer.

    Someone had posted about this a few weeks back?? my mind eludes me sorry so maybe search for it in the search option.

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    Thanks, I obtained some allen keys this morning and re-adjusted such that the "finest" setting now chokes the machine. After a few tuning shots, good coffee was had.
    coffeechris and Neifirst like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiddler2 View Post
    Hi, just for info, you don't need to remove the 3 hex headed screws to remove the top, just use a magnetic screwdriver to remove the limiting screw that Talk_Coffee mentions (the one under the silver cap) and the whole top unscrews and comes free. I had to do this as my K3 Push had some sort of grease on the burrs, the vendor checked the other ones they had in stock and confirmed that the new shipment all had this. I had to clean the gunk off the burrs and everything was sorted.
    I tried to remove the silver cap with a flat head screwdriver as the instruction manual suggested, but it did not budge and looks like it should not come off? I dunno, the hex screws did the trick anyhow.

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    Thank you to all who responded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Semillon View Post
    I tried to remove the silver cap with a flat head screwdriver as the instruction manual suggested, but it did not budge and looks like it should not come off? I dunno, the hex screws did the trick anyhow.
    It does come off, it's not that easy to do the first time, but it gets easier. I found it a lot easier to reassemble if the hex head screws are left in place. Glad to hear it's all ok now, it's a good grinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiddler2 View Post
    it's a good grinder.
    I would go further and say its a great grinder, with a poor instruction manual and questionable defaults

    Coffee this morning is in the realm of "outstanding" (CS - Tanzania Machare Estate, 21g dose, 28 sec pour). This is definitely an upgrade to the faithful rocky grinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Semillon View Post
    I would go further and say its a great grinder, with a poor instruction manual and questionable defaults
    Agreed,

    The updated Touch variant shown at HOST will also contribute to the user friendliness of the grinder. It may make the timer approach being actually usable



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