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Thread: Compak K3 Burrs how to ID Genuine v Generic

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    Compak K3 Burrs how to ID Genuine v Generic

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    Recently bought a set of what appeared to be advertised as genuine Compak K3 burrs from a well known retailer. When I received them, the packaging didn't look right with strange ID nos. and there were no markings on the burrs like my original set had.

    I verified with the distributor that all Genuine Comapk burr sets should have the Compak name and part no. stamped into the side of each burr eg "COMPAK K 2058" as per the image below. Their packaging is also unique to Compak. When I obtain the real deal I'll post a photo of this.




    Thanks to JetBlack Espresso, who are a retailer that sells the Genuine Compak burrs, for the use of their photo above for ID purposes. (you may need to use Windows magnifier to see the stamped ID)

    Online, the Compak K3 burr sets are advertised for around $50-$55 for generic (unknown quality) and $70-$80 for genuine Compak. The generic burrs (anecdotally) don't retain their sharpness as long as the genuine ones and are of unknown quality as there is no branding to identify who they are made by.

    It's another case of buyer beware as some retailers appear to possibly be taking advantage of people's good faith in them.
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    Morning Cafelotta, this subject was recently touched on in another thread.

    I certainly agree with you, buying generic replacement burrs is false economy, wont be long before you have to put your hand in your pocket again for the real McCoy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Morning Cafelotta, this subject was recently touched on in another thread.
    Out of interest, would you have the link to that thread? Thanks.


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    I certainly agree with you, buying generic replacement burrs is false economy, wont be long before you have to put your hand in your pocket again for the real McCoy.
    Too true. The generic ones I was supplied are going back for full refund. Was told that this is what the retailer was supplied as Genuine Compak burrs by their supplier and that he will be investigating further.

    Will be buying the genuine article from a known reliable source. (I thought I already had but tish happens).
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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeLotta View Post
    Out of interest, would you have the link to that thread? Thanks.




    Too true. The generic ones I was supplied are going back for full refund. Was told that this is what the retailer was supplied these burrs as Genuine by their supplier and will be investigated.

    Will be buying the genuine article from a known reliable source. (I thought I already had but tish happens).
    Right here https://coffeesnobs.com.au/general-coffee-related/50531-coffee-shots-channeling.html

    As I said it was only touched on, nothing in depth.
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