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    New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Well after few months of playing with my Sunbeam EM6910/EM480 grinder combo * Ive placed an order for Compak K3 Touch with our sponsor Di Bartoli Coffee Centre. ;D
    Big thanks to all who posted their notes/reviews of above grinder here - makes it so much easier for noobs like me to make an informed decision.
    Cant wait to begin a new faze of coffesnob apprenticeship...

    Cheers
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    PS. Oh, btw does anyone know of any good divorce lawyer?... *::)

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    No but make sure you get one wholl make sure no matter what else, you get to keep the coffee equipment.

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    ;D Shocker TG ;D

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    No way shell leave if shes a coffee drinker - now youre getting a K3 *;). Just keep her supplied with beautiful coffee from freshly ground fresh beans.






    Edit- Woo hoo, Im 300!

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    The secret to a long marriage is being to lazy to change ;D ;D

    Remember in a divorce the partner (politically correct) gets half of everything. :(

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    My secret to a successful marriage is making my wifes coffee first. ;)

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    I would if she would let me use the machine. Before we got it she was a tea drinker. >:(

    Now I have to make a booking to make a coffee.

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    Ditto *GregJW*:) As long as the first thing significant other receives when she wakes up is a nice coffee in bed (before mine) there is a certain amount of flexibility and leverage when it comes to purchasing new coffee toys. However, the law of diminishing returns will eventually kick in and this will limit the coffee budget. Fair enough. *::) I reckon I still can get away with one grinder upgrade but that will be close to being it.

    Cant decide between K3 Touch>Macap M4 doser (appears to be cleaner than Mazzer mini off the shelf and doesnt require sticky tape , card or other "mods"). M4D would be nice but too much $$.

    When will Mazzer bring out a new and improved version of the Mini that addresses a couple of the minor issues it has?

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    I doubt that Mazzer would think the Mini has any issues Buschy - its built for a purpose (commercial environ) and when used accordingly doesnt require card, etc.

    If you think there maybe only one upgrade left in the old tank, go right past the K3 etc. and head for the K10...worth every cent!

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    Quote Originally Posted by GregJW link=1222399016/0#3 date=1222418248
    No way shell leave if shes a coffee drinker
    I wish Id known about this (proper) coffee stuff in my younger days.
    It would have been so much easier to pull the birds. *8-)

    I get so many gushy compliments now and Im already taken. *::)

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1222399016/0#9 date=1222425676
    I wish Id known about this (proper) coffee stuff in my younger days.
    It would have been so much easier to pull the birds. *8-)
    What like....

    "ummm, howd you like to come back to my place and try my microfoam?" ;D

    Cheers

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    No just "Would you like a coffee? I roast my own beans. You wont taste a better coffee anywhere."

    I recently had one of the girls at work gush again over the coffee I made her a month ago.

    And I did hope someone was listening when the new pretty admin girl came up to me the day after I made her a coffee and complained that "Id kept her up all night".

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    Theres another thread running atm where you can fantasize...I had a laugh. Can we get back on topic please...pretty please? It would make it easier for me to avoid some of the mental images popping into my head right now.

    So Arek, whens your new grinder arriving?

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    My grinder arrived this morning .
    Ive returned home from Melbourne last nigh, so Ive asked Renzo to send it yesterday as its overnight delivery.
    Only had 5 mins to play with Compak, but it;s already miles ahead of Sunbeam EM480 - totally different class of machine.
    Its bigger, much more solidly build .
    Bigger, more substantial burrs, solig group handle support.
    Its quieter then Sunbeam and the sound pitch is more pleasant.
    Most importantly the quality of grind is so much better - MUCH more uniform.
    First shot was already much nicer & I havent even tune it in yet. ;D
    It looks great in black (it was the only colour available), even my wife likes it. *So no divorce... ;)
    Thanks Di Bartoli Coffee Centre for a great product & fantastic transaction.

    Cheers
    Arek

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    Whats it like mess wise when you grind directly into basket? How much ends up over shooting? Thanks.

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    Hi Buschy,

    I generally dont have any mess

    I dont find the ground beans overshoot the basket

    Occationally some ground beans bounce out of the basket, but thats all

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    How do you do it ALC? even if I take extreme care, there is no way I can stop the grinds bouncing off as I dose! do you use the preset fill, or slowly dose bits at a time?

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    Hi Charoli,

    Im not too sure why the beans dont bounce for me.

    Ive never used the pre-set option, I always manually turn the grinder on or off.

    I usually use the double basket. *I grind ... level ... tamp *.. grind again .. level ... final tamp

    I move the portafilter a bit during the grind to fill the gaps - so I dont end up with a high mound in the middle of the basket

    I clean the old grinds from the chute with a paint brush every day, maybe that helps ?

    I always use fresh coffee (although I doubt old coffee would bounce more)


    BTW: Ive only had my set up a couple of months so take the above with a grain of salt (or a grind of coffee :)), coz I dont have perfect technique


    Good luck with the grinding!!


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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    Quote Originally Posted by charoli link=1222399016/0#16 date=1224315440
    How do you do it ALC? even if I take extreme care, there is no way I can stop the grinds bouncing off as I dose! do you use the preset fill, or slowly dose bits at a time?

    A simple way to contain the bouncing grounds while they are filling the PF is?
    To form a circle with the thumb and pointer finger ;)
    Place it on top of PF/ filter basket while grinding

    It just gives you a little extra hight
    Should reduce the mess by 90%
    But for obvious reasons this works best with doserless grinders

    KK

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    Hey, the finger technique is smart! Ill give it a try.

    Think Im also filling too much on my first dose before levelling.

    I also find once I dial in a grind size, it always slips a bit on the first grind - anyone have same issue?

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    Re: New grinder - Compak K3 Touch

    Donít over dose as that is waste? Why overdose?
    Your timer should be set to grind the correct amount for single or double

    On my Macap
    I generally set the grind 2 tenths of a second before correct amount
    If I require more due to adjustments or deferent beans altering the status quo
    I switch to continuous mode and give it a buzz

    Since I have owned the M4D I think my waste is less than 10 grams of ground coffee in aprox 4 months of use

    KK



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