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Recommendations for espresso equipment buyers and upgraders.
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Postby sluflyer06 » Jan 09, 2017, 10:03 am

ash4889 wrote:I have a very good quality knockbox that came with my espresso machine, but since I only do one or two cups daily I just use a simple silicone spoon rest. I don't have to worry about damaging my portafilter or countertops when using it, the cleanup is extremely easy can I put everything away in a few seconds.

How is hitting your portafilter against a spoonrest, any different than against a very padded silicone or rubber knockbox bar? Also a spoonrest has less between the counter and the portafilter vs a box.

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Postby ash4889 » Jan 09, 2017, 10:49 am

It's just less real estate on my countertop, and a rapid cleanup works for me.

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Postby amagad » Jan 11, 2017, 12:12 am

the cafelat large tubbi finally came, worth the wait.

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Postby Thermosiphon » Jan 11, 2017, 7:05 am

I use an Osaka knock box, which is both cheap ($19.99) and effective. the rubber bar is removed easily for cleaning or replacement. It is only 5 inches in diameter though...not that it's messy or that grinds fly everywhere, but if you are pulling more than a few shots per day you might go with a larger size. ... B01M22L7OC

For me, I always try to save money on any accessory that isnt going to seriously impact my espresso or my workflow. And i think gong for a cheap knockbox worked out fine for me. Best of luck!

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Postby curmudgeon » Jan 11, 2017, 1:11 pm

I haven't yet seen anyone mention what - to me - is one of the more important perks of a knockbox:

Lack of hot coffee grinds in the garbage can!

A few pucks or a chemex filter full of hot, steaming coffee has a way of heating up your trash can and making some not-so-nice smells, not to mention leaving behind lots of condensation and a place for mold to grow (depending on how often you empty the trash).

My low cost solution was to drill a few holes in an old cigar box that I had sitting around, and insert a wooden dowel that I covered in some vinyl hose. (Bonus points for matching my wife's 'country chic' themed decor.) Now I empty all hot coffee grounds into my knockbox and empty that into the trash once everything has cooled sufficiently. I can hold probably 15 pucks or three large chemex filters before I need to empty it.

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Postby amagad » Jan 11, 2017, 8:15 pm

Thats true, ive had mold grow between spent pucks in a knock box too in just 5 days. So a larger box doesnt necessarily mean you can keep pucks around longer, youd still have to dump them in larger trash can or outside bin.