Though the Kafetek Monolith grinders are used primarily for direct distribution into portafilter baskets for espresso, Denis Basaric advertises their ability to "grind from the finest Turkish coffee to French Press, Espresso, Mocha, and Filter coffee." After owning a Monolith Flat for a short time, I can corroborate that it produces excellent pour over, Aeropress, french press, and even drip. Owning a Kruve sieve system, I have sifted these various grounds and was not surprised to discover they all have far narrower particle distributions than my old, yet reliable Baratza Virtuoso. Denis has designed not only an incredible espresso grinder, but a tremendously versatile one overall. This is great news for people who, like me, are limited on space and would like a single grinder that can produce high-quality results across the coffee spectrum.
However, what all of these non-espresso uses of the Monolith require is a catching vessel for ground coffee, which is notably missing from Denis' otherwise comprehensive and over-the-top array of free grinding accessories he ships with his grinders. I have temporarily resorted to using the old grounds bin from my Baratza, but for a number of reasons it does not work well.
I write to ask if anyone has found or made any good catching vessels for the Monoliths. Though not entirely necessary, what I have envisioned is a container that utilizes the holding forks by mimicking a 58mm portafilter's prongs, and sits as closely to the chute as possible to minimize spilling. Though this would exclude non-58mm setups, this would allow for versatility across the Conical and Flat models, which have different total clearances. Naturally, other sizes could potentially be made as well.
What would be a bonus would be if there is a vessel that could be used both as a catching container and as a cup for performing RDT and dosing into the Monoliths as well as other narrow brewing devices after grinding, such as Aeropress. For example, it could be asymmetrical with one end being larger (facing toward the grinder) to catch grounds and the other side (facing away from the grinder) being tapered like the pouring spout of a pitcher. I purchased a small glass pitcher (pictured) with the specific RDT purpose in mind, but it is proving less viable for dosing into the Monolith Flat than anticipated.
For anyone interested in either searching or manufacturing something to address this need, I've taken measurements and pictures of various clearances for the Monolith Flat, which may help in identifying viable options. I could be mistaken, but I believe the Flat is more restrictive in its sizing than the Conical, which has a taller total height clearance; so, I'm fairly certain it would make more sense to have the Flat's measurements in mind, to ensure dual compatibility. (This may be overkill or unnecessary.) Of course, the fork height is adjustable, but these measurements are taken from Denis' stock setup, which works well with his and many other portafilter funnels.
Thankful for any thoughts or suggestions. Perhaps we could even encourage Denis to create this as an accessory.Max height
: 125mmMax width (at forks)
: 72mmMax depth (if round)
: 50mm [45mm if rectangular, fitting flush into back of forks]Clearance above forks
: 36mmMax width inside forks
: 82.5mmHeight of any PF-style prongs for vessel