Weber Workshops Key Mk. ii Grinder & User Experience

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#1: Post by baldheadracing »

So on IG Weber teased a video of a new bean feeder and a two-part cover that looks to replace the funnel. I've already asked if a retrofit will be available for existing Keys.

The bean feeder now has only one hole - which is good. I had found both holes open was too much for the coffees that I drink and blocked one of holes on mine off.

The center auger part of the bean feeder is more aggressive - which is also good. I had added a wire auger to make mine more aggressive so that there are never beans 'stuck' on the bean feeder.


The splittable cover is nice but will require removal of the existing funnel. It also seems to have some means of keeping it up for loading.


IG video:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CxHp4hjhAsa/



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#2: Post by axpetts »

I too am hoping there's an upgrade/conversion kit for those with a V1. The new additions look really thoughtful and will most likely solve some of the quirks of the original. It also looks like the bean feeder is metal which is definitely a plus.
I've had a couple of the plastic ones break on me on for my V1

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#3: Post by Espressmyself »

I ditched both the v1 bean feeder (lasted a few months then snapped) and the rotating WDT-like wiper for faster workflow - did splurge on a Moonraker. Easy enough to pick up the occasional errant bean and pop it back in. Best of all, no impact on taste!

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#4: Post by Jessipoo »

ya I have the default indiegogo metal loose cover, other than a chopped bean or 2 sometimes, it's been working out for me

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#5: Post by axpetts »

Key is showing as out of stock on Weber website. Guess that means the new version will drop pretty soon.

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#6: Post by rfleming944 »

With the price of these things on the secondary market and how long it takes to sell I have a hard time believing Weber was selling any new. Maybe them being out of stock is them putting this horse out to pasture like their bean counter.

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#7: Post by baldheadracing (original poster) replying to rfleming944 »

I don't think so. Another teaser video dropped on IG today showing the new version (no new details in the video).

The HG's are also not huge sellers. There is not much intersection between coffees that shine strongest as espresso on Mazzer 3-phase conical burrs and pretty much any other brewing method and/or roast degree. Many people are limited to one grinder yet wish to "do it all," and commonly-available big conical burr designs are perhaps the antithesis of that (aside, Shurikens being not-commonly-available).
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#8: Post by flyguyjake »

New Key release is "imminent"


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baldheadracing wrote:So on IG Weber teased a video of a new bean feeder and a two-part cover that looks to replace the funnel. I've already asked if a retrofit will be available for existing Keys.

The bean feeder now has only one hole - which is good. I had found both holes open was too much for the coffees that I drink and blocked one of holes on mine off.

The center auger part of the bean feeder is more aggressive - which is also good. I had added a wire auger to make mine more aggressive so that there are never beans 'stuck' on the bean feeder.
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The splittable cover is nice but will require removal of the existing funnel. It also seems to have some means of keeping it up for loading.
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IG video:
A retrofit kit seems hard to believe, as you suggest, the funnel removal might be problematic. But I'm sure they'll sell at least the new feeder and new lid so they can be used on the V1.

Based on another of their IG vid, the wooden base is now removable / exchangeable for different wood colors/types
I think someone here was hoping for this feature back in the days of the indiegogo deliveries. :D

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Weber Unveils Upgrades to the Key Grinder

High-end boutique coffee equipment maker Weber Workshops is currently unveiling an updated version of its Key Grinder at the Specialty Coffee Association of Japan (SCAJ) annual trade show. Launched in 2021, the Key is an electric grinder with 83-millimeter conical burrs. A Weber spokesperson told DCN that new features include 50% more torque, a new magnetic anti-popcorning lid, customizable wood accents, an integrated single-dosing bean feeder and an improved magnetic tumbler.
- from today's Daily Coffee News e-mail blast.
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