Titan Grinder Project: Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analysis of ground coffee - Page 2

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Stuggi

Postby Stuggi » Dec 11, 2008, 6:42 pm

I wonder what would happen if one filtered the grinds from a grinder through a 400 micron mesh (or 300), and then pulled a shot? That way all particles would be much more uniform, which at least would give an interesting extraction... I really have to do this some day...
Sebastian "Stuggi" Storholm
LMWDP #136

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Rockycoffee

Postby Rockycoffee » Dec 11, 2008, 7:17 pm

Wow! absolutely fascinating. Very cool. But please, lets not bring up high school physics anymore. :)

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GC7

Postby GC7 » Jan 03, 2009, 11:19 am

I have not played around with an electron microscope in probably 25 years. You don't see them used as much these days as other molecular tools have supplanted its utility. I still do use those cool tweezers though :twisted:

My statisticians would tell me that the key statement in this report is "I cannot guarantee that these are representative grind samples" You can get a general impression as to the grind variables between samples but that's about it. The EM samples also require drying if I recall (the chamber is under vacuum - correct?) so that most certainly will affect what you are visualizing.

I would guess that a simple dissecting microscope with camera taking freshly ground samples in normal temperature and humidity ranges would be more representative of what you put in the basket from each grinder.

Just another mad scientist's view.

Edit - I just looked through John Weiss' particle size review and that was cool and well controlled. Nice work.

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Col_Potter

Postby Col_Potter » Oct 11, 2011, 1:47 am

I know this is an old post, but this was great stuff! The geek in me is smiling. Thanks for doing this and posting your results! :P
The Colonel