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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013, 3:41pm
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I have recently been put in charge of my church's coffee cafe' and we are using a commercial style grinder (the kind at the grocery store) and use a plastic pitcher to collect the grinds because the basket and filter do not fit in the grinder.  This machine makes a mess because the grinds stick to EVERYTHING.  Any recommendations?  Would a stainless steel or aluminum pitcher, or something else work better?

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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013, 7:38pm
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Have you tried a metallic or ceramic pitcher?
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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013, 7:51pm
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I predict that if you use a metal pitcher your static issue will be greatly diminished. You do not want electrically non-conductive for a grounds container.

There was a string about static and grinders some years back. "What a mess..."?Page=1
In the string near the end is a before and after of a cheap pseudo burr piece of junk which I modified by lining the grounds hopper with aluminum tape.  It was a static monster. It is still a piece of junk but static is not a problem.

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mr_tripp Said:

I have recently been put in charge of my church's coffee cafe' and we are using a commercial style grinder (the kind at the grocery store) and use a plastic pitcher to collect the grinds because the basket and filter do not fit in the grinder.  This machine makes a mess because the grinds stick to EVERYTHING.  Any recommendations?  Would a stainless steel or aluminum pitcher, or something else work better?

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Posted Sun Feb 17, 2013, 9:48pm
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You could try adding a drop or two of water or spraying a mist on the coffee before grinding to reduce the static.  See the following thread on Home-Barista for a discussion on this technique.

Ross Droplet Technique-Eliminating Grinder Static - Grinders Home-Barista.com

 
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Posted Mon Feb 18, 2013, 8:48am
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Netphilosopher Said:

I only do this for my own coffee - people get grossed out by someone breathing on their coffee... LOL

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I don't think the people attending our church will like us fogging all over their coffee.  :-)

Would a spray bottle with the mist setting work?
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Posted Mon Feb 18, 2013, 11:42am
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Yes, a spray bottle is probably the best tool for the job. Of course this is normally used when single dosing. How much coffee are you grinding at a time?

 
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