Posted Fri May 20, 2011, 1:26pm Subject: Is it me or are these directions backwards?
I know my brain wasn't fully engaged when I set out to adjust my grinder for a new batch of beans this morning. I know I should have become suspicious after my fourth unsuccessful attempt at drawing water through the puck. And I should have known something was wrong after the eight attempt. But like I said, my brain wasn't fully engaged...
On the plus side, I wasn't very happy with that roast. And most of it was gone by the time I realized my mistake.
But let's try a little test. Given the settings A and B shown in the photo, will B result in a coarser or a finer grind than A?
Posted Sat May 21, 2011, 10:17am Subject: Re: Is it me or are these directions backwards?
The answer to your question is "finer".
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Posted Mon May 23, 2011, 7:28am Subject: Re: Is it me or are these directions backwards?
It just dawned on me as to why you may have confusion. The words and arrows tell you which way to turn the adjustment to achieve the desired result, not that the word coarse or fine line up with what you are going to get.
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Posted Tue May 24, 2011, 6:07am Subject: Re: Is it me or are these directions backwards?
Finer, same as any grinder from any brand I've used.
You know, the comments here are confusing me the more I read them! It took me a LOT of staring at it to see the confusion that everyone else understood, much more quickly than I, which you had experienced. They're definitely telling you which direction to turn it. Counter clockwise for finer (tightening the burrs closer), and clockwise for coarser (and to unscrew the carriage on most grinders.)
Posted Tue May 24, 2011, 6:25pm Subject: Re: Is it me or are these directions backwards?
It's interesting that so many see only one way to interpret that label, namely that the label reflects the action needed to achieve a result rather that the result itself.
Imagine that you came to single panel sliding door with a large arrow on it pointing to the right with the word "Opening" under it. The same logic that leads to the answer "B is finer" will have you sliding the door to the right which will result in the opening on the left. On the other hand, "B is coarser" will have you expecting the opening on the right and lead you to slide the door to the left.
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