Helmoot Senior Member Joined: 6 Jun 2012 Posts: 7 Location: Central US Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: My Pressi Twist
Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013, 11:34am Subject: fly away grinds
I have a Precisio and it certainly does the job for my espresso needs now that I have mastered the adjustments. I find it has also been very good with other settings such as drip and french press, producing the desired grinds uniformly. Lately, using three different roasts from three different suppliers, I am getting a lot of fly away detritus in the grind. I don't know how to describe it other than it is similar to small popcorn skin hulls left over at the bottom of the popcorn bowl. The stuff sneaks out of the collection bin and adheres to the bin walls and is hard to ignore. Initially I thought it was a problem related to a specific roast, so I tried it with other roasts and beans and there seems to be no reduction in the amount of "flakes" or whatever in the grind or on the counter. . The particle size seems appropriate to the desired brewing method, but this little bit of extra is disconcerting to me. This is not noticable with espresso grind but is definitely there with more coarse settings. Has anyone a clue as to what is happening here? I plan to contact customer support at Baratza for their input, but thought I would first post here to see if there is a fix or an answer to this question among those who actually use the product daily. Thanks Not sure if it is the grinds dilemma or the coffee that is keeping me up at night.
Bob_M Senior Member Joined: 30 Oct 2007 Posts: 71 Location: Ripon, California
Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013, 12:33pm Subject: Re: fly away grinds
Hi. I think the popcorn skin like stuff you are referring to is what is called chafe or skin and it derives from the surface of the coffee bean. It's to be expected especially with dry processed beans. It flys around because of static. A wonderful rediscovered remedy consists of placing one or two drops of water on the beans prior to grinding. You must be single dosing in order to do this with ease. This procedure is discussed st length here. Click Here (www.home-barista.com)
diggi Senior Member Joined: 28 Nov 2011 Posts: 382 Location: Halifax, NS Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Spaz vivaldi S1 V2 Grinder: B Vario, OE LIDO Drip: Chemex, Espro Press,... Roaster: Poppery I
Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013, 3:25pm Subject: Re: fly away grinds
Hi. I think the popcorn skin like stuff you are referring to is what is called chafe or skin and it derives from the surface of the coffee bean. It's to be expected especially with dry processed beans. It flys around because of static. A wonderful rediscovered remedy consists of placing one or two drops of water on the beans prior to grinding. You must be single dosing in order to do this with ease. This procedure is discussed st length here. http://www.home-barista.com/grinders/reducing-grinder-static-revisited-t24051.html.
I have the same grinder and use it for my Trifecta MB. Some roasts have chaff and others don't. Last weeks roast had chaff flying all over the place. This week's Brazil had absolutely nothing. It's nice when there is very little to clean up. Take care!
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