weebit_nutty Senior Member Joined: 26 Sep 2013 Posts: 212 Location: Los Angeles Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Tue Jan 21, 2014, 11:21pm Subject: Design suggestions for improving grinders
I don't know if grinder manufacturers read our posts, but perhaps we could start a discussion on how grinders can be improved. I think the Forte I just bought is a huge step up in usability but there's still room for improvement. I encourage others to contribute to this post so that perhaps it might be read directly by manufacturers and someday we might see these improvements implemented.
Here are mine...
Suggestion #1: How about implementing a feature that allows users to run the motor backwards while adjusting the ring? Doing so allows the burr set to be tightened without wasting coffee as the partial crushed grinds are backed out of the burrs rather than pushed through the burrs. Or, perhaps implement the adjustment ring (or sliders) so that the motor automatically runs in reverse motor before burrs actually move.. This can be done via micro-switch that is engaged by on a spring-dampened adjustment slider or collar ring.
Suggestion #2 (more of a complaint lol): What's with the bean retention issues? Seriously, is it's not a hard problem to solve why can't they get it right...tsktsk I see too many users shake grinders just to get the last bean few beans down... I'm pretty sure there are a number of warranty claims stemming from this practice.
Suggestion #3: One feature that I think should be universal is an integrated grind 'drip tray' for grinders that dose directly into the portafilter. I have a little cup I made one that I've glued to tiny magnets on one edge to stick to the bottom of the prongs. While the AP is has a mess free dosing design via an integrated funnel, spillages can always happen do to user error.
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,313 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Veneziano A1 Grinder: Many different commercial Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Milita, Bunn&Curtis... Roaster: Cast iron pan, gas burner
Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 7:27am Subject: Re: Design suggestions for improving grinders
With the exception of companies that produce home grinders, commercial grinders are made for commercial use and they do not have the same issues and problems that home users have. We are SUCH A SMALL part of their business that it is only a ghost blip on their screen, not enough to worry about, we are not their market.
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