Jmanespresso Senior Member Joined: 18 Jan 2009 Posts: 2,151 Location: Westchester NY Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Alex Duetto II Grinder: Compak K10 - Vario Vac Pot: Yama-SY5/SY8/TCA5 Drip: V60, Beehouse, CCD Roaster: Hottop B
Posted Fri Oct 23, 2009, 6:17pm Subject: Re: Anyone built a knock box?
I built one, but I no longer use. I simply used a loaf pan, made a simple wooden frame and bar, and used some quick-dry stain around the wood frame. It was nice, but when I bought Anita, I wanted a nicer knockbox to go with it.
I went with this oneHere. It looks really nice, and is plenty durable. But, for me, its way too small.
Probably going to get an In-Counter Chute once I set up my new espresso bar. Im trying to find one which I can mount flush with the counter, so I can also sweep coffee grinds into it. Or, the new CafeLat knockbox, which I think is the nicest looking knockbox aside from Reg Barbers.
Im probably the only person who puts this much thought into a box to save garbage for an extra day. :)
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Posted Sat Oct 24, 2009, 4:12am Subject: Re: Anyone built a knock box?
A knockbox only adds to the cleanup time in my opinion...at least for home use. I knock mine out in the waste can that has a liner in it. I then rinse the PF in the sink and put it back into the head and run water through it and wipe down the screen after each use. It is easier than having to clean out the grubby knockbox and all around it where grinds land. I bought a nice one from Chris when I purchased my Duetto but its never been used...still in the box.
Posted Tue Nov 3, 2009, 11:33pm Subject: Re: Anyone built a knock box?
A quick trip to Home Depot and your local restaurant supply store and $20 will have you a knock box in no time. I have made my own and it's quite useful. I like projects and wasn't going to pay $35 for a knock box. The box is 6" deep and has plenty of room for those spent pucks. It also nicely elevates my bean storage container so I don't drop beans all over the counter when I add them to the hopper each morning. You will want to look for a steam tray or hotel pan at the restaurant supply store. I was even able to find a matching cover for mine. Source out some rubber grommets, a long galvanized bolt and matching nut and a reinforced hose of some type. The hose wraps around the bolt and protects your portafilter. I have a longitudinal cut in the bottom of my hose to make removal and cleaning easier. This way I never have to take the bolt out of the knock box. I have been using this for 4 years now without fail. It makes the process of getting an espresso in the morning far more easy and enjoyable.
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