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  • mudaba Nov 13, 2007 12:28 PM

Hey, I'm having a problem with my coffee grinder: http://www.amazon.com/Krups-203-42-To.... It spills the ground coffee all over the place and when you open it the top also poofs the coffee onto the counter (it's sort of suctioned on). Has anyone found a solution to this? Is there some great grinder out there that doesn't get beans everywhere?

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  1. No. Never have that expereince. I use a blade grinder for travel, a Solis Maestro Plus for drip/vac/french press/ and aeropress and a Mazzer Mini for espresso. You need a better grinder

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    1. re: scubadoo97

      A coffee grinder for travel? Wow, I am truly impressed!

      I guess I'm a heathen. I use my grinder for spices and use a quality store-bought ground bean for coffee. And I only drink coffee at home. I just never seem to care for coffee anywhere else.

    2. Are you waiting for the blades to fully stop before opening? I don't know if my Krups is that model exactly, but I have several coffee grinders as I use for grinding small amounts of grains and some I use for grinding stuff for making soaps & lotions. With any of them, you have to be patient, otherwise you can end up with a cloud of whatever being thrown out. Also, for the ground coffee sticking to the lid- its usually due to static- try tapping the lid before you take it off.

      Krups tend to have a weird shape- sort of a pointy oval instead of being round, like other blade grinders. I find that contributes to the throw out effect even more so- it makes it nicer for pouring out of, but you really have to let everything settle before you take the lid off. If you want a little nicer blade grinder, I really like this one from Mr Coffee: http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Coffee-IDS77... The grinding chamber is removable, so you can take it to your coffee pot. I can't comment on the various preset grinds as I'm not a coffee drinking, but I do use the various settings with grains & such.

      1. I have that one and I never have that problem. I shake the coffee grinder while it's going, then wait a second or two after the blades have stopped before turning the whole thing upside down and pulling out the lid. I never have anything go anywhere.

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        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          That's what I do too.

        2. After I've ground my coffee, I tap the grinder on the countertop a couple of times. The coffee falls off the lid into the bowl and I can take off the lid without a lot of mess.

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          1. re: coney with everything

            I have a Krups grinder. The oval shape is supposed to help get a more even grind by throwing the beans back into the blades where a round design allows the coffee to stick to the sides. After grinding coffee or flax seed I let is stop and then invert it and give it a few taps so the coffee goes into the top. It is easier to scoop out than trying to get around the blades.

          2. First of all, it's a blade grinder. Thus, not only is your coffee ground unevenly, but its high RPM generates a lot of static. As others have said, after grinding, wait for the blades to stop spinning and tap the grinder on the counter a couple of times. That should help discharge the static. When removing the top, be sure to lift it straight off.

            You may want to eventually think about getting a better grinder, even for making drip or French press coffee, something that uses burrs rather than blades. Examples would include:

            http://www.1st-line.com/machines/home...

            http://www.1st-line.com/machines/home...

            http://www.wholelattelove.com/Bodum/a...

            http://www.wholelattelove.com/brand.c...

            etc., etc., etc.

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            1. re: zin1953

              zin1953 is spot on with the Baratza machines...we have the virtuoso and we love it. Much cleaner to use and a more consistent grind than even other burr grinders we've had.

            2. I have a Cuisinart burr grinder and have the same problem when the humidity is low - static charge causes the bits of ground coffee to literally leap out of the container when it's opened. I have found that tapping the lid and also touching metal (to discharge static) while holding the container before opening it helps a lot.

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              1. re: jkent

                Aha! Static! I didn't even realize that was what was happening, but it makes sense. I'm going to have to try the metal touch and the flip-over-and-open-upside-down approach. I totally agree with zin1953 that the grind is not even on mine. I would love an upgrade to a burr grinder...I was quite surprised that there were so few grinder choices at Bed, Bath and Beyond, where I bought this grinder.

                1. re: mudaba

                  Unfortunately, you will find all the kitchen, cooking supply stores sadly lacking in all things coffee. You will have much better luck shopping on line. The sites Zin1953 recommended plus Chris Coffee will give you everything you need with info and different grinders. Good luck, and remember, this is only the beginning!!

                  1. re: chipman

                    The three sites I recommend most are:

                    Chris' Coffee -- http://www.chriscoffee.com/

                    1st-Line -- http://www.1st-line.com/

                    Espresso Parts NW -- http://www.espressoparts.com/

                    Also . . .

                    Whole Latte Love -- http://www.wholelattelove.com/

                    Stefano's Espresso Care -- http://www.espressocare.com/

                    Visions Espresso -- http://www.visionsespresso.com/

                    Great Infusions -- http://www.greatinfusions.com/

                    Finally, for lots of consumer reviews on specific grinders, check out http://www.coffeegeek.com/reviews/gri...

                    Indeed, check out CoffeeGeek -- http://www.coffeegeek.com/ -- and HomeBarista -- http://www.home-barista.com/ -- for LOTS of information on coffee, espresso, loads of different equipment, and more.