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Date: 27 Sep 2006 21:55:36
From: Bruce Willard
Subject: Static in coffee grinding process
I've noticed that different coffee's have a static effect after grinding.
The fine coffee is flies out of the plastic containier when pouring the
coffee into the basket, and lands all over the countertop and sink. Pretty
messy. I don't have a problem with some other coffee. Thought for a while
it was the foil bag versus the paper bag. Now I can't identify the cause.
I'm using a Starbucks (Barista) Burr Grinder. Also remember this happening
with an old blade grinder.
Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?

Thanks
Bruce






 
Date: 29 Sep 2006 18:15:59
From: Mike Hartigan
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
I brought some beans with me when I visited my Mom over the summer
and, in the absence of a grinder, I used a little Cuisinart electric
chopper that she keeps on her counter - essentially a mini food
processor. There was loads of static and grounds all over the place!
I found that adding a single drop of water to the beans before
grinding virtually eliminated the problem and didn't have a
detectable effect on the brew. I see that another poster had no luck
wetting the beans, so perhaps this is not a universal solution. It
might be worth a try, though.

Incidentally, I have zero static problem with my Solis.

In article <JOednfLJqYFbyIbYnZ2dnUVZ_tydnZ2d@comcast.com >,
rangerrick67@comcast.net says...
> I've noticed that different coffee's have a static effect after grinding.
> The fine coffee is flies out of the plastic containier when pouring the
> coffee into the basket, and lands all over the countertop and sink. Pretty
> messy. I don't have a problem with some other coffee. Thought for a while
> it was the foil bag versus the paper bag. Now I can't identify the cause.
> I'm using a Starbucks (Barista) Burr Grinder. Also remember this happening
> with an old blade grinder.
> Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?
>
> Thanks
> Bruce
>
>
>

--
-Mike


  
Date: 29 Sep 2006 23:18:25
From: I->Ian
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
On Fri, 29 Sep 2006 18:15:59 -0500, Mike Hartigan
<mike@hartigan.dot.com > wrote:

> I have zero static problem with my Solis

Care to elaborate which Solis? They've made a few models ;-)


   
Date: 08 Oct 2006 15:30:40
From:
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
In alt.coffee, "I- >Ian" <someone@nowhere.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 29 Sep 2006 18:15:59 -0500, Mike Hartigan
> <mike@hartigan.dot.com> wrote:

> > I have zero static problem with my Solis

> Care to elaborate which Solis? They've made a few models ;-)

It is the origial Maestro.

--
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
--Edward R. Murrow


   
Date: 30 Sep 2006 06:31:33
From: Mike Hartigan
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
In article <4darh2d47h17t0i4hpgd0ult5s2ithdj0d@4ax.com >,
someone@nowhere.com says...
> On Fri, 29 Sep 2006 18:15:59 -0500, Mike Hartigan
> <mike@hartigan.dot.com> wrote:
>
> > I have zero static problem with my Solis
>
> Care to elaborate which Solis? They've made a few models ;-)
>

It's a 166.

--
-Mike


 
Date: 28 Sep 2006 11:54:03
From: John S.
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process

Bruce Willard wrote:
> I've noticed that different coffee's have a static effect after grinding.
> The fine coffee is flies out of the plastic containier when pouring the
> coffee into the basket, and lands all over the countertop and sink. Pretty
> messy. I don't have a problem with some other coffee. Thought for a while
> it was the foil bag versus the paper bag. Now I can't identify the cause.
> I'm using a Starbucks (Barista) Burr Grinder. Also remember this happening
> with an old blade grinder.
> Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?
>
> Thanks
> Bruce

Don't know much about the grinder, but if it has a speed control, set
it to the lowest one. Short of figuring a way to ground the unit, I
think the only solution is to look for a slow speed grinder.



 
Date: 28 Sep 2006 11:02:14
From: DavidMLewis
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process

Bruce Willard wrote:
> I've noticed that different coffee's have a static effect after grinding.
> The fine coffee is flies out of the plastic containier when pouring the
> coffee into the basket, and lands all over the countertop and sink. Pretty
> messy. I don't have a problem with some other coffee. Thought for a while
> it was the foil bag versus the paper bag. Now I can't identify the cause.
> I'm using a Starbucks (Barista) Burr Grinder. Also remember this happening
> with an old blade grinder.
> Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?
>
In addition to what others have said, this problem seems to vary with
grinder. There are two things people have tried that may help. One is
to run a fabric softener cloth around the _outside_ of the grinds
hopper. The other is simply to wait a minute or so after grinding to
let some of the static dissapate before taking the hopper out.

Best,
David



  
Date: 28 Sep 2006 18:08:45
From: I->Ian
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
On 28 Sep 2006 11:02:14 -0700, "DavidMLewis" <DavidMLewis@mac.com >
wrote:

>The other is simply to wait a minute or so after grinding to
>let some of the static dissapate before taking the hopper out.

Tried that with the Virtuoso and still ended up with grounds all over
the counter when dumping into the drip basket.

Humidity at the time was about 70%, so it was not a humidity issue.
It's predecessor Solis Maestro never created any static, even on the
driest winter days.

After umpteen 'static fix suggestions' tried, found that eBay was the
permanent fix.


 
Date: 28 Sep 2006 13:33:21
From:
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
I've got a Baratza Virtuoso burr grinder with the same problem. Texas
isn't overly dry, so having a dry climate probably isn't the issue.
However, the grinder has a plastic collar, and a plastic base, and the
movement of the two plastic parts is probably causing the static
build-up. However, Baratza blamed part of the problem on the material
used to make the collection hopper, and sent me 2 different hoppers as
they experiemented with anti-static materials (didn't help much).

I also tried wetting the beans down a little, and that had no effect.
What I've done is to chop up one of my spare hoppers to turn it into a
chute instead of a bin. At least this way, I can cover the container
that the coffee is going into down the chute, and this reduces some of
the mess.




On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 21:55:36 -0700, "Bruce Willard"
<rangerrick67@comcast.net > wrote:

>I've noticed that different coffee's have a static effect after grinding.
>The fine coffee is flies out of the plastic containier when pouring the
>coffee into the basket, and lands all over the countertop and sink. Pretty
>messy. I don't have a problem with some other coffee. Thought for a while
>it was the foil bag versus the paper bag. Now I can't identify the cause.
>I'm using a Starbucks (Barista) Burr Grinder. Also remember this happening
>with an old blade grinder.
>Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?
>
>Thanks
>Bruce
>


  
Date: 28 Sep 2006 13:42:51
From: Timothy Douma
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
choffman@austin.rr.com wrote:
> I've got a Baratza Virtuoso burr grinder with the same problem. Texas
> isn't overly dry, so having a dry climate probably isn't the issue.
> However, the grinder has a plastic collar, and a plastic base, and the
> movement of the two plastic parts is probably causing the static
> build-up. However, Baratza blamed part of the problem on the material
> used to make the collection hopper, and sent me 2 different hoppers as
> they experiemented with anti-static materials (didn't help much).
>
> I also tried wetting the beans down a little, and that had no effect.
> What I've done is to chop up one of my spare hoppers to turn it into a
> chute instead of a bin. At least this way, I can cover the container
> that the coffee is going into down the chute, and this reduces some of
> the mess.
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 21:55:36 -0700, "Bruce Willard"
> <rangerrick67@comcast.net> wrote:
>
>
>>I've noticed that different coffee's have a static effect after grinding.
>>The fine coffee is flies out of the plastic containier when pouring the
>>coffee into the basket, and lands all over the countertop and sink. Pretty
>>messy. I don't have a problem with some other coffee. Thought for a while
>>it was the foil bag versus the paper bag. Now I can't identify the cause.
>>I'm using a Starbucks (Barista) Burr Grinder. Also remember this happening
>>with an old blade grinder.
>>Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?
>>
>>Thanks
>>Bruce
>>
Someone once suggested putting a lead pencil in the receptical to
discharge the static...


 
Date: 28 Sep 2006 13:29:44
From:
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
In alt.coffee, Bruce Willard <rangerrick67@comcast.net > wrote:
> Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?


I have basically no static problem with my Solis.

But I've noticed that certain beans make more dust than others. Usually,
the darker roasted ones are the culprits. My guess is that they shatter
more than than FC roasted beans.

Anybody else notice anything like this, or is it idiosyncratic to my
setup?


--
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
--Edward R. Murrow


  
Date: 29 Sep 2006 15:57:15
From: Bill Satterthwaite
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
In alt.coffee, Bruce Willard <rangerrick67@comcast.net > wrote:
> > Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?
>
> I have basically no static problem with my Solis.
>
> But I've noticed that certain beans make more dust than others. Usually,
> the darker roasted ones are the culprits. My guess is that they shatter
> more than than FC roasted beans.
>
> Anybody else notice anything like this, or is it idiosyncratic to my
> setup?
>

I tried everything under the sun w/ my Solis, then noted exactly what
you did...the dark, highly roasted, oily beans were causing the staic
problem. Humidity was irrelevant.

Bill in Seattle


   
Date: 29 Sep 2006 18:14:16
From:
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
In alt.coffee, Bill Satterthwaite <satterth@cascadia.drizzle.com > wrote:
> In alt.coffee, Bruce Willard <rangerrick67@comcast.net> wrote:
> > > Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?
> >
> > I have basically no static problem with my Solis.
> >
> > But I've noticed that certain beans make more dust than others. Usually,
> > the darker roasted ones are the culprits. My guess is that they shatter
> > more than than FC roasted beans.
> >
> > Anybody else notice anything like this, or is it idiosyncratic to my
> > setup?
> >

> I tried everything under the sun w/ my Solis, then noted exactly what
> you did...the dark, highly roasted, oily beans were causing the staic
> problem. Humidity was irrelevant.

Very interesting. Anybody else notice anything like this? Using a good
(read: Better than a Solis) grinder, does anybody notice diferences based
on the color of the beans?

--
A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.
--Edward R. Murrow


 
Date: 28 Sep 2006 06:23:49
From: JulesG
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
I had severe static problems with 2 burr grinders I used to have: a
Philipps and a Braun. I think it is due to the high revolution of
these grinders. Now that I use a low rev. Rocky, the problem is
totally gone.

Humidity was a big factor. The problem was worse in winter months when
it is very dry. Using a spoon with a plastic handle helped somewhat.
I don't think these is a cure.



 
Date: 28 Sep 2006 04:34:24
From: JulesG
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
I believe it is due to the rotation speed. I have used 2 such
grinders, a Philipps and a Braun and both had this problem. I now use a
low speed Rocky and the problem is gone. It is really a pain in.. Some
days, there was coffee all over the counter.

Temperature and humidity were an aggravating factor as well as using a
metal spoon.



 
Date: 28 Sep 2006 03:18:19
From: hermit
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process

Bruce -

This may sound like a silly question, but what is the weather like
when you get the static problem?

Rich

>I've noticed that different coffee's have a static effect after grinding.
>The fine coffee is flies out of the plastic containier when pouring the
>coffee into the basket, and lands all over the countertop and sink. Pretty
>messy. I don't have a problem with some other coffee. Thought for a while
>it was the foil bag versus the paper bag. Now I can't identify the cause.
>I'm using a Starbucks (Barista) Burr Grinder. Also remember this happening
>with an old blade grinder.
>Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?
>
>Thanks
>Bruce
>


  
Date: 28 Sep 2006 10:14:52
From: unknown
Subject: Re: Static in coffee grinding process
Wet your fingers with a little water and run them through the beans. Play
around with the amount of water and you will end the static problem.


"hermit" <hermit@coaxpa.com > wrote in message
news:vntmh29jsaasrmhjeg8ssmss4v9ju1ts8m@4ax.com...
>
> Bruce -
>
> This may sound like a silly question, but what is the weather like
> when you get the static problem?
>
> Rich
>
>>I've noticed that different coffee's have a static effect after grinding.
>>The fine coffee is flies out of the plastic containier when pouring the
>>coffee into the basket, and lands all over the countertop and sink. Pretty
>>messy. I don't have a problem with some other coffee. Thought for a
>>while
>>it was the foil bag versus the paper bag. Now I can't identify the cause.
>>I'm using a Starbucks (Barista) Burr Grinder. Also remember this
>>happening
>>with an old blade grinder.
>>Anyone else had this problem, or been able to get rid of the static?
>>
>>Thanks
>>Bruce
>>