Cool tool report – the Cafelat Tubbi Knockbox.
This is a nice, small, black knockbox. I do not think it is available through Roaste yet, but it is available through Roaste vendor, Chris’ coffee at the following link.http://www.chriscoffee.com/products/home/cafelatproducts/cafelatknockboxes
I found it in a nearby store and thought that it might be nice to have something to knock my pucks out into besides the trash can. My grand plan was that I would use the coffee grounds in order to make a compost, although I have never followed through on that seemingly sound idea.
I had not really expected to enjoy owning a knock box since for free you can do the exact same thing as a knock box does by knocking the coffee out into a clean trash can. The problem is that I am a bit of a clean freak and I never felt very good about my portafilter going into my trash can.
I tried building my own knock box using a nice looking small trash can that would only be used for coffee and a dowel. The problem there was that things got very dirty very quickly. The box and bar quickly began to grow things that had colors and smells that I did not want in my kitchen (think furry).
As I started to dream of crazier and more water proof ways to fashion my own knock box I quickly realized that it was going to be more expensive than a Tubbi and less good. I broke and bought one.
Much to my surprise I love it. I love the fact that it is never dirty. Every day I knock it out when I am done making coffee, give it a quick rinse and it is clean. If it is not clean I can pull the bar out and wash it. If I am feeling bad about it, it can go in the dishwasher, but it cleans up so well that there is never a need.
I feel silly getting excited about a knockbox, and if you are looking for a place to save money this is one of them, but if you want a knockbox, it is hard to imagine they can get much better than this.