How To Remove Static Electricity From Coffee Grinder

How To Remove Static Electricity From Coffee Grinder The Easy Way!

Some coffee grinders are shocking!, literally!, This article is all about How To Remove Static Electricity From Coffee Grinder.

In the remainder of this article I’ll talk about why this happens, what to do about it and the super simple Ross Droplet Technique.

Let’s crack on and start talking about this static shock from coffee grinder problem!

How To Remove Static Electricity From Coffee Grinder – A Brilliant Coffee Grinder Static Hack!

The Coffee that you make for yourself and your friends is of a much higher standard and quality when your coffee beans are freshly ground. An unfortunate problem in the coffee world is the Burr Coffee Grinder Static Electricity problem!

The main cause of the coffee grinders & static electricity is a frustration for all great baristas and coffee shop owners like myself. The little remnants of coffee grounds that get stuck to your grinder.

With frequent use, both at home and in your coffee shop, there is what is known as coffee grinder static cling. This makes your grinder and coffee making area filthy and look disgusting. This is not something you want to see in your kitchen at home or for an eagle eyed health inspector to see.

Thankfully, there is a very simple 4 step solution.

Coffee Grinder Static Hack
Coffee grinder static can be a problem

Must Read: How to clean a cuisinart burr grinder

Step 1: Prepare Your Coffee Beans

Dust out and clean your Grinder. Remove all parts that are easily removable and clean them properly and thoroughly every day or at the end or beginning of every shift in your boutique coffee house. Ensure your bean hopper is super clean.

If you have a large busy coffee joint, be sure to have one or two back up grinders. Cleanliness is next to godliness, and the coffee gods will love you for it, as will your clients!

Add your coffee beans to your clean grinder hopper.

Static Shock From Coffee
Solving the static problem lead to a better coffee experience.

Step 2: Add Few Droplets Of Water

This next step can be performed either with a damp paper towel or a dropper. Drop just 3 or 4 droplets of water into 3 or 4 different locations over your beans. Do not use any more than 3 or 4 droplets. This is key.

Step 3: Grind Your Coffee Beans As You Normally Would

As simple as this step can be. Start your grinder and grind your beans as you normally would.

Step 4: Open Your Coffee Bin And Retrieve Your Coffee Grounds

When you perform this step and collect your freshly ground coffee you will notice something brilliant. You will have no need to give your grinder a slight tap to release the clingy coffee grounds that get stuck inside your grinder.

Better still, you will see that none are stuck to the outer edges of the coffee ground bin.

That is a result, a double win. No static and no messy looking grinder. The trick was in the few drops of water!

James Hoffman’s No More Static Coffee Solution AKA The Wet Spoon Solution!

  1. Measure Your Beans As You Normally Would. Measure on a per cup basis.For a busy coffee shop measure your beans on a per order basis and have your staff to do the same.
  2. Wet A Spoon Handle. A tiny spoon is good enough, smaller than a teaspoon. In my coffee shops in Asia I use a metal chopstick. Metal is a must, a small wooden chopstick or plastic spoon will not do the trick.
  3. Stir Coffee beans With The Spoon Handle.

Grind your slightly wet coffee beans as you normally would.

You can try this technique with a metal fork. It is the water and the metal that work the magic here.

 Ross Droplet Technique Saying No To Grinder Static!

This technique we touched on earlier. It is simply adding a few droplets of water to your coffee beans and then adding them to your grinder.

Some people wet their finger, this is a huge no, no matter how clean your hands are. Your skin contains oils and may interfere with the flavoring of the coffee beans. Use droplets from a dropper or a quick spray or simply a wet spoon and stir.

Watch the video below for it demonstrated perfectly.

What Causes Static Shock From Coffee?

The cause of this is the static buildup and static charges has its base in electricity and electrical conductivity. When using your burr grinder beans are ground against the metal burrs they generate a tiny amount of static electricity.

It is nothing dangerous or serious, just annoying. It is unlikely that you will experience this with a ceramic grinder.

When you open your grind chamber you will notice a fine spray of static coffee dust. This is not a nice sight, looks messy and, besides you are potentially increasing your coffee costs by 1% to 2%.

Upon opening your coffee grind chamber you will have lost approximately 1% to 2% of the coffee due to it sticking to the sides of the chamber.

A metal grounds chamber, on a metal or ceramic burr grinder is by far less likely to have static build up due to the electrical conductivity of metal and less likely to insulate the charge of the grounds.

Take my word for it, I am by profession, a former career, an Electronics systems engineer.

Here Comes The Science…

The very reason that the static electricity occurs in the imbalance between the particle charges in your grinder and that of your coffee.

The charges, positive and negative repel each other like the two poles of a magnet. The higher the moisture and humidity there is in the air the greater the electrical conductivity is.

Due to this, you will get more static during the dryer months than the wetter ones. When you add the water, a tiny amount you are increasing the electrical conductivity inside your grinder which then has the effect of dissipating the static charge.

Hand Grinder Static Shock

The static electricity problem of coffee bean grinders is independent of your grinder being electric or manual hand grinders, conical burr grinder, a blade grinder or even your grind settings or grind size.

The manual grinders still cause a problem between charged particles, it is of no significance that it is manual. It is a conductivity and charged particles’ problem. As above, a tiny bit of water will solve the problem.

However, this is not the best solution, as the metal parts of a manual or electric grinder of any variety simply does not like contact with water and will eventually lead to rusting problems.

Furthermore,

your coffee does not like contact with water in the sense that it starts the process of breaking down the beans and their flavor. This water technique is only to be used very moderately and immediately before making a cup of Joe with the exact amount of beans needed.

Hand Grinder Static
A Hand Grinder can still cause static.

Ode Grinder Static Problem And Solution

This rather brilliant Grinder, is certainly one of the best on the market for grind quality, size and functionality.

However, the Ode Grinder generates a huge amount of static electricity, meaning it can be both messy and inefficient as a lot of beans stick to the sides.

Thankfully, a solution is simple.

Do No Static Burr Grinder Exist?

Yes,

there a many non-static burr coffee grinders as there are solutions to the coffee clumping and getting bits of coffee grounds everywhere. I have either been incredibly lucky and never experienced this problem or I have great staff who are working their magic and ensuring my machines are in tip tops shape and ensuring I don’t have this problem.

I have used a variety of different burr style coffee grinders and a range of different grinds from finer grinds to much coarser grinds and medium grind coffee.

Frappé-ing It All Up

Now you know exactly how to remove static electricity from coffee grinder with ease and simplicity of adding just a few droplets of water or stirring with a wet spoon.

There are a few other very effective techniques that you can try also including adding a small metal lid to bottom of the grinder chamber where you collect the ground coffee to steaming your beans for a 20 to 30 seconds.

The most permanent I came across was the use of a copper wire, which is taking thing a little too extreme. The most passive solution – the use of a humidifier ensuring you have a level of humidity that does not produce a static charge in your grinder.

Coffee is love, it's more than love — it's a passion of mine. I've had the luck to have travelled and enjoyed the most exotic of coffee's and unique flavors, brewing methods and techniques of making the perfect coffee from Thai hill tribe coffee to Indonesian volcanic coffee, Malaysian coffee that comes in a tea bag and the array of flavors in Vietnam, from Vanilla to Orange to Coconut to Avocado to even salt coffee and the famous egg coffee. The best part of my coffee adventures is getting to mix with the locals over a nice brew and learning how they make it! I'm cited and referenced on Google Scholar for the topic of coffee.

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