[Homeroast] Poisson's ratio WAS: Re: Compak vs Macap vs Rocky Grinders

Mike Koenig koenig.mike at gmail.com
Mon May 17 13:34:30 CDT 2010


Please try not to abuse scientific phenomena.  Poisson's ratio has nothing
to do with systems of particles, and applies only to solid objects, (like
rubber or metal).

Tamping in one axis cannot correct for clumps - you will get less dense
areas in your puck.  Applying some lateral force (I think you say you let
the vibration of your grinder settle the puck) could take care of some
clumping (though I'm quite curious why your grinder vibrates that much,
doesn't seem right to me)...


On Sat, May 15, 2010 at 2:55 AM, <raymanowen at gmail.com> wrote:

> The Major (Silver Fireplug; BUFF) burrs do wonderful things to coffee beans
> once again after 5 years' use, renewed a couple of months ago.  When I
> first
> got it, the maintenance tag said they'd been in use for 10 years- I presume
> at *$. There's a story in there somewhere.
> (Can they even access the burrs in their present push-button pop machines-
> and would they?) Employees in the SCAA, SCAB or SCAM union punch in, push
> buttons, make change, punch out and cash their check. Seems like little
> else
> was interesting to the majority in Denver town when I was seeking a reason
> to enjoy espresso.
> Why seek to enjoy espresso? As I said before, I was associated with a
> fellow
> that won the bid on an equipment lot from the SS United States in dry
> dock...
> "Hey, Ray- What do you know about this espresso machine?
> "Nuthin-' but I can count- it has 5 or 6 stations, and looks like it came
> from a Tijuana Cat House, with all the black and red Naugahyde and gold
> (polished Brass?) pieces...  Thus started my quest to find out how Real
> Espresso should taste.
> Looks like SCAA might as well be SCCA, as much as they do for the
> commercial
> cup.  Almost made "Commercial" a four-letter word, instead of "Artisan" the
> bean deserves.
> In my opinion, the Grinder is Everything.  Any real coffee shop ought to
> keep a stack of new burrs like the Cincinnati Kid had a stack of chips at
> the table in Las Vegas.
> Who promotes the palaver about coffee clumps surviving the packing tamp?
> Stand up and be counted. So coffee clumps have more structural integrity
> than the buildings in San Francisco in 1906, Philippines 1968, or Haiti
> more
> recently. By comparison, the raw coffee clumps out of the new burrs in the
> Mazzer are demolished by the Richter 10.0 vibration and tamping force that
> resolves to a tri-axial force by Poisson's ratio.
> The compression due to the axial tamping force causes transverse forces
> that
> tend to seal the puck in the filter basket. Otherwise, the brewing water
> would flow around the puck instead of through it, at reduced pressure and
> extraction and little crema formation.
> Conversely, a wine bottle cork screw can extract the cork when it's screwed
> in less than half-way. Poisson again. Screw a wood screw into the cork, and
> you're never pulling it out intact. P.
> So the grinder makes clumps. They can't survive packing and tamping- I have
> some extra sharp Cheddar and Irish Dubliner that might go well with your
> spur gear sound.
> Cheers, Mabuhay, Iechyd da -RayO, aka Opa!
> Got Grinder?
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