Allegria Espresso Bar


The state of hoppers
September 8, 2007, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Espresso, Grinders

Considering the amount of effort we take to properly seal and store beans, I’m wondering why that same amount of care isn’t used in hoppers? 

We know that light is a catalyst for the degradation of coffee, and to toss them into a clear hopper seems silly. The high-traffic stores needn’t worry about this as much as the slower places, but it’s still time left exposed. Just make the hopper black. And don’t worry about not knowing how much is left in the hopper (since you obviously can’t see the beans now), because something could be created to turn on or beep when near empty. Maybe a sensor that monitors the hopper’s weight.

The air-tight problem is a bit more complicated. Maybe not the lid, but the bottom of the hopper certainly.  I’m not an engineer by any stretch of the imagination, so I’m not even going to attempt to offer a solution, but I can’t imagine that something couldn’t be created to seal a hopper when not in use, either manually or automatically.

It just strikes me as odd that we’ve made such ridiculous (good ridiculous) advancements over equally anal aspects in this espresso game but ignore this. Have I missed something?

   Hopper Hopper Lid Hopper Base

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