A knock box is a must-have accessory seen beside every professional and home espresso machine. Once you’ve ground your beans and pulled the espresso shot, you’re left with the coffee puck.
Do you trail to the bin, dripping coffee everywhere and creating a mess, banging the portafilter on the edge which is full of germs, or do you use a dedicated knock box or grind bin to dispose of it?
It will sit right next to your machine, making it easy to get your next cup of coffee ready. Plus it is an item which takes pride of place in coffee shops, so if you want to look the part then you’re going to need one too. Here is the best of the best.
The Best Knock Boxes
Things to bear in mind
- Size – You want something which looks nice in your coffee station, not too imposing, and you’d also feel comfortable working with. Check the dimensions before you buy, especially if you’re going to want to store it somewhere
- Capacity – How many coffees do you make every day? Do you want to leave it as long as possible to empty the box? Use the dimensions to work out how much it will hold. Some will only take around three or four pucks, but others could reach nearer 20
- Material – Most are stainless steel as this is easy to clean and strong to cope with the ‘bashing’. There are some plastic models out there which are generally cheaper, but just think about how careful you’re going to be with it