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Product Description

Compak understands that sometimes power and amazing functionality simply are not enough. If you're going to shell out for a pricey piece of coffee hardware, it should look good too. That's why the company created the K3 Touch Advanced Doserless Grinder. The K3 is ideal for home or light commercial use and features a large coffee bean hopper that's designed to prevent jamming, an easy-to-clean ground chute and settings for single, double or constant grind quantities. As for looking good, you'll notice the K3's clean lines and attractive design are leaps and bounds above most other mid-range grinders on the market.

Features & Functionality of the Compak K3 Touch Advanced Doserless Grinder

  • Stepless Grind: Stepless grind adjustment makes it easier than ever to make tweaks to the fineness of your grind without complicated adjustments with tools.
  • Multiple Dosing Systems: The K3 features single, double or continuous dosing systems with a twist of the easy-access aluminium handle.
  • All About Beans: The grinder is designed to operate using minimal RPMs, which means that the 58mm flat burrs stay as cool as possible and do not transfer excess heat to your roast. The hopper holds up to half-a-pound of beans — more than enough for home or light commercial use.
  • Keep It Clean: The design of the K3 makes cleaning the bean hopper, ground chute, and grinder a snap.
Pros
  • Form Matters - The K3 has an impressive and attractive design.
  • Stepless - With a quick rotation of the hopper lever, you can easily advance beans.
  • Save Jams - Many other similar grinders are more prone to jams between the hopper and grinder. That is not the case with the K3.
Cons
  • Smaller Hopper - While the half-pound hopper is great for home use, it might be too small for cafe use.
  • Fixed Position Tamper - The fixed position tamper eliminates a bit of space under the ground chute.
Suitable Applications Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over, Turkish
Minimum Time to Grind Double Shot 5 to 10 seconds

Additional Information

Manufacturer Compak
Width 6.6 inches
Depth 12.0 inches
Height 16.5 inches
Watts 250W
Volts 110V
Bean Hopper Capacity 8 oz
Dosing Options Doserless/Chute Only
Adjustment Configuration Stepless - Infinite Settings
Grinder Style Burr - Flat Steel
Burr Diameter 58mm
Timer or On/Off Switch On/Off Switch Only
Material Stainless Steel

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I just got my K-3. I'd like to adjust by number but it's completely unclear where the adjustment point is. i.e. I see the grind numbers but I don't know how to set to to, say, 38. Where do I put the number 38? There's no indicator on the machine as to where a number should line up with. Any idea?
Jordan Z on Nov 13, 2014
Best Answer: Essentially, there is no number scale for this machine. If you hop on youtube and watch dosing guides from Gale, you will see how to dial in your grinder. My advice is take it all the way down to where the burrs touch, bring it back off, and then just go coarser as you proceed. Also, remember.. Each bean is different and will require adjusting as well. Again, there is no way to say "I set mine to 38," -- it is just based off dots, and that is no guide at all. Welcome to the world of stepless.
Reply · Report · Jarrett M on Feb 1, 2015
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Unfortunately my wife prefers decaf and I am not sure if I have to buy two machines because of that. Would it work just to exchange hoppers say two times a day? Would this work?
A shopper on Dec 14, 2013
Best Answer: The hopper is easy enough to remove, but the beans will drop down into the area around the burrs each time you open the flap at the bottom of the hopper. This flap is what would allow you to close the hopper and replace it with another with the beans inside. You would have to grind whatever fell down into the burrs during a switchover. This could waste the equivalent of an entire shot each time you change.

I actually don't store beans in the hopper. I keep them in airtight containers. I've found that if I weigh out my beans prior to grinding, I get about the same amount out that I put it. It seems that I only lose a max of a gram. Closing the flap on the hopper helps keep the small amount of beans from getting thrown around too much by the burrs. (This process is how I know that you'll have about 20g of beans between the flap on the hopper and the burrs.) Just need the space to keep a scale next to the grinder. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Keil B on Dec 16, 2013
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A reviewer mentioned a design flaw with the hopper cracking where it meets the machine. He mentioned having to order 4 total in 2 years. Have you noticed this flaw? What if any prevention is there? Has this been remedied in current designs by Compak. If not is it covered under the warranty?
A shopper on Oct 7, 2013
Best Answer: Michael: We've had the K3 for over 2 years. We use it every day and have never had to replace the hopper. No cracks at all.
Reply · Report · Michael on Oct 19, 2013
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I have heard that this grinder has undergone some design changes fairly recently along with a slight name change (now called the Compak K3 Touch Advanced on the Compak website.) Is the model version being sold here the newest/most current version available?
A shopper on Oct 11, 2014
Best Answer: Yes, I double checked with our supplier and we are currently offering the Compak K3 Advanced. Thanks for the heads about the new listing and we will update the site to reflect Advanced right away!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Oct 14, 2014
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I am looking for a high quality grinder for one third espresso and two thirds pour over. Is there a canister or receptacle to collect up to 50 grams of ground coffee?
Tony B on Aug 17, 2014
Best Answer: No, we do not offer a canister to collect coffee that is compatible with the Compak K3, and the step less adjustments of this unit mean that it would be a bit of a hassle to change back and forth from espresso to pour over. A better grinder for your needs would be the Baratza Vario or Baratza Vario W. These units handle espresso to pour over grinding very well, offer stepped grinding adjustments to easily get things dialed in, and the grounds bin holds about 5oz. As an additional feature, the Vario offers a portafilter holder for espresso as well as a grounds bin. The Vario W offers just a grounds bin but also offers a weight base to tare out and then grinds a specific weight into your container. Hope this info helps!

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-vario-burr-grinder-with-upgraded-h2-display

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-vario-w-burr-grinder
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 18, 2014
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Ok, so our labs compak k3 hasnt been cleaned in a while.. causing the top to be stuck on there after following manuals directions to remove the top burr. What can we do to clean it or release it? I think it is gunked up a bit making it hard to remove. HELP!
A shopper on Feb 22, 2014
Best Answer: You might want to try running Grindz through the grinder to remove some of the oil build up, but if the grinder is severely blocked, it may need to be serviced, unfortunately. Grindz can be found here:

http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/grindz-burr-grinder-cleaner-430g
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Feb 24, 2014
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Hi, we were wondering what is the weight of the unit? Thanks!
A shopper on Nov 27, 2014
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Warranty Information for the Compak K3 Touch Advanced Doserless Grinder

What it Covers:

Compak grinders

Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes: Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Compak K3 Touch Advanced Doserless Grinder

  • Clean out all parts that come into contact with the coffee grounds at least once a week.
  • To clean the ground coffee holder, first empty all the coffee inside it. Remove the ground coffee dispenser lid and clean the inside, using a small brush.
  • Keep the exterior clean with a damp, soft cloth.

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Reviews

Performs well!Review by gjskandy
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The Compak K3 Touch looks great and performs well. At half the price of the Mazzer, it does everything required to provide consistent grind and dosing (timer). I've had practically no waste. This grinder is a great value. Make sure to watch the SeattleCoffeeGear videos on the Compak K3. The manual that comes with the grinder is pitiful. (Posted on 5/15/2014)
Wonderful Wonderful!Review by PEP SLC
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I have had a Rocky grinder now for 3 years and have moved that grinder to my office and replaced it with the Compak K3. Well worth the extra money over the Rocky if you have the space - it is a bit bigger. I ordered the polished aluminum version and was a bit hesitate - but am very pleased it looks FANTASTIC!
And beyond looks I love that it has infinite settings - and most of all the auto dosing timer is great. I followed the instructional video online and it is very easy to set up and I get a consistent grind and the exact 7.5 grams or 15 grams with either one touch or two quick touches every time! It is also much quieter than most other grinders. So far a GREAT investment! (Posted on 3/18/2014)
Great Home Espresso Grinder Review by David
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I just bought this to replace my trusty Mazzer Mini, a grinder that will outlast us all, however this is quieter, prettier and more convenient with less wasted coffee, for half the price of the Mazzer with electronic dosing. I am very happy with this grinder overall, easy to set up. Manual is very bad as with all espresso equipment I have purchased. (Posted on 2/22/2014)
Great grinderReview by Elliottok
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This is a wonderful grinder. Making it even better is the fact that the design has changed - the timer adjustment is now on the front of the grinder instead of underneath the grinder. Makes it a A LOT easier to adjust your timed setting. Seattle Coffee Gear should update their photo/review to show the new design. (Posted on 12/18/2013)
Great grinder poor hopperReview by Greg
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I have owned this grinder for over three years. The grinder is easy to maintain, fits well under my counter and does a good job on beans. I have used the Preset doser and after a little calibration works well. The grind adjustment is sensitive and does not have to be moved much to change grind. My only complaint is with the hopper. I have just ordered a fourth new hopper since I purchased the machine. The plastic collar that fits into the grinder fractures after 8 - 12 months. I take excellent care of my equipment and feel this is a definite design flaw and not a user problem. (Posted on 12/1/2012)

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