Coffee grinder innovation has been on the slow side compared to espresso machines for years. With volumetric shot-pulling, consistent temperature control, and fancy screens with dozens of settings, espresso machine engineers have climbed to new heights. Coffee grinders have a long way to go to catch up.
The desperate need for quicker grinder innovation will be put to rest by a new product currently running a campaign on Kickstarter: The Rafino. Give their campaign video a quick look!
A consistent grind is one of the most significant factors for brewing incredible coffee over and over again, but most home grinders are not capable of producing the uniformity that your coffee beans deserve to unlock their full potential. With fines and boulders mixed in with your target grind size, brewing a balanced cup without any serious decline in flavor quality is nearly impossible.
The Rafino system tackles these challenges by approaching the ground coffee, rather than the grinder. Using interchangeable sieves, brewers can select the grind size they need for any particular brewing method and technique. Mark Vecchiarelli, company co-founder, writes:
“Many have tried to perfect the grinder, but we perfected the grind. In fact, the Rafino compliments and even enhances the very best coffee grinder.”
Without even realizing it, the Rafino system could revolutionize the way coffee brewers communicate grind size. Sieves are not new ways of communicating particle size, but their application in daily use has never been widespread. The Rafino could put specific language to grind size in a way that has never been done before by giving the average coffee brewer access to accurate sieves.
Writing “400-600 microns” instead of “medium grind” on brewing guides empowers everyday users to brew coffee with the same grind size and uniformity as professionals around the globe, something that has not been feasible until now. This is accurate communication of grind size that has never been seen before on a large-scale.
The Rafino Coffee Grind Refining System has 24 days to go on their Kickstarter campaign. It has already reached 50% in 5 days, but there’s still a long way to go. For more information (there’s so much more) and a look at the rewards, make sure to check out the Rafino Kickstarter campaign.