Espresso knock boxes are a must for anyone that operates a commercial coffee shop with an espresso bar, or for any other business that has an espresso machine.
But what are these little coffee shop curiosities, and just why are they essential?
What Is an Espresso Knock Box?
You go to pull a shot of espresso – executing every step flawlessly. It’s brewed; now you need to clear the coffee puck from the portafilter, leaving a nice trail of dripping espresso in your wake along the way to the trash can.
Except you didn’t, because you have a knock box right next to your espresso machine.
Hot pucks of spent grounds are far too hot and too sticky to dislodge with a finger or a tool. The best way to get them free is to knock them out – which is specifically what knock boxes are used for.
Espresso knock boxes are small receptacles that are specially designed for dislodging pucks of espresso grounds from portafilters and sequestering them until the time comes to empty the knock box.
Knock boxes are a must have to minimize the mess associated with clearing espresso pucks. Consequently, most knock boxes are made from high-quality, heat-resistant materials such as stainless steel or wood, which are both very strong and very easy to clean. Stainless steel, particularly, is also corrosion-resistant.
Commercial knock boxes have a chute design so they can be installed in your counter. This allows baristas to knock out pucks into a bucket inside your cabinet to be emptied later. Busy coffee shops might empty a 5 gallon bucket of grounds once or twice a day.
Home knock boxes have a closed bottom to sit on your counter and can hold 10-20 pucks before needing to be emptied. High quality knock boxes are manufactured with a steel knock bar covered with a replaceable rubber cover. You knock the portafilter against the built-in knock bar, dislodging the puck and emptying it into the receptacle.
If your coffee shop has gotten by all this time without an espresso knock box, then treating your staff to one will represent an upgrade the effects and efficiency of which the entire crew will feel.
Knock boxes are easy to use, easy to clean or empty, convenient, and will keep your entire kitchen or bar space much cleaner.
Moreover, there is a wide range of knock boxes on the market, available in many different sizes and materials, so you’re almost certainly able to get one that will match both your shop’s aesthetic and the needs of your operation.
Where Can I Get an Espresso Knock Box for My Coffee Shop?
Visit Visions Espresso online at VisionsEspresso.com. They carry a wide range of Espresso Knock boxes in a variety of sizes and materials from Revolution and Rubbermaid (as well as their own brand).
Visions Espresso also carries everything else a commercial coffee shop or espresso bar should carry, including but not limited to barista tools, commercial coffee grinders, espresso machines, water filters, cleaning supplies, and much more.
Visit their website for more information or get in touch with them directly at Hello@VisionsEspresso.com.