At first glance a knock box can seem like an unnecessary accessory that is just one more piece of coffee gear to clutter up your kitchen. But these funny little boxes are surprisingly useful and worthwhile if regularly use an espresso machine. In this article we will cover everything you need to know before buying a knock box and then give our top 5 picks.
What Is A Knock Box?
A knock box or ‘bash bin’ is simply a box used to store used espresso pucks after a shot has been pulled. They all have simple, functional designs and are generally made of plastic or stainless steel with a sturdy bar to knock your portafilter on to release the puck.
Why Do You Need One?
The main reasons you should consider getting a knock box are convenience and cleanliness. A knock box makes clean up a breeze so you can sit back and enjoy that coffee! You won’t have to worry about dripping espresso on your floor as you carry your portafilter to the sink or bin. You won’t risk blocking your drain if you are discarding used pucks down the sink or damaging your bin if you are knocking the portafilter on that. A Knock Box is a simple but functional tool that can make life that little bit easier.
What To Look For In A Knock Box?
When it comes to Knock Boxes there is not much variety. They all have very similar designs and function in the same basic way. Even the prices don’t vary that much. Probably the most important things to consider are aesthetic appeal, size and sturdiness.
Top 5 Knock Boxes
This sturdy knock box is made of plastic with a rubber coated steel bar. It comes in red, black or silver colours to suit all styles. It is a very durable knock box standing up to years of regular use. In addition to this it comes in 2 sizes: a compact size that can fit under the group head of most espresso machines and a larger one if you use it frequently.
This knock box has a larger capacity than the Grindenstein so is perfect for frequent use, or those who don’t want to empty their box very often. It features a stainless steel body and plastic bar. The bar and inside box lifts out for emptying and cleaning. It has an anti-slip rubber grip on the bottom.
The main point of difference with this knock box is the more modern look. It features a plastic box with a rubber and stainless steel bar. The box has a silicone ring at the bottom to help absorb noise and prevent slipping. This knock box can hold up to 10 used pucks. It comes in 2 colours: black and red.
The Osaka Knock box is a good quality product made by a reliable company. If features a solid plastic body made of a special ABS plastic that prevents bacterial growth. It has a removable knock bar made of a steel bar with a foam coating. The box has a nonslip grip on the bottom. It is available in red, brown or grey colours. This is a compact box that will fit beneath most espresso machines so is perfect for the minimalist lacking space.
Similar in design to the Breville Knock Box, the Mini’s main point of difference is it’s compact size. This compact knock box is made to fit under most espresso machines. If features a sleek stainless steel body with a removable plastic knock bar and anti-slip rubber grip on the bottom. This is a well made, sturdy knock box that stands up to years of use.
We hope this article has given you some more clarity on why to buy a knock box and what to look for in one. Given that they are all very similar in features it really comes down to personal preference. We believe any of the knock boxes on this list will be good quality purchases.
Tips on how to reuse collected Coffee Grinds
Instead of simply chucking your used coffee pucks into the garbage here are a few surprising eco-friendly alternatives: