Sometimes, you might experience a build-up of static around the exit chute that causes grinds to get caught and possibly leave a mess a few minutes later. This is a normal occurrence and while we can't prevent static build-up (it's common with all grinders), there are a couple of steps we suggest to prevent a messy situation:
- Flick the knocker on the side of the Ode twice; once right after the beans are done grinding and once more a few minutes later. The static build-up tends to release once settled after a few minutes and we've seen 1-2 grams of additional grounds fall out after waiting.
- We would recommend trying the Ross Droplet Technique to reduce the static and subsequent mess with your grinder. To learn more about the theory behind RDT and to see how it's done, check out James Hoffman's tutorial. You only need to mix a couple of drops of water with your beans before putting them into your grinder to reduce the static mess.
1. Weigh out your beans in a cup.
2. Grab a spoon and quickly run the handle under a running sink faucet.
3. Stir your beans with the damp spoon handle.
4. Turn on your grinder and toss your beans in the chute.
Disclaimer: Do NOT pour water into the Ode Brew Grinder. This will void the product warranty.
Brushing the anti-static prongs
If you have an Ode Gen 2 specifically, another great way to reduce mess and retention is regularly brushing off the anti-static prongs by the exit chute. The video below explains how that's done properly.