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  1. Afternoon, I’ve been gradually evolving my coffee setup over the years, starting with a Jura bean-to-cup, moving on to a Francino Heavenly and then two Sage Dual Boilers. Last year I took the plunge with an ACS Vesuvius. I have been through various grinders including a Macap and a modded Mazzer Royal, and have been with the Ceado e37s for the past five years. Today, I received the Niche and looking forward to seeing what it can do. I am hoping the ease of switching beans with the Niche will push me on to explore a wider selection of beans.
    8 points
  2. Just a little patient this are some of the forum machines ready to pick up, we have shipped 2 machines and are hold in Milan we are just waiting that everything is ok to avoid problem with storage somewhere else.
    7 points
  3. it's very simple if the water not go trough the pf because there is too much coffee or to fine just pull the lever a bit forward and remove the pf. This is a way the the barista do since 60 years and more.
    6 points
  4. I can't really take part in the poll, as a box will have a bag in it & a tin will have packaging around it. Fits through letterbox if 250g or under. Bag & polylope, or bag within box. Workshop (letterbox sized boxes) & Union (bag & polylope) are good examples. This doesn't rule out tins, but will punters like reused tins? As well as recyclability, maybe worth considering the total mass of packaging too, as you have no control of how much of it gets recycled. Additionally, my general preferences are: A re-sealable bag that opens (cut/tear) from the very top, not with a tag to pull open a strip, had too many tags come away from a closed bag. Bag not too oversquare/very wide at top, so beans can easily be poured into a dosing cup. No tissue, no cards (if you do want to add cards nice big print please...if I need to change glasses, I don't bother reading them). Any info relative to the coffee is best on, or adhered to the bag itself and readable whilst the opened bag is the right way up (there is a trend for blank bags and a separate info sleeve, great if you only have/use 1 bag at a time, but a pain as the bags become empty and sleeves slip off). Most of the time I get the impression that the people who design coffee packaging, don't use it. I've had lots of fairly nice coffee from people I would never buy from again due to bizarre & impractical packaging. Sorry if this sounds like a rant, not aimed at you, just observations based on previous purchases. :-)
    4 points
  5. Hello Newbie here and here is what the postie brought me today. Now just need to get a grinder...
    4 points
  6. Upgraded my espresso machine and grinder setup at the start of the year and have been adding little bits and pieces over the year. Crem One Dual Boiler Eurkea Specialita for espresso & Sage Smart Grinder Pro for everything else Stag EKG Gooseneck kettle Timemore Black Mirror Scales Not Neutral Linos Latte & Flat White Size Kruve Propel espresso glasses Various pouovers, V60, Aeropress, Phins, theres a chemex hiding outside the picture I want to say I'm going to keep this setup for years but upgraditis is a horrible thing lol!!
    4 points
  7. i had a londinium l1 2014 and have a bianca now theres something about a lever that is just magical prep of shot is the same: londinium pull the lever - pre infuse as you wish let lever go - cut shot by moving cup bianca lift the lever play with the flow and cut the shot by closing lever aftershot cleaning: londinium quick flush done bianca quick flush, then back flush with water long time service: londinium remove sleeve and grease,quarterly takes 15mins new seals once a yr bianca chemical back flush and re grease the cam takes 15mins shots wise londinium can play with pressure but youre blind on temp, limited to 60ml shots maximum bianca can play with pressure and temp both can make excellent shots, fwiw i grind finer with the bianca esp if im flow controlling i can speak of the acs as ive never hands on. from a personal point of view, i up graded to a lr24 £3300 worth it came faulty and i sent it back, didnt get on well with the owner, i refurbed my l1 and again had bad experiences with their customer service. read in to that what you will. but if you like lever style shots get a lever there is no machine decent inc that can replicate that inital hit of water to the puck, ill be honest i normally let th bianca rise with normal pump pressure then only tail down the shot to either a declining pressure or 6bar shot constant. would i have another lever - you bet your bottom dollar
    3 points
  8. I’m just waiting my flight to go back in Italy but on Friday I spoke with my company and they told Me there are some delay due of DHL strike in some area and we are actually congestion with a lot of shipment hold. I’ll update ASAP.
    3 points
  9. I ordered a pair of mesh screens for E61. Got the thin single disc one too so interested to do some comparative testing between the two.
    3 points
  10. Having tried many ways of getting a nice cup of coffee I decided as it's my birthday to jump in the deep end. I've managed to get a new Niche Zero in black from a guy on Facebook, a new La Pavoni Esperto Abile arriving any minute now and to complete the set up just ordered the new Sandbox bean roaster. There will be plenty to learn I'm sure and just ordered some green beans from Hasbean to try my own roasting when it turns up.
    3 points
  11. Yes, it cool and works like a charm. It's an aftermarket part they sell, so no original Lelit. I think they just cut the original Lizzy tank and stabilize with the connector you see. Advantages is in any case that there is no difference to the original as the magnet is in there as well. If somebody is interested I think they send to any country for very reasonable price. something around 9 EUR I think. I'm not affiliated with this shop, just bought my machine there. https://espressokultur.at/produkt/lelit-wassertank-mit-sensor-fuer-pl60-pl82-pl91-und-pl92/
    3 points
  12. Sort of funny and not funny all at once. I visited my mum in her care home yesterday, as I do a few times per week. Then I saw this and in a way so true....for most categories of prison.
    3 points
  13. I emailed Ade @ Mr Shades yesterday @DavecUK I know they are forum sponsors. Incredibly friendly, helpful and responsive. Ade confirmed they will be stocking the bPlus type screens for around £15 (so a fraction of the Bplus price). At that price I plan to order one and do the comparison G
    3 points
  14. Running my Evo at those temps exactly. @Coffee by the CasualsMikari Kenyan is a perfect test for the Evo both in terms of the inherent acidity of Kenyan beans but also the roast level which is pretty light. Kenyan beans were the only ones Steve Leighton, Hasbean, wouldn't drink as espresso - found then too bright and acidic. Evo tames the acidity effortlessly and in 30 sec shot range running 1:2.5 ratio. As said earlier, have pushed extraction into the 40 sec range which produces more muted acidity at the price of bitterness creeping in. At 30 secs, the shots aren't sour - lemony pineapple cutting through milk like a knife. Very enjoyable.
    2 points
  15. @ZwiGGy greetings.....quite a few years ago, I had a Vesuvius. These were the first machines with the ability to profile and mimic just about anything else through building your own profiles. It took me about a day to realise that I would only ever use the basic lever profile! Whilst I have a strong interest in serving good drinkable coffee I am not one who enjoys tinkering. The Decent gets plenty of press, but how many people buy a machine, especially an expensive machine then slam it publicly for its shortfalls? The Decent has the ability to mimic just about any sort of machine. Unless you want to constantly play with bean types and roast levels what's the point? The Londinium....they were king of the lever pile until recently. They had very little real opposition in the lever world, and so, built up a large following. A lot of Londinium owners have left this forum, along with someone who promoted them as the answer to everything. You may have seen threads on here referring to the ACS Vesuvius Evo Leva. I am not going to list its attributes, of which there are many, especially when comparing them to the LR24. What I will say is why would you want an LR24 lever machine, when there is an alternate offering far more in the way of features, and with a more competitive price
    2 points
  16. How about a small 4 x 4cm post it note, on recycled paper?
    2 points
  17. David sold his Clima Pro to me. We finally managed to run it at an event recently, paired with the Decent. It brought flavours out of our Bom Jesus that I'd not previously tasted. It made delicious coffee. I now look at my Niche as a poor cousin. Would never have the Mythos on my worktop at home, but it is a brilliant grinder.
    2 points
  18. I can only speculate it was to minimise the tendency for water to draw together in a central stream and provide a more even flow across the coffee for the initial headspace fill of the PF.
    2 points
  19. But yours is not an Evo, it's a totally different machine, with a different temp, different water path, different group temp.
    2 points
  20. My swamp hound in his natural habitat.
    2 points
  21. @MediumRoastSteam in that case I take back my comment. I thought @MWJB was mentioning that generally speaking bottled water does not have a relatively low TDS count. My statement was that generally speaking bottled water has a “lower” TDS than tap water in the UK. But then again, it depends on which area you live in and what bottled water is being referred to. (PS: my tap water is 320 here in East London, the chart I’ve attached was just what I found when googling “TDS bottled water”)
    2 points
  22. Some sensor probes are common to many different machines, recently there seemed to be a spate of sensor failures thought to be a faulty batch. I have just replaced a second one, from examination the problem appears to be at the crimping where the very fine (and quite brittle) wire enters the probe. Not a very clear photo but the end of the wire appears quite 'blued' which would seem to indicate a heat build up(possibly broken strands ) ? If replacing a sensor take great care not to bend or twist the wire where it leaves the sensor.
    2 points
  23. Just thought I would add to this section. I've just bought a Sandbox Smart and Bella Barista kindly provided a 1 Kilo pack of Espirito Santos Camocin organic green beans with the machine. Wow they are lovely, I did them on the slow medium roast setting and after grinding them at 9 on the Niche grinder they made a really, really nice cup of coffee not only do they smell nice throughout the process the taste has me hooked. I shall be buying more and trying one or two others in their range. For the record I'm new to all this so don't necessarily take my word as gospel as I only have very little experience in this section of the coffee makers world.
    2 points
  24. I didn’t even realise and read that as introduce. What does that say about me? 🤔
    2 points
  25. Not a fan of boxes either (Square Mile and NorthStar do it). Apart from two boxes from Northstar which I use as a laptop stand, the others would go to the recycling bin, which is a shame. Personally, I don’t see the point. It’s just wasteful.
    2 points
  26. No, I prefer leather...my feet have no interest in sustainability, just comfort.
    2 points
  27. I don’t think that this threat represent the overall picture of ownership amongst the members of this forum. For instance, there are people with Pro-700s, with La Pavoni, with Gaggia Classics, with Sage Bambino Plus, with Cafelat Robots and Flairs. But it’s a great start, and would be brilliant if more members participate so we could draw a more representative picture. Grinders would be interesting too!
    2 points
  28. My current pet peeve re coffee packaging - companies that do not make it crystal clear how their 'recyclable' bags can actually be recycled. As I understand it, most if not all recyclable bags currently are made from LDPE that can only be recycled in special facilities ie not in your recycle bin.
    2 points
  29. 54mm Sage baskets take 18-19g easily. 17g works fine. Don't grind direct into the basket, grind into a cup/pot & give it a shake. transferto PF with a funnel & tap PF down & then a couple to the side with heel of hand to level before tamping.
    2 points
  30. Thats so you Cats, Dog's and the Bats outside could appreciate your taste in music.
    2 points
  31. The solo is the best value 64mm flat burr grinder you can buy from new, which is a great title to own. Correct me if I'm wrong. I think he was very positive in the review he was just addressing people drawing comparisons between it and the niche and saying he'd personally buy the niche and recommended it for people who want to buy things that work straight out of the box. I feel like he addressed the solo's potential. Solo and niche owners get very protective over their grinders, they're different grinders at the end of the day with completely different burr sets at different price points. James' comparison was mainly on their performance at single dosing and switching between brew methods.
    2 points
  32. I recommend you don't look into what is happening with white goods and touch/phone apps/connected 😀. Fridges with cameras and AI to track your lettuce in and out etc.
    2 points
  33. The early Minimas suffered from a grounding issue causing the service boiler to overfill. "Build quality" is a bit of a vague catch all. There was never a problem with the parts, but in assembly some wires were pinched. They solved the problem by adding spacers to the gicar allowing wires underneath, and I think also relocated the grounding wire but I'm not too sure about that. if you think of build quality in terms of finishing (shiny, polished) then the build quality isn't as good as some others but in terms of reliability there shouldn't be any issues. I heard they're using better solenoid valves too now, though before they were still high quality commercial parts. I struggle to think of what you could meaningfully upgrade to in remotely the same price range from the Minima after adding a flow control valve to the group.....a Vesuvius, Vostok, Slayer, GS3, DE1?
    2 points
  34. For the best part of a year I've been thinking I was going insane. "Surely it can just push itself open???" - I would ask myself. To the point that I thought about making an alignment mark to see if it moved! @DavecUK - Once again, many thanks for explaining the rationale behind it all. Much appreciated!
    2 points
  35. The group will only be at preinfusion pressure max...so a tiny sneeze, but if the machine is off and it's left, it will probably reduce fairly rapidly...The pressure gauge on the front of the group is your friend here!
    2 points
  36. I tried to work out what the 5 things were, so important they mattered,I would have thought it would be bulleted: From the quotes I got: 1. True grind system - an industry first @MediumRoastSteamput it well, what is this grinder going to do, automatically adjust itself...because I see the same grind adjustment knob that moves the same motor and spindle up and down. Does a hand come out the back and adjust it as beans age...or perhaps it observes your espresso shot via a camera and tells you to adjust it, pure marketing nonsense. I see from the patent that there is a stepper motor, temp and humidity sensors, whether it's implemented in the production grinder and how is unclear. Lets assume it is all there...it's still not going to work unless aging, storage conditions etc.. are able to be covered automatically. Sometimes there is no substitute for the good old mark 1 human brane. Pluse if all this stuff is there internally...it's a hell of a lot just waiting to go wrong and it won't be cheap to repair. 2. Digitally displayed burr positioning Ooohh..so what a grinder like the solo can be adjusted consistently down to 7 microns or less (human blood cell size). This is just something more to go wrong. Admittedly on the Eurekas, the knob goes round and round (and up the bloody tree)...so digital overcomes a slight weakness in that area, but adds nothing special beyond that. 3. 100 slots for grind settings of your favourite coffees This is completely meaningless, I am lost for words. Whenever you order a coffee, it needs dialling in..period. A coffee you loved one year e.g. Bonga Bonga, may be entirely different when using next year's crop, or even the same years crop roasted to a slightly different profile. Even with the 20 years I have been involved in high-end coffee. This is the most useful thing I could come up with. and applies to any grinder. This is using technology for the sake of it and marketing...it adds no real value. 4. Touchscreen display Enough of those failing on various makes of grinders that I am not sure that I see touchscreens as a benefit. 5. Connected app to browse or create your own recipes (grind profiles from the roasters?) What...grind profiles from the roasters. How do roasters they know the preinfusion, pressure, machine type, profile, portafilter size and basket you are using. Just nonsense. Recipes...<lol>, what are you going to do, share them with people who, if, they have the same machine, basket, portafilter basket, coffee, opened at the same time as you, used at the same rate, humidity temperature and machine pressure or profile as you...will find super handy. Or is it to save those important grind recipes because the skill to keep a grinder dialled in has been lost. If the grinder costs not a penny more, then great, you have more to go wrong and some unuseful features you didn't need or ask for, but at least you have not paid for them. Eureka have solved problems that don't really exist for a home grinder (and probably a commercial use one as well). Apart from that, the one thing I have learnt over the years is a grinder is best if it is kept simple, especially around the electronics. Here are my 6 things that matter most for a home grinder (funny enough, none of those things are on their list). Good Burrs Slowest rotational speed that allow the burrs to work correctly Simple electronics Nice, simple and clear adjustment system Easy to open and clean Low retention, able to single dose
    2 points
  37. After a few years with my trusty Delonghi dedica I finally got round to an upgrade, still have some things to do such as plumbing in the machine and other accessories. Now to enjoy and perfect my barista skills! Andy
    2 points
  38. suppose it depends on the flat, i have a major withssp and for me i find the work flow just as easy as a niche, its a hell of a lot bigger though.
    1 point
  39. When I made my comments, I was not saying the Niche is better than the CP.......I was saying that for my lifestyle and current needs it is better. In addition, I never drink anything less than a medium plus bean, yet I have had maybe 9 or 10 Mythos and would have another one tomorrow. In an environment where you need grind speed, any single dose would be a pain in the ass and you must be mad to entertain one! Pre lockdown I averaged maybe a dozen shots a day and any hopper fed grinder would be preferable. Lets face it, if you live in the country, a 4 wheel drive is needed, if you live in the middle of a city, you can certainly have a 4 wheel drive but there maybe other more suitable vehicles
    1 point
  40. Exactly. I can have distilled water, add a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate to 1 litre of water. It will have an insanely high TDS, but no calcium hardness what so ever.
    1 point
  41. @MediumRoastSteam thanks for that, the support in this forum has been insane and any feedback is positive feedback in my opinion!
    1 point
  42. Thank you MRS. The Niche is due on Monday. I have beans from roasters in stock, some that came with the machine, and some more on order. You are right that I need to get on with the milk-work. I am a long way off on that at the moment. I think James' reviews would be better just done with a couple of machines. You have alluded to the complexities not being fully covered. Thanks again for your welcome.
    1 point
  43. The machine really was clean as a whistle when I changed the gasket, in fact the fit is exactly the same as with the OEM gasket. I can get the portafilter to 6 with the OEM basket as you can see in the video, however the VST most likely wouldn’t go to 6 even with a lot of pressure. The dispersion plate is tightened as you suggested. http://caffinatedfiend.quickconnect.to/mo/sharing/ru9cZhhPy The coffees a little old but it’s all I have left at the minute.
    1 point
  44. I have an Elizabeth and a Solo but for holidays I have a 2003 Gaggia Baby with go faster stripes and an Aerspeed grinder and accessories all boxed up and ready to go next time is October 😎
    1 point
  45. @MediumRoastSteam Well, I am hoping to make this an annual thing, but it needs people to participate matey.....we could do grinders next, brewed, tampers.......sky is the limit. These results are only relevant to the 41 who entered
    1 point
  46. Hope you weren’t thinking of an invisible hand! 😂
    1 point
  47. It seemed a pretty fair appraisal of the grinder to me. I particularly agreed with the font issue which really bugged me when I first received it, but not that bothered about it now. I have had the grinds cup fall out of the holder before although there were additional rubber sleeves in the box that if put on the higher forks would presumably resolve this. Definitely agree that the button is in an awkward place. I only use for espresso, so haven't experienced the chaff issue. I am quite happy using the bellows - it was a part of the workflow I was perfectly happy with and knew about before I ordered the grinder, but can see that this is a disadvantage when compared to the Niche. Having said that, the coffee I am producing from the grinder is excellent - which after all is the main purpose of the grinder. No regrets here.
    1 point
  48. I've had cheap and expensive. The Arc is a much better user experience than cheap ones, though I totally get why many people get on just fine with the cheapest possible scales. Hopefully the link works. It shows that they are as accurate as each other, but speed of response is way better in the arc. Also the auto start and auto rare are really nice. I've gone from being annoyed very time i use my scales (cheap) to having a pleasurable experience with a premium bit of kit.
    1 point
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