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  1. Interested in trying these if anyone happens to have some surplus. Ideally 6oz and 8oz, but any of the range considered. Ta.
  2. Bumping this old thread. Have got some of the latest batch of Sweetshop and am not sure on dialing it in. I was wondering if anyone could share their preferred recipe. Cheers.
  3. I'm sure it's all anyone asks you - but where do you get all the broken skateboards!? I'm imagining you keeking out from behind the ramps at a local skate park.🤫 (Coincidentally, I was watching this the other night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXffPgX-s8E ....do you have that many? Oof.) Can you tell me how much the Niche kit runs to? Thx.
  4. I managed to catch a look at these on both your/Niche's insta....really inspiring stuff!
  5. "For the success of the press powder, sex is crucial".... FFS, *now* I finally see where I am going wrong with this espresso malarky. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Stainless-Steel-Coffee-Tamper-Barista-Espresso-Machine-Handle-Pressure-58mm/302516384062?hash=item466f61b13e:g:ASEAAOSwz5Nb67ve
  6. I searched for quite a while to find something I was happy with for the cup warmer on our Synchronika. I tried the cookamesh, which while discreet and effective in stopping scratches, it was a bit too slidey for my danger-o-meter. Eventually I settled on what's apparently called (and eBay-able as) a "silicone thaw net". Advertised as being made from food grade silicone, £5.98 delivered. It comes in a faded pound-store type box, which didn't inspire the most confidence....but appears to be actually made from silicone...very grippy, no smell etc....easy to neatly custom cut to any machine. Just what I was after.
  7. I am a novice, very traditional dark roast espresso type of guy, but your rec. and the back story for this one really got me intrigued. I just pulled my first shot on your recipe - holy heck! I have never had anything like that before....pink grapefruit explosion for me, really like their description of a 'handful of starburst'. Look forward to trying more and experimenting with it....thanks for the rec.
  8. Ah, thanks....apologies dsc, I misunderstood.
  9. Ordered a kg this on the strength of your rec...seriously good...and very forgiving of my novice hand at the lever. Many thanks!
  10. Is it possible to crossthread it? I'm not sure it is (easily)....you would need some force and intent. See above for more detail on what I am referencing. Thx.
  11. Thanks....I have never seen the Mazzer units internally, but that is interesting to know. It was only when taking the macro shot of the thread damage on the hopper to send to Niche that I noticed that the chromed hopper threads ran quite rough. Cleaning out the threads revealed quite a bit of aluminum dust. I thought at first that this may either be graphite grease (it may have been this also?), but on regreasing with clear silicone grease, it dirtied up with aluminum straight away. I have no idea if it would be a problem long term or not, I just thought it a point of note. I guess even if they did wear down the line, the top part of the case could be replaced. As a side note, and being new to the forum, many thanks for the work you have done informing both here and on your blog. I particularly found the detailed Niche review and the E61 service info very helpful. Cheers.
  12. Has anyone had any issues with the threads on the hopper of their Niche? I am in talks just now with Niche (who have been fantastic in customer service with several issues) regarding a problem with my new Niche, whereby the hopper wasn't rotating very well. On taking it off to examine/clean the burrs, the threads got a very "metal on metal" feel....and examining the hopper threads showed there was some apparently pre-chrome damage to the hopper side. I'm sure this could well be a one off, but examining this area has me wondering about the longevity of chrome hopper threads running in aluminium body threads. The hopper threads seem to be quite rough after chroming, and (alongside the aluminium damage from the corrupt threads on my unit) seem to be generating quite a bit of dust from the aluminium in general. I was just wondering if there are any thoughts on this....long term, it would appear to be an area of possible issue? Apart from this the unit has been pretty great. I would like to see perhaps a finer reference scale and needle pointer and a lockable collar, but apart from that it seems a great starting point for hopefully a long Niche line.
  13. Our new Synchronika and Niche combo perched in it's temporary corner. Trying to rejig our house layout just now - so, inspired by others here, hopefully going to fit in a snazzier wet coffee bar area.
  14. @HowardSmith - Many thank for the original post. I took a punt on the Barista Hustle tamper pastiche and it is working out very nicely. Bargain indeed! Slàinte.
  15. Joey, apologies for the tardiness of my reply - I completely missed this. If but this had been a couple of weeks ago, I would have been well up for it!....but sadly I have just taken delivery of a new 58.4mm tamper which is doing the business nicely. Thanks for posting the pic....as an aside, I really love the asthetic of your skate wood stuff. Did I see somewhere you did Niche Zero replacement wood? That may have to be a mod in my future!
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