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  1. Seriously, just remove the stickers with a hair dryer. Just *gently* heat the sticker with a hairdryer (medium heat) and it will peel super easily without any residue. No need for alcohol... Just avoid using too much heat as it can melt/warp the plastic. Ilias
  2. I printed this with my printer and I really like it makes it very easy to keep the needles in place. I actually used guitar strings, bend them at the upper part and used hot glue to keep them in place (top part): https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4573913 There are a lot of other designs too: https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=wdt+tool&type=things&sort=relevant
  3. I had this once when the holes were blocked (although I was cleaning the tip after each use). I cleaned it using a metal pin and went back to normal.
  4. From what I understand (please correct me if I am wrong), the last cartridge offers a very light remineralisation. So some people might still add mineral drops (to drink cold water) or bicarb for coffee machines. I do add just a tiny amount of bicarb for coffee (mostly to reduce coffee acidity, ie as a buffer). I don't add mineral drops to cold water, and I drink 3+ liters a day. I am hoping that the light remineralisation is enough to provide the minerals we need at the right amounts. Can anyone confirm this ? In any case, I think limescale will kill your machine much faster than slight acidity...
  5. Just heat it up with a hair dryer. Never failed me. Just don't heat it too much that the plastic melts 😛 And then clean with alcohol (even hand sanitiser will work )
  6. I experience long royal mail delays this year (covid?) so I tried union coffee (beans) a few times from Sainsburys. The package had the roasting date and it was recently roasted (20 days old the first time and 17 days the second time). The coffee was actually quite good. So it is a good plan B if your subscription coffee is delayed.
  7. Hi all, the grinder is now sold (at asking price) ! Thanks for all the PMs, i'll add the next one here Ilias
  8. Hi Phil, It has a bellow where you can blow the few extra grams of coffee. In my experiments about 1.55gr of coffee is trapped and just by simply pumping the bellows it gets out. With this mod you practically avoid coffee exchange. The grinder is gloss white and I have the box. See a video here: Ilias
  9. I would prefer to sell both as a bundle.
  10. Hi, My Niche Zero is here so I reluctantly sell my Specialita. I only had it for a few months and it is in as new condition (no scratches etc) It still has bella barista warranty till 4/11/22 (card will be provided). It comes with a 3d-printed single-dosing mod that works amazingly well (never used the original hopper). It comes with the unused original hopper and the original box. In terms of the sale: Asking price is 300GBP, I think it is fair as it is as-new with the mod included. I prefer collection from central London (kings-x area) If there is no one that can collect from London, I can consider sending (UK only, buyer handles P&P costs) Any questions just ask 😛
  11. Keep in mind that the new Niche Zeros come with a new dosing cup that is double walled and doesn't have any ridge. Maybe you will be soon able to order those. edit: just noticed this was mentioned already.
  12. Can anyone recommend a good starting point for cold brew ? (currently I use setting 21 for 18gr->40gr out espresso with marax... and setting 38 for 500ml in 3:30'' for v60) Also please share any amazing cold brew recipe that you might know... Thank you Ilias
  13. I don't understand why niche is not increasing the price... They could still sell the same amount of devices over a period of a whole month but at a higher price (instead of selling out in 24h for a lower price)... Most probably they just want to increase production and they are working towards this (e.g., building the tooling required).
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