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  1. filthynines

    Niche Grinder

    Worth a punt - anybody looking to offload theirs?
  2. Hi, So, I've just put my name and money down for a Niche Zero, might be a bit premature as I have bought an espresso machine yet! The website says December delivery, I messaged and asked if it would be before Xmas and they said it would be - fingers crossed. Best put my order in for the espresso machine now. Given the discussions and current popularity of the Niche would it be worth the admin setting ups Niche forum - just a thought as I don't know how these things work.
  3. Reading around there seems to be lots going for the Niche grinder. One question I have is how the Niche compares with traditional grinders with larger burrs. Comments in this forum suggest the Niche outperforms those more expensive grinders and I’m curious as to why this is. Is this because of the very low retention or does it outperform in terms of grind quality and ultimately taste as well? In the back of my mind is whether someone would be better getting a new Niche or a well looked after used grinder with larger burrs. Any thoughts on this?
  4. Hello fellow coffee addicts, My first post on here. Ive spent the last couple of weeks exploring the forum for as much info as I can possibly gather and thought I should probably sign up and introduce myself! I've been a Nespresso user for the last 4 years or so (mainly due to convenience), and I'm yearning for more control over my coffee. I have a feeling I have opened up a can of worms with this coffee malarkey. Im an obsessive, perfectionist by nature. Combined with a love of good coffee, I sense this will become both time consuming and expensive! I wonder if anyone might be able to offer some advice. For my first setup im fairly set on the Niche Zero as my grinder (I've seen excellent reports on here and my local coffee shop recently acquired one and has nothing but great things to say about it) but im stuck on the machine itself. I’m juggling between the Sage Bambino Plus, it seems to tick many of the boxes as well as being compact. Having said that; I cant seem to see many reviews and the 54mm PF concerns me as I'd like to easily source a bottomless PF (so I'm better able to see where I might be going wrong as I learn). On the other hand, I'd quite like to be able to steam milk and brew simultaneously so I've been looking at other HX and DB machines. Again, I like the convenience that Sage seem to provide so potentially the Sage dual boiler is an option, but clearly a big step up in price! Really I just want to be sure that im not going to be too limited by the coffee machine itself but rather my own Barista skills (or lack therof). Will the Sage DB produce a far superior coffee to other cheaper options? Or are there any machines I should definitely be looking at in this price bracket? Help! I look forward to becomming part of this obviously thriving community of coffee lovers and learning from the wealth of experience! Cheers, Josh
  5. Hi All have been looking around here for a few weeks now. Lot of interesting snippets of information on here. Who would know making a cup of coffee was such a science, or is it an artform. Eitherway im hoping to find out soon! We started out with Tassimo and Dolce gustos many years ago, moving on to 2 different nespresso machines. Swiftly followed by a bean to cup delonghi for 2 years and another bean to cup Krups for another 2 years. That brings us to Christmas 2018 and i got to thinking wouldnt it be great to do it properly, it looks easy! So 5000 hours on youtube later and we went for a sage duo temp pro. Looked perfect. Yep it wasnt bad but we only drink americano and Latte and i now realise how impatient i am. So a week later and very luckily I was allowed to swap it rather than another ebay sale i went for the Dual Boiler and sage smart grinder pro. The duo temp instantly gave better coffee but as i always make 1 americano and 1 latte it was taking too long. Nothing at all wrong with the machine for the record. Wont go in to details here as i do have a Help thread started but the thing im struggling with is dosing. I had a motta 58mm tamp which is about identical to the stock sage tamper but in my opinion not a great fit and end up with loose coffee of top at the circumference. Another session on google and I see a Rave (!) review on the Torr Titanium tamper which was ordered with a vst 20g basket. The finish to the puck is very smooth and the tamper is almost a piston fit to the basket. Was a little frustrated with the sage grinder as it never really sounded right with a lot of variation in speed as it was grinding. Coffee to me was good though even though arguing with mysely about quantity, puck height extraction time and volume. Yep, im sure it will be fine.... Anyways i get an email from indiegogo about a niche zero grinder. Read the story and discard it. Dont want to be spending out another 500 quid for a grinder when mine is only a month old. Well the story grinds on me as they do and i get to thinking its another great indiegogo story and its helping out a startup and the grinder looks great with its oak and black finish. So 6 weeks later it was delivered. Wow, what can i say, yep its a grinder but how can 2 grinders be so different. This one sounds great, feels great and whats more the coffee looks the same every time. Having read a bit about segregation i give it a good shake with the niche cup on the portafilter and tamp. So the sage grinder will be on ebay as soon as i find the time. Had the niche about a month now and the word seems to be consistency. All i need to do now is work out what im doing wrong. If i grind fine enough to get anywhere near the height suggested by the razor i need around 22 to get 45 odd grams out in 30 second total. Not sure if im mixing science with art or trying to run before i can walk but i need to get in my head how the numbers interact. Ive not thrown a cup of coffee away yet so i cant be a mile off. Anyway wheres the best deal on an 18g vst Will persevere and keep reading on here for inspiration before i try to start getting my head around how anyone and do latte art! Its pure witchcraft at the moment. But it still tastes good! Ade
  6. Hi all, After getting the help of the community on here I decided to plump for an ACS Minima as my first serious espresso machine, which should be with me tomorrow, and I've already got the Niche ready to go, so I'd love to hear some recommendations for the first beans I should use with it.
  7. OK I keep fidgeting when i transfer the coffee into the PF from the cup, and sometimes we have the Alps, other times the Cotswolds but never close to flat.... I saw the little home made whisks and thought yes, that's what i need, i can make one of them and give it a little whisk before tamping. So i had an old whisk and pinged off a loop and thought hmmmmm that shape reminds me of something... So i made this instead. and put it here ...and twist the cup a couple of times on the PF and carefully remove the cup. I've only tried two shots so far too early to say much other than it seems level... there is a little bit of coffee sticking to the wire (0.1g approx), and a tap seems to free it. I can still get my chopstick in to give the grinds a stir if they look clumpy. I have no idea if i should change the shape or angle or length.... or go back to cannibalizing the whisk... What do the Niche tifosi think?
  8. So I have tentative upgrade permission from the boss.... she started it (honest) with a 'would a bigger machine be faster?' after the usual 20+ mins to make 4 single and 1 double latte with my Sage DTP. 'Yes' says I 'a dual boiler would be much faster..... but a better grinder would taste better' (we both like the workmanlike styling of our Santos 4) Hence our dilemma - the Sage Dual Boiler would be an obvious upgrade from the DTP, but longevity seems a bit suspect. The new ACS Minima looks brilliant. Or do we stick with the DTP and buy a Niche? Or will we need to upgrade both (will the Sage hold back a Niche, would the Santos hold back the ACS) We only ever drink Lattes, my wife likes them made with a single shot, I don't mind singles or doubles. Usually one each per day, sometimes two. And most Sundays I need to make drinks for 5 - we usually split 2 doubles but thats partly to save time. Let the suggestions commence (leave alone and go on holiday is an acceptable suggestion by the way....)
  9. I am in the UK and wish to start my journey with espresso making. I have been manually brewing coffee with a siphon and a cafetiere for a few years now with a hand grinder. I am looking at getting a Gaggia Classic - second hand it seems you can find them in decent condition for ~£200, though I am happy to be swayed to a different option if I can understand the merit (and justify additional cost!) For a grinder I have been looking at the Mignon Manuale as an option as it has a stepless adjustment and is also not bank breaking. However I understand the coffee starts with the grind so here I am willing to spend a bit more money if it is worth it. I have been struggling to find shops in the UK that stock these grinders. I was recommended the Niche Zero and I would love to buy one of these but I can't really justify £500 for a new one. However I am also of the school of thought that it's better to buy once than go cheap and buy twice. Thank you!
  10. You know him by now, he's just released a youtube video on what he thinks of the Niche.
  11. The original Niche user experience is now getting in for 50 pages long, alot of the original discussion points have subsided, which just leaves people using it and enjoying it I guess. Perhaps a newer thread where people can post some recipes for coffees they are using (brew and espresso) and pass on some advice may be useful. Perhaps it won't as people are happy using it and will just quietly continue to do so, in which case all good. For me I use what would be referred to as predominantly lighter roasted coffee, I buy into the greater capabilities of the flat burrs grinder for espresso (I've owned a fair few), but sometimes choices are not as simple as what grinder will give me the ultimate best cup. If it was I'd probably still have an EK at home, but I don't. Making coffee doesn't always have to be a comparative game, is X grinder better then Y. There will always be a Y over the horizon. Sometimes it can be to just enjoy what you've got, and how to get to get the best from it. Got a bag of Sweetshop on the way from Square Mile, which will be a pretty good test of what a Niche will do with lighter roasted coffee. Previously these have been fruit bomb rides, so fingers crossed I can get a good espresso with this set up. Machine I used is a Sage Oracle, so effectively a sage db.
  12. OK, have had the NZ now for over 6 months, and i've been trying a few different beans which typically live in the 11-18, probably approaching 10kg of use. So i adjust it a little but often. Noticed today the number 20 where my thumb will rub against, is starting to wear away and is noticably smother (and fainter) than the 30. I haven't cleaned it with anything apart from th brush now and then. I'll post a picture over the weekend... and it is still a thing of wonder! :good: edit: the weekend has started It's kind of status badge, how many numbers have you worn off?
  13. Ever had one of those days? I need International Numpty Rescue (or at least someone thinking straight) because at the moment I 'can't see the wood for the trees'. After I received my Niche a few days ago, I had a play with it and found a ballpark setting for espresso that worked on my lever. It seemed to work really well with my current bolivian bean. I was then experimenting with settings on the grinder for the same beans brewed in a V60 set up. I ended up with a setting 'off the marked scale' (almost a full turn anticlockwise with the marker close to the 0 mark). This produced a good tasting cup on the V60. Today I wanted to make a shot on the lever using the same beans. Following Davecuk's instructions of tightening the grind in 10 mark steps/running the empty grinder for a few seconds then tightening another 10 steps etc, I regained the original ballpark espresso setting (approx 19) and ground the beans. On the mixing stir, it looked a little coarse but I put that down to my poor recall. I followed my usual L1 workflow but ended up with a gusher at the preinfusion stage. Clearly much too coarse a grind. I repeated the set up twice more with gradually finer grind settings with the same gusher results (even with Niche at 7 on the scale). Either I'd lost the plot, the beans were too elderly or the grind setting wasn't reproduced accurately... I then ground the same beans in the Aergrind at a setting that has worked well on the L1 in the past (1:7). This produces a grind that's finer than that put out by my Niche at 8 and it made a normal shot on the L1. So the beans aren't too elderly to produce a good shot and I haven't completely lost the plot. I went back to basics, watched Davecuk's video for idiot's guide to the Niche and started from scratch again with no improvement in results/no idea what I'm doing wrong. Can anyone enlighten me as to why reverting to a previous setting on the Niche isn't yielding the expected calibre of grind?
  14. Got my Niche recently and also had the kitchen done with a little spot designed all for myself.
  15. Mulling over if it's worth upgrading my Sage Smart Grinder in the short term whilst waiting for the Niche to be delivered? I'm thinking that the Sage grinder is my weak link, ignoring myself for a moment I've backed the Niche product as I say but I'm really trying to understand and dial in my shots but so far a lot of frustration. Therefore I was thinking is it worth buying someone like a secondhand Mazzer SJ or Major to play with in the meantime? What puts me off the Mazzer is the retention and faff, which is why I've gone for the Niche in the first place. However, is it still worth playing with so at least I know my grinder is doing the best job and I can get on with learning about coffee? Or, is the Sage grinder good enough for the next few months whilst I wait for the Niche?
  16. If anyone is in the market for a lightly used Niche grinder, I have a black one that's had 2.5 - 3 kgs run through it. With such relatively light use, in terms of condition, it's still pretty much as it was when Niche originally delivered it. I have the original box and manual and I would prefer collection but will courier at your risk and your expense if you are unable to collect. I am located near Reading (jct 10 M4) £440 via bank transfer
  17. If anyone has a niche grinder they want to get rid of then let me know. Not fussed about colour, all i ask is that its not damaged in anyway. I also expect it to have been used ?
  18. Hi guys. So the Vesuvius I ordered will finally arrive tomorrow. Can't wait! As there are quite a few owners here, I was wondering if you had any starters advice? What profiles to start with and grind settings? I've downloaded @ronsil's excel file and will have a play around. It's paired with a Niche grinder. I've got some sumatran dark roast beans from Wogan's in Bristol. Coming from a Gaggia classic, I'm expecting things to be quite different. Upgrades wise, I read about the knife foam tip and IMS Screen change. Worth doing straight away or wait? I hope it's alright to pester you guys with questions here. Very excited to start playing around with it once it gets here
  19. I've created this thread because we were detracting from discussion about the grinder itself. A short summary of what was said on the other thread: A few people gave the opinion that it would be better for consumers if the project left Indiegogo so that there was no doubt over consumer protections. More people gave the opinion that it really doesn't matter where Niche sells its grinder. Universally people credited Niche for its consumer-focused approach. A few people gave the opinion that Indiegogo might not be acting appropriately by allowing a well-funded project to continue selling products under the umbrella of a crowdfunding campaign.
  20. I am selling my Mahlkonig K30 since my Niche has arrived and sadly I am unable to keep both. I do still feel I could use this for parties we have but my wife isn't letting me entertain the idea sadly. I am including BOTH the tall and short hoppers, as well as some secret goodies for it's new owner. This grinder has a USA standard three prong plug and I found this link for more specs on dimensions, volts, etc. https://static.prima-coffee.com/mahlkonig/commercial/k30-es-spec-sheet.pdf I am located in the States; Chicago to be specific. I am able to ship it overseas hence posting it here. I did ask a Mod about this and they have OKed for me to do so. This was used for about 1-2 MAX a day, if any were made. I am asking $1100US(SOLD). If you do happen to be local or in a somewhat reasonable driving distance, I would be happy to meet you. Or if you're local, come on by!
  21. Lets start something that's not about, when is my grinder coming, interesting as it might be. How is everyone who has received their Niche Zero finding the grinder. Have you compared it against your existing grinder if you have one, has it helped the coffee making process, do we have some videos of your Niche in action and the shots it's producing. How are you finding the weight consistency out vs in etc..
  22. 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.
  23. Hi all, A (very!) long shot, I know, but does anyone have a Niche grinder that they are looking to sell? I can see others have asked so happy to join the queue Thanks, Hugh
  24. Has anyone else had any trouble trying to back Niche on Indiegogo? I have tried the last 3 days but it will not accept my bank zip code no matter what i do. No response from customer support so far
  25. Hi guys, Looking very likely that I'll be pulling the trigger on a Sage DTP for £234 with 3 yrs warranty in the next couple of days. The issue I have is grinding. I currently have a Wilfa Svart for making French, v60, aeropress and Turkish coffee but espresso is my favourite method of getting my hit. I don't drink milk at all either, so all black. Whilst I was looking at second-hand grinders, likes of the Super Jolly etc, I noticed the Niche. It's twice my budget, but I'd have a couple of months to make the difference in buying a Niche instead. The fact it's small and compact and can be used for different grinds is very attractive. How well will a Porlex Mini do as a stand in for espresso for a couple months, or am I better looking at the likes of Hasbean sending me a pre ground for espresso instead?
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