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There isn't a single grinder that's zero retention/zero exchange. 

The burrs will always be able to hold on to some. Even the OE Pharos with no sweeper arms of grinds chamber where coffee can collect has up to 0.25g retention. Anyone who has ever taken one apart will have fond coffee under the outer burr and on the axle and bushings.  

The retained grind you're complaining about is not really relevant. Stop tapping the grinder. Pull two shots back to back and try to identify the one with 0.2g day old grinds...

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The oak clashed with the Lelit Bianca, a couple of hours later and some Briwax (Walnut) got me the desired look! To those who have done the same to their machines thanks for the inspiration

Well, that's the primer on. Wonder what colour it's going to be?  

Buy a gridner not designed to use with a pf and complain it can't be used with a pf.   I mean hack it by all means but genuine complaint, words fail me sometimes.     

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Leads to 1g variability because it sometimes all falls out. Sometimes I find a pile in the cup because it's fallen out between uses.
I think it makes a difference because everyone here says measure to 0.1g. I correct by tapping the machine for about 5s each grind (a bit annoying). And no a 0.1g scale.
 
You have 1g variability and a "pile" of grounds falls out in between uses? You have a fault of some sort. Even if I bump mine to get any residual to fall out it's a tiny amount, a fraction of a gram.

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  • How is 0.2g - 0.4g stuck in the chute giving you +/- 1g of variability
  • In what way is it making a difference (you said think)?
  • How are you correcting for it?
  • Does your scale measure down to 0.01 of a gram?
That information might get a response of value to you. If not and you are still not happy, sell it and get one of the magical grinders for 2-3K.
 
 

Those magical grinders also have grounds in the chute too. Every shot on the monolith conic needs a tap on the chute, it’s magnetically attached for that purpose. Don’t get me started on the compak grinders I’ve had!
What’s 0.2g? One bean or so? Pfft!


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4 minutes ago, mbenney said:

Niche users... is it enough to WTD in the grind cup before tipping into the portafilter?

I feel like this would be quicker and less messy.

If you want to...do it, I don't bother.

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Another question for those of you who are swapping between multiple different beans... e.g. regular and decaf, or going between espresso and other brew methods.

Is there a neat way of marking/saving a grind setting that you've dialled in?

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12 minutes ago, mbenney said:

Another question for those of you who are swapping between multiple different beans... e.g. regular and decaf, or going between espresso and other brew methods.

Is there a neat way of marking/saving a grind setting that you've dialled in?

There is: you could simply have another label next to the main one for the specific coffees you are using, or just get a small whiteboard and pen.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, olivier said:

Not Niche-specific, but chalk pens on Airscape canisters work well, too.

That's what I use, works well

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3 hours ago, mbenney said:

You don't WDT at all?

I also don't. Tip cup upside down, tap gently, shake and tap portafilter, done. I used to stir with a chopstick, but find that the quality of my espresso hasn't reduced since I stopped, although that's probably around the time I fitted the NFC disc.

1 hour ago, olivier said:

Not Niche-specific, but chalk pens on Airscape canisters work well, too.

I need to look into this. I decided to go for the white ceramic ones (w/bamboo lids), and I wonder if a whiteboard marker will do the trick...

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58 minutes ago, lhavelund said:

I need to look into this. I decided to go for the white ceramic ones (w/bamboo lids), and I wonder if a whiteboard marker will do the trick...

Haven't tried regular markers, but I guess it should work? Some can be a bit more annoying to completely wipe off though.

By the way, even if it seems obvious, liquid chalk pens work on ceramic as well as metallic Airscape canisters. In case anyone was wondering...

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On 14/07/2020 at 16:21, mbenney said:

You don't WDT at all?

I use my in-cup WDT spinning technique.  (this is v1)

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... and the more i look at the hex bolt the more i want to change it. I keep thinking a hex drive in a circular bolt.

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8 minutes ago, KTD said:

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Spotted this earlier, wouldn’t mind having a go at a colour change myself


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Wow, that photo could get a few people triggered....

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1 hour ago, KTD said:

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Spotted this earlier, wouldn’t mind having a go at a colour change myself


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Well, that's the primer on. Wonder what colour it's going to be?  

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Not sure if this has been mentioned, but the grind cup only being made to fit 58mm portafilters is a pain! 

Kind of goes against the Niche ethos of not wasting coffee 😆

Other than that, it's a dream! 

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20 hours ago, KTD said:

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Spotted this earlier, wouldn’t mind having a go at a colour change myself


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Saw that too, think the colour looks great personally 

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Not sure if this has been mentioned, but the grind cup only being made to fit 58mm portafilters is a pain! 
Kind of goes against the Niche ethos of not wasting coffee
Other than that, it's a dream! 

I think it’s in their plans to have different cups - they even have prototypes (I spoke to Martin and James last year in the CFUK lever day about this) - But it’s not their top priority at the moment.


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i'm actually not sure that eg a 54mm cup would work that well.  i have one of the 3d-printed etsy funnels and when i dump the cup into the funnel it overflows the basket and is well into the funnel space (like almost 5mm).  if i did that with a 54mm cup straight into the basket i'd end up with coffee everywhere when i took the cup off.

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i'm actually not sure that eg a 54mm cup would work that well.

It does. Trust me. If you want to use the cup, having the right diameter works well. With the disk, I’m finding it’s really nice to dose directly into the portafilter, providing you have a suitable PF funnel which is, ideally, 3cm tall and fits under the Niche chute nicely.


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