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Introduction: My Coffee Journey

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Hello everybody,

As I have recently joined the forum, I thought I would post my coffee journey to date:

  • After leaving University and starting a real job, I was drinking freeze-dried, standard cheap coffee from the supermarkets.
  • I soon started drinking the slightly more 'expensive' brands/versions, typically stuff with higher strength ratings (little did I know!).
  • I then spent 3-4 years drinking Nespresso pods at home, with a penchant for the stronger, more intense pods.
  • At the end of last year I finally bought a Espresso Machine (Sage Barista Express).
  • I soon started buying freshly roasted beans from various UK roasters every 2 weeks to maintain freshness.
  • I have also purchased a Aeropress, which I haven't given sufficient use as I love pulling espresso's from my machine and I haven't managed to change my workday coffee habits (cheap Aldi pre-ground barista stuff which I actually like).
  • This week I have pulled the trigger on a Niche Zero grinder, awaiting delivery next week.
  • I have also been trying to immerse myself in this forum, r/coffee and r/espresso on reddit, and am reading The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffman and The Coffee Roaster's Companion by Scott Rao.

Who knows what the future holds for my coffee journey . . . . . I am already considering upgrading my machine, with ideas of a Decent machine or something similar. I am also considering getting into home roasting.

Anyway, it's great to join this community!
 

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Hi welcome to the forum.

I am also a relative newbie of sorts, as am getting really interested in coffee now.  

I have owned a Gaggia Classic and grinder and used it daily for a number of years, but never really taken it any further.  My Gaggia remained un modded, and my Grinder is generally sneered upon, but it has done me fine for years,  whether it continues to do so remains to be seen.

I now have a Lever machine, bought mainly as I love the look of them, but now I want to master the art of a perfect Espresso from it.

 


Gear:   Gaggia Classic (2019), La Pavoni Euopiccola (1985ish), Niche zero grinder.

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Hi welcome to the forum.

your coffee journey will never end.  when upgraditus kicks in there's no looking back☺️


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Welcome! I'm also on a very similar path, having been lurking on this forum, r/coffee and r/espresso for a while, have just recently purchaced a home setup (Niche Zero, ACS Minima), and have just finished The World Atlas. It's a great time to be alive with such a breadth of information everywhere!

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20 minutes ago, Alder said:

Welcome! I'm also on a very similar path, having been lurking on this forum, r/coffee and r/espresso for a while, have just recently purchaced a home setup (Niche Zero, ACS Minima), and have just finished The World Atlas. It's a great time to be alive with such a breadth of information everywhere!

How are you finding the Niche? I got it yesterday and wasted 4 double shots as I ground so fine that no water came through the puck, even though I was in the 'Espresso Range'.
Eventually went a lot courser.

I'm thinking of upgrading my machine, but I'm not really sure on what the benefits are? I get that upgrading the grinder is worth it, as it really impacts the quality of the espresso, but what benefits are there to upgrading the machine?

I have found that the more I learn about coffee, the less I know about coffee!

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2 minutes ago, JakeyB said:

How are you finding the Niche? I got it yesterday and wasted 4 double shots as I ground so fine that no water came through the puck, even though I was in the 'Espresso Range'.
Eventually went a lot courser.

I'm thinking of upgrading my machine, but I'm not really sure on what the benefits are? I get that upgrading the grinder is worth it, as it really impacts the quality of the espresso, but what benefits are there to upgrading the machine?

I have found that the more I learn about coffee, the less I know about coffee!

I'm finding it great, especially for espresso, compared to my previous stepped grinder (should have bought Niche to start with!).

I managed to get a decent espresso shot timing (~30 sec for 18g in, 36g out) at 11-13 mark (although I heard it can slightly vary between different machines). Have you tried calibrating the Niche? There is a really nice video by DaveC (calibration starts around 8:40) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4lMoJqp-Rw

Regarding updating the machine, I had a really basic machine before (Delonghi Dedica) and wanted to have a much more stable and precise temperature (which is now controlled by PID vs a thermoblock before) - and there is a percievable difference in the cup, which is much more balanced and flavourful.

However for me it was a jump from one extreme to another, if you already have a decent machine then I suppose the difference might be less evident

 

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55 minutes ago, JakeyB said:

How are you finding the Niche? I got it yesterday and wasted 4 double shots as I ground so fine that no water came through the puck, even though I was in the 'Espresso Range'.
Eventually went a lot courser.

I'm thinking of upgrading my machine, but I'm not really sure on what the benefits are? I get that upgrading the grinder is worth it, as it really impacts the quality of the espresso, but what benefits are there to upgrading the machine?

I have found that the more I learn about coffee, the less I know about coffee!

Hi Jake, hopefully you are enjoying your grinder. Just drop me an email if you have any questions or need any tips - [email protected] Great to have a customer so local to us!

- James 

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24 minutes ago, Niche Coffee said:

Hi Jake, hopefully you are enjoying your grinder. Just drop me an email if you have any questions or need any tips - [email protected] Great to have a customer so local to us!

- James 

Hey James, thank you for your support and great customer service.

I am just getting used to the grind settings, but the shot I pulled this morning using the Niche was great!

Jake

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The shots I am pouring now are fantastic!
The Rave Guatemala Bosques de San Francisco beans I was using for the first 5 attempts needed to be ground a lot courser compared to their Kenya Kagumoini AA beans.

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On 10/07/2019 at 11:52, Alder said:

Welcome! I'm also on a very similar path, having been lurking on this forum, r/coffee and r/espresso for a while, have just recently purchaced a home setup (Niche Zero, ACS Minima), and have just finished The World Atlas. It's a great time to be alive with such a breadth of information everywhere!

I've just opted for the same setup. How are you finding it? I dont have an expected delivery date on the Niche all seems a bit vague with ordering through Indigogo

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1 hour ago, DanW said:

I've just opted for the same setup. How are you finding it? I dont have an expected delivery date on the Niche all seems a bit vague with ordering through Indigogo

Yeah there isn't too many updates from Indigogo once you order. But if you email James at [email protected] he can let you know when your order is expected, although I believe the next batch is August. 

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16 minutes ago, JakeyB said:

Yeah there isn't too many updates from Indigogo once you order. But if you email James at [email protected] he can let you know when your order is expected, although I believe the next batch is August. 

Thanks for the tip. I've emailed over asking for an expected date

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