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    Hi cl9n,

    Have had a Niche since October 2018 for 4-6 coffees a day. If single weighed dosing is your thing, the Niche is very competent straight outta the box. Prior I was single dosing on a Mazzer Mini e (which I still have stashed) chalk and cheese between the two as the Mini e is not specifically designed for single dosing. The Niche seems very well built, just on feel, I would probably align the build quality with the Mazzer although it is still early days, sturdy and much quieter than the Mazzer and no sweeping out!. Still early days in terms of longevity, no problems so far, in fact the opposite - it's a pleasure to work with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by decentespresso View Post

    I know the Chinese company making the Niche for him, and they make E61 espresso machines, and other coffee gear. They're a high quality company (HK and mainland based).
    I believe the same company makes espresso machines sold in Australia branded as Sunbeam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddhytz View Post
    I believe the same company makes espresso machines sold in Australia branded as Sunbeam.
    And on AliExpress as Gemilai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cl9n View Post
    Hi all,

    I am completely new to the Coffee business and am building a setup for my home. The machine I ordered is the ECM Synchronika - now the only thing left is a nice grinder. I am not a fan of trial erroring and upgrading constantly, so it would be great to have a grinder that can perform splendidly, and over a long period of time.

    So far my favorite from reading about the specs has been the Eureka Olympus 75E. Now, the Niche came to my attention and there seems to be a lot of positive feed to read all over the internet. With the small weight and size, there were a couple of questions that came to my mind which maybe some of you who own the Niche (and some other grinders) could help me with:

    1. Is the build quality as robust and long lasting as the "normal" 1000-1800$ USD machines? I pretty much read that all of them are like 15-18kg heavy and full metal in construction, while the Niche is a light 4kg machine.

    2. The quality: should I get a Niche or would you say other grinders (especially the Eureka Olympus 75E) could perform better? And why would that be?

    3. I'm living in Hong Kong and contacted the local distributor. They said the machines have always been produce in China under "UK supervision", whatever that means. Is this accurate and the stickers discussed earlier in this threat were misleading, or has the production line actually changed to China at a recent point in time?

    Any comment on grinders below 1800 USD is very welcome - I am having a quite hard time deciding on one and the Niche sounds too magical to be true. Is it really a no brainer or would you recommend some "conventional" choice, such as Mazzer kony, compak E10 or the Eureka Olympus 75E?


    Thanks a lot!
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    Hi Dan,

    Iím not sure how your research led you to the Eureka Olympus as the best choice. Iím not saying theyíre a bad grinder, in fact itís an excellent grinder for its intended purpose which is commercial use. Theyíre quite big so youíd need to either get the small hopper or be prepared to accept a large grinder in your kitchen. I have no experience with the Niche, but it does seem more suited to domestic duties than the Eureka. The other one that comes to mind is the Etzmax although Iím not sure if itís available in HK at your price point. Worth looking into though. I have a MahlkŲnig Vario and love it. Iíve had lots of grinders and itís my favourite so far. Another one that could be worth considering.

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    I'm thinking of buying a Niche with all the advantages of single dosing. But can someone give me some feedback on how much extra time/hassle this is compared to a conventional grinder, maybe Eureka Atom?

    Also what is the longevity of this little wonder?

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    I’ve had one since August and I’d say put 10kg through mine and never thought of longevity as never had a reason to.
    i find it quicker as I weigh my dose in tip cup into portafilter, level the grounds now in portafilter and tamp. No need to worry about adjusting timers to match changes in grind fineness like a timer based grinder. Just need to adjust your workflow and it’s easy.
    i really like my niche as it was the grinder I wish I had being smallish (compared to day a mazzer Robur) decent size burrs, single dose ability (don’t waste beans purging) and consistent.
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    Hi,

    I am looking at upgrading from a Compak K3. I have had it paired with an Izzo Vivi PID for about 7 years, and always regarded the grinder as the weaker of the pairing, with considerable clumping, mess and retention which wastes coffee.

    I only do a couple of espressos per day, and in order to improve my consistency I have recently been trying single dosing with the K3. I certainly am pleased with the taste improvement with the weighed single dosing, and think I could live with it as a regular practice given the improvements in taste.

    So am looking at a new grinder. I am less fussed about cost than I am about making sure I get a decent upgrade from my K3. Options I have been looking at in the more conventional grinder category include Eureka Silenzio or Specialita, Macap M42D, and up to a Rocket Fausto or Profitec T64.

    So my question for Niche Zero owners is, assuming you purchased at something less than $1,000, would you now pay the current price of $1300 for a Niche Zero or would you prefer another grinder such as one of the ones I have mentioned.

    Appreciate your feedback.

    Dave

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    I own one, the grind quality is worth $1300.00.
    There are grinders out there which cost a lot more and don't perform any better than the Niche.
    Last edited by topshot; 8th June 2019 at 08:57 PM.

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    I've only been impressed with mine. I upgraded from a super jolly and haven't looked back. The ease of use and grind consistency is well worth the $1300 price tag in my opinion.

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    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Been thinking about it - not sure I am quite ready to lock myself into single dosing, and I don't want two grinders.

    Appreciate your feedback - I'll need to give it some more thoughts I think.

    Dave

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    Yep. I'm convinced

    Quote Originally Posted by Mb21 View Post
    Iíve had one since August and Iíd say put 10kg through mine and never thought of longevity as never had a reason to.
    i find it quicker as I weigh my dose in tip cup into portafilter, level the grounds now in portafilter and tamp. No need to worry about adjusting timers to match changes in grind fineness like a timer based grinder. Just need to adjust your workflow and itís easy.
    i really like my niche as it was the grinder I wish I had being smallish (compared to day a mazzer Robur) decent size burrs, single dose ability (donít waste beans purging) and consistent.


    Having read and re read I'm convinced about benefits of Niche and will buy next time I'm Melb.


    Thanks for your feedback.

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elephantoplasty View Post
    Thanks for your thoughts.

    Been thinking about it - not sure I am quite ready to lock myself into single dosing, and I don't want two grinders.

    Appreciate your feedback - I'll need to give it some more thoughts I think.

    Dave

    Hi Dave

    interested to hear your reservation about single dosing. I had a Eureka Mignon and Rocket fatuso and found single dosing okay bit finicky on them. The Niche is made to be used that way. Many time I’ve made 5+ (9 once from memory) coffees in a session with the Niche and like anything its adaption to how it’s intended to be used. For me I have a stack of 75ml decor rind tubs (fit a 58mm basket!), I weight out each dose into each cup before I start and grind each as needed. I don’t weigh the dose after grinding as learnt it’s not needed as what goes in comes out. I like that the burrs are from a mazzer Kony in case I need to replace but should last a long time.

    Hope that helps

    cheers
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    Proud new owner of a Niche Zero here. I just got it yesterday. Have been playing with it today. Very impressed with the grind consistency. The single dosing is great but you do have to weight the beans prior grinding each time although I do not think it take much more time. Collar adjustment is very easy and I don't see any issue with changing back and forth between grinding for an espresso and filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by we1han View Post
    Proud new owner of a Niche Zero here. I just got it yesterday. Have been playing with it today. Very impressed with the grind consistency. The single dosing is great but you do have to weight the beans prior grinding each time although I do not think it take much more time. Collar adjustment is very easy and I don't see any issue with changing back and forth between grinding for an espresso and filter.
    Where is the best place to buy these for Australia. Are they cheaper to by from O/S and sent here rather than paying the RRP $1299?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefflu88 View Post
    Where is the best place to buy these for Australia. Are they cheaper to by from O/S and sent here rather than paying the RRP $1299?
    I bought mine from Coffee-A-Roma for $1249. They have a showroom here in Melbourne where I picked mine up hence saving on shipping. I don't think you can buy directly from their Indigogo campaign anymore. When I last checked I was unable to select shipping to Australia. I am not sure about warranty if you purchase it overseas and ship it here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by we1han View Post
    I bought mine from Coffee-A-Roma for $1249. They have a showroom here in Melbourne where I picked mine up hence saving on shipping. I don't think you can buy directly from their Indigogo campaign anymore. When I last checked I was unable to select shipping to Australia. ...........
    I also purchased from Coffee-A-Roma. Excellent customer service and they are a CS site sponsor so it makes sense to support them.

    I am amazed how well the Niche performs, no niggles, no hassles, no wishing it did something different. A pleasure to use and does everything the reviews said it would do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mb21 View Post
    I like that the burrs are from a mazzer Kony in case I need to replace but should last a long time.
    Assuming you grind 1 kg a week, which would be quite heavy domestic use, then the burrs should last around 15 years, or 30 years if you only use 0.5kg per week. The Mazzer Kony burrs are rated at750Kg+ I believe.
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    Decided to pull the pin on this one in the white finally and join the exclusive club here =). Can't get over how good this thing looks and by all accounts it performs fantastically.

    Now time to sell my Rocky, hopefully this is a significant upgrade in grinder. Will definitely be an upgrade in my workflow as I like to single dose and holding that button down to grind is annoying the hell out of me.
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    I recently upgraded to the Niche Zero from my 9 year old Compak K3 Touch and am very happy with the results.

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    Pick this up from the PO today on the way home from work, gave it one test grind, what a brilliant piece of machine. Apart from the looks, its so quiet and absolutely perfect for the low usage home setup single dosing and low grind retention.
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    Been a while since I got my Niche and I love it.

    Easy to use, switching between beans requires almost no adjustment, I love the simplicity of being able to single dose and the accuracy of the dose and the end result in the cup is awesome.
    I have mine paired with an Izzo Valexia Leva and the combination is brilliant. It is definitely worth every penny.
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    Smile Love it!

    +1 Finally got my new Niche grinder.

    Love it! Looks great. Quiet, lovely fluffy clump free fine grind. Easy to use. Easy to adjust. Small - fits under shelf.

    As someone else suggests, you can weigh and pre dose into these Decor "Lunch Break" 75ml tubs for a few days supply. Then so easy to just drop into hopper as needed. $6 a six pack at major supermarket.

    What more could you want!


    Decor Lunch Break Tubs.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by level3ninja View Post
    I'm with you coffeeguy. The second someone says "gamechanger" they have to work twice as hard to sell anything to me.
    Well if the white powder coated chunk of aluminium on my bench is anything to go by, they did.



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