8 Weeks in with the Niche and yes its grind has improved - if that is possible as the starting point for me was a remarkable improvement in workflow and grind consistency over the mini e. No regrets at all. As mentioned elsewhere popping beans during grinding can case shards to find their way onto the workbench, currently and temporarily, I am using the cut off top of a paper cup (think of egg rings shape) that very snuggly fits between the lid and the bean entry chute and forms a loose seal when the lid is down - this has stopped escaping shards. Still very impressed with the Niche and actually enjoy using it!
It is pretty sad, but do I get much enjoyment when .....the occasional recalcitrant bean pops about just refusing to succumb to the inevitable ...... Yes, I need to get out more !
20, 21, 22 for me. It would choke the R58 on 15 methinks (running at 6.5bar), I get a 40s slow starting, oozy pull at the 20-21 setting, 18g in, 18g VST, 36ish out, 40sec, naked sculptures just about every time. Consistent to such an extent if I think I have mad a mistake during prep (distracted or whatever) I can accurately predict where the lopsidedness will show up first during the pull.
Have you guys calibrated the grinder settings according to the niche video? I am around 21-23 mark always.
Typically mine has used settings 18-20. The current reduction is, I think, peculiar to some current beans which I have not had before. If it stays below 20 for others then I will check calibration.
Calibration..... it’s only a number relative to you and yours. My “2 fingers tight” may be nothing like yours. I haven’t calibrated mine as though it arrived yesterday and has seen the light of day, it has been placed back in its cocoon until the “big man in the red suit” drops it in my lap....... :-)
Used an iPhone App so maybe not accurate, but the relative numbers are interesting:General Background level: 30dBWith Espresso Machine on: 38db (has a small fan)The Niche makes a low rumbling sound as it grinds, it is not a shriek or a piercing sound.
Niche grinding beans: 67dB
Making Espresso: 60dB
Tap running into SS sink: 67dB
Boiling a kettle (peak): 62dB
Not measured, but definitely both quieter and lower pitched than a Rancilio Rocky.
Honestly, the only thing holding me back now is just my personal preference for a more industrial look. I can't process the small appliance look of the Niche.
DaveC's review is great - it's an ideal breakdown. You couldn't ask for better marketing material huh..
How are these things at the coarse end of the scale? For V60 or siphon, foureegsample?
So I bit the bullet and put my order in...
It would be nice to have something to use in the meantime aside from my Sunbeam*. Good things come to those who wait right...
*It's worse than you could imagine... Yes..
The wait time is not too bad for delivery in January, and I am sure, like many happy owners here, you won't be disappointed!
I took a gamble back in september 2017, and with the delays, it was well over 12months before it finally arrived. Couldn't be happier! The extra delay for a well-designed and excuted project was totally worth it and restore my faith in crowd-funded projects after having backed a few failed/poorly delivered projects before.
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The waiting is the hardest part. Iíve reverted to pour over until the Niche arrives, at which point Iíll resume brewing espresso.
Lots of happy owners, I’m finding I have to keep adjusting it, I’m wasting heaps of beans
I have found small changes in bean weight to be reflected in the cup, directly and reliably. This is a capability I did not have before; at least, not with the same simplicity.
One differnce I notice is, I grind a lot finer than what others are, i'm around the 10 mark. This isn't calibration, I need finer grinds than most.
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