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Post By wattgn
Post By mthomas87
Post By chokkidog
Post By level3ninja
Upgrading from Mazzer Mini
I just sold my Mazzer Mini Doser in hopes of upgrading to something that will improve my workflow. I always single dose so I'm looking for a low retention grinder with minimal popcorning.
My budget is $1000, I can stretch it a little more if needed. I've had a look around and narrowed it down to the following:
Mahlkonig Vario -
Pros: Has low retention, priced well, good features.
Cons: Build quality not as great and smaller burr than other grinders looked at. Aesthetics (my opinion) left little to be desired for but that's subjective.
Eureka Atom -
Pros: Quiet, Sturdy construction, looks good on the bench.
Cons: Retention questionable, some say it's low some say it's around 6g. It popcorns.
Niche Zero -
Pros: Built for single dosing (no hopper), Burrs are made by mazzer, small design
Cons: Popcorns, new to market so longevity unknown, priced higher than other options.
All three grinders produce good results from what I've read.
Please help me made a decision and feel free to suggest other alternatives.
I live in Brisbane and would like to purchase within Australia to avoid dealing with overseas shipping.
I've got a Niche and would recommend it for single dosing. What I love about it is that I could go from a cold brew grind down to an espresso grind without having to run additional beans through.
I would have decaf at night so would constantly change my grind, I was using a compak k3 before and that was a nightmare, could never get the grind right going from normal to decaf.
As for popcorning, I think most if not all grinders suffers from it if you single dose, for me I put a single shot filter basket on top of the beans to decrease it, there are also 3d printed models available to minimize popcorning (might try this soon).
I would just get the Eureka Mignon Specialita. I used it single dosing and timed dosing. It is a brilliant little grinder. Compact and high quality and under $1000. I would recommend a flat burr for most people over a conical even though I currently use my Robur, a conical. You get cleaner flavours and less bitterness and the difference is huge. Conicals, grind quite differently to flat burr grinders and the flavour difference is huge. You could argue you get more flavour with the conical but it isn't the sort of flavour I like. The conical is more consistent and as it produces more fines, it does give a nicer looking pour.
Originally Posted by darkliger
+1 vote for the niche. I've had one since the initial round of shipping from Indiegogo and it is great for swapping between beans and brew types. If you're happy to single dose then it's hard to go past.
For that money you could also look at a second hand HG One (if you don't mind hand grinding) or a used electronic Super Jolly (or maybe Kony) too.
I have a HG One for home where it just sits there nailing espresso. The niche is at work for espresso and the odd cold brew (and it's a bit more coworker friendly).
There is a piece of plastic in the works for the Niche that will cut down on popcorning, soon to be available apparently. For single dosing little beats the Niche.
As per L3N and if you can’t be fagged waiting and are half handy with tools you can make one yourself out of either plastic, aluminium or maybe SS. Mine is aluminium and works a treat. It even seems to have stopped the occasional dose of static but not 100% sure on that as it has been so dry here like much of OZ.
Originally Posted by level3ninja
There is a thread on Home Barista where a Eureka distributor is being used in the Niche for anti-popcorning.
Apparently it is a readily available spare part for a couple of dollars.
google Niche Zero popcorning.
Or Niche Zero NFC disk
Originally Posted by chokkidog
Niche Zero sounds like it would fit the bill.
Perhaps a left field option, but a high quality hand grinder is a perfect single doser, and they can make great espresso. Iíve used a Comandante in this manner for espresso.
I too am looking at upgrading / swapping from a mazzer mini. Is the Niche Zero better than the Eureka?
Better depends on your use case. Single dosing to avoid retention, want to be able to change your grind setting back and forth accurately, then 100% Niche is better. Want to just pour beans in a hopper and get easy walk up shots repeatedly with minimal input from you, then the Atom is better.
FYI the Niche disc is currently shipping. Looks very similar to the aluminium one I made for my Niche.