Penance Think i’d have to leave home if i kept 2 grinders!
Ditto for me, especially as I have 2 setups: one here in the City and one at our family cottage. I’ve upgraded my City setup, moving from a Bartaza Sette270 + Breville Duopro… to a Eureka Mignon Specialita with Lelit Elizabeth….and then recently bought the Niche Zero and sold Mignon just as the NZ arrived; never managed a side by side comparison.
As I modded the dial on the Mignon to a larger 3D printed dial (bought on Etsy), I was able to make minute adjustments, which was great. But it’s single dose hopper was not well designed and the grinder had modest retention, which meant grinding and throwing out a couple of grams of coffee every AM and/or at every grind setting change, which wasted coffee and time. And switching from espresso to pour over or moka pot was a big pain to note and remember how many rotations of the dial, from X.x number for espresso (which changes) by Y.y turns of the dial to z.z for pour over. So if you didn’t keep very very careful notes of each change, there was a risk of not knowing how to get back to your the espresso setting that you had spent time and coffee dialing in. It really is a one type of coffee (espresso) machine. And I really didn’t use it’s programming features. Never got to cleaning the burrs after watching a scary multi step video. So I sold it.
I’m now breaking in my NZ and am overcoming some initial teething pains. No grinder is perfect (not even an NZ or even a Monolith) and I am betting that most pallets would not be able to blind test which machine made which shot), but I prefer the NZ at this point.
Will need to confirm this, as my cottage grinder (Bartazza Sette 270) needs repair, so I can look my Kurig coffee drinking wife in the eye and say…its broken so we might as well put the repair money into a NZ.
Need to figure out a rationale for moving my City Lelit E to the cottage and buying a Lelit B for the City…. Hmmm.