Shamefully I’ve been a bit stubborn about the Niche since it was released. I’ve always thought the industrial design looks great and it’s hard to argue with so many glowing reviews, but I’ve favoured flat-burr grinders from more established brands and haven’t really been inclined to single dose up until now.
However, in light of continued dissatisfaction with my current grinder (x54), the hope of finding one grinder that covers all brew methods and my growing inclination to start single dosing more often, the Niche is making a lot of sense.
The multiple brew method thing is a big deal for me. I make at least two V60 cups every morning, occasionally a MoccaMaster if family or friends are over, and at least two to three espressos every day.
Whilst the x54 doesn’t do a terrible job of either brew or espresso, switching between them is a pain and wastes enormous amounts of purged coffee.
I tried a Fellow Ode as a dedicated brew grinder since it’s small and looks great, but I returned it… so much potential but SO MUCH MESS. Grinds all over the cup and then all over the work surface… For £300 I really shouldn’t need to stir beans with a wet teaspoon to make up for design decisions. Also I didn’t really rate the performance for making single cups on lighter roasts. A shame, as like all the other Fellow stuff, it looks great.
I know the Niche is clearly a fantastic performer for each individual brew method, but how is it for switching between methods on almost every use? Ideally I’d love to just grind a few doses of filter in the morning, then two espresso doses in the afternoon and not have to worry about running a dial-in shot before each espresso.
I appreciate it’s a tall order but I’d love to just have one grinder that does it all.
(I’m aware they’re not immediately available but happy to wait).