As a clean, quiet, 54mm flat grinder, which grinds well in a ‘set it and forget it’ way, I can’t complain. I like how it looks and when it’s dialled-in it isn’t a bad grinder. I’ve had some really good results in the cup. It’s also pretty well put together.
But then for £500, if that’s all you want it for there are obviously better options. Someone on Home-Barista put it well in saying it’s an overpriced entry-level grinder dressed as an EK65.
I sold my Mazzer E to buy it because I wanted to grind for different brew methods, but I’ve ended up with a grinder that does the same thing but not as well.
My big issue is that it simply does not do what it is marketed to do without costly compromises. Realistically it needs a 30g purge between changes, even small ones, and the small, stiff dial makes it incredibly difficult to make small adjustments.
Perhaps I was naive believing the marketing hype!
I’ve been hovering over the Niche buy button regardless. We’ll see how long my self control lasts.