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by jgood, 1 minute ago in Grinders
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CAUTION!! Niche Zero owners

Although I don't have a Niche, I do have a Baratza Vario. It also has a lot of plastic, but they have kept the parts very available and inexpensive, as well as offering a "rebuild" service that is fairly priced ($80). In addition there are videos of most repairs. I've had mine three years plus and I think I've tightened...
by sweaner, 20 minutes ago in Grinders
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CAUTION!! Niche Zero owners

Seems to work just fine for the vast majority of us... Just saying...
by tbonesays, 22 minutes ago in Cafes and Get-togethers
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Arizona Meet-ups

Found a new one today. Buzzed Goat Coffee in Auhwatukhee (sp) off of Ranch Circle Rd. They make the coffee drinks carefully, especially for a place that serves alcohol. The barista is quite a character. Gabe opened this three years ago starting off as a food truck. He gets supplied by the Phoenix Roasting Co out of North Scottsdale. Please...
by PeetsFan, 24 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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Jack Leveler + E37S = Channeling like crazy... Can't Win

Buy two bags of beans at a time, as long as you can go through it in 9 days. If you buy the same coffee with a different roast date... it may be close but it's still different coffee and needs to be dialed in, or at least tweaked. Also, I haven't read this whole thread, but I do better...
by cannonfodder, 28 minutes ago in Marketplace
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Custom Wood for your Espresso Machine

Bunch of big parts in figured walnut. It took some time to track down a 12 inch wide 4/8 walnut board to make everything from. Stairstep holder for Lyn Weber bean cellars, an accessory block to hold a bunch of assorted parts, added a walnut handle to the dustpan and made a surround for an ECM tamping station to cover...
by PeetsFan, 30 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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Unexplained extraction time changes

I need to do the same. Not necessarily every day, but as the beans age the grind needs to get a little finer. To the main question, a 20 second difference is a lot. I get 5 second swings sometimes but not 20 second swings.
by Pressino, 31 minutes ago in Grinders
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CAUTION!! Niche Zero owners

Yeah..I noticed that, too. I guess plastics are pretty tough nowadays, but in a grinder I like metal for durability and some extra weight does provide more stability and maybe noise dampening in operation. I think time will help answer the question of durability. Mazzers typically last more than a decade in commercial use. I've never used a Niche, but...
by PeetsFan, 32 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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Diffuser Screens

I was just thinking that my espresso-making routine isn't complicated enough, and I need to add more steps.
by PeetsFan, 33 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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Struggling with channeling.

I have nearly the same setup as you and I don't have that much channeling. There's always a little. My setup is a Sette 270 with a Bezzera Duo, a dual-boiler E61 Here are the only things I can think of: 1) Pre-infuse for 3 to 4 seconds 2) 20 g shots, for me, are just mind-numbing. It's a lot...
by Hiruma, 39 minutes ago in Tips and Techniques
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How to maintain consistent flow rate throughout extraction?

Thank you very much, Peppersass, for the detailed feedback! Yes, "constant" would be the correct word to use for my situation. I do weigh the ground beans after grinding as I find that the Sette 270 likes to keep at least 0.5g for itself when I put 17-18g through it. I will see how things turn out once the Niche...