Really hesitate to start yet another Monolith thread but it's better than to litter the other one with off-topic posts..
So I've received the long awaited Monolith Conical. First rate grinder and so easy to use! The hype is real.
Though, don't expect it to do the impossible, and you can still screw up (aw, my lousy roast still taste lousy through the Monolith
) . The Monolith just makes the process much easier to get good results.
It was beyond impressive that the grinder was shipped on Friday, and arrived here in Melbourne on Monday by 5pm (it's like a next-business day delivery)! I know some of you guys in the States are still waiting for your delivery, but we paid more for shipping!
Some niceties/update I noticed:
i) new safety cap as designed
ii) new chute design
iii) new dosing funnel design - the shape is a bit flared rather than hollow cylinder-shaped
iv) WDT tool in matching black color
The new chute design does a great job dispensing the coffee ground. No mess no spill, unless I did not RDT.
The portafilter holder is just phenomenal for hands free operation. Initially it came from the factory adjusted a tad wider for my portafilter, so there's some resonance/vibration when grinding. An email to Denis and his to-the-point tips was 'tighten the portafilter fork until there's a bit of friction when the portafilter slides in'. Did that, voila! No more vibration - it's a dream to use!
I'm not sure what voodoo is it. But my bottomless pours look even better now and consistently, which I didn't know was a possibility. I did not even season the grinder and use it just as it is. I WDT all my shots, and scored what I think a 90/100 (bottomless pour) before the Monolith. Now, with the same procedure and even less WDT effort, the bottomless pour just turns out an excellent 95/100. Streams coalesce much faster, and no mini dead spots unless I grind way way too fine. The grind sweet spot feels larger as well, and I can micro-tune the flow a lot better.
As part of the new-owners rite-of-passage, the setting did slip on me once. Lesson learnt - it does need to be tight!
Without WDT, the pour is just okay, scoring an acceptable 80-85(out of 100). In comparison, non-WDT pours from many other grinders are easily 60-80. The little effort to WDT is worth bumping the result to 95/100.
I am still on the fence about the grooming tool. Really well made and feel nice to use. But I did not feel any improvement/advantage other than making you feel good (but one extra step). Maybe I am using it incorrectly?
Retention wise, I'm getting a little still even after RDT. In the neighborhood of ~0.2g that requires a few more palm-puffing to get it all out (first world problem indeed).
Monolith owners, feel free to chime in for discussions!