The APEX has arrived. 15 minute impressions....
Surprisingly difficult grinding effort. Maybe this was already stated in this thread but I'm assuming I should completely skip all instructions of trying to use the grinder without a base, on my granite counter, even with the supplied 6 sticky gel pads. Reason I state that is because even with the sticky feet, and a setting in the middle or on the fine side of middle, its very difficult to keep stable. There were times where even turning counter clockwise was difficult.
Who is the target end user for this? I'm assuming it would be a complete coffee nerd who is trying to extract flavors from LIGHT roasts. Thus, I now understand the pictures in this thread which show people vice clamping the grinder down to the counter - which sorry, but that's rather absurd. Onto the major plus side and why you would buy this >>>> The grind uniformity and lack of fines appears to be unbelievably good - like wow. It appears that the apex is indeed capable of delivering spectacular grinds, but to operate the grinder and achieve that is a bit kludgy to say the least (for light roasts). Thus its an incomplete product the way it ships.
Yes I'm using light roasts, but again - who is spending $500 on a hand grinder and grinding dark roasts. OE should honestly create a weighted base that they ship with the grinder.
I'll search this thread but
1. Roughly, what grind settings are you all using for a standard v60 or similar pour over cone? By the way, really seems like they should've put a scale to track grind setting more easily.
2. Tips on what kind of base? edit: I'll just buy the heaviest cutting board I can find at IKEA
Looks like they make a black one which is decently heavy and could match the APEX!