martianpc wrote:I will compare them, but I don't have the time or expertise to do what Jim is proposing. So I will not be doing a blind comparison. I will be fair though and I really have no bias at all.
Initial observation is that the NZ is much easier to adjust for small changes consistently.
The Specialita is definitely quieter.
I find the NZ does have some retention and needs a small pat on the clear lid when it is done grinding to knock loose what's left. You litteraly see a few clumps come falling out afterward. The specialita has slightly more retention, but with my 3d printed hopper it is very easy to remove the cap and using the palm of my hand gently smack the hopper opening which creates a seal and uses air to push the beans through. Makes it very close in retention levels.
So far taste wise I haven't had enough to compare them fairly at all. I do prefer the grind adjustment substantially on the NZ though while I try different things.
More thoughts to follow.
Hi Mike (and all HBers),
I also have a Mignon Specialita..... got it around March 2019. Actually, started this journey at that time too with a Lelit Mara.
Been wanting to do single-dosing and find that the Specialita lacks this specific capability. It retains too much grind in the shoot/anti-clump mechanism for me. When you single dose with the Specialita, are the grinds consistent? I read somewhere that the Specialita needs a semi-full hopper to ensure consistency. Wondering if you see this with your experience?
Since the Specialita is a flat burr grinder, and the Niche is conical, is there any value in having one of each?