Baratza Sette 270
Baratza is excited to introduce this new conical burr series that debuts a revolutionary new grinding technology. Designed and perfected in Liechtenstein over a period of 8 years, this technology sets a new standard in simplicity, efficiency, and durability. This new mechanism has the outer burr rotate and the inner burr is fixed, a truly revolutionary design. The design of this mechanism doubles the efficiency of similarly sized grinders. Coffee passes straight through the grinder, vertically, and drops directly into the grounds bin or your portafilter.
The Sette has a macro/micro adjust for grind size, as well as 3 programmable settings for dosing. These combined features offers the user incredible repeatability. A built-in convertible holder allows you to grind directly into your portafilter, the supplied grounds bin, or most of the popular brewing devices (Hario, Clever, Able Kone, AeroPress) – a standout feature amongst all other home grinders.
Using a combination planetary gear box and a patented crown gear drive system, we achieve a 19:1 speed reduction.
Manufactured in Liechtenstein, the 40 mm conical burrs grind coffee at 3.5g to 5.5 g/sec. depending on the setting. These burrs can do a very uniform grind, with a distinct lack of fines across its grinding range. These conical burrs are durable and will remain sharp for many years. The mechanism provides for precision burr alignment ensuring accurate grinding.
DIGITAL CONTROL PANEL
The front mounted control panel with backlit LED display is user friendly. Three programmable buttons allow for grind time setting within 0.1 second. Simply press the start button and the Sette automatically delivers precise dosing.
The Sette has a macro adjust of 30 steps, grinding from espresso to manual brew. A stepless micro adjust with 9 indicators, allows the user to accurately dial in a perfect espresso. The macro/micro mechanism is directly connected to the cone burr resulting in immediate and true grind adjustment.
CONVERTIBLE DEVICE HOLDER
A built-in convertible holder allows you to grind directly into your portafilter, the supplied grounds bin, or most of the popular brewing devices (Hario, Clever, Able Kone, Aeropress) – a standout feature amongst all other home grinders. The Sette’s grounds bin is made from an anti-static plastic, with a moulded spout for easy pouring into your preferred brewing device. The portaholder can accommodate any size of portafilter and includes an integrated hook for stability.
The hopper holds approximately 300-400g of coffee. An innovative bean shutoff feature in the collar permits no-mess, no-fuss hopper removal for changing out beans.
To maximize freshness, the Sette minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder.
The Sette 270 is exceptional for all brewing methods, from espresso to manual brew.
A powerful, high torque DC motor drives the Sette. The circuitry is equipped with an automatically resetting, thermal cutoff switch.
The Sette Series is designed with a small footprint (like our other models) that fits under standard kitchen cabinets.
The cone burr is easily removable with no tools, making cleaning very easy.
Exceptional grinder for espresso
Posted by Gord Preston on 5th Mar 2017
OVERVIEW: The Sette lives up to its billing of providing consistent, quick grinds, and reliable dose amounts using the timer presets. However, the grind settings don't really go coarse enough for press coffee.
USER PROFILE: Home roast our coffee so don't have the same roast consistency as commercially roasted. Tend to cycle through four or five brew methods ranging from press to espresso. Our roast variability and differing brew methods means constant changes to grind settings. Previous grinder was a Baratza Preciso and have been using the Sette for 10 weeks.
IMPRESSIONS TO DATE: While the Preciso was a fine grinder we noticed a marked improvement in our espresso as soon as we started using the Sette; presumably from the improved consistency of the grind. As well, grind settings are in very small increments so dialing in to a precise setting is easily done. Changing grind settings is smooth and doesn't feel like you are putting wear on anything while making changes.
The build quality is very high, even by Baratza's high standards. Given the revolutionary design I suspect they overbuilt the grinder to make sure it wasn't the Galaxy Note 7 of the grinder world.
We tend to do weight based single dose grinding since we are constantly changing between different roasts. As a result, we haven't used the preset timing function to any great extent. However, when we have used it the dosing consistency was remarkable.
Baratza and Transcend's support, as always, has been excellent. I think I was the first purchaser of a Sette from Transcend and probably one of the first in Canada, so I expected glitches. Turns out there were some grinders that shipped without the repair kit, including ours. Contacted Transcend who contacted Baratza who shipped the missing kit directly to me. Great service.
Our only issue with the Sette is that, while they advertise it as suitable for all brewing methods, we find it doesn't go as coarse as we would like for press coffee. Seems we aren't alone in this opinion. Wholelattelove says "One thing about the Settes - they are focused in the fine to medium grind range. They do not go coarse enough for press brewing." (link below) We compensate for the finer grind when using an immersion/press method by reducing steeping time, or just use our hand grinder to get the coarser grind (although it feels odd to forego using our $600 Sette and instead use a $90 hand grinder). However, hope is on the horizon. Baratza is coming out with a second burr set for the Settee that allows for coarser grinds. Ideally we won't have to swap burr sets every time we want to switch from press to espresso, but I suspect that will be the case. All that being said, I understand Baratza's design decision to give greater precision within a narrower grind range since a grinder like the Sette is probably overkill for press brewing.
BOTTOM LINE: Sette is in a league of its own for prosumer grinders when used for espresso and even pour over. If you mostly do press (Aero or otherwise) then no need to pay the big bucks for this level of consistency and precision.
Good review of the Sette's grinding at