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Thread: Baratza Sette 270W over a Macap M4D

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    Senior Member coffeechris's Avatar
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    Baratza Sette 270W over a Macap M4D

    Hi all,

    Might be a pretty general question but I wondering peoples views so far on the Baratza Sette 270W? I currently have the Macap M4D and im wondering if buying one of these Baratza Sette 270W would be a side step, similar or better than the Macap M4D that i already own. My problem is i like to try new things.. I find the grind quality on the Macap to be fantastic and wonder how people so far find the Baratza Sette 270W..

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    Chris
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    Has the durability been proven to be bad yet? Yes it's more plasticky than a traditional grinder but maybe (hopefully!!) they are built well with quality (albeit plastic) materials and will go the distance, especially for home use.

    It's very fast but also quite noisy.

    The weigh dose feature and fluffy grinds are awesome. As is easy reset of grind setting by reference and it's quite compact.

    Cheers

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    thanks for your thoughts above guys.

    Durability concerns is what i get from most peoples reviews on forums and videos about these. As mentioned above do we really know how durable they are yet not having been out that long? I guess for the price of it compared to many others I would be more aiming to find out what the grind quality is like in it.
    Do i need a new Grinder? No
    But would i like to buy a new grinder that everyone is hyped about? Yes,

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    The good thing with the sette is that the motor/gears etc Is one replacement unit. So if needed the wear parts are all replaced in one hit.

    I think for home use it will go the distance for a few years. Someone needs to chuck one in a cafe for a decent workout!
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    i'm in the same boat! i've got a M4D and am itching for a new toy....
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    Agreed, we need to see one do a few months in a Cafe.... As mentioned for me its more of i want to try something different and for the price its pretty appealing. That said can anyone answer me this....

    DO you think the grind quality compares to Say a M4D or an equivalent Mazzer??
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    Baratza Sette 270W over a Macap M4D

    Buy one. See how it goes. If you don't want it at the end of your testing I could likely buy it off you 🤣. They are all going at EOFY special pricing at the moment.
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    The grind output is nice and fluffy.

    The distance between the spout and top of PF can be tight if you have a deep PF. With my cafelat in naked mode I need to dose in two hits with a settling tap in beteeen.

    Cheers
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    Baratza Sette 270W over a Macap M4D

    I've bought one coming from a M4 and just love it. The grind consistency is brilliant, no clumping and easy to dial in. I don't notice it being overly noisy, I thought the M4 was just as, if not noisier IMO.

    I almost didn't get the weighing option and whilst initially a little temperamental it's now working well and really enjoying this feature, both using presets and 'ad hoc' pulse mode.

    Durability. I can't speak to as of course too new a product but their customer service has been first rate, FWIW. As others mention it's quite a solid and weighty unit for its size - which is much more petite than the M4 and not taking up quite as much bench space!

    I'm enjoying the results from the Sette much more than I ever did with the M4. We never really got along for some reason.....
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    Thanks for your opinions guys. Leaving me with many of these ???????? On why i shouldn't give it ago.

    Chris
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    Saw a post on Facebook about the Sette yesterday, baristas were complaining about the grind suitability for filter and batch brewing, a representative from Five Senses commented that the makers are bringing out some new burrs specifically for filter brewing purposes later in the year. Comments on espresso grind quality were positive.
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    Interesting Greenman. Not sure how easy the outer burr would be to change as it looks like its part of the mechanism? I put the two supplied shims in as it was at max finessess for espresso and now seems to be too fine at max course. Will remove one shim and see how it goes for both.

    Cheers
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    With two shims I grind espresso on 2 and fine. I find I use about 20 for aeropress. I'm not a pour over user but wouldn't be able to grind course enough for a plunger at all.

    I'm close to needing a third shim for any more espresso range which does worry me a little. Wouldn't have thought I'd need to shim a $600 grinder designed for espresso at all before I purchased it to be honest.
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    What they should do is have a larger step range in the coarser end but maintain the small steps at the small range. So you keep espresso grind adjustability but have a wide range at the coarser range where super fine adjustment is less critical.

    This could be an easy to do with a different lower burr holder that has these steps.

    Cheers
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    Thanks Paul but I'm trying to keep my aeropress range. May have to rethink the grinder if it ends up needing another shim added.

    Will make it too one dimensional.

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    You will probably be fine (pardon the pun) with 2. I sometimes go a notch or two off minimum but haven't maxed out with 2 shims.

    You can always up the dose a smidge to slow down the flow of needed. Luckily with the 270w it's dead easy.

    Cheers

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    Yep very true artman I've actually been doing just that. Great tip for all users of it

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