Post By artman
Post By DesigningByCoffee
Post By Davie
Damaged Sette Burr
I currently have a Baratza Sette that I have been using for over a year and has been fantastic. Great results in the cup.
The last weekend I had trouble trying to get a good coffee from it (2 different beans and fresh - within 2 weeks of roast). The coffee was weak and watery, and although I got the same amount by weight in the same time, you coul see it wasn’t flowing nicely. Even my wife commented on the taste!
I took the grinder apart to see if it needed a clean and noticed that the burr was damaged as per the attached photo with a small divot in the burr.
I did notice the machine making a slight clicking sound prior to this.
I have been quoted $50 to replace the burr. The inner burr looks to be undamaged. I have a feeling there was something in the beans (small stone or piece or wire) that must have caused the damage.
Could such a small mark make such a big difference? Should I just replace the burr?
I wouldn’t think a small nick like that in one spot would cause the grind to be off so much.
But perhaps the foreign object has knocked the alignment out?
Or, the way the sette works with the bottom burr being still, if one area is out then the grinds in that location will be different to the rest of the basket.
If you have a naked PF you could easily see if the the high flow is even across the basket or isolated to one spot.
Have you tried setting the grind finer?
This would be my thought too. A small nick shouldn't make a huge difference to the flavour, but mis-alignment or damage caused by a stone or similar may. If you are hearing a clicking, it may have bent something
Originally Posted by artman
I decided to buy a new burr (which also comes with the burr holder).
If this doesn’t appear to fix the problem the inner burr is incorporated with the gearbox and motor for $175, hopefully it doesn’t come to that.
Davie, any progress on the Sette?
I ended up needing to replace both burrs (a costly exercise).
Originally Posted by robusto
After just replacing the lower burr it was better however I could still tell a difference before it was damaged.
When I removed the internal burr and motor assembly the burr was wobbly in the housing, where the new one is solid.
Anyway, after replacing both it is all good again, and also seems a lot quieter than the old.
Ah great to hear Davie. Just curious, was your Sette secondhand or new? And which model was it, the 270 or 270W?
Originally Posted by Davie
I bought it new last year, and have had it just over a year.
Originally Posted by simonsk8r
It is just the 270, not the W. It has performed flawlessly all the time I have had it.
Ah ok thanks mate. I wonder if it was possibly something got into the grinder that shouldn't have, surely it was, as that's too short a time for burr life.
Originally Posted by Davie