Post By CoffeeChick6462
Post By simonsk8r
Baratza sette 270wi vs Malkoenig Vario
Have just received my new sette 270wi to be used almost exclusively for espresso. However I'm starting to get cold feet given the reliability of the older models. I'm able to exchange and go up to the Vario if I want, just looking for opinions on whether I should or not. Hard to know about reliability of the new sette since it's only been out for a relatively short time. Thanks everyone
ETA Budget really can't exceed 800
Originally Posted by CoffeeChick6462
IMO the Vario with the standard ceramic burrs does way better Turkish to espresso compared to the Settes I have tried (three in all, two in my home setup).
For coarser grinds the Sette is way better unless you buy the optional (about $40) steel burrs for the Vario. Then the Vario is also way better at that grinding texture, however its espresso sucks (badly). Changing the burrs is a 5 minute job in between roasts, as the Vario hopper does not have a lock on it - if the Vario has beans in it, you have to tip them out (gently) before you can access the burrs.
I think of it like a radio (TV) tuner - gen2 and gen3 Varios have a really narrow, single "in tune band" which gives excellent response as long as you are in that band. You can change the band (i.e. using steel burrs) however it is always narrow and precise. The Sette is more like some of the old radio tuners with multiple wide bands - they are fairly good everywhere however never as good as the more precise ones.
So I guess it really depends how you personally define "to be used almost exclusively for espresso", doesn't it?
I hope this helps
Thanks tampit. I think my main worry is the durability of the 270wi. I've recently bought the bdb with the plan/hope of upgrading in 12 months, so I'm just hoping the sette can make it to then?!
FWIW, I've been using my 270Wi pretty much every day (2-3 shots) for just over 6 months now, no issues, still going amazingly!
My thread on feedback on it is here if interested: