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Crew Review: Baratza Sette 270

How Does It Compare?

Here it is, the Baratza Sette 270! We’ll be testing its counterpart, the Baratza 270W soon, but in the meantime, we’ll give you the low down on Baratza’s two newest grinders. The main difference is the Sette 270W measure grounds by weight and features Bluetooth technology while the Sette 270 measures by time (as you’d find on a lot of grinders). Besides the extra technology added into the Sette 270W, these grinders feature the same powerful mechanics.

Sette_front The anticipated Baratza Sette 270 has arrived on this week's Crew Review.

Grind

Built with 40mm steel conical burrs, the hardware of the Sette 270 seems similar to other grinders on the market. We’ll just tell you, it's not! The Sette 270’s magic is in its design. It’s the only grinder that has the outer burr rotate while the inner burr is fixed. With the motor mounted horizontally instead of vertically, the bean hopper is seated directly above the burrs, giving the beans a straight shot down the hatch—leaving virtually no grounds behind! Seriously, the coffee only travels vertically so the grounds don’t have a place to sit and stale.

The Sette 270 design create room for the bean hopper on top of the burrs. The Sette 270 design create room for the bean hopper on top of the burrs.

This design increases the Sette 270’s speed and efficiency. Baratza clocked the grinder at 3.5 to 5.5 grams per second! If you’re in doubt, check out our Crew Review video for yourself! Outfitted with a stepped macro and a stepless micro adjustment ring, it allows you to fine-tune your grind from French press coarse down to espresso fine. We’ve experimented with the finest settings to see if we could choke the grinder and the Sette 270 persevered! We’re blown away by how fast and efficiently the Sette 270 turns beans the size of pencil erasers into powdered sugar.

Sette_display Three programmable buttons allow you to save more grind settings.

Once you’ve played around with the Sette 270 and found your just-right grind, Baratza gives you three programmable buttons to lock in time. But let’s say you want to change up your volume, Baratza’s got an answer for that too! Kyle from Baratza calls it, the “pulse” button. If you press and hold it, it’ll start manually grinding until you release it.

Pro Tip: It takes a second to engage the manual grind, so be quick about it! If you only want a small amount, do some trials with the grind and program it to save on beans.

Glamour

Did you know Sette in Italian is seven? Right, right! The name’s in the design. Purely talking about the Sette 270’s looks, the shape is similar to some recent espresso machines that have been released like the Nuova Simonelli Oscar II. The angular shape is breaking away from the mainstream style we’re accustomed to and showing off more curves. All these new dimensions are aesthetically pleasing and fit in easily with different espresso machines and coffee makers available.

The Sette 270 is named after its unique shape. Sette means seven in Italian. The Sette 270 is named after its unique shape. Sette means seven in Italian.

Cleanup has never been easier! With the beans direct path, there are almost no residual grinds. If you do want to do some light cleanup, the bean hopper comes off easily with a door (Kyle calls it a ‘Hopper Stopper’) that swings shut. There’s a handful of beans left over, so you’ll want to either vacuum or tip those out. Afterward, we recommend taking a grinder brush and sweeping out the leftover grinds. A deeper clean is easy to achieve too. You don’t need a screwdriver on the Sette 270, the whole burr twists right off! Take the macro adjustment past the lowest setting and it’ll drop out. This does mean you’ll lose your grind setting, so be aware of the macro setting and be patient dialing it back in. Luckily, there are no loose screws or small parts to worry about.

Grade

We’ve been working our way up to this: What other benefits are hiding in the Sette 270’s horizontal design? Constructed to optimize efficiency, Baratza created the best convertible holder we’ve seen in a long time. The horizontal design freed up space for a container up to 5.75 inches tall and 3.50 inches wide. The width is based on how far the two arms extend. These arms also have a third smaller arm to easily hook in your portafilter. Switch it from espresso to holding a Hario V60—yeah, it can do that. It can handle holding different types of equipment for the different grind settings it offers.

The Sette's 270 three arms easily support a portafilter. The Sette's 270 three arms easily support a portafilter.

Conclusion

We know you’re itching for the deets on the Sette 270W. Kyle from Baratza visited us and revealed the in and outs of this new innovation. Both are built with the same mechanics, but the Sette 270W takes this innovation further using weight measurement and Bluetooth. Check out our Baratza Sneak Peek 270W video and let us know what you think!

7 thoughts on “Crew Review: Baratza Sette 270”

  • Sorin HEREA BUZATU
    Sorin HEREA BUZATU May 26, 2016 at 6:10 am

    Did you try the arm support with 58mm portafilter?
    Will the support be also usable with a 53mm portafilter from LaSpaziale?

    Thank you

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    • Felicia Kloewer
      Felicia Kloewer May 31, 2016 at 1:53 am

      Hi, Sorin,

      The arm supports on the Sette 270 and 270W are adjustable, so it's incredibly easy to fit a variety of portafilters (and other methods like a V60)! We've secured both 53mm and 58mm portafilters with the two adjustable arms and also there is a third arm in the back that can swing out to steady the portafilter.

      Cheers!
      Felicia

      Reply
  • Sorin HEREA BUZATU
    Sorin HEREA BUZATU May 31, 2016 at 3:38 am

    That is a little bit strange because somebody else that reviewed the Sette 270 told me in a public comment on YouTube:
    "Just tried hanging a 53mm on it. It tilts to one side if not held by hand"

    Reply
    • Felicia Kloewer
      Felicia Kloewer June 1, 2016 at 2:29 am

      Hi, Sorin! A 53mm fits, but it is a delicate balance. If you are wanting it to work like a 58mm, you probably will have some issues. That said, the Sette we have is a demo, and Baratza might have a solution down the road. Hope that helps!

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  • Nino

    Hi,

    I have 3 questions about the Sette:

    Does it fit Delonghi portafilters of the ec 680?
    I am planing to up my grinder-game before I get a better espressomachine.

    How fast is the motor speed? I read it has a 1:19 ration from motor to burr, but I can't find the motor speed anywhere.

    How repeatable is the grind selection system, for example after I cleaned the machine?
    What I mean is: do I get the exact same grind size before and after a disassembly each and every time, when I put it on the same grind size setting? Or when changing from coarse back to fine.
    I know you only have a pre production machine and are most likely not doing a long term test right now. But if you happen to be interested in the last question, I would love to hear your thoughts.

    Thank you !

    Bests
    Nino

    Reply
    • Felicia Kloewer
      Felicia Kloewer June 3, 2016 at 1:45 am

      Hi, Nino,

      The Sette 270 & W have adjustable arms, so it's easy to fit different types of portafilters! We happen to have a DeLonghi Dedica EC680 in the office, and the portafilter fits just fine! Baratza achieved a 19:1 speed reduction and it can grind 3.5g to 5.5 grams per second. We haven't tested the motor's RPM and we also couldn't find the RPM anywhere.

      For your last question, it's a stepped grinder with a stepless micro-adjustment. When you clean the grinder, you remove the bottom burr which also adjusts the settings, so you will lose your settings. Fortunately, since part of the settings have notches, you could write down that number and try to fine-tune the stepless micro-settings.

      Thank you for your question! I hope that helps and Baratza is still working on the Sette, so perhaps we'll hear more soon.

      Cheers!

      Felicia Kloewer

      Reply
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