JaayW
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Nov 5, 2017
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Hey Coffee Community,
I last asked about picking a grinder to upgrade to from my Capresso Infinity. I've made the choice between the Baratza Sette 270, Baratza Sette 30 AP and the Breville Smart Grinder Pro.
My reasoning for the 270 was because of its grind quality, metal (and more durable) burr housing and its preset capabilities. However, it has me questioning whether its worth the price over the 30 AP or the Breville.
For the 30 AP, it was because it was a huge upgrade over the Capresso - only concern I have is the plastic burr housing. Why isn't much really much of an issue, just a concern. Since this Baratza is capable of making consistent grinds good for mid range espresso. Regardless of my concern, it was recommended by another member and a worthy consideration of those around its price point.
For the Breville, I liked its design, interface and reviews I've seen around. Its capability to produce grinds on the coarse side of the spectrum, allowing me to grind beans suited for French Press made it a worthy consideration. Its versatility lets me try different brew methods and its programmable and (seemingly) easy to use interface had me consider it.
My budget changed since, but if the 30 AP or Breville is worth more in its price to performance (and usability) then I might just pick between those two and scrap the idea of the 270. Any thoughts community?
Nov 5, 2017
Dr.McCoy
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Nov 6, 2017
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If your current grinder is working I would just say keep saving up for the 270 if that's what will really suit your needs. I'm not familiar with the Breville but the 270 is genuinely fantastic. I could see you wanting to upgrade from the Smart grinder but the 270 will satisfy your needs for all drip/pour over methods forever and is a great mid/entry level for espresso should you wish to go that route.
Nov 6, 2017
JaayW
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Nov 6, 2017
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I decided to scrap the idea of the Breville after some further sleuthing and decided on the 30 AP since it's what I can currently afford. Unfortunately the 270 isn't in my range after some further evaluation, but if I was to upgrade further down the line I think I will be looking in the 600-800 range.
Thanks for your insight!
Nov 6, 2017
steverhinehart
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Nov 17, 2017
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The Sette series is really only proficient at espresso grinding, so if you're going to be doing much brewed coffee I'd recommend looking elsewhere. They're nice grinders with lots of great features, but once you get into the medium grind range you'll begin to see a lot more fines. The optional BG burr resolves this only somewhat. I tend to point folks toward the Virtuoso instead if they're looking to do a mix of brewing methods (formerly the Preciso for the ability to dial in for espresso), or the Vario with steel burrs if they have a larger budget.
I don't personally have much experience with the Smart Grinder, and I've heard mostly positive things. I think Baratza's grind quality generally outshines it, but for the price it's not too bad at all.
Nov 17, 2017
211bma
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Jun 19, 2018
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I would need to know what your brew method is to answer correctly. Personally don't think you can go wrong with either of the Baratza grinders unless you want espresso in which case I could not in good conscience recommend any of the grinders you are asking about.
Jun 19, 2018
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