Yes, we have re-designed the arms and the portafilter hook, since the initial tester Settes, to accommodate portafilters from sizes 49mm to 58mm. The rubber sleeves on the arms are fully rotational allowing you the option to position them in a way that best suits the tool/brew-method you are using – portafilter, grounds bin, Hario, Kalita etc. There is a small tab on the end of the sleeve that is used as the stopping point for most portafilters. However some, like the La Marzocco we use in many of our images, sit better when the stop tab is turned down. If you are working with one of the earlier Sette versions and would like a newer set of arms, please email Support@Baratza.com and they will send them to you.
Is it possible to calibrate the Sette?
We use ABS plastic for the bin which is food safe, the plastic does have IDP properties. Years ago we used an anti-static coating on the bins that would decrease in functionality over time and could also decrease in functionality from being washed. However, we currently use, and have been using for 9 years, ABS plastic with inherent anti static properties rather than a coating to prevent it from decreasing in functionality over time.
What’s the issue with static?
Grinding coffee is an inherently messy business and we’ve done what we can to reduce discharge on your counter. With most coffee beans the static on the Sette is very minimal. Certain coffee beans can be much worse than others. We have two approaches to dealing with the mess. One is we are continuing to refine the discharge passage to produce just the right amount of restriction as the coffee leaves the burrs. This is really the ONLY universally agreed upon solution to grinder static reduction across the entire grinder industry. The second is we have developed a semi-flexible matt that nests into the flat area below the grounds bin or PortaFilter and captures most stray coffee powder. The matt is then easily removed to dump the grounds in the garbage/compost bin (or into your coffee receptacle).
The Sette sounds loud, why?
Yes, the Sette is a bit louder than some of our other grinders and we don’t recommend you sitting it next to your sleeping partner when you want to grind coffee! However, the reason for this is really the components we have used to best meet the price point we were after. If we loaded it up with metal like the Forté it would indeed absorb some of the grinding noise, but this is where it is.
What is the life expectancy of the Sette?
The motor is the limiting factor in duty cycle and life expectancy. The Motor of the Sette is rated for 150 hours. A double shot of espresso (18gr) takes about 5 seconds of grind time. If you make 10 double espressos per day, the grinder will last 24 YEARS. If you make 100 double shots/day, then the grinder will last 2.4 years. This is about 1500Kg of coffee, so burrs and motor would need to be replaced.
What is the duty cycle of the Sette?
The Sette was designed for a maximum of 2 lbs (1 kg) per day, with an espresso duty cycle of 10%. We want to remind everyone buying the Sette grinder that it was designed for home use (short duration grinding). The Sette grinds fast and has a consistent grind profile.
As a result, some professionals are tempted to use it in high volume commercial situations. However, please know that overuse in a commercial setting could cause slowdowns or stoppage, which may impede your operations and service.
Here is a general overview of the duty cycle of the Sette Series:
Espresso (Settings 3-9) it will take about 6 seconds to grind a dose of espresso, then the grinder should rest for 60 seconds. This is about what you could do if making back-to-back shots on a one-group machine.
Brew (Setting 15-30) it will take 5 to 30 seconds to grind up to 150 grams of coffee, then the grinder should rest for 60 seconds.
Remember, a maximum of 150 grams at one time, with a 1 minute off before grinding again.
The duty cycles described above will work great for home brewing. If you choose to use it in a commercial situation, please think about the Sette’s duty cycle function and decide if this will be a successful choice for your bar setup.