Jim, Thanks for the information! Just curious on a couple points (especially as a K10 owner)...
1. How would you say ease of dialing in and getting even extractions is (in general and compared to K10).
2. You state it would produce better results for a newbie, but why not those with experience?
3. Did you purely single dose for your testing?
4. Any thoughts on performance with a drip or other brew type grind? Grind consistency at coarser settings?
5. Are you getting a Sette based on your blind results or or keeping the K10?
1. It's as easy to dial in for dose and flow as any grinder on the market. Extraction is nearly invariable over the grind range I used. From this I infer the grinder is mainly changing the fines proportion rather than the grind fineness. It should be noted that unlike the Vario/Forte, and like the other Baratza grinders, the burrs cannot be locked, since there is some play in the mechanism. I'm guessing the grinds are as fine as they will get in the espresso range and that the adjustments affect fines only. This means flow changes without extraction changes.
2. Take the K30. Breathe a little on the grind setting and there's a huge shift in taste, almost no shift if flow. Terrific for an experienced barista, especially at a store, who wants to work the taste without changing dose. But a total PITA to dial in in the first place, and forget about it for a newbie. The Sette is the opposite. The taste is basically set by Baratza to be optimal for most coffees, and you can dial it in with ease for dose and flow.
3. I checked for differences, then I single dosed. I have never found a grinder that tasted different for single and hopper dosing, but most grinders require different grind settings. The Sette's rotating outer burr creates such a powerful auguring effect that dosing doesn't affect the grind setting. This thing sucks the beans in like a supermarket Bunn.
4. Oddly, for me, it was good for French Press and sucked for drip. I didn't do much testing on it though, and my observations here are purely anecdotal.
5. Like most people with lots of experience, I was hugely impressed by the Sette, but didn't much like it for myself. In essence, it's preset for "optimal" extraction. That's great for normally roasted coffees that taste good when "optimally" extracted; not so good for the weird coffees. It equaled or even nudged out the K10 for about 2/3rds of the coffees I tried, and turned into a pumpkin for the rest. Put it this way; ten years ago, for the range of coffees in use by hobbyists then, this would have been the best grinder on the market. Now, with the much wider range of roasts and coffees used by hobbyists for espresso, it is not a grinder for those trying to push the envelope.