I posted in the recent popular thread Sette Wi vs Monolith Flat a message claiming my preference of the Specialità vs the Sette Wi. After owning both, I'm convinced that the Specialità is an upgrade to the Sette Wi. The post I made there prompted a few users to PM me to inquire more about my claims, so I thought it would be helpful to make my observations public, so here are the four main reasons as to why I like the Eureka Mignon Specialità more than the Baratza Sette Wi:
1. Grind adjustment. The ease of dialing in is way and beyond the Sette! The little knob on the Eurekas is amazing, so simple and yet powerful, a micrometrical turn of it can help dial to perfection.
2. Noise and built/design. We all know how noisy the Sette is and I always found it a bit cheap overall, it does not feel solidly built, buttons are clunky, display is not the best, a lot of plastic here and there. Whereas the Mignon is the opposite, super solid built, intuitive controls (I can pause it!) and incredibly silent.
3. Grind quality and NO static. The shoot and burrs have anti-static and anti-clumping technology and works like a charm, when Im on a hurry and bypass WDT I still get 99% perfect shots on my bottomless portafilter. Grind retention is also minimal, almost the same as in the Sette.
I could have made another point regarding taste, but this is so subjective... In anyways, I like the taste of my espressos more with the Specialità, the coffee profiles come more in layers without tasting separate, all in all absolutely tasty!
After trying so many grinders in the $700-$1200 price range, I honestly think that for my use (3-5 shots of medium-light roasted coffee) this is the grinder to beat. With this said, I have not tried the Niche Zero but I will be ordering one soon and come back with a comparison.
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