another_jim wrote:The Sette is a fun and forgiving entry level grinder, but it isn't close to the Niche.
That's what I had thought. Sette is made of plastic and problems are frequent (according to forums), but customer support seems good so there's that. It's important to note that the cheap construction and burrs make it easy to replace by Baratza such that buyers are paying extra for "warranty" and Baratza are still profiting. If it had a larger burr set (60mm+) and better build, it would have been the go-to for every home barista but I'm glad NZ took on this challenge and succeeded - at least in my book.
another_jim wrote:I can't comment on the Atom or K30 in terms of head to head grind quality; but your first decision branch should be whether or not you single dose. Conventional flat burr espresso grinders like the K30 and Atom are a complete nightmare for single dosing, since flat burrs don't suck beans in like conical ones.
Clive Coffee just released this video on single-dosing Atom 75 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCRyELe8-7o
which shows 2.3g of retention and recommend a short purge every day. I bought a K30 that I thought had light use but turned out otherwise and I'm so glad I was able to return it. The size is inconvenient for many and I realized I would not benefit from a hopper since I change my coffee weekly or consume two SO's at once.
I bought ten $2 glass jars to store my beans in and it has made wonders. I fill them every time I buy a new bag so that I just drop it in the grinder (NZ or Kinu) and get grinding. Bonus that it helps with freshness because beans are sealed. This helped me immensely in my single-dosing workflow and imo it's no better than a hopper.