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How Do They Compare?
The anticipated Baratza Sette 270 and 270W have finally been released for home barista’s kitchens. Have you gotten your hands on one of the Settes? If you haven’t, you’re not alone! Both grinders are in high-demand and it’s no surprise why. Baratza built both the Sette 270 and 270W with the hardware to grind efficiently and quickly—3.5 to 5.5 grams per second!
By now, you’ve probably read our first review of the Sette 270 and 270W. If you haven’t, go check out those reviews too! In this review, we’ll provide a rundown of the difference as well as reiterate the hardware and functionality of the latest Baratza grinders.
Weight vs Time Grinding
While the new Baratza grinders are identical in hardware and looks, the dosing options are what makes them stand apart! Inside the Baratza Sette 270W is the same innovative weighing technology used in Acaia scales. It’s designed with the weighing sensor built into the container/portafilter arms, which automatically tares and grinds the programmed weight—pretty impressive! One thing we noticed is it takes a hot second for it to tare and our unit’s dose fluctuations anywhere, plus or minus, 0.3 to 0.5 grams off the programmed weight.
Bonus: There is a Bluetooth app in the works that promises to bolster the functionality of the Sette 270W. Stay tuned for more details!
Programming the Baratza Sette 270 has a completely different feel. Both Sette’s grind 3.5 to 5.5 grams per second, but programming the Sette 270 illustrates it’s impressive speed. In about five seconds, our double shot was dosed! Also, since the Sette 270 doses by time, it’s more accurate than the Sette 270W has so far been for us. That said, weighing beans maintains better consistency between different coffees whereas time doesn’t account for bean density or size.
Efficient Outer Rotating Burr
One of the innovative designs of the Baratza Sette 270 and 270W is the outer rotating burr. In both Settes, the outside burr of 40mm hardened steel conical burrs is rotated by a horizontal-mounted motor. With the motor out of the way, both Settes grind more efficiently by directly dosing beans into a container or portafilter—great reduces retention of coffee grounds.
While both the Baratza Sette 270 and 270W offer different dosing options, they function similarly. Both are designed with three programmable buttons to save your doses. As we mentioned, the Sette 270 grinds by time while the Sette 270W grinds by weight. If you want to top off your grounds, Baratza included a play/pause-style “pulse” button to manually dose. When we compared the pulse button, the Sette 270 responded quicker. That’s because, as we know, the Sette 270W takes some time to tare before grinding.
Outfitted with macro and micro stepped settings, the Baratza Sette 270 and 270W swiftly dial in for pour over or espresso. Our Settes were more than capable of grinding fine enough to clog themselves, exercise a little caution while dialing in!
The Baratza Sette 270 and 270W earned the name Sette from their distinctive seven-shaped body—sette in Italian is seven! The Sette’s shape is designed to fit the horizontally mounted burr but has another practical application—extra space under the burrs.
Under the burrs, the convertible holder can hold a maximum container that’s 5.75 inches tall and 3.50-inches wide—measured from the arms widest extension. With a little effort, you can transform the convertible holder to hold your portafilter or switch to a pour over device like a Hario V60. Just remember that the Sette 270W uses the convertible holder for weight dosing (so don’t let whatever you're grinding into touch the ground/base).
Built with hardware to impressively grind 3.5 to 5.5-grams per second, the Baratza Sette 270 and 270W are two grinders to watch out for! While we’re impressed with both grinders capabilities, the Sette 270W weighing technology from Acaia has generated a lot of new potentials. Do you have the Sette 270 or 270W? Tell us what you think of your new grinder in the comments below. Crew Comparison: Baratza Sette 270 and Sette 270W
Looking for the perfect gift for espresso? Whether you’re searching for a gift for a coffee-loving friend or adding these gift ideas to your list, check out these fresh picks for home brewer’s with an espresso machine. Bonus: We picked gift ideas that'll fit anyone's budget.
Clean up coffee grounds with the two-in-one grinder brush by Pallo: the Grindminder Grinder Brush and Counter Sweep. Use the narrow brush to tackle grinder chutes and the big sweeper to brush coffee grounds off the counter.
These two shot pitchers keep coffee lover’s espresso shots precise with both ounces and milliliters increments. Made with heavy duty glass, these durable pitchers feature a handle and two pour spouts.
Rocket Espresso owners can now wear their favorite espresso machine with pride! The Rocket Espresso T-Shirt features the iconic Rocket Espresso machine design and comes in small to XX-Large.
Save your countertops and portafilters with the Rattleware Espresso Tamping Mat! Made from durable rubber, stick this mat and a tamper right next to your espresso machine for your daily espresso shot.
There’s no better gift than the gift of caffeinated goodness—coffee! SCG Picks 3 - Espresso selects three bags of coffee designed for to shine as espresso. Espresso lovers will discover new blends and maybe even develop an adventurous palate with SCG Picks!
The Rattleware Handle-Free Milk Frother Pitcher offers baristas more control over their pour with an insulated rubber grip. The removable grip adjusts in different positions and protects hands when frothing milk!
Add a personal touch to your gift with a Reg Barber tamper! With a myriad of colors, styles, handle sizes and shapes, it’s easy to customize the tamper to fit any espresso lovers personality. Pick out a handle style and make sure to pick out the correct base size for their portafilter.
Made from sturdy stainless steel, the Modern Stainless Steel Knock Box is a sophisticated and practical gift for an espresso lover! This knock box includes a rubber based and rubber bar to support every portafilter hammered onto it!
Keep your espresso on point with the Acaia Lunar Interactive Espresso Brewing Scale! Weigh your beans or your espresso shot like the experts—with a water-resistant build, you can put the Acaia right under your brew head. Designed with Bluetooth technology, the scale tracks and monitors your brew all from your smartphone. Share your results with friends and family and show off your espresso expertise!
The Round Up
On today’s Top Three, we selected the best kettles to complement your pour over coffee maker. Whether you’re brewing with a Hario V60 or Chemex, you need a good kettle to control the flow and accuracy of your pour. Our top three pour over kettles are the Bonavita 1L Electric Gooseneck Variable Temperature Kettle, Fellow Stagg Pour Over Kettle and Hario Buono Coffee Drip Kettle in copper.
Notice anything similar about these kettles? Our top three picks are gooseneck kettles! A gooseneck spout is designed to control the water flow to allow more accuracy during your pour—and accuracy is important for pour over! With the spout slowly the flow rate, you can evenly saturate grounds and extract the best flavor from your beans.
First on our list is the Bonavita Electric Gooseneck Variable Temperature Kettle. We often use several of these pour over kettles in our stores and in the breakroom for its precision control and—drumroll please—programmable temperature settings! Unlike the other kettles on our list, the Bonavita features a built-in temperature control at the base to set for the ideal brew temperature. It comes with six factory temperatures and boasts a temperature variance of plus or minus one degree—impressive accuracy! The Bonavita’s LED display makes it intuitive to operate and convenience.
Our next pick marries ingenuity with traditional design. The Fellow Stagg Pour Over Kettle features a weighted handle to improve the accuracy and control of your pour. As you pour water the weighted grip counterbalances the weight change and creates an easier pour! The Stagg’s balanced design is also complemented by the Erlenmeyer flask-shaped body and the bottom-mounted gooseneck spout—making the Stagg one of our prettier picks. Last, but certainly not least, the Stagg has an integrated thermometer in the lid, making it simpler and quicker to read the temperature.
Last on our list is the copper Hario Buono Coffee Drip Kettle. We’ve been admiring oodles of copper-clad kitchen appliances—looking at you copper Rocket Espresso Appartemento—and we had to put the Hario on our list. Besides the beautiful copper body, the Hario's honeycomb-shaped design complements the ergonomic handle grip—fashion meets function! It is also quick to heat up thanks to a small 0.9-liter size and wide base exposing more surface area for the stovetop to heat. The Hario’s elegance and simplicity make us want to use it again and again.
On today’s Top Three Pour Over Kettles, we picked the Bonavita 1L Electric Gooseneck Variable Temperature Kettle, Fellow Stagg Pour Over Kettle and Hario Buono Coffee Drip Kettle in copper. Featuring ergonomic shapes and bottom-mounted gooseneck spouts, each kettle is designed to improve your pour over. Which kettle would you take home? Share your favorite pour over kettle in the comments below!
How Does It Compare?
For home espresso drinkers searching for the perfect prosumer grinder, behold the Nuova Simonelli Grinta. Built with stepped grinder settings and hardened steel burrs, the Grinta efficiently grinds consistent for espresso, pour over and drip! And with how effortless it is to make adjustments, home baristas will have no problem using the Grinta to its full potential.
Other prosumer grinders similar to the Grinta include crowd favorites like the Rancilio Rocky Grinder. Rancilio excellence in commercial equipment translated over to their home products like the Rocky. While the Rocky boast commercial components, the Grinta’s build is more suitable in a busier environment. That said, read on to see if the Grinta is the perfect grinder for your home or business!
Designed with commercial-styled components, the Nuova Simonelli Grinta is a prosumer grinder perfect for home brewers who need a workhorse—the Grinta can handle 10 pounds of coffee beans an hour. That’s enough coffee to caffeinate a small local cafe, the corporate office or even a home!
Not only does Grinta keeps up with the pace commercial environment, it grinds uniformed grounds. Equipped with 50mm hardened steel burrs, the Grinta is built to keep the grinds consistent for espresso—crucial for pulling delicious shots! The Grinta’s precision grinding allows baristas to focus on finding the perfect setting and not worrying about the consistency. And that’s something we care about when choosing a grinder!
Thanks to the Nuova Simonelli Grinta’s consistent grind size, it is the perfect grinder to pair with an espresso machine like the recently released Nuova Simonelli Oscar II. Or a pour over coffee maker like Hario V60. Or a drip brewer like the Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker. You get the idea—the Grinta’s is a great choice for pour over, drip or espresso.
In our grind test, the Grinta’s finest setting created grounds with the consistency of powdered sugar—perfect for Turkish coffee! Of course, grinding beans into powdered sugar creates clumps and clumps can get messy. One of the few remarks we hear from home baristas is that the Grinta has a tendency to clump grounds and the chute gets clogged. We recommend using a grinder designed for Turkish and use the Grinta for pour over, drip or espresso.
Easy To Use
Dialing in the Nuova Simonelli Grinta is a cake walk with stepped settings! Stepped settings allow home baristas to quickly make adjustments in set increments. Not to mention it makes it easier to find your settings if you switch between brew methods—especially for beginners! It’s designed with intuitive marks and easily adjusted by twisting the base of the bean hopper. Simply release the Grinta’s setting lock and rotate the hopper to make adjustments.
One of the trickier features of the Grinta is adjusting the grind finer with beans it in. With the one hand pressing the lock and the other twisting the hopper, it can be harder to grasp and change the settings. That said, the Grinta activates by a button right underneath the chute. This placement makes it incredibly accessible for containers and portafilters to press the button to grind fresh coffee.
Affordable & Stylish
The Nuova Simonelli Grinta might be built for a busy setting, but its small footprint makes it effortless to fit into any home kitchen. With a depth and width of 5.25-inches, the Grinta saves you valuable counter space. That said, the Grinta is a tall grinder at 16.5-inches tall with a whopping 1.1-pound bean hopper. That’s a lot of beans! With the Grinta’s efficient grinding and large hopper, it’s easy to see how it would fit into a commercial setting.
One reason the Grinta is affordable is that it’s built with a plastic case. To some baristas, plastic is a turn-off. But alternative options like a metal case would increase the price of the Grinta, which could discourage home baristas’ with a budget. If you’re looking for a grinder with the Grinta’s features and capabilities, you’d be hard-pressed for find one at the Grinta’s price point.
We should also mention that the Grinta comes in red, black, silver or chrome, a great bonus feature to complement kitchen color schemes!
The Nuova Simonelli Grinta features easy to use adjustments, intuitive settings and the consistency for espresso! With its grind efficiency and speed, this prosumer grinder would fit into a small cafe, office or home with ease. What do you think of the Grinta? Share your experience in the comments below!
How Does It Compare?
Owning a commercial grinder for your home can step up your espresso game. We know it might sound crazy, but trust us! Many professional baristas have come to us praising the benefits of a using a commercial grinder with their home espresso machine. These grinders are built with hardware that can hold up to repeated use and the features to quickly get the job done! Whether it’s handling your espresso crave or entertaining your guests, the Baratza Forté AP Grinder and Eureka Atom Grinder are two commercial grinders you need to check out!
While both are ready for commercial use, the brew application and ease of use are different! For starters, the Forté AP—which stands for All Purpose—grinds from French press and espresso. The Forté AP comes equipped with a digital display to read out doses and easy to adjust stepped macro and micro settings.
On the other hand, the Atom is a stepless grinder, so while physically it’s easy to turn the settings, dialing it in is trickier. The Atom works well for drip, pour over and espresso, but we recommend dialing this grinder in for espresso and tweaking it for new beans. Of course, this is only a recommendation! Check out these commercial grinders—one of them might just be the one for you!
Stepless vs Stepped Settings
One of the benefits of a stepped grinder is how effortlessly it is to change settings in a fast-paced environment. The Baratza Forté AP features 260 grind settings, easily adjusted with 10 macro and 26 micro stepped switches on the side. When the morning coffee rush comes into a cafe, you’ll appreciate how quick it is to change at a moment's notice! And for home baristas with multiple coffee drinkers, the settings are labeled to help find your sweet spot again and again.
While stepped settings make it easier for you to switch between brews, stepless settings allow you to make the slightest adjustments to improve your brew. The Eureka Atom’s stepless grinding is a powerful asset to baristas—especially for espresso! The slightest tweak can improve the flavor of your espresso shot. What it comes down to is that stepless and stepped settings bring benefits for different situations.
Espresso to French Press
The Baratza Forté AP—All Purpose—puts it name to work! From French press to espresso, the Forté AP’s 54mm ceramic flat burrs makes quick work of beans with uniform consistency. Typically, the coarser your grinders set at, the more inconsistency you’ll catch, but not with the Forté AP! This grinder’s true colors shined through the grind size test. We will say this, while it is an all purpose grinder, it couldn’t go as fine as the Eureka Atom.
And that’s why we love the Atom! Flaunting 60mm flat hardened steel burrs, the consistency is superb for espresso. This is the sort of companion you want for your espresso machine. That said, the Atom is also great for drip or pour over—so don’t be shy adjusting your grinder! The more you get to know the Atom, the easier it is to gauge how much you need to change the settings for each brew.
Tech Insight: The Atom features a “clump crusher” that has two arms to crush coffee grounds on the way down the chute.
Ease Of Use
Not only does the Baratza Forté AP have the hardware to effortlessly dial in coffee, but it also has a simple interface to get the job done. The Forté AP features time, weight and manual grinding options all available to program on the touchscreen. In the era of smartphones, Baratza definitely spoiled us with this grinder!
While the Eureka Atom doesn’t have an interactive touchscreen, it features simple programming with five buttons that display on a screen. And it only needs those few buttons since the Atom only has time-based grinding. With fewer options, the Atom has a simpler workflow—you set your two buttons to time and hit grind!
Both the Baratza Forté AP and Eureka Atom have the hardware and capabilities to support the high demand of a commercial setting. If you’re pulling shot after shot to meet the coffee rush hour—we all know and sigh when there’s a line—these grinders can meet the demand. Just look at the Forté AP; it can grind an average of 2-gram per second for espresso! The Atom grinds 4-grams per second for espresso—that is 18-grams of a double shot of espresso in 4.5 seconds!
While the Forté AP is a commercial grinder, it’s small footprint just reached 14.2-inches tall! By looks alone, the Forté AP would fit into a home barista’s kitchen. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Atom’s bulkier body is a familiar sight peeking out from behind the cafe’s counter. That said, the Atom is only 3.05-inches taller than the Forté AP and that’s just the bean hopper!
If you’ve ever thought about owning a commercial grinder, start you search with the Baratza Forté AP and Eureka Atom. For the most brewing methods, we give two thumbs up to the Forté AP. With the capability to easily adjust from French press to espresso in a snap, it’s a fantastic grinder to get the job done. For those looking for an espresso grinder—with the occasional pour over or drip coffee—the Atom boasts stepless grinding.
The Round Up
The holidays are here! Do you know what you’re giving to the coffee lover in your life? For someone who has it all, give them a gift they’ll remember—like one of these fresh ideas. We rounded up the top three gifts for coffee lovers!
If you’re unfamiliar with coffee, we made it easier with three gift ideas for every aficionados lifestyle. You can’t go wrong with 33 Books’ Around The World In 40 Cups Of Coffee Poster or Drift Magazine Volume 4: Stockholm. Both share enthusiast's passion for coffee while exploring international coffee cultures. And, we might add, both are beautifully illustrated! Lastly, for coffee lovers with an espresso machine, choose any Reg Barber tamper. With an assortment of tamper styles, it’s easy to personalize your gift!
Coffee lovers come in all different shapes and sizes. Some lover to brew pour over. Some love to pull shots. However they brew, there’s one thing they all have in common. They love coffee. Around The World In 40 Cups Of Coffee Poster shows off coffee lovers passion for the cup with a sleek, artistic poster. Your coffee lover can educate friends with this interactive map that lets them track coffee grown all around the globe.
From cover to cover, glossy, gorgeous photography explores coffee cultures around the world in Drift Magazine. This edition explores Stockholm, Sweden. Full of jaw-dropping photography, personal interviews and stories, this book is sure to be a conversation starter. It pretty much the perfect coffee table book you could ever give a coffee lover.
For coffee lovers with an espresso machine, there’s nothing more beautiful to gift than a Reg Barber tamper. Reg Barber offers a variety of colors, sizes, materials and styles to customize the gift to your coffee lovers taste. There are polished aluminum handles, wood handles, and even an 8 cue-ball handle! If you know that your coffee lover owns a Reg Barber tamper, you can purchase just the handle to go with their base. If you’re purchasing them their first tamper, make sure to purchase the right size base to fit their portafilter.
That’s it for our top three gifts for coffee lovers. For artistic and conversation-starter pieces, we suggest checking out 33 Book’s Around The World In 40 Cups Of Coffee Poster or Drift Magazine Volume 4: Stockholm. These gifts are perfect for any coffee lover! If you know your coffee lover owns an espresso machine, why not go with a Reg Barber tamper? What gift will you be giving this holiday season?
How Does It Compare?
After months of weighty anticipation, Baratza released the Baratza Sette 270W and 270 in late October 2016. We know there’s a lot of you still waiting for their grinder, so while you wait, check out this updated review on the Baratza Sette 270W.
Sporting the same grinding speed, efficiency and ergonomic design, the Baratza Sette 270W and Sette 270 are cut from the same cloth. It’s the inside of the Sette 270W that's different—Baratza outfitted the Sette 270W container/portafilter holder with the same weighing technology used in the Acaia scales, one of our most innovative scales.
On top of the Baratza Sette 270W being equipped with Acaia technology, it flaunts Bluetooth technology to monitor grind sessions, weights and settings, to improve coffee connoisseurs grind technique.
After some setbacks—we know there’s a pun in there—that pushed the release date, you’re probably wondering: what has Baratza changed?
One: Updated portafilter hook design stabilizes while grinding.
The original design was hooked and went over the lip of the portafilter. The new crescent moon design has a wider surface area shaped to the portafilter to secure it in place. If you’ve ever lost your freshly ground coffee because the portafilter vibrated right off the holder, this new design eliminates that problem.
Two: Updated container/portafilter holder arms cradle devices.
The Sette 270W's original, thinly padded arms caused the portafilter to vibrate and led to inaccurate weight dosing. The new design features thicker padding cradles devices—V60, portafilters, containers—to reduce the vibrations.
The only problem we’ve encounter is the thicker arms and portafilter hook are difficult to secure with different portafilter shapes. Smaller portafilters have taller baskets that don’t secure in the portafilter holder perfectly. A quick fix is to adjust the portafilter hook to the height of your device.
Scale Sensor Accuracy
While taking the Baratza Sette 270W for a spin, we noticed that there was some variance from our programmed weight and the final weight. To put it in context, we programmed 18-grams of coffee and noticed the final weight was actually 18.5-grams. We tested our Sette 270W and noticed fluctuations anywhere between 0.3 and 0.5 grams.
That said, while our set dose was a little inconsistent, the scales weight after grinding was spot on. The Sette 270W's final weight always matched the reading on one of our Hario scales.
Pro Tip: When using the Sette 270W, make sure your container is suspended in the air. The weight-sensor tares the device’s weight and measures the coffee grounds.
Designed with 40mm steel conical burrs and a horizontally mounted motor, the Baratza Sette 270W’s innovative design grinds directly from the hopper into your portafilter. The redesign eliminates coffee grounds static and clogged chutes, which we’re sure all espresso lovers have struggled with.
The innovative design also increased the Sette 270W’s speed and grind efficiency. It can grind 3.5 to 5.5 grams per seconds—seriously! We set up one of the Sette 270W three programmable weight-based buttons for 18-grams and it took us under five seconds to finish. Baratza also included a manual option to grind on the fly.
And we should mention the Baratza Sette 270W design inspired the name—sette in Italian is seven.
Outfitted with a stepped macro and stepless micro settings, the Baratza Sette 270W is effortless to dial in for French press or espresso. We can’t stress enough how convenient the micro stepless settings are for dialing in espresso! While pulling shots with our Sette 270W, only tweak the micro settings to achieve the perfect shot. And while it’s stepless, it still has marked settings to give home baristas a ballpark for adjusting between brew methods.
The design also makes it convenient to place your V60 or portafilter under the grinder. The convertible portafilter holder opens wide enough for 3.50-inch container and has a max clearance of 5.75-inches. As we mentioned earlier, the new portafilter arms create a tight fit, so squeeze in your container for a secure fit!
Both the Baratza Sette 270W and 270 are outfitted with the same hardware and innovative design that increased the grinding speed and efficiency. But the Sette 270W includes Acaia’s weighing technology and Bluetooth technology to improve home barista’s grinding technique over time.
How Does It Compare?
Cold brew is seeping the nation and it’s not hard to see why. Cold brewing takes the acidic bite out of coffee, leaving you with a deliciously smooth cup. Add a splash of milk and, well, the taste speaks for itself. Cold Brew is definitely a favorite at Seattle Coffee Gear. With the rise of cold brew drinkers, there are bound to be lots of questions like, what cold brewer is right for me?
We’ve a couple of great cold brewers to answer that question! The Toddy Cold Brew System and Osaka Coffee Cold Brew Dripper brew coffee in completely different fashions. The Toddy has become a household name for cold brewers. It immerses coffee for 12 to 24 hours to fully saturate grounds and brew a concentrated cup—like really concentrated. Diluting with milk or water is recommended!
The Osaka is the kid of cold brew; although the method itself isn’t new! Originating from Japan, the Osaka’s brew method slowly drips water onto grounds and immediately into a carafe. The process takes only a few hours and results in a cup that’s more consistently extracted. Originally, these slow-drip cold brewers had large, ornate design that towered in cafes in Japan and all over the world. But now, Osaka has made one to take home.
Immersion vs Drip
Both products make cold brew but use different brew methods that make a different cup. The Toddy Cold Brew Coffee System uses the immersion style, which adds ground coffee and cold water into the reservoir to steep for 12 to 24 hours. When the time’s up, release the valve and allow the Toddy to drain into the included glass carafe. The result is a seriously concentrated cup of coffee!
On the other hand, the Osaka Cold Brew Dripper uses the slow drip method. Using a spigot to control the flow rate, the Osaka drips cold water from the reservoir onto the grounds basket and into the glass carafe—sort of like your favorite drip brewer, but longer! This method takes three to four hours to brew when you filled the 19-ounce water reservoir. We recommend one drip per second to get a cup that’s more concentrated—but it’s nothing like the immersion style!
Different Filters, Different Flavor
Good cold brew needs a good filter. The Toddy Cold Brew System gained popularity for its innovative reusable filters that remove more bitter acids and oils from coffee. You can use the same filter up to 10 to 12 times or up to three months if it’s stored properly in the fridge between uses.
The Osaka Cold Brew Dripper’s fine mesh filter made from stainless steel allows more oils to pass through filtration than the Toddy. But, since cold brew uses cold water, there is less acidic oils—especially compared to hot brews, which pull acidic oils into your cup. With that in mind, the Osaka also uses the drip-brew method, which creates a lighter and brighter cup.
If you want to get geeky with your coffee, the total dissolved solids (TDS) in immersion brewing is higher than drip through. What this means is during immersion brewing, the water has more time to extract the grounds and collect more solids. This results in that dark, stout cup of coffee—you’ll often hear it referred to as body like in French press. With drip brewing, the water spends less time on the grounds and therefore picks up less solids. Less TDS, less body. Pour over is a great example of a flavorful cup that’s lighter.
Ease of Use
Hands down, the Toddy Cold Brew System is the easiest coffee maker to use. In the white brew chamber, place the filter down at the bottom then add your coffee and water and start the clock! The only difficulty we have with the Toddy is the cleanup. After you’ve drained the coffee, the grounds are everywhere and harder to scoop out in one go.
By default, the Osaka Cold Brew Dripper requires more finesses. You’ll spend some time adjusting the spigot to achieve the desired flow rate before you can walk away and let it brew. That said, you have more control over the Osaka’s extraction time to create a unique brew that fits your tastes!
It should be noted, that it flow may need adjustments. As the volume in the reservoir decrease, so does the pressure and that cause the flow rate to change. So, if you want to maintain consistency, you’ll want to tweak the spigot.
Perfectly sized for the home, the Osaka Cold Brew Dripper has a 19-ounce water reservoir, grounds chamber and small glass carafe. With three separate parts, it’s easy to dissemble the Osaka and store it away in the cabinet until your next brew.
On the opposite end, the Toddy Cold Brew System yields up to 48-ounces of coffee concentrate! That makes the Toddy 6 1/2-inches taller than the Osaka when the carafe and brew chamber are stacked. That said, no one ever said no to more cold brew! And since you’ll want to dilute the concentrate, there’s plenty to sip on for weeks (by the way, the concentrate is good for about two weeks in the fridge).
We know you love cold brew, but which brewer is right for you? The Toddy Cold Brew System is easy to use and makes a big batch of cold brew. On the other hand, the Osaka Cold Brew Dripper gives your control and a lighter, brighter cup of cold brew. Which one would you take home?
The Round Up
Why should you use a scale to brew coffee? We’ve all eyeballed or heaped in a tablespoon of coffee and hoped for the best. We’ll let you in on a little secret: To enjoy sipping a consistently delicious cup of coffee, use a coffee scale to weigh your grounds and water.
Since the size and density of coffee beans vary, measuring by volume doesn’t ensure the same amount of coffee grounds per scoop—and we all know eyeballing just isn’t accurate. Different brew methods have ratios of ground coffee to water to achieve the desired cup. If you have more water than coffee, then your cup is too watery. If you have more coffee than water, then your cup is too strong. You could try different methods and be the Goldilocks of coffee or you could check out top three coffee scales: the Escali Pico Pocket Scale, Hario V60 Drip Scale and Acaia Lunar Scale.
First on our list is the teeny, tiny Escali Pico Pocket Scale. For its compact size, it’s accurate from one gram to 1/10th of an ounce and can measure up to 11 pounds! That’s the highest weight of all the scales on our list. Place a pour over coffee maker on the Escali, tare the scale and pour directly on the scale to measure the correct coffee to water ratio while you brew. It’s also the most affordable scale on our list and the easiest to store in the kitchen drawer. Or for adventurous coffee drinkers, slip it in your travel bag with your AeroPress for delicious coffee brewed on the go.
Weighing your beans isn’t the only important step to making great coffee, timing the pour matters too! Weigh and time your brew with the Hario V60 Drip Scale. Built into the scale is a timer with a simple on/off button to start the clock with your pre-infusion. The accuracy of the V60 Drip Scale ranges between 0.2 and 3 grams depending on the overall weight, and it holds a maximum weight of about 4 pounds. With all its features and affordable price point, the V60 Drip Scale is a great go-to scale for everyday coffee brewing.
Brew like the pros with the Acaia Lunar Interactive Scale—this scale takes weighing to a whole new level. Equipped with a timer, Bluetooth technology, integrated app and LED display, the Acaia is a coffee lover’s best tool for accuracy. Not only is it smart, but it’s built to last. Premium aluminum casing provides durability while a water-resistant design allows you to weigh espresso shots without fear of liquid damaging it! To top off the Acaia’s weighty features, it comes with a 100-gram calibration weight to ensure your scale is in tip-top shape.
Make coffee you love to drink every time with one of our top three coffee scales: the Escali Pico Pocket Scale, Hario V60 Drip Scale and Acaia Lunar Scale. Trust us, for the best tasting coffee, eyeballing the volume just won’t cut it. There are plenty of great scales out there, which one are you using? Share your favorite coffee scales in the comments below!
How Does It Compare?
It’s not hard to see why the Rancilio Rocky is one of our most popular grinders. Built with all the fixings you find in Rancilio’s commercials grinders, the Rocky is a sturdy workhorse for home baristas. It’s equipped with tempered steel burrs, stepped grinder adjustments, and comes in a doser or doserless model to fit into any home barista’s lifestyle.
Not to mention that the Rocky can grind from French press to espresso. The Rocky grinds fine enough to use with non-pressurized portafilters. Couple the Rocky with the Rancilio Silvia M Espresso Machine and you have a match made in heaven!
Other prosumer grinders like the Baratza Vario feature similar design applications. The Vario features both macro and micro adjustments to dial in your grind for drip brewing to espresso. That said, it doesn’t quite get coarse enough for French press. The Rocky’s range of extends beyond what we’d recommend for French press, which makes dialing it in all the more easy. Check out what the Rocky has to offer and see if it’s right for you!
Commercial Quality For Home Use
Built with the same renowned quality as its commercial grinders, the Rancilio Rocky is one of the best at its price point. While the Rocky is designed for home baristas—and not a commercial setting—you could use it in a low-traffic environment like a studio or office. Its 50mm flat tempered steel burrs are secured on by very fine threads to allow it to adjust in small increments. Coupled with 55 stepped settings, it’s effortless for anyone to dial in.
Look closely at the Rancilio Rocky’s grinder settings and you’ll notice it’s only marked from zero to 40 with options past 40. Beyond the 40 mark, there are a number of coarse settings you can experiment with. We cap the Rocky at 55 settings to provide you an idea of its application.
If you try to turn the Rocky’s hopper past zero either coarser or finer, it won’t budge. The Rocky has a built in screw at the zero mark that prevents the burrs from grinding against each other. This ensures the burrs’ quality and sharpness are maintained while also preventing you from choking the grinder. On the other end of the spectrum, the coarsest setting makes chunky, inconsistent grind sizes that’s bigger than you need for French press.
Pro tip: After you’ve cleaned your Rocky, make sure to thread it on correctly to prevent cross threading and damage. Also, align the hopper on zero and with the body’s screws to ensure that your burrs won’t touch and the grinder settings are accurate.
Brew Espresso Or French Press
One of the reasons the Rocky is so popular is its breadth of brew methods. As the workhorse of home grinders, we’re frequently using the Rocky for anything from French press to espresso—non-pressurized espresso at that! With a lot of our all purpose grinders, we hardly see this sort of range of brewing.
A lot of people ask us, what settings should I set my Rocky to brew at? There’s no right answer. One thing you have to keep in mind is that different beans and blends will influence the grind setting. That said, we thought we’d provide a settings guide to start:
Espresso | 10 to 0+/-
Pour over | 20 to 10+/-
Drip Brewer | 25 to 35+/-
French Press | 40+
Use this as a launching point and experiment with the different settings. Typically, for espresso the Rocky’s grind setting around the 10 mark and for French press it was between 40 or more.
Ease Of Use
The Rancilio Rocky’s ergonomic settings make it easy for home baristas to dial in for different brew methods. Without beans inside the hopper, use the guide above to prep the Rocky for your cup of coffee. While the Rocky’s stepped grinding makes it easier to dial in, we noticed adjusting the settings into place can be difficult.
Adjusting the grinder settings require you to turn the Rocky’s 8-ounce bean hopper while holding down the locking mechanism, which keeps the grind setting in place. When we were adjusting the grind finer, we lost our grip on the hopper and it went flying to the coarsest setting. Fortunately, the Rocky’s stepped settings allowed us to quickly twist the hopper back to our original setting.
The Rocky is a manual dosing grinder, which means it only grinds when you manually push the button located in the bottom left-hand corner. With a manual dosing grinder, we recommend weighing your whole beans first before adding to the hopper. While this creates a bit of extra work, when you weigh your beans it ensures you have the right ratio of coffee for any brew method.
Two Styles To Choose
Best of all, the Rancilio Rocky comes in two models: doser and doserless. The doserless model features a chute and removable metal portafilter holder, so you can use it with your espresso machine or a container to pour into your French press. The doser model functions in the same way and includes a portafilter holder, except it has a grounds catcher with a lever to dispense coffee.
Aesthetics And Noise Level
Last, but certainly not least, is the Rancilio Rocky’s aesthetics. Encased in a polished metal body, this industrial-inspired grinder looks sharp in any kitchen. But it’s not all for looks, the metal casing helps reduce noise. Inside the Rocky is a heavy-duty, nearly 12-pound motor that rotates the burrs at 1725 RPMs (rotations per minute) that you’d expect to be loud. The opposite it true, this motor runs efficiently to help decrease excess noise. With an efficient motor and a metal case, the Rocky operates quieter than other consumer grinders.
If you’re looking for a complimentary grinder for your espresso machine or French press, the Rancilio Rocky Grinder is the one to get the job done. With a range of stepped adjustments, tempered steel burrs and, might we add, quiet grinding, the Rocky fits into any home baristas lifestyle.