In this video I'll go over the difference between a french press grind and an espresso grind and show you what each looks like. I also discuss the difference between a blade grinder and a burr grinder. Hope you enjoy the video. Happy brewing!
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The Baratza Vario is a commercial grinder that is also perfect for the home. The 54mm ceramic flat burrs keep the coffee cool by limiting the amount of heat transferred from the burrs to the grinds. The Grind-on-Demand feature with Electronic Dosing means you grind only the coffee you require for each shot directly into your espresso portafilter, thus eliminate the risk of stale ground coffee being left behind in the dosing unit.
Housed in a sleek contemporary design, the Baratza Vario also features dual-cam grind adjustment with 230 settings, programmable digital control with LCD display, adjustable grind duration and style of coffee (espresso, filter, or coffee press), and super quiet operation. Enjoy hands-free operation with the Vario portafilter, which offers universally adjustable brackets for any portafilter.
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Features & Benefits: Coffee
Dual-cam grind adjustment
The Baratza Vario features dual-cam grind adjustment with 230 settings. The right hand lever lets you select the type of grind you’d like; the left hand lever lets you fine-tune even further for a perfect grind.
Mahlkönig 54mm ceramic flat burrs
The Vario features Mahlkönig 54mm ceramic flat burrs, which keep the coffee cool(thereby retaining the coffee's natural flavor) by limiting the amount of heat transferred from the burrs to the grinds. And the Mahlkönig 54mm ceramic flat burrs are harder than carbon steel burrs and stay sharper longer.
Grind only the amount of coffee you want with Vario's Grind-on-Demand feature with Electronic Dosing. This eliminates stale coffee grinds common in mechanical dosing units.
Programmable digital controls with LCD display
The programmable digital controls allow you to select the style of coffee(espresso, filter, or coffee press) and the duration of grind time, putting you in control of creating your perfect shot of espresso.
The portaHolder's universally adjustable brackets allow for hands-free operation and can be used with any portafilter.
The Vario also sports a quiet belt-drive operation, an 8oz bean hopper and plugs into a regular 120V outlet. Measuring 4-1/2”W x 14-1/2”H x 7-1/4”D, the Vario weighs 10 lbs.
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|Dimension - Width (Inches)||5.1|
|Dimension - Height (Inches)||14.1|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches)||7.1|
|Grind Selection||All grinds|
|Recommended Applications||Home / Commercial|
|Drive System||Gear Reduction|
|Burr Size (Millimeter)||54|
|Clearance Height for Portafilter (Inches)||Adjustable|
|Bean Hopper Material||Plastic|
|Ground Coffee Container Material||Plastic|
|Bean Hopper Capacity (Oz)||8|
|Ground Coffee Container (Oz)||5 Stars|
|Dosing Options||Container or Doserless|
|Number Of Grind Settings||230|
|Grind Setting Controls||Stepped|
|Easy Access To Burrs||Yes|
|Cleaning Products For Burrs||Urnex Grindz|
|Country Of Manufacture||Taiwan|
|Recommended Applications||Home / Commercial|
Question & AnswersAsk our Community any quesiton you may have about this product! We are happy to help. Back to Top
Louis-Jordan aswered:Thank you for your question. This might not be completely avoidable behavior. The with which the ground coffee comes out has a lot to do with what grind settings the machine are set to; coarse grind tends to shoot out of the grinder a lot faster than a fine grind. Different beans will grind up... more
George aswered:Thank you. I was grinding for a rather fine grind for expresso so the type of grind would not seem to be the issue. I think one problem would be that the unit is designed to deliver grinds directly from the grinding chamber rather than through a small chute or other channel that would likley... more
George aswered:The people at Baratza suggested I try the yogurt cup technique as an alternative. This is where you cut the bottom of the yogurt container (small container) and insert it into the portafilter as a type of funnel. Also, they said there is a small metal funnel-type device sold by orphanexpresso.... more
Maggie aswered:Heidi, thank you for your post. It is possible-going from one grind to another on a regular basis can allow a grinder to get out of calibration, and oilier beans can contribute to the problem if you are using them. I would probably suggest grinding enough for a few days worth of one type of... more
DanielCulver aswered:Sean, I am not personally familiar with the machines you bought, but there are common elements to getting good shots. How recently the beans have been roasted is not your biggest concern here, or even a concern. It sounds to me that you are proceeding properly, but maybe you will have quicker... more
Sean Blaes aswered:Thanks Daniel, I am actually using some beans from Costco! They were some Kona Coffee beans, which I really liked when I was in Hawaii. :) I want to run through this bag, then I'll break open the Lavazza ones that WLL sent with the machine. I know there are mixed reviews of those, but I can't... more
mjackson aswered:Jose, i really love the Vario it will give you a better shot and more control then the Rocky. It is a great value.
mjackson aswered:Jose, We have used one a lot. We have had no problems. I love this grinder and it makes an ideal espresso grinder. The belt will be based on use. I would say maybe 4 years or so if not more. You cant get a better grinder at that price.
Jose aswered:Thank you Mark, just one more. If you would to choose a grinder for the Silvia, will you paired it with the Vario or the Rocky. Thks
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A few weeks ago, in anticipation of the arrival of Kona beans and my desire to brew it as espresso, drip and French press, I decided that it would be a great time to put a Baratza Vario to the test. Given its programmable features and ability to alternate among different grind settings, I figured...