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Baratza Vario-W Coffee Grinder

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The 2011 Winner of the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Best Coffee or Tea Preparation & Serving Equipment (Commercial) Award, the Baratza Vario-W Coffee Grinder comes from distinguished stock. It joins the celebrated Bartaza line of professional grinders, popular with consumers and critics alike. This groundbreaking model is a fully integrated weight-based grinder. It uses a built-in electronic scale to yield real time, weight measurements for precise results. The Vario-W is very exact; it can actually measure within 0.2 gram of the actual weight as it’s grinding.

The Vario-W’s inventive technology is backed by time-tested components including 54mm Mahlkönig Ceramic Flat Burrs and an efficient motor. This model retains the user-friendly push-button controls and sliding adjustments of its predecessor for hassle-free operation. The Baratza Vario-W is recommended for discerning coffee and espresso enthusiasts.

Baratza Vario's new faceplate design.


Grind Adjustments

This precision grinder features dual cam macro and micro grind adjustments to give you full control over the finished results. The right-hand adjustment lets you control macro-settings. Micro-settings, located on the left-hand side, will let you fine-tune your grind. Each macro-adjustment is equal to one micro-range. Using both micro and macro settings will allow you to create up to 230 custom grind adjustments. The Vario-W is capable of delivering coarse, medium, fine and extra fine grinds suitable for everything from French presses to espresso and even Turkish coffee.


The Vario-W features three programmable dosage buttons. The weight values are clearly displayed on the digital LCD and each button can be pre-set to automatically grind a custom weight. All your dosing programming units are weight based, in grams; this grinder does not have a timer.

Bean Hopper and Grounds Container

The Vario-W features a tinted bean hopper and lid. The hopper can safely store up to 8 ounces of whole bean coffee. This grinder also features an anti-static food-grade ABS plastic ground coffee container with a generous 8-ounce capacity.

Weight-Based Operation

Built into the Vario-W is an innovative electronic scale, capable of delivering precise, real-time data. Unlike other grinders, the Vario-W uses weight measurements instead of grind time to supply the appropriate coffee volume. There is no need to manually weigh your beans prior to grinding. Simply set the desired weight and the Vario-W will automatically measure, grind and dispense the coffee. Weight settings can be adjusted in 0.1-gram increments to suit your needs; grinding operations will automatically stop once the appropriate coffee volume has been achieved.


The Vario-W has been equipped with Baratza’s famed 54mm Mahlkönig Ceramic Flat Burrs. These heavy-duty burrs are known to be more durable than their steel counterparts and have been proven to significantly reduce heat transfer to promote coffee flavor and aroma preservation.

The burrs operate at 1200rpm and can grind up to 1.5 grams per second for espresso or 2.5 grams per second for French press coffee.


Misc Data
Manufacturer: Baratza
Model: 985
Dimension - Width (Inches): 5.1
Dimension - Height (Inches): 14.1
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 7.1
Weight (lbs): 9
Watts: 240
Volts: 120
Grind Selection: All grinds
Recommended Applications: Home / Commercial
Grinding Method: Burr
Drive System: Gear Reduction
Burr Type: Flat
Burr Material: Ceramic
Burr Size (Millimeter): 54
Clearance Height for Portafilter (Inches): Adjustable
Built-In Tamper: No
Housing Materials: Plastic
Bean Hopper Material: Plastic
Removable Hopper: Yes
Ground Coffee Container Material: Plastic
Frame: Steel
Bean Hopper Capacity (Oz): 8
Ground Coffee Container (Oz): 5 Stars
Dosing Options: Container
Portafilter Compatibility: All
Number Of Grind Settings: 230
Programmable Grinding: Yes
Programmability type: Time
Controls: Push Button
Grind Setting Controls: Stepped
RPM (Burrs): 450
Easy Access To Burrs: Yes
Cleaning Products For Burrs: Urnex Grindz
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Taiwan
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home / Commercial
Service provided
Repairs By: Baratza
Contact Number: 877-701-2021


realtexmex asked:

In the description of this grinder, measuring by weight seems to be a key feature, but you never mention this, nor demonstrate this feature in your video. Why is this?

Answer by Erik:

The Vario-W is the weighted version of the grinder

robinadair asked:

Will this grinder do Turkish grind?

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

Thank you for the question. I do not run into this one often. The Vario will do a Turkish grind. You might need to calibrate the grinder to get what you are looking for. Although with the experience I've had you shouldn't need to. You may hear the burrs touch, which is ok. This is just the outer edges of the burrs touching and not the actual cutting surface. With all that being said, you should be very happy with the grinding ability of this machine.


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