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Baratza Vario-W Weight Based Grinder

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Baratza Vario-W
$549.00
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SKU: 985

Those that want the most consistent results in their coffee brewing weigh their coffee doses. Up until now, one has needed a scale to partner with their grinder to pull this off. Baratza has answered the challenge and rocked the coffee world with their newest grinding innovation: a weight based grinding system. Along with a self-contained system, the Esatto, which can be paired with an existing Baratza model, Baratza has incorporated the weight based dosing system into their flagship coffee/espresso grinder, the Baratza Vario. This new weight based Vario is known as the Baratza Vario-W. This new version has the same features of the Baratza Vario, but incorporates in the weight based grinding technology.

Features:

  • 54mm ceramic flat burrs manufactured by Mahlkonig, designed to last twice as long as steel burrs
  • 230 repeatable grind settings
  • Unique "dual cam" grind adjustment features two distinct adjustment levers
  • Vario-W uses real-time weight-based grinding with a built-in electronic scale. Set the weight you want and the Vario-W grinds the coffee to within +/- 0.2 g while grinding, and stops automatically.
  • Three programmable dosage buttons which allow you to set the dosage for three different brew sizes or methods.
  • The Vario grinds approximately 1.5 grams/second at Espresso and 2.5 grams/second at Press.
  • Digital LCD display tracks the weight dosage to the tenth of a gram.



Specifications:
Manufacturer: Baratza
Model: Vario-W
List Price: $700
Length: 7"
Width: 5"
Height: 14.5"
Weight: 9 lbs.

Baratza

Baratza is the company at the forefront of home coffee grinding innovation. Before Baratza entered the coffee manufacturing scene, one was hard pressed to find an affordable burr coffee grinder. Now, home baristas and cafes alike have multiple affordable burr grinders to choose from courtesy of the U.S. based company. Baratza currently offers five different burr grinders: Baratza Maestro Plus, Baratza Virtuoso, Baratza Virtuoso Preciso, Baratza Vario, and the weight based grinding Baratza Vario-W. In addition to this lineup, Baratza has also released a weight based grinding attachment for their grinders, the Baratza Esatto. One popular mantra from the coffee world is: the biggest investment a coffee fan can make is in a high quality grinder. Baratza has made the "investment" part of that coffee truism a lot more attainable.
Baratza Vario-W Weight Based Grinder is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Superb Grinder for Home Espresso! I've owned both versions of the Vario, the time-based version and this weight-based one. The weight-based dosing has surely spoiled me in both espresso prep and other brew methods! (Note: With the Vario-W, you cannot grind straight into the portafilter, though it has been no inconvenience at all to grind into the bin and then fill the portafilter.) As an overall grinder, I'm not sure if there's anything better than the Vario, especially at it's price point. Pros: The flat ceramic burrs can match a grind quality of machines twice its price, such as the Mazzer Mini and Super Jolly. It is also very easy and quick to adjust from espresso grind to more medium or coarse grinds for other brew methods. (If you do manual brew only, be sure to getting the steel Ditting burrs). There is almost zero grind-retention, so single-dosing and switching between beans is super simple. - Superb grind quality. - Easy adjustments. - Broad range of adjustments. - Zero grind retention. Cons: One reason grinders that match the Vario's grind quality are twice its price is because of their solid build quality. This is where the Vario is lacking. It's plastic encasement and micro/macro adjustment notches can sometimes seem flimsy, especially if you're used to a more solid build such as a Mazzer. Also, if the Vario is calibrated for espresso, the coarsest setting will be a medium grind and not suitable for french press. You can recalibrate so that it can do a good press grind, but then it's lacking on the espresso end. - Build quality. - Limited range (espresso->medium, or medium-fine->coarse). One last aspect to take in to consideration: Baratza customer service is top-notch! I have never dealt with a company that offers better customer service than Baratza. They truly go out of their way to make sure you can get the most out of your grinder! They stand by their products in superb fashion.
Date published: 2014-02-25