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Baratza Vario Burr Grinder

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This commercial-grade Baratza Vario Burr Grinder with Upgraded H2 Display features an advanced panel display, 54mm ceramic flat burrs, a throughput of 1.9 grams per second and an innovative macro/micro grind adjustment with 230 settings.
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This commercial-grade Baratza Vario Burr Grinder with Upgraded H2 Display features an advanced panel display, 54mm ceramic flat burrs, a throughput of 1.6-2.2 grams per second and an innovative macro/micro grind adjustment with 230 settings. The Vario and the Vario-W are virtually identical in design and capabilities: small footprint, macro/micro adjustment, 54mm ceramic burrs and a broad range of grinds.

Features & Functionality of the Baratza Vario Burr Grinder

  • 54mm Ceramic Flat Burrs: These burrs stay sharper longer. Ceramic has a longer life than steel burrs and helps to keep the coffee cool by limiting the amount of heat transferred from the burrs to the grinds.
  • Grind on Demand with Electronic Dosing: Grinds only the coffee required for each shot. Eliminates the risk of stale ground coffee common in mechanical dosing units.
  • Programming: Features three, user-programmable grind weight buttons.
  • Innovative Dual Cam Grind Adjustment: The right-hand lever lets you choose what type of grind. The lever on the left lets you fine tune the grind within the range selected. More than 230 grind settings available.
  • Super Quiet: Powerful motor turns slowly resulting in cool, quiet operation and permits extended grinding time. The circuitry is equipped with an automatic reset thermal switch.
  • PortaHolder: Universally adjustable brackets for any portafilter. Allows for hands-free operation.
Pros
  • Commercial-Grade - With 230 settings, you may expect the Vario to be more of a beginner's machine. Not so. This grinder has the same high-quality design features as professional grinders.
  • Precision Grind Adjustment - You'll get a precise grind with the Baratza Vario.
  • Digital Display - The clear, easy-to-read display tells you the weight value that you're grinding.
Cons
  • Too Much of a Good Thing - A score of grinding options can equal frustration when changing grinds for a new batch of beans.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 3
Ease of Use 2
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare? The Vario Burr Grinder uses a timing system to grind while the Vario W Burr Grinder weighs the ground coffee while grinding, then stops automatically when it reaches your desired weight.
Tips and Tricks Remember to have the grinder running when you change the grind settings.
Suitable Applications Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over
Minimum Time to Grind Double Shot 11 seconds
Model Number Vario-H2
Manufacturer Baratza
Width 5.5 inches
Depth 5.0 inches
Height 14.0 inches with hopper | 9.5 inches without hopper
Product Weight (lbs.) 9.0000
Watts 160W
Volts 110V
RPM of Burrs 405-500 RPM
Programmability Yes
Case Material Plastic
NSF Certified No
Bean Hopper Capacity 8 oz
Dosing Options Programmable Dosing Functionality
Adjustment Configuration Stepped - Macro and Micro Settings
Grinder Style Burr - Flat Ceramic
Burr Diameter 54mm
Material Plastic

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Baratza Vario Burr Grinder
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Nathaniel H asked: I am at a crossroads on which grinder to buy, either the Vario the Rocky. I will be using it for drip coffee with my Moccamaster and I will be purchasing a Nuova Simonelli Musica. I think the Rocky may be a better built machine overall but I am also thinking it may be easier to switch back and forth between drip and espresso. Thoughts and suggestions? Mar 5, 2014
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Greg S: Nathan, as someone who owned both machines, I can unequivocally say Vario. I kept Rocky for almost three years and finally grown frustrated with the necessity to weigh my coffee every single time, its coarse settings changes (inability to fine-tune the grind) and the amount of coffee that gets stuck in the shoot. I bought Vario just about two weeks ago as a result of having one at work and cannot be happier. It is well built, do not think that it is flimsy. It is precise, consistent, and easy to operate. You do have to tune it to both grinds by using scales and measurements, but once you do, you never have to use your scale unless you change your beans. Even then you can keep records of all the settings, and simply change to them. Push the button, and it grinds just the right amount. No fuss, no coffee stuck in the shoot, no problems. To me, it was well worth the $100 extra, no doubt about it. Mar 6, 2014
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Nathaniel H: Thank you for your quick reply and evaluation. After reading many reviews and weighing the pros and cons as well as get a different perspective from you, I have decided to go with the Vario. I believe it will suit my needs and be a good grinder for many years. Thanks again. Mar 6, 2014
Matt S: We have two Rancilio Rockys--one for morning espresso and one for decaf in the evening, and we are quite satisfied with both. Adjustment is easy, though you want to make changes a little at a time and see how long the resulting pull takes. I shoot for about 30 seconds for a two-shot pull.

We try to avoid excessively oily beans, and shy away from very dark roasts, which tend to be bitter to our taste. We've had no problems for three years, but we just acquired the second Rocky last month.
Mar 6, 2014
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Bruce S: I own both. I've had the Rocky for over10 years now. He has now been relocated to the cabin with its soulmate Silvia. They work great together as a set. Rocky has been 100% reliable and really quite a joy. However, the grind control is pretty coarse for dialing in fussy espresso beans. Not a big problem, but definitely a consideration.

The Vario, when it works, has much, much better grind control than Rocky. However, I have literally been through **5** machines at this point (just over 1 year). I've found them to be stunningly unreliable. I've had replacements-of-replacements-of-replacements to the point where it is completely laughable. I'm on a first name basis with Baratza's tech support team now. The first unit ground 1 shot and died. Second one was DOA (didn't even spin). Third lasted 10 months and then went *poof* with a pop and a sizzle. 4th one arrived filthy (theoretically a refurb) and with levers that kept falling during the grind (another common problem with this model). My 5th has been running for about 2 months now without any problems. So far.

The programmed grind time is nice, but I also experience the wild "spray" out of the chute, particularly with dark roasts (Peets roasts in particular). It makes an epic mess every single morning, but the grind is good, so we wipe it's a$$ every morning.

So, as much as it pains me to say it, for real espresso grind control you need the Vario.

However, what the world really needs is a _Rocky_ with finer grind settings. If I could buy that, I'd gleefully set the Vario out on the train tracks and cackle as it gets run over.

Buy the Vario, but, good luck. You will need it.
Mar 7, 2014
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Wayne C: Hi Nathaniel,
I have a Baratza Vario for over a year. On an average day, I brew one pot (8 cups) of drip coffee and 2 or 3 shots of espresso. So far I am quite satisfied with it. I do not know anything about the Rancilio. But I can offer my experience with the Baratza:

1, The Baratza come with two holders, a container for the coffee ground and a portafiller holder. At first I hesitate about such design. I thought that a permanent portafiller holder would be more sturdy and convenient. After owning it for a year, I think it is an advantage for grinding coffee for drip coffee. Changing from one to the other is very easy. Both fit the slot quite well. Of course, there is no spill for the enclosed holder, and there is always a little bit for all portafiller holders.
2. There are two sets of adjustment for the grinding levels, enough for any coffee beans I have tried so far. And there are 3 settings that you can set automatically. I use one for espresso and one for drip coffee.
3. I have not been diligent cleaning the burr. In fact, I have never cleaned it. So far, it still works fine.

All in all, I am happy with the grinder so far.

All
Mar 6, 2014
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Dave S: I have the Vario. It's smaller. I do have a couple issues with it but they aren't earth shattering:

- the dials move while it grinds. I had to stick tape just below both dials (the fineness dials) to keep them in place...don't know if this is a defect or common thing that happens. To me that's totally unacceptable but whateve

- the plastic part that moves up and down where you can sit your portafilter on broke. I'm not rough with this machine. The plastic simply cracked on its own. Again unacceptable IMO

otherwise I still like it enough to prefer it even if I see its end of life.
Mar 6, 2014
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J P: I bought the Vario after considering the Rocky because I tend to buy dark roasted, oily beans. It's great because the beans never get stuck in a chute. In fact, the Vario tends to suck them right into the burrs. Were it not for that, I might have gone with the Rocky.

They are both fab grinders. I use my Vario with my Moccamaster and the coffee is amazing, though I sometimes wish I could set the grind a little more coarse.

Bottom line: dark roasted, oily beans demand the Vario. Medium or lighter roasts: not my preference, but the Rocky might be a more versatile choice.
Mar 7, 2014
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Matthew S: The Rocky is a tank. extremely well built and will last a lifetime. For drip coffee or French press it is the clear winner. You can change settings easily, but it doesn't have fine enough steps to dial in great espresso.

The Vario produces a better espresso grind, but changing from espresso to drip wastes a ton of coffee. It isn't practical for anything other than a dedicated grinder.
Mar 9, 2014
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teri r: I own the Vario and have been very pleased with it. I only use it for espresso, so really, I am not using it to its full capability. As I know nothing about the Rancilio Rocky, I cannot speak to how it compares with the Vario.
Ease of use and durability are as important as the accuracy of grind I would say. You should be able to get all 3 in a good burr grinder.
Mar 6, 2014
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Elizabeth C: We love our Vario. So far we have been using it for espresso exclusively. We don't even own drip coffe machine. We chose Vario based on the reviews and with very limited counter space this was a perfect fit. Compared to our old grinder Vario is heaven and a keeper.
Good luck with your purchase.
Elizabeth
Mar 6, 2014
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giampiero d: I have had the rocky for a few weeks now and I am very happy with it. I am using it with a expobar office lever espresso machine. I have not used it on a drip. I don't think that you are going to find a better grinder then the rocky for the same price rage. Mar 7, 2014
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Joseph G: All I know is I love the Baratza. No problems at all. Once you know your settings, can't imagine it would be hard to change from one grind to another. However, I use the Rancilio Silvia for espresso, and I know it's high quality as well. Mar 6, 2014
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Joshua G: Joseph: I have a Silvia and I'm about to pair the Baratza with it. (my gaggia just broke after 8 years of use)
What setting do you recommend for Silvia espresso grind? Mar 13, 2014
giampiero d: Iam using my rocky with expobar office lever and it works great. I don't know how it will work with a drip. I haven't tried it yet. It's very user friendly Mar 6, 2014
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Joseph L asked: I love the grinder but it sure makes a mess (grinding directly into the portafilter). I can't raise the basket holder any higher or I won't be able to get the portafilter in and out. I've cut a "shield" out of an old yogurt cup to slide in while grinding but that isn't a great solution. Is there a better way? Nov 27, 2013
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Joseph L: FYI, I think that the "problem" is a few things… for one, maybe I'm filling a little too high, and settling the pile a bit while it's grinding does make a little difference. But if I grind less, I find I don't get as good of a pull, so it's the sacrifice I make. Also I've found that the darker grounds scatter more, oddly. Harder bean so more bounce? And that's really it I noticed… it's BOUNCING out of the pile. I guess a little mess isn't such a big deal. Just trying to be as efficient as possible :)

Thanks to all for the great tips! I learned a few things in here for sure.
Jan 13, 2014
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Glen W: Joseph,
If you are getting a lot of spillover into your portafilter, I would suggest decreasing the time for grinding. If you are using a coarser grind, you may find you have to pack more ground beans into the filter and hence the spillover. Try a finer grind, which will also pack finer and give you a better shot. I ran a cafe for 5 years and had to learn all this by experience. Something I also do, is give the portafilter a few shakes while its grinding, so that the grind doesn't spillover.
Hope that helps.
Nov 27, 2013
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Joseph L: Thanks Glen. It's not spill though — it's "scatter". The machine is spraying grinds all over the countertop. My little yogurt cup shield keeps them contained, but it's a pain and often slips out of place. So it doesn't matter how course or fine the grind is, it's spraying everywhere. FWIW my grind is as fine as it can be. I adjust it every morning after the first shot, making it as fine as it can and still pull a shot :) Nov 27, 2013
Glen W: That doesn't sound right. My vario causes a little heap of beans in the middle of the portafilter. Check the output "spout" make sure its clear, otherwise give the folks at Seattle a call. That's not how its supposed to work! Nov 27, 2013
Joseph L: It's totally clear. Thanks, good to know it's not normal. I'll contact SCG. Nov 27, 2013
Vera R: I grind into the provided plastic basket. I find that its best to tamp with 1/2 the grinds and then near the end and lastly with all the grinds. I use a long handle measuring scoop to take the grinds from basket into portafilter that I sit on the counter over a paper towel (could skip the PT but it catches any grinds that might get away). It seems to go pretty fast, and keeps the loose grinds to a minimum. Nov 27, 2013
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Joseph L: Thanks Vera, but I really want to grind straight into the portafilter. It's one of the reasons I bought this machine :) Nov 27, 2013
Brian D: It's happened occasionally for me, but one of the beauties of this grinder is the micro-adjustment. Rather than messing with a good design I would try dialing back 0.1 second and/or making the grind finer. Once in awhile I shake the portafilter to distribute the grind as well. And once in awhile I do get a bit of chaff on the counter .. the grinder is so versatile that I can live with that. Nov 27, 2013
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Jay B: I removed the hook so I don't rest mine hands free (it was never stable anyway). Moving it around, I fill the corners early and heap less in the center, making distribution easier. Unless I roast my coffee beyond Full City, this is sufficient to prevent messes. Darker roasts always fly as the output spray is quite wide due to the consistency of the bean. Nov 27, 2013
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Joseph L: Jay, oh interesting, so it's not my imagination that darker roasts scatter more!! I have two roasts that I rotate between, and I always thought the darker one made a bigger mess.

I'd rather not remove the hook; I have a nice routine now and am hard at working during that 11 to 13 second grind time :) Nov 27, 2013
Catherine M: Find out how long it takes to grind the right amount of coffee for your shot and then grind it into the bin that it comes with. From there, you can dump the coffee into the portafilter over a sink (in case some falls over the side of the filter). It's a pretty clean method and with some technique you can prevent most of the coffee from falling out. Nov 27, 2013
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Joseph L: Thanks Catherine, but I would like to use the hardware that the machine came with as it was intended. I think it comes down to some adjustments to my technique and placement of the portafilter. I really, really do NOT want to add these steps. But thank you for the suggestion :) Nov 27, 2013
teri r: I just hold the portafilter as close as possible to the coffee exit point and hope for the best. There is no way there is going to be 100% delivery of coffee dust into the portafilter. I am resigned to some wiping up after grinding.
Perhaps console yourself with looking at the coffee "debris" around the grinder in your favorite coffee shop.
Nov 27, 2013
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Elijah B: I have noticed a mess when I grind directly into a portafilter. As with almost all grinders, this is inherent. I personally haven't made anything custom guard to prevent any mess from grinding directly into the portafilter. Since my grinder is next to a trash bin, I simply sweep it into the trash bin. Nov 27, 2013
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Joseph L: Hi Elijah. Through a variety of responses here I have decided that I may actually have the portafilter too close, not too far away (which I can't change). I'll report back how that works, but if it works for me, you may want to try it too! I know cleanup isn't a huge task, but it's annoying, and i don't have a sink next to my coffee station, so at least some errant grounds tend to end up on the floor. Nov 27, 2013
David M: The old yogurt cup might be the best way to keep the grinds in. Seems most grinders make a mess. Keeping the burrs clean also seem to help. They definitely fly everywhere when I don't clean them for extended periods and fall back in the portafilter after a cleaning. Nov 27, 2013
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Joseph L: Cleaning could be an issue… it's not that old (a few months now) but I do believe it's getting worse. I bought those cleaning pellets for a reason… gotta do it :) Jan 13, 2014
William W: I have a Vario and I see a little spillage when grinding into the portafilter but not to the extent you describe. What size is your portafilter? Are you possibly grinding too much causing it to overflow? Suggest you call the folks at Baratza...bet they can help. Nov 27, 2013
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Joseph L: Hi William. I have a VST 18g basket; don't recall the actual dimensions but it's not a mini one if that's what you're asking. The espresso machine is a Crossland CC1. I may be overfilling it slightly, but I've found that I'd rather have a little to scrape off then not have enough in the basket when tamping. I did notice today however that much of the scatter is happening as the grounds get higher. It's making a little mountain so of course it's taller than the basket itself, but this got me thinking that perhaps the problem isn't that the portafilter is too far away, but that it's too close. I will try lowering it to see what happens. Someone else here said they shake the portafilter to level things out a bit while grinding; I think that may help too.

I'll give that a go then call the Baraza people if it doesn't help. Nov 27, 2013
Kevin P: I've taken off the portafilter holder completely and grind while holding my portafilter close to the spout. This minimizes the coffee ground scatter and lets me adjust distribution mid-grind! Nov 27, 2013
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Joseph L: Aren't you clever… I will have to try that! Thanks. Nov 27, 2013
canali asked: hi there...on fine tuning the grind adjustment?
.in a web review of this product from another online vendor, the reviewers say that for each notch you move
up or down on right (macro adjustments), it is an entire movement of up.down on the left (micro adjustments)
...just thought i'd share...this came from review in detail of machine and its creator.
cheers
Aug 3, 2013
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teri r: I can't say I've put the grinder through the test of assessing all of its possible rational relationships. I've used it only to grind coffee for espresso, so in 2 years I've learned that second from the top in the macro adjustment (right side) and 2-4 on the micro (left side) will, depending on the coffee beans, usually give a grind fine enough to produce the sought after crema, and give a regular trickle of a flow.
I was requested to give input here, and am obliging. I'm sorry not to be able to say more.
Aug 5, 2013
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Glen W: Joe,

I have a Baratza Vario Grinder and on both sides of the machine, coarse on the right and fine on the left, are a series of notches which the sliding stop moves up or down to adjust the coffee grinding. Once you get the right. coarse side set to a good grind, you can adjust the left side/fine to get just the right coarseness or fineness to pull perfect shots. I do find that I have to adjust the fine setting depending upon the beans I am using, how I roasted them and the weather, especially humidity in the air.

There is quite a bit of adjustment on the grinder. I am sure you'll be more than happy with the machine. I used to run a commercial coffee bar establishment, so it works for me just fine at home.
Aug 5, 2013
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Elijah B: I'm not sure where the real question lies but you are right about the grind adjustments. 1 notch up/down on the right side = an entire movement up/down on the left side. Aug 5, 2013
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David M: Sounds about right. One click on the right amounts to about one complete movement on micro. I've never done a exact comparison, but it's pretty close. Aug 5, 2013
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Kevin P: One whole excursion (top notch to bottom notch) on the left (micro) is a GREATER change in grind size than one notch on the right (macro). Aug 6, 2013
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J. Ming asked: I just bought this machine to use with my coffee beans from Hawaii but have NO idea what settings to select. Can someone suggest settings for filter coffee for this machine? Thanks Sep 4, 2012
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Ryan T: Hello Jerilynne. While I have not used my Vario yet for filter coffee, when I do, I will most likely start with both the macro and micro settings in the middle and go from there. Obviously there are many more factors to consider, i.e. type of coffee being used, how fresh it is, etc. When I do, I will try to remember to post back with my results and coffee used, etc. Oct 3, 2012
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Robin T: It depends on what type of coffee maker you use. If it is a french press you may need a coarse grind, for drip a medium to medium/fine may do the trick. For espresso you would use fine. Just check the owners manual for more information; it's a matter of taste and just finding the right grind that works for you. Sep 6, 2012
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Vladimir K asked: How can I eliminate static charge during grinding that makes grinded coffee looks like rocks? Mar 25, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Unfortunately there will always be a bit of static in coffee grinding, particularly on coarser grinds. Though Baratza does have an anti-static coating on their grinders like this Vario, if you are still experiencing some trouble, then I'd suggest just waiting a few minutes for the grounds to settle after grinding to let some of the static dissipate. Hopefully this helps! Mar 25, 2014
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Marty T asked: Does the grind on this machine go course enough for press coffee? Jan 27, 2014
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Teri KStaff: If you are grinding for press only, I would actually recommend the Encore, as this Vario is calibrated pretty fine and won't get super coarse. Unfortunately it is tricky to use the same grinder for both espresso and press since the two are at such different extremes, but if you like your press grinding medium fine, then the Vario would work. Jan 27, 2014
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A shopper asked: does it work with 230v output?? Nov 18, 2013
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Teri KStaff: No, none of our grinders will work with 230V, unfortunately. This Baratza Vario is 110V. Nov 19, 2013
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riddler asked: What are the differences between the Vario + H2 and the Vario-W? Aug 10, 2013
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Baratza Vario Burr Grinder
Baratza Vario-W Burr Grinder
Baratza Vario-W Burr Grinder
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Teri KStaff: The difference between the Vario and the Vario-W is that the regular Vario uses a timer and allows for three programmable lengths of time that you can adjust and have the unit grind down for, while the Vario-W uses a weight base to measure the weight of three programmable presets. Basically the Vario allows programming in seconds, while the Vario-W allows programming by weight in grams. The only other big difference is that the regular Vario includes a portafilter holder while the Vario-W does not (as the weight base would mean you need to tare out your portafilter on the W model). Aug 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: Will the 54mm filter basket of the Breville Infuser work seamlessly with the Vario grinder? Jul 13, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The Vario portafilter holder has a movable upper and lower piece that you can alter to make your specific portafilter work well. I tried it with the Infuser and found it to be a pretty good fit! I would mention that because the span across the portafilter support is large enough to hold 58 mm portafilters, the smaller sizes will not be quite as secure in the holder, but can still fit with less movement if the upper and lower pieces are adjusted toward the center. Jul 15, 2013
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Warranty Information for the Baratza Vario Burr Grinder

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Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Baratza
Warranty Contact Information: 877-701-2021
Notes: Baratza has excellent troubleshooting resources on their website. If you're experiencing an issue with your grinder, definitely look here first.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Baratza Vario Burr Grinder

Clean burrs on a weekly to bi-weekly basis either with a cleaning brush or a burr grinder-specific cleaning product such as Grindz.

Remove and hand wash the bean hopper and lid with warm water and soap as needed.


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I do pour overs and this is Great! I am very happy with it and the quality of the grin find get every time. I weigh my beans and them grind them. This is a quality grinder and I would highly recommend it to others for pour over coffee. I use the ceramic burrs and have found the grind setting I use to be prefect for pour over. It is not cheap and is an investment in your kitchen. Well worth it.

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Mine worked great for about 30 days, then all of a sudden it just stopped and now all it does is just buzz. I am very disappointed I had high hopes for this grinder, it cost more than your average grinder and I expected it to last. I was unable to dissemble the burr grinder, not even with a pair of pliers. I tried to call the manufacture and I got a recorded message and something that directed me to look at their web-site. Just like everything else that is made these days, it isn't made to last.

(Posted on 3/29/14)

Good value, delivers the results I was looking for

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After purchasing my Brevelle BES840XL a couple years ago, I finally got around to dealing with the 'grinder issue.' Kicking myself now for waiting so long. Having gone through innumerable cans of pre-ground espresso (Mostly Lavazza) and attempting to get the grind right at the grocery store premium coffee aisles, I threw in the towel. After sorting through myriad reviews and videos on every grinder priced between $250 and $1,000 I settled on the Baratza Vario. I'm totally satisfied I made the right choice. I'll never use more that a fraction of the 240 or so grind settings but I really appreciated being able to fine tune around the setting that I've now locked in on (M2). The adjustable timer feature is a huge convenience. I've got it set to provide just the right amount of grounds for my morning double shot with little waste. I get consistent great cremas with moderate tamping and a 25 second pull. The porta filter holder is my choice for daily use but it's handy to have the bin attachment should I ever use the Vario for drip grind for my coffee pot. Other reviews have mentioned the matter of errant coffee dust. Recognizing this is inherent with most any grinder I find the Vario tosses out remarkable little dust and the cleanup is quick and easy. My only complaint is that the porta filter holder (though billed as fully adjustable) does not really fit my Brevelle's 53mm size. It seems this could have been engineered better - the arms are flimsy and the polished stainless allows the porta filter with its polished chrome to slide around unpredictably if not held in place.

Overall, this is an excellent grinder priced at a very good value.

(Posted on 2/9/14)

Excellent value

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It's heavy, durable, and easy to use. Though time based dosing isn't the most accurate, you can set your times down to a 10th of a second. This allows a greater degree of accuracy, and is probably good enough for the home user. I recalibrate the dose time with each new bag of coffee using a small kitchen scale. I'm very happy with the purchase, and I think this grinder is a perfect companion to my Breville BES900XL.

(Posted on 12/6/13)

Easy to use and a very solid product

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Easy to assemble (I'm generally useless at assembling). The product delivers consistently good results.
A good buy!!

(Posted on 11/28/13)

Easy to use

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I'm new to espresso drinks I found out that, I need for a good grinder. Thanks for SCG videos from Galye and Kat I got a great one. this Vario grinder is easy to use, small fit on my small kitchen counter. I finally got a good espresso shot. One small problem I don't like when using it to dose into Portafilter very messy bits of coffee all over the counter. So what did was I cut the bottom of a rice cooker measuring cup and put it right on the the Portafilter. Perfect fit no more coffee all over, maybe just a little. Now my wife is asking me if I see her rice measuring cup. Of course you what I said "no I did not use it last" LOL. THANKS FOR YOUR VIDEOS I HAVE LEARN HOW TO MAKE GREAT CUP OF LATTE. ALOHA.

(Posted on 11/9/13)

Like it

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Had a doser, didn't like it...too big, too noisy, too much mess, too much handle flipping. The Vario is none of those. Compact, quite, less mess (you're always going to have a little...it's a coffee grinder after all). Grind directly into the portafilter...great! Good grind consistency ...I'm at setting 2-K right now. Almost infinite settings. Easy to program. Auto shut off. Ceramic burrs a plus I think. Spend a lot more if you like...but why?

(Posted on 9/27/13)

Great grinder!

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Took a few tries to figure out the right grind setting for my espresso machine, but once I did, this grinder has helped me make great shots! Very pleased with this grinder as my upgrade. The timer feature in a convenient touch. Recommended for the price point.

(Posted on 9/21/13)

Not good quality control

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Right out of the box plug it in, counters work as described, only problem is grinder does not work Manual, three grind settings; Nothing. I would have thought for the $400 price tag they would of at least turned it on and checked for function.
Going to return and try a different brand.

(Posted on 8/5/13)

Awesome Grinder

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Great build quality and great consistent grind quality!

(Posted on 4/11/13)

Nice grinder

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My first burr grinder. Very consistent grind, lots of settings, pretty quiet, grounds have some static in them but that is reduced a lot by stirring with a fork, who knew? Been using about a month now and I am happy with the purchase.

(Posted on 4/8/13)

Great

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I've been using this grinder daily for over a year and a half now. This thing is great, no complaints. It's always consistent and quiet with very low mess, unless your using very oily beans.

(Posted on 3/5/13)

IN LOVE

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It was hard for me to buckle down and purchase a grinder so expensive compared to what I've had in the past, but boy was it worth it! SO many settings, each being 100% consitant in texture and grind-size.

(Posted on 2/22/13)

Great grinder!

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Great build quality, quiet and consistent grinds. I am making nice shots with plenty of room to move either way on grind size. Wish it was a little less messy and expensive, but that's just way it goes with this stuff.

(Posted on 12/11/12)

Not as good as everyone makes it out to be

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It is a decent grinder and the main positives are that it is small and easy to fill your basket with grinds while not wasting much coffee. I'm not too impressed with the grinds, my folks old beat to hell mazzer seems to make more flavorful coffee out of my olympia machine. Every once in a while I will accidentally swipe the grind adjusters. My biggest complaint is the lag time for the grinder to actually change its grind settings, it can take a few baskets worth of coffee till it fully adjusts to where you moved the dials. Also every once in a while without making any adjustments the grinder will start grinding finer for no reason resulting in waste. Overall I would say this grinder is good if space is a concern otherwise go with a mazzer or something else.

(Posted on 12/4/12)

All around---EXCELLENT!

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So far, this grinder has been nothing short of perfect. I have had the grinder for just over 2 months. Using it almost everyday. I am very glad I spent the money. I was on the fence for quite awhile. I have used the grinder mainly for espresso/lattes, and have used both very fresh whole beans to approx. 1.5 month old (stored in Air Escape container), and with the variable settings, even on the older beans, I am still able to get what I would classify as drinkable product. Much more so than what you get at the coffee chain locations. I am using my long standing Silvia V2, but now am looking to upgrade my machine. Dual Boiler or HX will be my next thing to conquer.

(Posted on 11/14/12)

Just Right

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The Vario is perfect for what I need. It's exactly what I wanted. Just keep a record of the settings when you get what you want. Do it for every time you make a change, for a different brand of beans, for a different roast, for a different style of grind, a different quantity or weight. Keep written records and it will pay off. There are lots of variables in what I may be looking for at a particular time, and the grinder has the range to do whatever I want. It adjusts from a very coarse press to nearly a Turkish "powder." The best at oily beans I've ever seen. Very quiet for what it does.

(Posted on 9/27/12)

Great Product

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So far does everything advertised and more. Incredilby quiet and consistant grind. The container seals perfectly and we are no longer making a mess in the morning.

(Posted on 9/11/12)

Great grinder...

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This is the best grinder I have had. I love the fact that settings are repeatable.

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(Posted on 4/6/12)

Great: Baratza Virtuoso Burr Grinder

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I use the Baratza Virtuoso Burr Grinder daily. I didn't think there would be a difference in the taste of the coffee, but using this type of burr grinder has delivered a great experience! The coffee has a much smoother richer taste. My thoughts are why do I need to buy coffee at a coffee shop, when I can make it at home. The taste is the same, or even better. This was a good purchase.

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Easy To Use, Sleek look, Easy To Clean, Great size

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None at this time

(Posted on 1/10/12)

Good grinder, poor controls

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Overall I think this grinder is very good and at a great price. It's very consistent and is easy to clean. There is one problem that I have encountered. The rubber sliders that you adjust the settings with will move on you. If you dial in a grind that works for you then I would suggest making a note of it because eventually it will move. During several grinding sessions I actually saw the slider on the left move down a couple of notches, and if you have to clean or move the grinder they will move. I wish you could lock the settings. I am pleased but it's a little frustrating when your running low on coffee and have to dial the grinder in again!

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 1/7/12)

Love this grinder!

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This a great grinder. It is easy to use and produces a wonderful, consistent grind. The one thing it could use is an easy way to change beans as it has no shut off for the hopper. So, if you like to use a lot of different coffees, you my find this inconvenient. Other than that, I would highly recommend this item.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Quiet, Commercial Grade

Cons:
No shut off for hopper

(Posted on 12/30/11)

I LOVE THIS GRINDER!!

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I watched the you tube comparison video and saw all the pluses about the virtuoso. I am very happy I chose this model.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 12/15/11)

nice!

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i bought this so i could grind for my press pot and the occasional drip. it's my first "real" grinder-- all the others i've had are the $20 mill style ones. if i wanted to make french press, i'd have to get my beans ground at a coffee shop, which is great for a few days, but they'd loose their freshness pretty fast. otherwise it would be grinding with the cheap mill for drip. it was never that great, which is probably why i rarely made coffee at home. anyhow, i've made many cups of press pot and drip coffee and i'm totally stoked by how awesome it tastes. this grinder is really easy to use and clean. the only SLIGHT negative side is that there can be a bit of static build up that can make things a little messy, but it's really a super minor thing. i'm happy about this purchase.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 12/15/11)

First Grinder I've Owned

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Great grinder except the knob keeps falling off . . .

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Easy To Use

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Noisy

(Posted on 12/14/11)

Great Grinder - Great Value

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Replaced Capresso Infinity and this is a much better grinder. Grind is more consistent and basket holds more grounds. More mess with the Capresso. The only draw back was the initial settings would not ground the coffee fine enough for my Saeco Aroma. Help was easy to find from SCG, videos, and Baratza web site. Once the setting was adjusted everything is running great. This is a great grinder for the price.

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Static free container, Smooth even Grind

Cons:
Settings needed adjusting

(Posted on 10/10/11)

exactly what i needed

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I was looking for a grinder to give me a consistent coarse to medium grind for my press pot and d.i.y. cold brew coffee. I am upgrading from your $20 blade grinder which was not a good at all. I plan to use it also for pour over and chemex in the near future. I am not sure of the consistence for a more fine grind for espresso, but I do recommend this for press pots, drip, and pour over. It is very sturdy built grinder and I like that I get very minimal static from the collection box. I also like the pulse feature. I am very happy with this product[...]

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Consistent Grind, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 8/23/11)

Consistently perfect grind

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Consistently perfect grind with very minimal heating. The level of control over grind type is exceptional. Very quiet operation. Three minor things would make it unbeatable.
1. Ability to lock down the grind settings so they can't get bumped off.
2. Set markers for different grinds/beans.
3. Display was back-lit.
Definitely recommended.

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(Posted on 7/7/11)

What a Difference!

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After using the Baratza Virtuoso Burr Grinder everyday since receiving it, we have gone from casual coffee drinkers to every morning coffee drinkers. We use a french press and could not be more satisfied. We ordered whole coffeebeans online which are fresh, unlike the beans one buys at a grocery store. We are in coffee heaven. After watching your grinder tests, we knew what we needed. We would buy this unit again. Thank You. Dean and Linda

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 6/23/11)

Top of the line home use grinder

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Initially I had a tough time getting the hopper to seat on the grinder base but once I did so everything worked perfectly. I think the ultra bright blue lights are a bit much but I put the grinder back to sleep after using it so I don't have to see those blue lights. I upgraded from a previous lower model Baratza.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste

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(Posted on 5/29/11)

Best I've Ever Used

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I got this to replace a grinder unit I got for christmas a year ago. This is hands down the best Ive ever used.
It makes little or no mess. The grind is amazingly consistant. It's quiter than most, and very easy to use. And the way it's built it looks like I'll never have to buy another.
I'm very happy with my purchase.

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Very consistant grind, No mess, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Quite, No hopper clogs, Easy grind adjustments

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None at this time

(Posted on 5/27/11)

Exactly what I was looking for!

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I had the capresso infinity stainless steel model and the virtuoso is way better. The big difference between the two is that virtuoso is much easier to clean and it doesn't leave a bunch of coffee in the grinder to deal with after each grind. The grind is also pretty fine. I have the via venezia with the pressurized portafilter and pulled my best shot on it with this grinder on the first try. I've also gone too fine with it on 10 to almost choke it. I'm going to step up to the non-pressurized portafilter at some point when I get some cash saved up. We will see if I can get a fine enough grind out of the machine at that point. I suspect I can based on what I've seen so far.

Is there a way to tell what setting my grinder is on out of the box without opening it up? I'm curious to know if it will go even finer if I fine tune it.

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(Posted on 4/3/11)

I love this grinder!

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I use this daily for espresso and regular coffee. This is the first burr grinder I've owned, and what a difference in taste! I can't believe I went this long without one. It's easy to switch between regular and espresso grind. I get a perfect shot of espresso every time. It took me a couple of tries to get the setting right, but now that I know what it is, it's extremely consistent. The build quality is on the higher end of many of the units I've looked at. This thing is built like a tank! I would definitely buy this again.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 2/21/11)

Baratza Virtuoso Burr Grinder

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Coffee dust is at a minimum.
Timer setting is not long enough.

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Great Taste, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 2/19/11)

Happy with this grinder

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Wish they did not cost so much

Pros:
Great Taste, Good design, Easy To Use, Good size, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade

Cons:
Expensive, A little messy

(Posted on 1/27/11)

Good Buy

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This is my first burr grinder, but it has surpassed my expectations after almost a month of non-stop usage. I use this for both espresso and French press, and the grind is consistent, there's virtually no static issues with the basket, and it's quiet as can be. Two thumbs up.

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Great Taste, Quiet, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 12/31/10)

A Great Grinder

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Well worth the money. We waited too long to get a good grinder, and if I could do anything different it would be to invest in this grinder as soon as we purchased the espresso maker. The hopper is nicely designed, the blades are perfect and the grind is exceedingly consistent. Fits nicely on the kitchen counter.

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Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 12/29/10)

Surpassed my expectations

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I just switched from a cheap Capresso burr grinder to this model. The difference is night and day. This machine is remarkably heavy and solidly built. The anti-static cup for the grounds REALLY works. The coffee falls neatly to the bottom without sticking to the sides and flying out every where when you take it out. It is much quieter and the grounds are more uniformly ground. The grind selection process has a precise, smooth feel to it. I love this grinder and it is worth the investment.

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Anti-static grounds cup, Commercial Grade, Quiet

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(Posted on 11/24/10)

Versatile and Profecient

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It does not grind as coarse for french press as my Breville. It's too soon, 3 weeks, to know if it is important.

Very easy to use and lots of control.

Quiet for a grinder. Timer and manual-very nice.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 11/10/10)

Improvement over Rocky

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The Baratza Vario is easy to use and definitely produces much better coffee crema than my old Rancilio Rocky (using a Silvia espresso machine). On the downside the portafilter holder is a bit flimsy. Watch out for the small screw that holds the portfilter stand to the base. It's easy to lose it when you are unpacking the Vario. The grinder does spray some coffee past the portafilter and you do need to frequently clean the portafilter holder, but it can be removed and easily washed.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

Cons:
Messy

(Posted on 11/9/10)

I couldn't be happier with this grinder.

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I bought the Baratza Virtuoso based on the video reviews Seattle Coffee Gear posted; I found them very helpful figuring out what was important to me in a grinder. The Virtuoso has surpassed my every expectation: it's quieter than my old blade grinder, the consistency and control of the grind is spot on, it's easy to switch settings instantly for my Aerobie press, drip maker, or french press, and there is absolutely none of the static mess I always associated with burr grinders at home. I've recommended this grinder to all my coffee loving friends.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 10/29/10)

A major step up for us

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We can get the exact grind size we want with the dual grind levers and it does not change. The consistency throughout a grind batch is wonderful. We also greatly enjoy being able to grind directly into our espresso filter baskets.

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Easy To Use, High grind consistency, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 10/1/10)

This grinder rocks!

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I did lots of research before buying both my espresso maker and grinder.
It is very true what is said about having a good grinder!!!!!! I had a great espresso machine, but so-so grinder. And thus so-so espresso.
This grinder changed it all. HUGE difference.
Moral of the story-- do not scrimp on the grinder!!!!

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Great Taste, Easy To Use, Small footprint, Commercial Grade

Cons:
None yet

(Posted on 9/27/10)

I'd Purchase Again

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Works very well

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Quiet, Easy To Use, Great Taste

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None

(Posted on 9/22/10)

Great grinder

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I have a Rancilio Silvia and thought I needed a higher-end grinder to get a grind. My espressos are coming out perfect.The Virtuoso is an excellent grinder.

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Easy To Use

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None

(Posted on 8/21/10)

Killer grinder

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Grinding for espresso is rough on a grinder. I killed a Breville Ikon after 6 months grinding for a Rancillio Ms. Silvia. If you are grinding for espresso and you have good machine do yourself a favor and look at this grinder.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 8/18/10)

Excellent

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Although it's a hundred bucks more than the Rocky, the Vario really wins hands down. Interestingly enough, there are reports maintaining that the Vario can really compete with the likes of Mazzers. I think they're undervalued a bit.

If I never drank drip coffee, I would have purchased a Mazzer Mini; but I do, so the Vario is the perfect machine for me.

Bottomline: If you want a superb grinder for espresso, you ought to consider the Vario. If you want a superb grinder for both espresso and drip coffee, don't hesitate and buy the Vario.

I forgot to mention: this machine doesn't weigh that much and doesn't take up much space, and this is a huge benefit.

The only downside concerns personal preference - I think the Mazzers and Macaps (and even the Rocky) look better.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 8/10/10)

Good Choice

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The Best feature is it's anti-static quality--no more coffee grounds all over the countertop! In addition, the grounds bin is very easy to get in and out of the machine and the consistency of the grind is very good.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 8/3/10)

A Rocket that Rocks

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I am a daily user, although still a bit new to the world of making my own daily espresso's- what a treat. We have been making French Press for a number of years and have honed our skills and tastes in that realm. This one has been fun and easy to undertake so far. The Cellini may seem a little daunting at first, but it really does make the job fun, easy and attractive!

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Easy To Use, Quick Brewing, Large Water Container, Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Commercial Grade

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None

(Posted on 8/2/10)

Happy with the Vario after a little help

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Had problems getting a good grind for french press at first. It seemed to produce a lot of fines, resulting in a muddy cup and a clogged press. Had great support from the company and reset the calibration adjustments with good results. Now I get good grinds for press-pot without a lot of fines. For espresso, this grinder is SPECTACULAR. It delivers extremely consistent results in my Anita. The portafilter holder and bin work great. Grinds are fluffy and low in static charges. I don't really use the presets as I switch frequently between decaf and regular espresso, so I just weigh what I need and grind it.

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Perfect espresso grinding, Consistent grinding, Good for press and drip

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(Posted on 6/8/10)

Does a good job, easy to use, consistent

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Bought this as part of an "upgrade" for our Seaco Aroma along the way to conversion to non-pressurized handle.

This machine produces nice consistent grind. There have been complaints about the timer handle dropping off. Yes it happens from time to time but you just need to make sure if is pressed on completely with each use. No big deal. I would like to see a more accurate timer but not an easy thing to do with a rotary timer. For accurate timed grind, use botton on the front. For convenience, use the timer.

One negative, I had to remove and clean the burr wheel when we received it. It was not machined very well, metal edges and flakes were present. I worked on the rough flaked edges to prevent possible metal filings from getting into the grind. I am kind of particular about things so most likely, others would not have noticed or would notice.

All in all, very happy with the grinder. Great part of the "upgrade" package.

A little on that. Converting to the non-pressurized handle is great. Takes a little while to get used to it. You don't get as much crema but you do get much more flavor punch. After a while of non-pressurized dialing in and use, we did a blind taste test. The stock pressurized handle produces amazing looking shots (much more crema compared to non-pressurized) but the taste is lacking the punch. Converting to non-pressuzized is the way to go!!!

Pros:
Great Taste, Easy To Use

Cons:
Needed work

(Posted on 5/21/10)

Great Grounds

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Give the grinder a workout every morning and some afternoons. Its quiet plus has a great range of settings. Unfortunately the four feet pads are not long enough to clear the diameter of the power cord, so it rocks arround a but. They need to either put taller feet or smaller diameter power cord on this machine.

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Easy To Use

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(Posted on 5/21/10)

Very Good Multi-use Grinder

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I purchased this grinder both for everyday use (press pot and drip grind) as well as for temporary duty as an espresso grinder while waiting for a more elaborate grinder to arrive.

Baratza has made great strides with this range of grinders compared with the earlier models. The Virtuoso impresses you right out of the box with its generous size and weight. It is sturdy and stable enough so that there is no walking around on the counter while in use. Also, the new anti-static coating on the grounds bin really works, completely eliminating the feared ground coffee cloud that accompanies emptying bins from lesser grinders.

The grind range does easily encompass everything from french press to espresso. Regarding the latter, you could get away with using this grinder for espresso all the time, but it arguably does not offer the ultimate in fine-tuning that the semi-commercial grinders (Mazzer, Macap, etc.) do. See the SCG YouTube videos for more on that.

Finally, I needed a grinder that could handle the dark, oily beans that I generally use, and this one works like a champ. There is ample power to avoid clogging the burrs, and the short, straight-drop chute eliminates the problem that some more expensive grinders have with oily beans.

Highly recommended.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 3/31/10)

Great Grinder

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This grinder really does all that it says. You can really "dial in" the grind to exactly the one you want. It makes great espresso grind.

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Commercial Grade

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(Posted on 3/22/10)

Great Product After Tweaking

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Surprisingly heavy construction with solid small parts (i.e. - timing knob). Grinds very consistently with good beans. Like with other sub $500 conical burr grinders, cheap beans (read: Starbucks) can jam the burrs, but there is no issue with quality and fresh roasts. However, the product comes preset from the factory to cover a certain range of grinding sizes and mine needed to be adjusted to cover a coarser range (I use it for both espresso and french press). Doing so requires taking the machine's casing off and resetting a calibration screw (instructions online), but it was not that big of an ordeal. Now, the machine easily covers the range from espresso to french press. I am thoroughly happy with the product and I would purchase it again.

Pros:
Heavy Construction, Commercial Grade

Cons:
Noisy

(Posted on 3/21/10)

Coffee lovers take note - great value!

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Investigated numerous burr grinders and ultimately decided on the Baratza Virtuoso as the best value. Very pleased with our decision. The unit is easy to use and the noise level is not really noticeable. Grind settings are approximate (as others have noted) and you need to adjust to find the correct grind for your espresso machine, drip pot, etc. Can't comment on durability as this is a recent purchase.

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(Posted on 3/20/10)

Best grinder dollar for dollar out there

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Much quieter than the Le'Lit it replaced. The hook on the portafilter holder is too high and doesn't hold my e-61 portafilter even, so you always have to hold it. Small potatoes, though. This is truly a great grinder and worth every penny.

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Easy To Use, Commercial Grade, Comparatively Quiet

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(Posted on 3/19/10)

A great grinder

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Recommendations are that the grinder is possibly the most important part of an espresso setup. Our experience bears this out. We got the Vario before our new Expresso machine came in, and used it with our extremely geriatric older machine. The difference with the new grinder was incredible. It's easy to use, and does not throw grounds over the counter.

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Easy To Use

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(Posted on 3/19/10)

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