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Baratza Vario-W Burr Grinder

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Overview

Named one of the best new products of 2011, the Baratza Vario-W Burr Grinder gives you the ability to create a precise grind for ideal shots. Using real-time weight-based grinding with a built-in electronic scale, all you need to do is set your weight preference and the Vario-W will do the rest. This gem of a grinder weighs the ground coffee and will stop grinding automatically when it has reached your desired weight.

Please Note: Our video features the previous version (model # 985) that does not include the shut-off hopper.

  • Skill Level

    Beginner: Stepped grind adjustments and simple controls help anyone get grinding.

    Intermediate: Grinders offering accurate grind controls and programmable dosing for daily coffee drinkers.

    Expert: Stepless grind adjustments and pro-barista features make these the top of the line in coffee grinding.

    Intermediate
  • Programming

    Manual: Manually grind your just-right dose.

    Timed: Set a grind time for automatic dosing.

    Programmable: Program multiple grind times for extra drink options.

    By Weight: A built-in scale weighs coffee as it grinds for a perfect dose.

    By Weight
  • Grinder Type

    Espresso: Designed for precision grinds at fine settings just for espresso.

    Coffee: Consistent at coarser grind settings for slow brew coffee methods (no unpressurized espresso baskets).

    Espresso and Coffee: Capable of consistent grinding in both espresso and slow brew ranges.

    Coffee + Espresso
  • Grind Settings

    Stepped: Notched, labeled settings for easy adjustability and repeatability.

    Stepless: Precision stepless adjustment allows for micro-changes to grind size.

    Stepped
Features
  • Shut-Off Hopper: The newest version of the Vario-W (model # 986) now includes a shut-off hopper for convenient coffee bean switching.
  • 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.
  • Weight-Based: Set the weight of your desired ground coffee to more or less than 0.2g and the Vario-W will weigh the ground coffee while grinding, then stop automatically when it reaches your desired weight.
  • Easy-to-Read: Digital LCD window shows the weight value that is being ground, so you won't need to worry about pre-weighing your beans any longer.

  • Grind on Demand with Electronic Dosing: Grinds only the coffee you require 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 DC motor turns slowly resulting in cool, quiet operation and permits extended grinding time. The circuitry is equipped with an automatic reset thermal switch.
    • Pros
      • Commercial-Grade: With 230 settings, you may expect the Vario-W 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-W.
      • Digital Display: The clear, easy-to-read display tells you the weight value that you're grinding.
    • Cons
      • Too Much Goodness: A score of grinding options can equal frustration when changing grinds for a new batch of beans.
  • How Does it Compare?

    The Vario-W is accurate, consistent and has 230 grind options versus other models. The grind is from 230-1150 microns.

  • Tips and Tricks

    Accessory 54mm flat steel burrs are available for the Vario-W. These are for use in a Vario-W dedicated to grinding for drip brewing using a medium to coarse grind. To be clear, these will NOT grind fine enough for espresso. They are solely for a coarser grind used in drip brewing.

About Baratza

Few companies can balance quality and affordability quite like Baratza. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Baratza continues to improve and innovate while also leading the industry in customer focus and support. Baratza’s catalog of grinders includes everything from simple, efficient drip coffee grinders all the way up to precise and powerful per-shot espresso grinders. Featuring technology like grind to weight and a range of burr sizes and styles, there’s a Baratza for everyone.

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Specifications
  • Skill Level
    Intermediate
  • Model Number
    986
  • 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
    180W
  • Volts
    110V
  • Case Material
    Plastic
  • 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
  • Recommended For
    Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over, Drip Coffee
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Warranty Information

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals, including Chromium, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and/or reproductive harm. For more information, visit www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

What it Covers: Grinders

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? No, Tune-up Only read more about our repair services


Care and Maintenance

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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Adjustment Configuration Stepped - Macro and Micro Settings Stepped - Macro and Micro Settings Stepless - Infinite Settings
Bean Hopper Capacity 8 ounces 10 ounces 12 oz.
Burr Diameter 54mm 40mm 55mm
Depth 7.00 inches 9.5 inches 5.6 inches
Grinder Style Burr - Flat Ceramic Burr - Conical Steel Burr - Flat Steel
Height 14.25 inches 15.75 inches 13.8 inches
Programmability
Recommended For Coffee Press, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over, Drip Coffee Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over
Minimum Time to Grind Double Shot 11 seconds
Width 5.25 inches 5.25 inches 5 inches
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