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Breeze
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Roaster: Toper 1 kilo
Posted Thu Jan 29, 2009, 5:13am
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

From time to time my Rocky refuses to feed beans.   I give it a good boink on the counter and we're back in business.   My Mazzer, on the other hand will chase the last bean jumping and grind to perfection.
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raisin
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Posted Thu Jan 29, 2009, 5:24pm
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

The first batch of Virtuosa's had this problem -  they fixed the problem by lowering the motor rpm. Contact Baratza and see what they can do for you.

(and yes, you are grinding WAY too coarse for your drip, using Behmor fresh-roast and a Newco flat-basket drip, my setting is 22)
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Joel_B
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Espresso: Astra Mega II
Grinder: Mazzer SJ, Virtuoso
Vac Pot: Yama 5 cup
Drip: nope, french press
Roaster: Behmor, WP, BBQ drum
Posted Thu Jan 29, 2009, 6:52pm
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

raisin Said:

The first batch of Virtuosa's had this problem -  they fixed the problem by lowering the motor rpm. Contact Baratza and see what they can do for you.

Posted January 29, 2009 link

Thanks for the info.  I believe I have a newer one, but is there a way to tell?  Production date or the like?


raisin Said:

(and yes, you are grinding WAY too coarse for your drip, using Behmor fresh-roast and a Newco flat-basket drip, my setting is 22)

Posted January 29, 2009 link

I'm assuming you mean too fine.
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kschendel
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Posted Fri Jan 30, 2009, 7:35am
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

Joel_B Said:

Thanks for the info.  I believe I have a newer one, but is there a way to tell?  

Posted January 29, 2009 link

The baratza site says:  In September 2006 we added a variable speed circuit that enabled us to reduce the burr rotation speed from 630 to 410.  If your Virtuoso has a round electrical cord, it has the variable speed circuit.

There are also instructions on changing the Virtuoso grind speed, if you have the variable speed version.  Check out the Virtuoso FAQ on the baratza web site.
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xdavez
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Posted Fri Jan 30, 2009, 9:35am
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

I'd sell it and get a good grinder.

:-)
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Joel_B
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Espresso: Astra Mega II
Grinder: Mazzer SJ, Virtuoso
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Roaster: Behmor, WP, BBQ drum
Posted Fri Jan 30, 2009, 9:42am
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

xdavez Said:

I'd sell it and get a good grinder.

:-)

Posted January 30, 2009 link

Don't know what to tell you.  Paid $120 new and have no complaints on the grind (for press/drip).  Feeding issues have been pretty minimal for me.  I stand behind the grinder as a solid value.

kschendel, thanks for the info.
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MonkeyK
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Grinder: Baratza Vario
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Roaster: Behmor
Posted Fri Jan 30, 2009, 11:22am
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

I have had problems with the beans not grinding if they are particularly oily on the outside.  Seems like they stick to the hopper too much.

For me this usually means that I have the wrong roast.
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espressobecky
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Posted Sun Feb 1, 2009, 12:17pm
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

I emailed Baratza and got a similar reply about being able to adjust the rotation speed if it has a round cord (which fortunately mine does).  He also sent me a pdf file with instructions.  It seems to be working better now.  Not perfect, but definitely less frustrating.

 
...and on that note, I need a coffee.
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AustinMike
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Vac Pot: Yama
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Roaster: BBQ Drum
Posted Fri Jun 5, 2009, 12:42pm
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

I know the last post is a few months old, but I don't suppose you still have that pdf file??  I bought a Virtuoso for drip/press and the bean feeding issue is a PITA.
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wbaguhn
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Posted Fri Jun 5, 2009, 6:07pm
Subject: Re: Virtuoso driving me nuts!
 

Baratza Virtuoso speed adjustment

Baratza Virtuoso FAQ This page links the above PDF
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