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Posted Sun Jun 15, 2014, 12:52pm
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CoffeeRon Said:

You can get that on Baratzas  website here-

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How long have you had the grinder? If it's not real old they might just send you one for free if you gave them a call. Otherwise $25 isn't that bad anyways.

Ron

Edit- not sure why it's not linking, I guess you can copy/paste though- so much trouble- LOL

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Hi Ron,

I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of making the hyperlink for you in your post above. The CG's software program doesn't link SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) URL's., so I made the link work. {;-)

 
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Posted Sun Jun 15, 2014, 12:54pm
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CraigA Said:

Hi Ron,

I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of making the hyperlink for you in your post above. The CG's software program doesn't link SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) URL's., so I made the link work. {;-)

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THX Craig :)
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Posted Sun Jun 15, 2014, 7:58pm
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Thank you
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Posted Mon Jun 16, 2014, 12:10pm
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Carlos,
Please send a photo to me so we can better determine that part that is burnt. We have replacement power boards in stock so i know we can quickly get you back up and running. Please send photo to support@baratza.com

Regards,
Kyle Anderson
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Posted Mon Jun 16, 2014, 3:02pm
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KyleAnderson Said:

Carlos,
Please send a photo to me so we can better determine that part that is burnt. We have replacement power boards in stock so i know we can quickly get you back up and running. Please send photo to support@baratza.com

Regards,
Kyle Anderson

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Again, this is why Kyle and Baratza is best in the industry when it comes to service and value.
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Posted Mon Jun 16, 2014, 5:04pm
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Angman Said:

Again, this is why Kyle and Baratza is best in the industry when it comes to service and value.

Posted June 16, 2014 link

We can't leave out Kyra as well! ;>D

 
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Posted Tue Aug 19, 2014, 9:55am
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Hi All,
new here on Coffeegeek. First of all I agree the Baratza support team is superb, friendly and helpful. I have a Vario I got several months ago and for espresso I can get good quality shots. My issue is, I thought it was supposed to be able to get coarse enough for other brewing methods, which is where I am having trouble. I have spoke with thier phone support, who where their best at being helpful, but I am unable to get a cup of coffee either in Chemex, drip machine or press that is not terribly bitter. I am struggling to get a coarse enough grind and can not tell the difference by the naked eye really between grinds at macro 7 through 10. The support team recommended I start at 7 for chemex, and I have already gotten into the 9 range to get a brew time around 5 min. My wifes drip coffee machine I am down to macro 10 micro all the way the the coarsest setting and still bitter. I am using the setting out of the box, and wondering if I should calibrate coarser at the risk of loosing my espresso capabilities? or sending it to Baratza to have them trouble shoot it? For a nearly $500 machine I was hopping I could get a bit better coffee experience. However, it does do the job for espresso at the moment. Any advise?
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Posted Tue Aug 19, 2014, 10:58am
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Trh22 Said:

Hi All,
new here on Coffeegeek. First of all I agree the Baratza support team is superb, friendly and helpful. I have a Vario I got several months ago and for espresso I can get good quality shots. My issue is, I thought it was supposed to be able to get coarse enough for other brewing methods, which is where I am having trouble. I have spoke with thier phone support, who where their best at being helpful, but I am unable to get a cup of coffee either in Chemex, drip machine or press that is not terribly bitter. I am struggling to get a coarse enough grind and can not tell the difference by the naked eye really between grinds at macro 7 through 10. The support team recommended I start at 7 for chemex, and I have already gotten into the 9 range to get a brew time around 5 min. My wifes drip coffee machine I am down to macro 10 micro all the way the the coarsest setting and still bitter. I am using the setting out of the box, and wondering if I should calibrate coarser at the risk of loosing my espresso capabilities? or sending it to Baratza to have them trouble shoot it? For a nearly $500 machine I was hopping I could get a bit better coffee experience. However, it does do the job for espresso at the moment. Any advise?
thanks,
TH

Posted August 19, 2014 link

You can loosen the calibration with the calibration tool so your espresso setting works with the Macro at the top notch, and Micro halfway down. This will give you enough leeway for most SO's and blends.
By doing this, you should be able to get good French press grinds 1 or 2 notches from the bottom (Macro)
If not, just get Encore for your press coffee. It's a conical design might be more to your liking for that purpose. This is not a concern for me as I do Kalita manual and espresso with my Forte (and earlier Vario-W)


Edited for typo.

 
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Posted Wed Aug 20, 2014, 10:37am
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thank you for the reply. So, I went ahead and did the calibration coarser, it seems I am now calibrated to a decent shot at around 1-N range. That generally allowed me to go almost one whole macro setting coarser. Still the issue is as mentioned before, there is so little difference in grind size visually between a 7 setting and 10 setting, that I am not certain the adjustment translates into a noticable benefit.
I certainly appreciate your input, but buying another grinder after spending nearly $500 on one is not an option for me. The Vario was advertised to do the job from espresso to FP from all the I read which is why I bought it. Its a bit disappointing, as it appears that is not entirely true?
Thanks for the response!
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