ryguy Senior Member Joined: 2 Aug 2009 Posts: 286 Location: Indiana Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Bezzera BZ02S Grinder: B Vario, Skerton Vac Pot: Bodum press Drip: Melitta pourover Roaster: Air popper
Posted Sat Dec 18, 2010, 9:01pm Subject: Vario espresso setting
I calibrated my grinder to where the burrs start to chirp at the "bottom" of the finest macro click and the motor starts to labor slightly with the micro setting in the middle. The perfect grind for my machine is usually right where the motor starts to labor a bit. Is that normal?
IMAWriter Senior Member Joined: 4 Jul 2002 Posts: 5,462 Location: Brentwood, TN Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Nothing at the moment Grinder: Vario-W,Preciso-Esatto/KyM... Vac Pot: Adcraft SS, Yama 8 cup Drip: Brazen.Chemex, Hario, Clever... Roaster: Behmor 1600, CO/UFO combo
Posted Fri Dec 24, 2010, 9:41am Subject: Re: Vario espresso setting
FWIW, many here (myself included) have the macro 1 notch from the top and the Micro somewhere toward the middle (with adjustments up or down via the Micro. That said, that particular setting most likely means the grinder is adjusted toward the espresso side of things, and a true french press grind may be difficult, even at the lowest macro setting, though mine seems to give me nice press grind...not chunky or containing too many fines. As always, YMMV.
Posted Fri Dec 24, 2010, 9:48am Subject: Re: Vario espresso setting
day 2 trying to dial this thing in for my espresso machine, fresh from a factory calibration* *out of the box, I could hear the burrs start snicking with fine at about 1/2-2/3 the way up, no real motor laboring
This may or may not be suitable for your particular machine.
with the finest macro setting and the fine adjustment now all the way at the bottom, I'm still pulling ristrettos - I guess I'm going to have to move the macro down one notch
I wouldn't, that would be possibly too coarse of a Macro adjustment. Instead re-calibrate your Micro setting with your supplied 2mm calibration tool so that the burrs start 'snicking' coarser, so that the Micro arm is towards the bottom (coarser)., I'd suggest approx ¼ of the way up from the very bottom. That should open thing up enough to get your shots in a more suitable time range for you.
P.S. I was composing the post & didn't see Rob's post till after I posted., & somehow I missed it.., but Rob's correct for the factory default setting & where I have my Vario adjusted too, & works perfectly for my Silvia with lots of adjustability left there to go much finer & coarser.
I_bean_good Senior Member Joined: 25 Jan 2007 Posts: 63 Location: Bergen Park, CO Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Railto (w/pid),... Grinder: Vario Drip: why not espress? Roaster: Behmore 1600
Posted Fri Dec 24, 2010, 10:42am Subject: Re: Vario espresso setting
Thanks for the guidance. The support on this site is really great!
This grinder is so much better than my SJ I can't believe it. Perhaps I needed new burrs, but the convenience and cleanliness in addition to the great grind - this may really be the ultimate home grinder.
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