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KaraLynn
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Posted Mon Feb 28, 2011, 8:41pm
Subject: What's the best way to set the Vario for the Technivorm Moccamaster?
 

I've now got the Vario out of the box and on the counter.  Previously I hadn't written down someone's advice was to have the Micro setting at 6 and the Macro at 17.  I may have misunderstood the way I wrote it down because as I look at the grinder I can't figure it out.  Any recommendations as to where I set the lines on each side.  When I slide the levers they click onto each designated line.  Thanks.
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Posted Wed Mar 2, 2011, 4:56pm
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Hi Kara,
You're correct; there aren't "line numbers" on the Vario. We set ours two to three settings coarser from "filter" on the macro, and roughly 1/4 of the way down on the micro. Adjust to taste.
Hope that helps!
Mark
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KaraLynn
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Posted Wed Mar 2, 2011, 5:24pm
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Hi Mark,

Thanks for your reply.  Okay, on the macro slide I set it two lines down under the word "filter".  I noticed where the word is there is no line but it does click.  On the micro slide I set it 6 lines down from "Finer".  Does this sound about right for the Technivorm?
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Posted Wed Mar 2, 2011, 5:53pm
Subject: Re: What's the best way to set the Vario for the Technivorm Moccamaster?
 

Kara, unfortunately there's no real way to tell you how to set your grind. We could give a ballpark, but the actual result depends on calibration and taste preference. There is no way to know how your calibration compares to somebody else's (save for breaking out the calipers...). Generally, when recommending grind settings, people will compare the grind fineness to something other than coffee; salt or sugar may be used for moka pot, bread crumbs for press, even Folgers/canned pre-ground drip varieties for auto-drip comparison. I'd suggest you head on over to Brew Methods, and check out some links for Clever or Pourover brewing as a starting point, and adjust to taste from there.
Still, if it helps you any, my Vario is calibrated for espresso, and I grind for Clever with micro towards the center, and macro somewhere slightly below center (I dial it in depending on coffee and dose). My current espresso grind is macro on "2" and micro on "8".
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KaraLynn
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Posted Wed Mar 2, 2011, 6:00pm
Subject: Re: What's the best way to set the Vario for the Technivorm Moccamaster?
 

Okay, thanks Steve.  There is sooooo much I still need to read and learn on this site.  But I appreciate the quick advice to get started.  I have little time these days and am aching to read so much on here because I would also like to try something for a one cup, either the CCD or something.  Thanks for the details on the grind.  As the days go by I'll experiment and see what I'm tasting.  I am trying different beans to see what I like so I guess that kind of doesn't help matters alot right now.
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