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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 9:13pm
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Macro one notch down from top (it has been "glued" there for more than a year) and micro 3-10 clicks from top. I use always freshly roasted and never oily/dark roasted beans.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 9:29pm
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greekespresso Said:

Macro one notch down from top (it has been "glued" there for more than a year) and micro 3-10 clicks from top. I use always freshly roasted and never oily/dark roasted beans.

Posted September 13, 2012 link

Hey Christos!
Miss seeing your posts.
Hope all is going well for you.
Glued!!! LOL
Similar to my experience. For whatever reason, no matter what coffee/blend I switch to and from, I rarely have to move the micro more than 4-5 notches at MOST, and never the Macro.

Maybe it's cause we mostly use beans that are roasted to a similar state? (City+/FC, etc)

What I mean is I normally roast all my non espresso coffee somewhere between city+ and full city, never to 2nd crack, unless by accident. A couple of 2nd snaps, no tragedy.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 13, 2012, 10:58pm
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Hi Rob,
Very kind of you for asking. I am doing so good nowadays in Greece so to even consider to post here in GC “a Greek guy, university degree holder, at the verge of aging/stalling!!! seeks to find job as a sub trainee roaster everywhere in States” LOL

I am following CG very regularly and was tempted to participate in this thread:
"ESPRESSO GRINDER FOR REUSABLE NESPRESSO CAPSULES"
but  decided not to as I did not want to cause havoc with my bad English. LOL

I cannot be certain for the degree of roast but my beans are specialty coffee from one of the most reputable roasters here in Greece (SCAA, SCAE member, WBC sponsor) so I assume they must be FC at the most.

I hope everything has been going well for you
Christos

PS Still giving a fight for the presence of a coffee grinder in every Greek home.

 
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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012, 7:01am
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greekespresso Said:

I am following CG very regularly and was tempted to participate in this thread:
"ESPRESSO GRINDER FOR REUSABLE NESPRESSO CAPSULES"
but  decided not to as I did not want to cause havoc with my bad English. LOL

I cannot be certain for the degree of roast but my beans are specialty coffee from one of the most reputable roasters here in Greece (SCAA, SCAE member, WBC sponsor) so I assume they must be FC at the most.

I hope everything has been going well for you
Christos

PS Still giving a fight for the presence of a coffee grinder in every Greek home.

Posted September 13, 2012 link

Christos, I can ASSURE you you speak English MUCH better than I speak Greek, even with the several friends I have in the very large Greek community here in Nashville, TN USA. I'm still working on "Avgolemono!"

BTW, I also refrained from posting in the same thread.

My Vario-W is performing like a champion. Not sure why, but, it gives me a slightly brighter shot than did my regular Vario. I like it. Sort of a cross between the brighter shot from the conical Preciso and the regular Vario. Great for my lever.

 
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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012, 5:19pm
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I recently purchased a Baratza Vario. I ran a test to assess the consistency of the Vario's time based dosing.

I set the first time setting for 10 seconds and set the adjustment levers to a fine drip setting. After repeating the test 10 times I recorded the following results (in grams):

19.25  19.61
19.48  19.91
19.26  19.61
19.95  19.38
19.42  19.75

One thing I found interesting was how the capacity of the bean hopper did not correlate to grams ground. The difference between the first measurement (full hopper) and the last measurement (almost empty hopper) was negligible.  

Tomorrow I'm going to test other variables like fineness of the grind, type of bean, etc.
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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012, 7:50pm
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the biggest spread i see in your results is seven tenths of a gram.  when i weigh out my espresso shots, i allow one tenth of a gram--max--and only if i'm in a hurry.  i have a vario, but i don't use the timer, and for the very reasons you verified in your test.  by the way, thanks for taking the time to perform this test and run it out to 10 samples.  when i did it, i just did two or three, and as soon as i saw it could vary by +/- 1g, i decided i was going to have to weigh every shot, every time.

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Posted Fri Sep 14, 2012, 11:16pm
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These were my crude measurements for espresso grind in the past. I would like to point out their practical significance because they were taken at different dates. To be honest, I do not think that other grinders can have better performance in time dosing to that of the Vario which performs really well.

"Re: Quick test on Vario timer"

Personally, I have the hopper always empty, put a weighted amount of beans and weigh all my shots, so I do not really use the timer.



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@Rob
If you like avgolemono you should ask the Greek friends of yours to prepare for you the following dish:
http://www.barbastathis.com/index.asp?a_id=57&rec_id=103
beef mince with rice wrapped inside cabbage leafs and dressed with avgolemono. If properly done, it is a delicious winter meal (according to my taste anyway).

 
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Posted Wed Oct 3, 2012, 2:41am
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espressoaddict Said:

You need a 2 mm allen wrench or 2 mm bit.  

Posted January 9, 2010 link

Dummies, proceed with caution!
On my 2 month old (Great Britain) Vario, there is a warranty void sticker disguising the hole for the adjustment screw. So at first I assumed the adjustment screw must have been under the rubber cap just behind it. There is indeed another hex screw in there which is 2.5mm and wound tight. So in my stubbornness, the hex hole in this screw is now burred because I tried to force tighten it further :P  Fortunately though, I didn't seem to damage the function of the machine.

It was only after referring to this seattle coffee video that I figured out my mistake. It also made be a bit miffed that the US model seems to actually come (or came) with a fancy adjustment allen key and obviously no warranty void warning, so I took a chance and removed the warranty void sticker on mine, rather than drive across town for my service centre to turn a screw. Let's just hope my stubbornness doesn't slap me in the face one more time here :P

BTW, she's now grinding rather nice :)
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 9:39pm
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Hey guys, do you ever run into the problem of not being able to grind fine enough for light roasts? I am thinking of getting a Vario, but I am a little uneasy since there are some light roasts that my Preciso just cant grind fine enough even when up dosing. Current problem roast is Primes from Ritual.

 
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Posted Fri Oct 19, 2012, 1:03pm
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FWIW, the coffees I use are generally FC/FC+, and I haven't had any problems . . .

 
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