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bropic
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Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:10pm
Subject: Baratza Vario vs Pasquini K2 grinder
 

I am at a loss as I have thoroughly looked at both grinders and each has their own pros and cons.  I would love to have some expert advice on which way to go.

I have limited counter space and need a more compact model without sacrificing quality.  I need a flexible machine that will grind a great french press and espresso's on a daily basis.  I am trying to stay around the $500 price point.

I like the looks of the Pasquini - it appears a bit more solid and has much less plastic but the Vario seems more flexible and is getting great reviews.

Thoughts?  Thanks in advance for your help.

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Posted Mon Oct 8, 2012, 5:49pm
Subject: Re: Baratza Vario vs Pasquini K2 grinder
 

What is better, to look good, or to be good?

Choice is yours, but I'd opt for the Baratza EVERY time . . .

 
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:17am
Subject: Re: Baratza Vario vs Pasquini K2 grinder
 

I would personally choose the Vario too. The Vario should be easier to switch from french press to espresso, I would pass on the k2. Then again, for the price of a new k2, I would opt for a used Mazzer instead. Also, since i do own a couple Mazzers dedicated for espresso, as an upgrade for general grinding and travel, my top two choices include the Vario, and Vario-W.

Or how about a dedicated espresso grinder, and a box grinder for press? That's what I'm using now, and to be honest, old Zassenhaus grinders are a joy to use.
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:56am
Subject: Re: Baratza Vario vs Pasquini K2 grinder
 

bropic Said:

... I need a flexible machine that will grind a great french press and espresso's on a daily basis.  ...

Posted October 8, 2012 link

IMHO, I do not think there is such a machine.

I do not know how much limited is your space but my proposal for your case would be the purchase of two grinders. You can always store one inside your kitchen's cabinets, no need to have both on the bench.

For espresso
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and for press
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Total value, around $520 which is within your budget. You can also check for reviews for the even more economical Baratza Encore.
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I do not know, but it might be still better than Vario for press.

 
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Posted Tue Oct 9, 2012, 8:14am
Subject: Re: Baratza Vario vs Pasquini K2 grinder
 

Sorry.  In my first response above, I focused in on the wrong thing.  I answered you with only this in mind:

bropic Said:

I like the looks of the Pasquini - it appears a bit more solid and has much less plastic but the Vario seems more flexible and is getting great reviews.

Posted October 8, 2012 link

If that was the key factor, I'd stick with that response.  However, what I missed was this:

bropic Said:

I need a flexible machine that will grind a great french press and espresso's on a daily basis.  I am trying to stay around the $500 price point.

Posted October 8, 2012 link

With THAT in mind, my reply is different:

The Pasquini K2 is INCAPABLE of grinding for press; it's an espresso grinder.  The Baratza Vario IS a grinder that can indeed grind from press through to espresso, and do a very fine job at both ends of the spectrum.  That is EXTREMELY UNUSUAL in any grinder.  Ergo, get the Baratza Vario.  

However, Christos (greekespresso) has a valid point, and -- despite limited counter space -- your best solution is probably two separate grinders.

 
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