Posted Wed Jun 12, 2013, 5:11am Subject: Re: New Baratza Commercial Grinder
A vario for a $1000? For that much more I would expect that they redesigned/fixed their issues with the grind adjustment mechanism. I can't wait to hear it all from the hypesters saying again how another baratza grinder can do it all!
Posted Wed Jun 12, 2013, 8:00am Subject: Re: New Baratza Commercial Grinder
I got the opportunity to help a friend setup his baratza vario when he first got it. The grind quality was good, but I really was not convinced by the build quality and the feel of it (compared to my grinder). For example, the micro setting level was sometimes moving by itself while grinding. Also, making large adjustments back and forth were not giving consistent grinds. Another issue was the burs getting quite hot after a few shots + some adjustment.
Those flaws are easily forgotten at a $500 price point, given the good grind quality. This is why the vario is so popular. But at $1000, there are much more options, and this new baratza will be compared to a whole different set of grinders. Future will tell us how it stands!
This is the espresso grinder forum...so I don't think that "huge crowd" resides over here. The micro slider is almost useless and really only works marginally at the finest macros. That's if the lower burr moves at all and isn't stuck in the cheap brass bushing. Then there's the accuracy and repeatability issues....bending and flexing of the whole system.
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