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atytse
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Posted Mon Nov 11, 2013, 9:46pm
Subject: New to Baratza Vario, tips?
 

Hi friends, seem like we have many Vario owners in the forum. I just sold my Virtuoso and bought a Vario (in China, it's unfortunately very expensive), but have been very happy with the results so far. I think the espresso already tasted much better (pulled a shot at macro setting at 2 and micro at C).

Just wondering if you guys have any tips on best utilizing the machine.  Does it require a calibration (I calibrated my virtuoso before)?  But out of the box it's already doing an excellent job.
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 8:01am
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If it's not broke, don't fix it.

Sounds like all is well. As long as youre taste buds are happy, thats all that matters. We stick to the 1.5oz shot pulled in about 26 seconds as a basic parameter mostly.
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 3:52pm
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You probably already know this, but try not to make grind adjustments without the grinder running :-)  Good luck, I'm sure you'll love it!
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Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013, 7:15am
Subject: Re: New to Baratza Vario, tips?
 

No adjustment will be necessary if it is grinding well for you.

2-c is a good location if it is giving you good pulls at that setting.

Mine runs at 3-h to give me the pull time I am after.  They are all going to be different but as long as the grinder scale settings (macro/micro) are not set all the way in either direction you should not need to change anything
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atytse
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Posted Thu Nov 14, 2013, 2:47am
Subject: Re: New to Baratza Vario, tips?
 

Thanks guys for the tips.  Some followup questions.  

I'm assuming that the ideal pull time is 25seconds for around 2 ozs. Few days ago when I started this thread, 2c (assuming the highest macro setting is 0) is decent.

But today when I tried again, I had to go to something like 1c.  Same beans albeit few days older for the beans.

  1. Initially I did play with the adjustment without the grinder running.  Is that a big issue? Can I 'reverse' it?

  2. I checked out some calibration video and they are all really high pitched. My machine is rather low pitched when it's on. Wondering if that's just a youtube recording thing.

Finally, my Vario is actually Mahlkonig branded so the calibration hole has a seal which would void warranty if I destroy the seal. Thoughts?
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