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Posted Wed Dec 4, 2013, 10:21am
Subject: Re: Grinder (Vario) adjustment - espresso to drip and vice-versa
 

moosepucky Said:

If there are NO beans in the grinder (in the burr set).  I do not see why you would need to run the grinder while adjusting.

the reason for running while adjusting is so that the beans that are already between the burrs can be moved while the burrs are reset but with no beans there is no resistance.

Maybe my thinking on this is wrong but then again ?1?!?!?!?!

Posted December 3, 2013 link

Your thinking isn't wrong at least when adjusting coarser, but I run the grinder whenever adjusting the grind on the Vario anyway.
When adjusting finer even small particles retained due to oil can cause the burrs to have pressure spots, so I would always run the grinder when going tighter.

Several people have complained about Vario grind consistency when adjusting in either direction, and I've found that if I run the grinder when adjusting I get consistent adjustments time after time.  If I don't run the grinder when adjusting, even coarser, there seemed to be a little bit of inconsistency for about 2 shots.  Remember the Vario uses a different adjustment mechanism than many grinders out there, so this advice might not be relevant to other equipment.
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Posted Fri Dec 6, 2013, 9:16am
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I switch my Vario between espresso and pourover settings on a daily basis, and ALWAYS run the grinder when switching.  I have no problems with it going back to an espresso grind.  One thing I do, though, is to run a few beans of my espresso through once adjusted back, to clear out any remaining residue from the beans I use for pourover.
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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013, 7:51pm
Subject: Re: Grinder (Vario) adjustment - espresso to drip and vice-versa
 

Looking on the Baratza site online Vario manual (page 5) they recommend running the grinder when stepping up (going to a finer grind setting)

From the online Vario Manua - Click to view manual

Setting the Macro and Micro
Grind Adjustment

Move the Macro lever up or down to the desired range of grind size (Note: whenever moving the Macro lever up the grinder should be running).


Yet in the online Forte manual (also on page 5) they recommend running the grinder whether going up or down in the settings

From the online Forte manual - Click to view manual

Setting the Macro and Micro
Grind Adjustment

Note

Partially ground coffee beans may remain between the burrs when the grinder is turned off. When making ANY grind adjustment the grinder must be running. After a macro or micro adjustment is made, allow 5 grams of coffee to pass through the grinder to receive the desired grind.


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