tglodjo Senior Member Joined: 16 Oct 2012 Posts: 209 Location: Jackson, TN Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II Grinder: Baratza Vario, Virtuoso Drip: Wave, V60, Chemex, Clever Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 5:44pm Subject: Re: Help me choose a baratza
If it's through the Amazon marketplace, I'd go with it. You have some security there. And if you have problems later on (post 90 days), Baratza has superb customer service and I'd be almost certain you would still get the help/service you need. It'll set you up much better than the Preciso.
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 6:11pm Subject: Re: Help me choose a baratza
I have a Preciso and am very satisfied with it (though perhaps I'd like a Vario even more). One of the things that swayed me was that I wanted to upgrade my grinder for brewed coffee as well (I had a Breville).
I might have sprung for the Vario, but then I'd have my way inferior Breville for brewed coffee.
CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,375 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 8:14pm Subject: Re: Help me choose a baratza
As an owner of an Preciso, the Vario is much better for espresso. Easily taste a difference, small conical burr set vs larger ceramic flat burrs. Good choice on the Vario. I scored a deal I couldn't pass up on a barely used one, if I knew at the time how much better the Vario was I'd have gone that route. 1st time I used my friends I was like damnit lol. Hg-One is my next grinder though.
pilot25 Senior Member Joined: 7 Jan 2012 Posts: 116 Location: MD
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia Grinder: Preciso
Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 1:37pm Subject: Re: Help me choose a baratza
Do a search on this and other sites about the Precisio. I have it and it sucks. Plain and simple. You will be going through a lot of maintenance in your first year. Get a good screwdriver and put Baratza on your "speed dial." They have good customer service but they knew their Precisio design was garbage. They did step up to the plate for a lot of customers because of the bad design. I was on the phone with the guy who designed the grinder for probably an hour. Sending back and forth photos of the problems within the thing. It was ridiculous. I got two replacements and they have the same problems. He should have just offered $$ back and recalled all of them. Unfortunately, I think the company is all of a half a dozen people. It still has never grinded consistently.
As a note, Baratza is a sponsor of this site so you will get biased opinions from people on here.
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