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tglodjo
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Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 4:44pm
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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.
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BarryR
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Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 5:11pm
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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.
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Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 5:14pm
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OK, purchased the used Vario. So excited!
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CMIN
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Joined: 14 Jun 2012
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Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Thu Jan 16, 2014, 7:14pm
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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.
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pilot25
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Espresso: Rancilio Silvia
Grinder: Preciso
Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 12:37pm
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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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takeshi
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Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 12:44pm
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pilot25 Said:

As a note, Baratza is a sponsor of this site so you will get biased opinions from people on here.

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Baratza may be a sponsor but they don't compensate CoffeeGeek users  Certainly not enough to sway me from my Super Jolly.
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pilot25
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Posted Sat Jan 18, 2014, 7:52am
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takeshi Said:

Baratza may be a sponsor but they don't compensate CoffeeGeek users  Certainly not enough to sway me from my Super Jolly.

Posted January 17, 2014 link

The compensate the moderators who comment on here frequently.  Especially, in defense of Baratza
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dana_leighton
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Posted Sat Jan 18, 2014, 9:39am
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pilot25 Said:

The compensate the moderators who comment on here frequently.  Especially, in defense of Baratza

Posted January 18, 2014 link

If that were true, I would be much wealthier than I am. LOL!

 
Dana Leighton - Espresso hack and CoffeeGeek moderator
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Roaster: RK Drum
Posted Sat Jan 18, 2014, 9:53am
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pilot25 Said:

The compensate the moderators who comment on here frequently.  Especially, in defense of Baratza

Posted January 18, 2014 link

That reminds me, my gas bill is due...

I love Baratza!

*Runs to mailbox to grab check*

(joke)

 
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moosepucky
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Posted Sat Jan 18, 2014, 10:24am
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Will being just a "Baratza fan boy" garner a paycheck.  I haven't received mine yet.
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