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lparsons21
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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 4:40pm
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Just received my Baratza Vario and am very impressed!  Easiest grinders I've seen to dial in.  Feels very solid and grinds quickly.

But I don't see any shims in the box.

 
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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 5:50pm
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lparsons21 Said:

Just received my Baratza Vario and am very impressed!  Easiest grinders I've seen to dial in.  Feels very solid and grinds quickly.

But I don't see any shims in the box.

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Shims?

Are you talking about the modification to the setting levers?  If you are, I would imagine that they are installed since that is an update/upgrade to the Vario. Did you request the parts?  Check to see if they are already installed

Baratza PDF about shimming the Vario
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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 6:31pm
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lparsons21 Said:

Just received my Baratza Vario and am very impressed!  Easiest grinders I've seen to dial in.  Feels very solid and grinds quickly.

But I don't see any shims in the box.

Posted March 25, 2014 link

IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS contact Baratza and they will send you a couple of shims in an envelope.  Most of the new grinders won't need them, at least that is Baratza's hope.  Mine did need them and a couple of emails later they were in the mail along with a link to the video for shimming the set levers.

No shims ship with new units, so you aren't missing anything.
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lparsons21
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Posted Tue Mar 25, 2014, 7:04pm
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Thanks, no problem so I'll leave things alone.

 
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Posted Wed Mar 26, 2014, 6:18pm
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I got my Vario refurb from Baratza.  I've had it about 8 months or so and am tremendously happy.  If the plastic-y look bothers you then get the Forte portaholder.  I did it and love it.  Not only does it look great, but it adds a significant chunk of weight (I wouldn't want the portaholder thrown at me) and rigidity compared to the plastic portaholder.  I wouldn't think twice about getting a Vario.
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Posted Mon Mar 31, 2014, 5:53pm
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People often talk about how great their favorite grinder is, but once you look for blind taste tests using a variety of coffees and extraction parameters, you find very very little.  And among "good" grinders, the differences are typically small with "better" being a matter of personal taste.   Anyone have data showing otherwise?
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Posted Tue Apr 1, 2014, 12:04pm
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I've conducted a few blind taste testing panels in a former job.  It's an undertaking that requires a bit of training and preparation to execute properly.

With my current setup, my wife and I agree our coffee is awesome so I've left it at that.  Excessive anal retention takes away from the enjoyment.
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Posted Sat Apr 5, 2014, 7:59am
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look on the used market.
i foud a mazzer luigi for 300$ a few monts ago. (its mine now)
not the first time i see that kind of deals.
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Posted Sat Apr 5, 2014, 7:10pm
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http://coffeegeek.com/forums/members/buysell/663816

Super Jolly?
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Posted Sun Apr 6, 2014, 5:54am
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myrand Said:

look on the used market.
i foud a mazzer luigi for 300$ a few monts ago. (its mine now)
not the first time i see that kind of deals.

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+1 on that. I found a Macap MX for $200 a while back. I'm very happy with it's performance, and the 65mm flat burs are relatively inexpensive.
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