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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 6:29pm
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Sorry to be off topic but I wanted to clarify the differences between the Varios. The metal burrs are more suited to coarser grinds, while the ceramic burrs are recommended for espresso. The Vario-W does come standard with the ceramic burrs, so it would be best suited for espresso. The steel burrs are available for either.
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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 6:37pm
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CoffeeRon Said:

Sorry to be off topic but I wanted to clarify the differences between the Varios. The metal burrs are more suited to coarser grinds, while the ceramic burrs are recommended for espresso. The Vario-W does come standard with the ceramic burrs, so it would be best suited for espresso. The steel burrs are available for either.

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correct, the metals are for coarser grind that is why they have those on the lower ends target market are pour overs and drip and not espresso machine owners. ceramic are for espresso also because ceramic are cooler than metal so you dont introduce heat to the fine grinds.

ok off topic hahahaha hehehehe

 
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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 6:42pm
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If that Vario-W could do weight WITH a porta-filter holder, but right now those two things are mutually exclusive. If you have a Vario with ceramic burrs then you already have a great grinder, and don't sweat the added expense.

FWIW- the Preciso, with it's conical burrs has gotten very good reviews and is a little more affordable. No timer, but good grinds and you can get them refurbished at a good buy with warranty.

A good grinder will allow any machine to do it's best. A bad grinder can make a great machine look like crap.
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Posted Sun Jul 7, 2013, 10:38am
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PrescottCR Said:

A good grinder will allow any machine to do it's best. A bad grinder can make a great machine look like crap.

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i'll attest to that.  I originally purchased the Breville SmartGrinder to go along with my BDB.  What I found was that I couldn't get a consistent grind, constantly tinkering and too large a step between selections.  On advise I read here and a few other places, I got the Vario.  Now I only need make minor step adjustments as the beans age and have gotten very consistent in my shots.

I too hope my BDB lasts many years but at this price point, the quality in the cup is most important and if I have to buy another in 5-7 years, I'll do it gladly.  Maybe even get one that color coordinates with my kitchen by then. LOL

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Posted Sun Jul 7, 2013, 10:57am
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michaelgo Said:

I too hope my BDB lasts many years but at this price point, the quality in the cup is most important and if I have to buy another in 5-7 years, I'll do it gladly.  Maybe even get one that color coordinates with my kitchen by then. LOL

Michael

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Couldn't agree more.

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Posted Sun Jul 7, 2013, 5:11pm
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michaelgo Said:

I too hope my BDB lasts many years but at this price point, the quality in the cup is most important and if I have to buy another in 5-7 years, I'll do it gladly.  Maybe even get one that color coordinates with my kitchen by then. LOL

Michael

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true, by 5 years, perhaps, user descale is available, im mean its on its way already. and this might be a perhaps "descale me" prompt, the computer can tell the right time to descale your machine due to accumulation. because right now they say prof descale 3 year to 5 year using the resin but then again that is considering french hardness is acceptable or your using filtered water already. so chances are 3-5 years varies.

 
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 11:48am
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I recently took a class from Heather Perry at Klatch coffee.  I have the Vario W and the BDB (which I was able to bring to class)  I learned quite a bit.  Attached is a Rosetta done on the BDB  with Pacifc Soy Barista Series milk which I learned how to do in the class.

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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 6:10pm
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PrescottCR Said:

If that Vario-W could do weight WITH a porta-filter holder, but right now those two things are mutually exclusive. If you have a Vario with ceramic burrs then you already have a great grinder, and don't sweat the added expense.

FWIW- the Preciso, with it's conical burrs has gotten very good reviews and is a little more affordable. No timer, but good grinds and you can get them refurbished at a good buy with warranty.

A good grinder will allow any machine to do it's best. A bad grinder can make a great machine look like crap.

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I have a Vario W.  Remove the spring in the portafilter, use the Weiss distribution technique, put your  filter basket with the cut out yogurt cup in the Vario W. and grind your shot. Keep an eye on the vibration of the machine, the filter basket could fall off the machine. Stir the coffee with your biology probe, remove the yogurt cup tamp your shot , put the filter basket into the portafilter and pull the shot! Works great...
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 8:49pm
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We also have the Vario-W, which is an excellent grinder.  With a bit of practice, it's very easy to dump/tap the ground coffee from the grind container to the portafilter.  The narrow design of the container aids a lot with this.  This also works a lot better if you place the portafilter on the counter so that the natural angle of the portafilter works for you than against you.  Then a little smoothing and tamping, and it's time to pull a shot.
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Posted Sun Jul 14, 2013, 7:53am
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occoffeefan Said:

I recently took a class from Heather Perry at Klatch coffee.  I have the Vario W and the BDB (which I was able to bring to class)  I learned quite a bit.  Attached is a Rosetta done on the BDB  with Pacifc Soy Barista Series milk which I learned how to do in the class.

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Where did you take the class?  I know Heather well and have attended several gatherings at the roasting plant here in Rancho.  I've been thinking about taking it, just haven't had the time.  All my coffee comes from Klatch.

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