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LJSquishy
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Posted Tue Oct 15, 2013, 8:46am
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My Vario grinder (and Breville DB) are arriving today and I would love some tips on which settings I should try the grinder on first. I plan to pick up Stumptown Holler Mountain beans today if my local coffee shop has that blend in. I figured someone may be able to suggest a good place to at least start with the grinder to minimize waste while I'm finetuning it. Thanks for the help!
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Posted Tue Oct 15, 2013, 8:58am
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When you get the Vario set up and plugged in, check the calibration BEFORE putting any beans in. You should put both the macro and micro switches all the way down (coarsest) and then run the grinder as you slow move the macro switch up. The goal is to hear a pitch change when the macro is a 1 and the micro is about midway up. When my grinder is calibrated at this point, I usually grind with a macro at 2 and the micro at a mid range. Of course, all grinders and beans are different, but I would say this is probably a general range for many Vario users. Also remember that once you get the beans in, it may take a little time for the burrs to settle, so it may take a couple of shots before you can tell whether or not you're in the right range. My advice, especially when dialing in a new bean and grinder: don't be afraid to waste beans. I'd get a couple of bags for this first venture as you could easily go through 12oz before finding a sweet spot. The good news, though, is that when you switch beans, you're already within range and will most likely only be adjusting the micro switch, so you won't waste more later on, just on the initial setup.
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LJSquishy
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Posted Tue Oct 15, 2013, 10:06am
Subject: Re: Help! New Baratza Vario Owner
 

tglodjo Said:

When you get the Vario set up and plugged in, check the calibration BEFORE putting any beans in. You should put both the macro and micro switches all the way down (coarsest) and then run the grinder as you slow move the macro switch up. The goal is to hear a pitch change when the macro is a 1 and the micro is about midway up. When my grinder is calibrated at this point, I usually grind with a macro at 2 and the micro at a mid range. Of course, all grinders and beans are different, but I would say this is probably a general range for many Vario users. Also remember that once you get the beans in, it may take a little time for the burrs to settle, so it may take a couple of shots before you can tell whether or not you're in the right range. My advice, especially when dialing in a new bean and grinder: don't be afraid to waste beans. I'd get a couple of bags for this first venture as you could easily go through 12oz before finding a sweet spot. The good news, though, is that when you switch beans, you're already within range and will most likely only be adjusting the micro switch, so you won't waste more later on, just on the initial setup.

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Thanks for the help! You gave great info on the correct way to get it set up so hopefully I won't run into any problems. I will be sure and buy two 12oz bags to start with so I'll have enough on hand to actually make something to drink!
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brianl
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Posted Tue Oct 15, 2013, 7:53pm
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that's what the vario instruction manual says. calibrate to 1 macro and halfway micro. When I do this I would get around 2d and then i'd be flirting with having to change micros to 1. you never want to do that. Myself, and several others here, do the calibrate to 2 macro and A micro. This way you get a much bigger range on the 2 Macro. however, this takes from your coarse ranges.

I usually am sitting around 2J
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Posted Sun Oct 20, 2013, 12:30pm
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I make ristrettos at 1L. Thinking about recalibrating it
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