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Park_Ridge_Dave
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Park_Ridge_Dave
Joined: 15 Feb 2010
Posts: 82
Location: Mundelein (Chicago)
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: BES900XL
Grinder: Baratza Vario (NOT...
Vac Pot: N/A (French Press)
Drip: Technivorm MochaMaster
Roaster: None
Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 7:12am
Subject: "Newb" Needs some help on Grinder Choice
 

Hi,

This is one of my "sporadic" posts. I am essentially a "Newb" here (but I lurk a lot!).

Anyway, I am in need of a new grinder. I have read reviews here and elsewhere and think that I have narrowed it down to 2 units.

I am considering one of these:

Rancillo Rocky

Baratza Vario

I want to achieve a more consistent grind particle size distribution.  And Since I do French Press, Technivorm Mocamaster Filter drip, and (as soon as I order a new espresso machine) espresso,
ease of adjustment is an important factor.

Turkish/Greek coffee is a possibility as well.

My question: Is the Vario worth the extra money? I will pay it gladly if it is worth it. I don't constantly change equipment to follow the latest "trends" (e.g. my Avanti espresso machine ws about 25 years old when it died last year).

I would appreciate any insights that you may have as a user of the equipment.

Opinions offered on this site are valued highly by me.

I am thanking you in advance for your input.

Cheers,

Dave

 
Don't forget to stop and smell the coffee...... er flowers!
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robertl
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Joined: 9 Jan 2011
Posts: 243
Location: League city, TX
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Evolution
Grinder: Baratza Preciso, Hario slim...
Vac Pot: Yama stovetop
Drip: CCD, Aeropress, Hario V60,...
Roaster: Hottop B
Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 8:07am
Subject: Re: "Newb" Needs some help on Grinder Choice
 

For your needs I would suggest the Baratza Preciso.
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Park_Ridge_Dave
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Park_Ridge_Dave
Joined: 15 Feb 2010
Posts: 82
Location: Mundelein (Chicago)
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: BES900XL
Grinder: Baratza Vario (NOT...
Vac Pot: N/A (French Press)
Drip: Technivorm MochaMaster
Roaster: None
Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 8:10am
Subject: Re: "Newb" Needs some help on Grinder Choice
 

Thanks Roberti! I'll check it out

 
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calblacksmith
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Joined: 25 Nov 2007
Posts: 7,947
Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A.
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 10:42am
Subject: Re: "Newb" Needs some help on Grinder Choice
 

Rocky is showing his age, his steps are rather large by todays standards and the Vario gives you more "bang for the buck" Also, look at used commercial espresso grinders. Espresso grinders do a great job on espresso but not so much on drip or press pot coffee. The Vario seems to be able to bridge both fairly well.

 
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Park_Ridge_Dave
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Park_Ridge_Dave
Joined: 15 Feb 2010
Posts: 82
Location: Mundelein (Chicago)
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: BES900XL
Grinder: Baratza Vario (NOT...
Vac Pot: N/A (French Press)
Drip: Technivorm MochaMaster
Roaster: None
Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 12:07pm
Subject: Re: "Newb" Needs some help on Grinder Choice
 

calblacksmith Said:

Rocky is showing his age, his steps are rather large by todays standards and the Vario gives you more "bang for the buck" Also, look at used commercial espresso grinders. Espresso grinders do a great job on espresso but not so much on drip or press pot coffee. The Vario seems to be able to bridge both fairly well.

Posted November 24, 2012 link

Good Point, Wayne! I am going to order the Vario without the W (weigh option) as i already have a very accurate scale to measure the beans for each "shot".

My old (relic) grinder is just too "tired" and spare parts are probably non-existant. It is going the way of my old Avanti single pumper espresso machine i.e. the scrap heap.

When I recover from this "hit" to the wallet,  I will see about a replacement Espresso machine. I am looking at a Breville BES900XL as it looks like I could set it up so that my wife (loves coffee.... but definitely a non-coffee geek lmao) will be able to pull a drinkable shot. The price point looks good too (circa $1000.00)

Thanks for the reply,

Dave

 
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