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Grinder: Breville BCG800XL
Drip: Bonavita BV-1800TH
Posted Thu Sep 12, 2013, 3:28pm
Subject: Baratza Vario (Questions/Concerns)

Good Day, Fellow Coffee Enthusiasts,

I have recently within the last few months been able to start consuming coffee again after battling an alien that refused to return to the mother ship.  All jokes aside feeling much better now and the doc has cleared me to begin consuming my favorite beverage of the day, COFFEE!!

Recently I purchased a Bonavita BV-1800TH with a (Swiss Gold Filter) and a Breville BCG800XL to compliment each other.  I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of both machines and also the Swiss Gold filter that up until recently I had no idea how much more enjoyable it made a cup of coffee.  

What I like about the Breville....
  1.  Lockable/Removable Hopper (I see Baratza just came out with one)
  2.  Being able to grind directly into my Swiss Gold Filter
  3.  Consistency
  4.  Easy of use

With that said lets get to discussing the very reason for this post, the Baratza Vario.

I've been researching the Baratza Vario now for the last few days and have managed to comb through the 193 pages in the "The Baratza Vario Grinder Owner's Thread".  While going through the thread I decided to take notes so that maybe some of you fine folks here could help me make a more informed decision.

Things I've read.....


  1.  Worked for 30 second and needed replaced (Gladly replaced by CS)
  2.  Belt needing adjusted or replaced frequently
  3.  Needs calibration upon receiving and tends to lose calibration in a very short time
  4.  DOA (Dead on Arrival) **Read this more times than I would have liked**
  5.  Requires additional tools/accessories (Calibration tool, Burr removal tool, etc)
  6.  Shims due to grind not being fine enough  
  7.  Majority of issues Baratza just ends up replacing the device out of convenience


  1.  Baratza appears to have top notch customer service to handle any issues

Intended purpose of this grinder for the time being would be for my Bonavita and occasionally my AeroPress.  In the future I will be getting into espresso it's just not high on my list at this point.  Currently living in an apartment that has a kitchen smaller than most bathrooms so space doesn't allow for all the toys I'd like.  I would also like to keep the price under $600 as I don't consider my self a connoisseur.  Though if an alternative offers less of the hassles I've been reading about I'm open to suggestions.

I also figure that having a working quality grinder already will give me time to play with the multitude of settings that the Baratza Vario offers.

Thank you all for your time!
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