The price is probably the last thing they decide, although I'm sure they have a range. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't meant to be a cheaper alternative to the Mazzer Mini, and maybe an equivalent to the Rancilio Rocky-- about the only thing the existing Virtuoso can't do is espresso grinds, so that should be the next step up. Indeed, the pictures indicate espresso settings and also show a fineness control (the "coarse -- fine" lever on the left) for a given step setting.
Current Mini prices are about $550, and rising because of the deflating dollar. Rocky prices are around $300. So I will guess the price range to be between $300 and $500, though I doubt they'll go too high. They have to prove their reputation before anyone will consider them equivalent to the Mazzers.
My only concern is that they might be putting too much fanciness into the device. Digital settings? Lots of electronic buttons? Options like these can be fragile and break easily. Drop it and you have a $500 brick... although that would also possibly throw the burrs out of alignment, too.
Posted Tue May 6, 2008, 11:24am Subject: Re: Fresh Meat! The new Baratza Vario...
Digital settings? Lots of electronic buttons? Options like these can be fragile and break easily. Drop it and you have a $500 brick... although that would also possibly throw the burrs out of alignment, too.
Ceramic burrs aren't like ceramic cups. They're pretty tough and durable. Rocks won't be a problem - the ceramics will probably crush them up. But I believe the grinder utilises some sort of rock sensor / stall system. I will ask followups about this though.
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