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DeanOK
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Espresso: QM Vetrano 2B
Grinder: Vario W
Posted Thu Oct 11, 2012, 7:24pm
Subject: Initial setting for Vario-W
 

I have a new Vario-W on the way. What would be a good initial setting to start with for medium roast espresso beans? I am sure I would have to tweak the grind, but am looking for an initial starting place.
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MonkeyK
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Espresso: Vivaldi II
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Drip: Aeropress, Bunn Phase Brew
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Fri Oct 12, 2012, 5:30am
Subject: Re: Initial setting for Vario-W
 

What each machine can handle is different.  Different portafilter shapes and sizes will require different grind settings.  Different amounts of coffee ground require different settings.  Different tamping pressures will require different settings.  Different roast levels will required different grinds.  Different tastes require different extraction times which require different grinds.

That said, the Vario is a great grinder and easy to adjust.  Start with the macro at "Esp" and the micro setting in the middle (as recommended by every grinder manufacturer, do this while the burs are moving).  Grind, tamp, pull.
Based on the notion that a good pull is typically 30-40 seconds:
If you get your desired amount of coffee in <30 seconds, try to grind a notch finer and try again
If you get your desired amount of coffee in >40 seconds, try to grind a notch coarser and try again

When you get in the time in an acceptable range,  use this:
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--edit: forgot to note difference by amount of coffee: fortunately, your Vario-W will give you the same mass measure of coffee, minimizing this variable.
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DeanOK
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Espresso: QM Vetrano 2B
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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2012, 10:11am
Subject: Re: Initial setting for Vario-W
 

Thank you. I did not realize the vario-w had an espresso setting. That is good to know.
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MonkeyK
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Espresso: Vivaldi II
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Posted Fri Oct 12, 2012, 10:46am
Subject: Re: Initial setting for Vario-W
 

Sorry, the original Vario had it's finest macro setting labeled "Esp".  I incorrectly assumed that they are still labeled that way.  Looking at some retailers, I can see that there is a newer style panel with the macro label going from "fine" to "coarse".

So now I would suggest starting at the Macro setting "1" (finest) and the micro setting "m"
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