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usawinston
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 11:39am
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It seems my Vario is losing calibration every 3 shots or so.  It gets course.  I did a little google search which indicates this isn't uncommon.  Pretty sure it's time to retire it.  Thoughts?  Thanks  



Bought it in February 2009 and from day one I kind of scratched my head at it: the hopper physically didn't fit; I had to take a knife to it so it would seat. It did not include the wrench for calibration, so I've been one from my toolset.
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 12:50pm
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Strange post. Retire it?
Several Vario's had a Macro that would slip down. A very easy fix using the shims Baratza sends you free of charge.
If your hopper didn't fit, why didn't you contact Baratza. BTW, I've never heard THAT one.
I always recommend contacting the manufacturer rather than posting on a Forum.
Baratza has some of the best CS in the business.

 
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usawinston
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 5:52pm
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Thanks for the response.  I sent Baratza an e-mail a couple months ago about a related issue and they never responded...figured they weren't that great w/ CS.  I will definitely contact them; this time via phone.  When the grinder first arrived in early 2009, I saw the hopper deficiency and realized the fix was very simply: I sliced off a little piece of excess plastic that prevented the hopper from seating.
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 8:40pm
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usawinston Said:

 When the grinder first arrived in early 2009, I saw the hopper deficiency and realized the fix was very simply: I sliced off a little piece of excess plastic that prevented the hopper from seating.

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That has me a bit worried. The hopper has 2 little nubs, that must be properly seated. The larger one to the larger cutout, the smaller to the smaller cutout.
You should hear a little "snap" when you rotate the hopper clockwise.

 
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usawinston
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Posted Wed Jul 10, 2013, 5:46am
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IMAWriter Said:

That has me a bit worried. The hopper has 2 little nubs, that must be properly seated. The larger one to the larger cutout, the smaller to the smaller cutout.
You should hear a little "snap" when you rotate the hopper clockwise.

Posted July 9, 2013 link

you had me worried for a second.  The thinner notch extended from the base of the hopper to the apex of the neck (it was too long) and would not allow proper seating.  I shortened it, as you can probably tell.

I have a very early make.  It's above #250 and below #300.

See image below.

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Posted Thu Jul 11, 2013, 1:28pm
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Lilia

CoffeeRon Said:

You definitely need to adjust a bit courser. You should try to adjust for 2 oz in 25-30 sec.
                          Ron

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Ron, my coffe is now Great. Thank you for your help.
I adjusted my grinder for 2 oz in app 25-28 sec.  After 30 second= Too much water...
1st drop is in 8-10 sec= Great cofee!

I also learned that in terms of taste & body 5 second for your brew could make a big diference ..

Thanks for these tips!"
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Posted Thu Jul 11, 2013, 5:09pm
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lilia Said:

Lilia


Ron, my coffe is now Great. Thank you for your help.
I adjusted my grinder for 2 oz in app 25-28 sec.  After 30 second= Too much water...
1st drop is in 8-10 sec= Great cofee!

I also learned that in terms of taste & body 5 second for your brew could make a big diference ..

Thanks for these tips!"

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Lilia, happy to help. Very glad you're enjoying your espresso :)
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usawinston
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Posted Fri Jul 12, 2013, 3:52am
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IMAWriter Said:

That has me a bit worried. The hopper has 2 little nubs, that must be properly seated. The larger one to the larger cutout, the smaller to the smaller cutout.
You should hear a little "snap" when you rotate the hopper clockwise.

Posted July 9, 2013 link

I called Baratza and they are repairing the vario. GREAT Customer service!
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Posted Fri Aug 9, 2013, 5:52pm
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I have a Vario and a Preciso.  The Preciso can make a great espresso, but it's easier with the Vario.  At any rate, I have an opportunity to buy a used Vario for $325.  That seems a bit high for second-hand.  What do you all think?

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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 10:25am
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Has anyone gotten the new shut off hopper? I am dying to to get that and the metal porta filter holder that come standard on the forte
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