Just for espresso I wouldn't think so. $200 off on a Mazzer new is a good deal that's all. I personally would go with the $200 of new rather than $150 or so off a used item. I've only ever used doser grinders. As cal was saying personal preference. I'd love to own a doserless some day because I think it will fit my routine a bit better but if I can save a ton of money and deal with a doser then I am happy with that. :)
Since the Vario-W can't grind directly into the portafilter, I use a dosing funnel (Click Here (www.orphanespresso.com)) to keep the area clean when dumping the grinds into my pf. It's a useful tool, even with grinding directly into pf.
Here's my opinion regarding the Mazzer vs. Baratza from reading tons and tons on this site and others. The Mazzers have the build quality hands down. They'll outlast you. If that is important to you, go with that option. The Vario, on the other hand, grinds immensely well for its price, but it may need maintenance and/or repair at some point. I had a few issues calibrating mine properly when I first got it, but Baratza customer service is TOP NOTCH. The Vario is half the price of a Mazzer new, and from my experience, I'm willing to take the less expensive grinder if the result in the cup is as good as those twice it's price. Baratza stands behind their products and they've always had my back with customer support.
The Vario is half the price of a Mazzer new, and from my experience, I'm willing to take the less expensive grinder if the result in the cup is as good as those twice it's price. Baratza stands behind their products and they've always had my back with customer support.
Yeah, sorry, I didn't realize the prices were that close. I don't have any experience with a Mini, but scan through the forums for what others say. I know there have been issues with the electronic versions, but I think the one you linked to is the one most would recommend.
If I were buying, I'd still go the Vario route 1) because I really love the weighed doses, 2) the result in the cup is on par with the more expensive Mazzer, the Super Jolly, and 3) I use it for both espresso and manual brew, and it is super simple to adjust between the methods. (FYI, when calibrated for espresso, it will not go coarse enough for press pot coffee.)
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