Posted Tue Oct 8, 2013, 9:19am Subject: Re: Just ordered a Forte - Anyone have one yet?
In a nutshell, perfect cone-like dispersal of grinds into your port filter. Brighter aspects of the varietal enhanced, with the same lower end goodness (SJ-like) as the Vario. Faster. Awesome electronics, easy programming. Grind by either weight OR time.
Significant upgrade when used as a pour-over grinder. My Kalita brews were sensational, using the Ethiopian Gedeo Worka, roasted city, Behmor. It is SOLID, quiet, and absolutely worth the extra $$ over the Vario W. That says a lot, as I think the Vario W is a terrific home grinder, which I also see in a LOT of cafes, mainly for pour-over I had great success with it and my former Cremina.
BTW, the hopper with stopper is compatible with both Vario and preciso grinders.
Markarian Senior Member Joined: 27 Jun 2012 Posts: 648 Location: Seattle Area Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: ECM Technika IV Profi WT-WC Grinder: Baratza Forte AP, Mazzer SJ Vac Pot: Bunn Trifecta MB Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Melitta 102 Roaster: Behmor 1600
Posted Sun Oct 13, 2013, 3:54am Subject: Re: Just ordered a Forte - Anyone have one yet?
So I've had mine now for most of a week and I have to say it's everything I wanted that the Vario didn't have. I did notice the new bean hopper retains an absurd amount of beans, so I have to fish them through with a rod between roasts. The grind was consistent, clumpless, and quiet. The ONLY gripe I had was not being able to at first figure out how to time doses dispensed by weight. I had to call Barazta and they explained that you have to switch back to TIME immediately after your weight grind is done and it will show you the time for the dose you just dispensed.
The portaholder is very nice, extremely solid. I ultimately went back to the bin, because I have become so used to gently shaking the (few) clumps out and then sifting the grinds into the PF for better distribution. Force of habit, but I was pulling better shots so I left it be.
The Forte is, so far, everything I wanted and I'm really happy with it to this point. Now if only I could get someone locally to buy my Vario-W from me...
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