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RayTCoffeePro
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Posted Thu Jun 5, 2014, 8:53pm
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boar_d_laze Said:

Hi Ray,

You can't do better than a Vario for a new grinder in the $500 range.  It's not a perfect grinder but it's certainly very competent.  

The next step up in flat burrs is the commercial, Super Jolly class; but it's not much of a step up in terms of quality in the cup.  If you're looking for obvious superiority, you have to climb the ladder a rung further into the commercial, big-flat, Mazzer Major, over $1000 class.  

If your problem is equipment related at all, your grinder might need to be disassembled, cleaned, reassembled and recalibrated.  The Baratza website has all the necessary information in video form; and it's on YouTube as well.  

You have a lot of opinions but they don't seem empirically based nor even very well informed -- which makes me wonder about your actual experience.  Reading between the lines, I suspect your barista technique isn't very good and suggest you get some advice on and a lot or practice pulling shots before buying a new grinder.  

Rich

Posted June 5, 2014 link

EDIT: Stepped and Stepless was supposed to be stepped or stepless. (Error though)

 
Only true passion and expertise will make the best coffee.
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RayTCoffeePro
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Posted Thu Jun 5, 2014, 9:04pm
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Thanks Guys,

 
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CMIN
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Joined: 14 Jun 2012
Posts: 1,388
Location: South FL
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Crossland CC1
Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Fri Jun 6, 2014, 6:06am
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Never heard of a Vario burning a motor, how old, and did you talk to Baratza?
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rayto
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Joined: 21 Feb 2010
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Location: CA USA
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Gaggia Classic
Grinder: Vario
Vac Pot: Yama 8 cup/Yama 5 cup table
Drip: Tecnivorm
Roaster: Behmor, Hottop
Posted Fri Jun 6, 2014, 7:36am
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Send the Vario in, very reasonable to repair https://www.baratza.com/baratza-service-program/

Ray T
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CoffeeRon
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Location: Eatonville, Wa
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Wega Lyra, Europiccola(still...
Grinder: Macap M7D, Pharos, Vario W,...
Vac Pot: Sunbeam CoffeeMaster
Drip: Melita BCM-4
Roaster: FR SR500,B-1600, SC/TO
Posted Fri Jun 6, 2014, 11:43pm
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rayto Said:

Send the Vario in, very reasonable to repair https://www.baratza.com/baratza-service-program/

Ray T

Posted June 6, 2014 link

+1...Or give them a call and order the parts. Baratzas are fairly simple to work on if you're so inclined.
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Angman
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Location: Vancouver BC
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Strega, MCal, Cimbali M20L
Grinder: K10 Fresh, HG One 83mm,...
Vac Pot: Nope
Drip: Technivorm, Hario Woodneck,...
Roaster: Hottop 8828P
Posted Sat Jun 7, 2014, 12:54am
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I agree. Give kyle a call over at Baratza.  He will take care of you.  You're not going to get anying better given your budget.  The next major improvement/step  is in your hands literally.
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MikeReilly
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Location: Vancouver Island
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Espresso: Cimbali Junior Gaggia...
Grinder: Pharos CC45 Mazzer Mini
Drip: Cuisinart
Roaster: Behmor, I-Roast 2, Popper
Posted Tue Jun 10, 2014, 7:38am
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If you really really want a different grinder, you might try the Quamar M80.
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