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Park_Ridge_Dave
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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2013, 1:56pm
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Iluvdabean Said:

Knowing like they do that it is going to you and the results will be reported on here, I wonder if they inspected ,tested and rechecked this machine to insure its
performance? That would seem the logical thing to do.

Posted February 27, 2013 link

Ya think? ;-) lol

 
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BubbaDude
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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2013, 2:12pm
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Iluvdabean Said:

Knowing like they do that it is going to you and the results will be reported on here, I wonder if they inspected ,tested and rechecked this machine to insure its
performance? That would seem the logical thing to do.

Posted February 27, 2013 link

I wouldn't complain if they did, but it got here pretty fast.

 
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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 4:09pm
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What is the best grinder for this machine. I don't mind spending $500
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AlexKilpatrick
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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 4:11pm
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Deus Said:

What is the best grinder for this machine. I don't mind spending $500

Posted March 1, 2013 link

I don't think there is a best grinder for any particular machine.  

However, I have the Baratza Vario ($449), which works great.  It gets great ratings for the price.   There is also the Vario-W, which has an integrated scale.  It is about $549.
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Posted Fri Mar 1, 2013, 4:22pm
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AlexKilpatrick Said:

I don't think there is a best grinder for any particular machine.  

However, I have the Baratza Vario ($449), which works great.  It gets great ratings for the price.   There is also the Vario-W, which has an integrated scale.  It is about $549.

Posted March 1, 2013 link

I was JUST now reading about that one :)
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 12:26am
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I have the Vario W, happy with it.  Nice fluffy grind.

Had an early issue, but Baratza looked after it quickly. Well supported.
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michaelgo
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 8:07am
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Ditto on the Vario.  I had the Breville SmartGrinder but found that it was inconsistent in grind, noticed immediate improvement with the Baratza.

Michael
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 8:30am
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The Vario is a great little grinder. If you keep an eye out on the Baratza web site you can pick up a refurbished Vario for $360+ shipping. I hope it's okay to mention that!

The weight system is nice, I'm sure, but if you buy a small scale instead you can use it to check your dose and the weight of your shots. I believe the weight based grinder doesn't dose into a portafilter too, which is a small detail for most. I feel a sense of urgency after the coffee is ground and want to get the shot pulled quickly so the extra step is unwelcome.

FWIW it takes about 9.5 seconds to grind 14gm of espresso on my Vario. Not super fast, but clump free, cool and consistent.
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:25am
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The "w" does drop the coffee in a container, but it dumps out quickly. The upside is you get an exact dose each time.
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Posted Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:24am
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toiler Said:

The "w" does drop the coffee in a container, but it dumps out quickly. The upside is you get an exact dose each time.

Posted March 2, 2013 link

I found a thread about the two and am fighting to figure out what is better. They both have pros\cons but one is also $100 more
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