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bossman
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 8:11am
Subject: CC1 supposed to be here Friday!
 

This will be my first real machine and I am pairing it with a Vario-W.  I have read through a lot of the CC1 threads but I am curious if there are any quirks that I need to account for?  Any maintenance that should be done other than what it will show in the manual?  Any other pointers for this machine?

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I ordered from Fair Mountain Roasters a bag of their espresso blend and a bag of their house blend so I will have nice fresh beans.
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 8:38am
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The people here are very helpful. It is important to get started on the right foot. Congratulations and enjoy the journey.
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 8:57am
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As with any new machine don't forget to give it a good initial flushing and water throughput to get any manufacturer stuff out of the works. Having a full boiler while doing this is critical. Welcome to the club and let us know how things work out!
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Posted Wed Feb 19, 2014, 7:30am
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HEY, enjoy that new machine! Congrats and welcome to the obsession :D

 
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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 3:43pm
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Fair Mountain is an awesome roaster.

Far as the machine just remember to leave it for at least 30-40 min warmup (and make sure PF is locked in lightly) and then pull a blank shot to make sure everything is hot and stabilized (it can be plugged to a electrical timer as well so it turns on and ready to go by the time you get up). I generally keep temp at 201, preinfusion at 2-3 seconds, and dwell/wait time to 3-4 seconds. Play around with it, like leave Cup 1 with no changes except for temp, Cup 2 add preinfusion etc, Cup 3 make other changes like temp etc, that way same beans you can try a couple different parameters easily. If you need to calibrate your Vario check Baratzas site as they have instructions to do so, easier to go down to where your choking the machine out and dial back vs vice versa.

Good luck and let us know if you need any tips. Remember to clean the steam wand if you steam milk, lot of newbies with various machines don't give it a few spritz of steam after steaming and then a wipe down to clean and make sure no milk is gunked up, then down the road they wonder why they have steaming problems lol.
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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 5:25pm
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Thanks for the replies!  I will check my Vario to see if it needs calibrated, it is a refurb so I am hoping that was done while they were working on it.  Great idea on going too fine first and backing off, I would have tried the other way!
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Posted Thu Feb 20, 2014, 6:10pm
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bossman Said:

Thanks for the replies!  I will check my Vario to see if it needs calibrated, it is a refurb so I am hoping that was done while they were working on it.  Great idea on going too fine first and backing off, I would have tried the other way!

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Generally Baratza does calibrate the grind of all machines they ship.  I've had 2 Varios come through here and both of them were fine.  Good to familiarize yourself with the maintenance of the machine though.

For dialing in on pump machines it's usually easier to choke off the machine and then back off the grind as mentioned above.  I usually use the left side of the Vario for dialing in the gross grind setting and don't mess with the fine grind until later.  Set the fine to mid range and set your gross (number side) to a 2 or 3.  Grind, tamp, pull and see whether you need to go tighter or looser.  (Currently I'm grinding about 2-G for my espresso, but every bean, machine, situation is different and there is no standard calibration on the Vario so the numbers are all relative.  Just giving you a starting idea.)

Not relevant for you today, but FYI:  If you get into lever espresso like a La Pavoni later on you'll find that dialing in from the opposite direction works easier.  Start with your grind too loose and tighten until you get enough resistance for crema.  I think for my La Pavoni grinds I am using a 5-M for the same coffee, same grinder and getting excellent crema there.  Too fine a grind and you loose crema on these levers, as well as the mouthfeel.  Quite the opposite dialing procedure of a pump driven machine.
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Posted Sat Feb 22, 2014, 9:55am
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we are excited to hear about your progress.

 
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