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Baratza Vario Grinder
First Look Posted: Saturday, December 27, 2008
Author: Mark Prince
Machine Class: Grinder, Burr, Prosumer
Baratza Vario Grinder
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Baratza kindly supplied us with this test model for the first look and for full evaluation in a later review.

Product Pricing

As of this writing, the pricing on this grinder is expected to be $430 US dollars / 400 Euro.

First announced during the spring of 2007, and first demo'ed in preproduction format at the May 2008 SCAA Conference in Minneapolis, the Vario Grinder from Baratza LLC, (based in Bellvue, Washington) will finally hit North American retail and online shelves in January 2009.

At first glance this grinder shares similar design looks with Baratza's three other grinder designs: the Maestro, Maestro Plus, and Virtuoso. However, based around a completely new ceramic burr set designed, developed and produced by Mahlkonig, this flat burr, digital grinder is a radical departure from these other models.

The grinder features a built in digital timer, accurate down to 0.1 seconds, and multiple controls and settings including the ability to program in three preset grinding times.

The grinder also features an entirely unique dual cam system for selecting the grind fineness - presenting both a macro and micro grind adjuster.

The Vario comes with a full grinds catcher bin, as well as Baratza's newly designed "Portaholder", a grinds catcher replacement that lets you use a portafilter directly with the grinder.

We have a very early first look at one of the first production models available for the North American market. As usual, this is not a review of the grinder, but an initial look at the product, how it works and what it is capable of.


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