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Baratza Vario - Kenneth Scott's Review
Posted: July 10, 2014, 10:00am
review rating: 8.0
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Baratza Vario Grinder
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Arrow The Baratza Vario has 22 Reviews
Arrow The Baratza Vario has been rated 8.38 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Peter Russell 9.23
Mark Carter-Piff 8.67
Barry Stolzman 8.60
David Kugler 8.50
Evan Patton 8.40

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 8
Average Price: $450.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $350.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Baratza Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 year Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Ideal entry level espresso grinder; If you become seeker of espresso nirvana you will upgrade.
Positive Product Points

Interface is very intuitive
Fineness of grind is essentially stepless
Affordability - other grinders in its class cost significantly more brand new
Replacement parts are cheap, and repair is easily performed by owner
Is very easy to disassemble for a thorough cleaning.
Very little grind retention.
Light weight and small footprint for an espresso capable grinder.

Negative Product Points

Particle size consistency when grinding light roasts is much lower than medium or dark roasts, especially for espresso.
Likely will need more replacement parts over time owned compared to heavier built grinders.

Detailed Commentary

This grinder wants to do it all, but on the extreme ends of course and fine it can't reach them out of the box. As a brew grinder, I don't know. I only make espresso, and this was my go-to as an entry level espresso grinder based on its reviews and price point.

So how does it perform as an espresso grinder? Quite admirably in fact, once you bust out your adjustment tool and calibrate it finer. This is capable of producing a good balanced espresso for every espresso blend I've used, and many SOE's as well. The adjustments of the macro/micro levers can overlap some, so a little experience goes a long way in dialing in your grind.

The one hangup I've had with this machine is it's ability to make an espresso quality grind on lighter roasts to be pulled as espresso. Assuming a roast scale of 1-10, 2 being very light roast, and 12 being charbucks, 4 is about the lightest it can handle. However, I encounter a great many coffees I'd love as an espresso at around 3, and this grinder just cannot seem to handle it. The motor bogs down, I have to adjust it significantly finer to get near the same fineness, and even then the consistency of the grind is not espresso quality.

Buying Experience

I purchased directly from Baratza as a refurbished unit. Add to cart, checked out, received in a well padded and taped parcel without trouble.

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