As a coffee lover you are probably well aware of the fact that the best coffee achieved through a perfect balance of body, acidity and sweetness. Having a good consistent grind is one of the important factors that helps achieve this balance, especially when you are trying to achieve this balance with a wide variety of beans and coffee drink types. The Baratza Vario is a professional grade grinder that has been helping home and office coffee lovers, and café owners achieve this balance for years. The Baratza Vario is a grinder with a sleek design, small footprint, and a great range of capabilities. With over 200 individual, repeatable grind settings, you can be certain you’ll have a setting for each of your favorite drinks – from French Press to espresso.
Professional Grade Ceramic Flat Burrs
The Baratza Vario comes with 54 mm professional grade ceramic flat burrs that can produce a very broad grind size range – from 230 to 1150 microns. Along with having an outstanding range, the grind size is also very consistent, with a very narrow particle size distribution. When compared to more traditional steel burrs, the ceramic burrs on the Baratza Vario stay sharp twice as long.
At the finest setting the grinder produces about 1.6 grams a second. At the coarsest setting the grinder produces about 2.2 grams a second.
Macro and Micro Grind Adjustment
A macro adjustment feature on the grinder allows users to adjust the grinder between 10 size settings. These settings have a broader size range between each step. To fine tune each of the macro settings, the grinder has a secondary adjustment feature that sub-divides the selected macro setting into 20 micro settings. These settings allow for over 200 different macro and micro setting combinations. These adjustment features make the Vario a great grinder for someone who wants to fine tune their settings, but don’t want to have a stepless grinder due to less repeatability of preferred settings.
Control Panel with LED Display
The front mounted display panel features three programmable buttons that allow user to set grind times very precisely (within 0.1 seconds). Precise grind times will deliver dose consistency each time the button is used. This is an ideal feature if you have an espresso machine want to have a consistent amount of coffee ground every time. Keep in mind that the type of coffee beans you use can effect grind volume, so the programmed buttons will only deliver the same amount of volume if the same beans are used each time.
If you own an espresso machine you will find the Portafilter holder to be a convienent feature, especially when used with the programmed grind time buttons. The holder allows you to grind hands-free, permitting you to multitask while grinding is completed. An 8 oz. grounds bin is also included.
Powerful DC Motor with Belt Driven Transmission
The Vario is outfitted with a slow turning, powerful, high torque DC motor that results in cool, quiet operation, even when there are prolonged grind times. Cool operation is important as an overheated grinder can burn and alter the flavor of your coffee. The belt driven transmission ensures additional noise reduction and ensures that your beans are smoothly fed into the burrs, providing additional grind consistency.
Thermal Protection Switch
The circuitry is equipped with an automatically resetting, thermal cutoff switch.
Tool Free Cleaning
Burrs can be removed effortlessly and with no tools, making cleaning very easy.
The Vario is designed to keep the amount of grinds left in the grinder after operation to a minimum. This maximizes the freshness of coffee grounds from future operation and makes cleaning easier and less frequent.
The wide range of grind settings on this machine make it an ideal grinder for your preferred brewing method – from manual pour over to espresso.
While the Baratza Vario is pre-calibrated for your convenience, the calibration can be adjusted using a special calibration tool that is shipped with the grinder.
ETL approved; Conforms to UL Standard (763) & CSA Standard (C22.2)
One year parts and labor warranty provided by Baratza
4 1/2" W x 7 1/4" D x 14 1/2" H
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I'm very happy with the quality of this grinder and the grounds it produces. The variable settings are great, and it works well for my Espresso grinds as well as my syphon pot.