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Post subject: Mahlkonig Vario Grinder  PostPosted: Jan 13, 2009 - 07:46 PM



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http://www.coffeehit.co.uk/PRD_ProductDetail.aspx?prodid=580
This has caught my eye, has anyone had a go with the pre production samples? Do you think it will be a good buy, across the pond they all seem to say good things about it.
I'm as indecisive as ever now!


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Post subject: RE: Mahlkong Vario Grinder  PostPosted: Jan 13, 2009 - 08:09 PM



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The bloke on Coffee Geek has been testing the machine,
http://www.coffeegeek.com/proreviews/firstlook/baratzavario

Seems like it could be a winner.
 
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Post subject: RE: Mahlkong Vario Grinder  PostPosted: Jan 13, 2009 - 09:24 PM



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Seems like everything he tests is a winner, but that's a different story ... Wink
From everything I've read, that grinder promises to be way. cool. I'd love to have a play with one!

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Post subject: RE: Mahlkong Vario Grinder  PostPosted: Jan 14, 2009 - 01:07 AM



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Looks like a really exciting grinder to me. Different than the norm and made by a reputable company!

I have also seen emails from the company stating the delays it's had have been to really perfect it, so that should at least be a small testimony to their quality, as they could have just rushed it out for Christmas, but waited to get it right.
 
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Post subject: re  PostPosted: Jan 14, 2009 - 10:16 AM



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Hi guys,

I'm not so crazy about the setting change mechanism. How the hell does it work? is it via some micro motors installed inside, or something else? That and the fact that the whole thing is pretty much 80% plastic isn't great, but it still might be a good small espresso grinder.

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I would love to get one for all my other needs other than espresso because it's small enough and it looks very easy to change between grind settings.

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Correct me if i'm wrong (any maybe I was suckered by the CG podcast)...

But this grinder sounds pretty cool to me, sounds like someone has actually taken the time to design something from ground up and solved a few really annoying issues.

Grind size adjustable by 4mn, but still stepped, meaning that you have incredible control and repeatable settings. Portafilter holder earthed to decrease static. 0.2g of waste typically left in the chute (!!). Ceramic burrs, which on a scientific level mean nothing to me, but I want them (and apparently they last longer and stay sharper for longer). Digital grind time presets. Apparently the quietest sub $1000 grinder on the market... and all that for $400 ?!

I use a Super Jolly at home at the moment... but this has to be better, surely?

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Post subject: RE: re  PostPosted: Feb 14, 2009 - 11:23 AM



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I should also say that it's not made by Mahlkonig, they designed the burrs and part of the mechanism, Baratza (N America) are the company responsible for the rest.

Oh.. and I just notcied the price 315... i'm gonna save up!

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Tristan wrote:
I should also say that it's not made by Mahlkonig, they designed the burrs and part of the mechanism, Baratza (N America) are the company responsible for the rest.

Oh.. and I just notcied the price 315... i'm gonna save up!

It's a very attractive price. haha upgraditis Embarassed

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looks like the sort of grinder i could do with to replace my current one...looking forward to a full review!
 
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Hi guys,

check this thread out:

http://www.home-barista.com/grinders/baratza-vario-grinder-first-look-t9604.html

the pre-production model was behaving very strange when grinding for espresso, for some reason producing big chunks together with fine espresso particles, something which shouldn't happen. Soon Nicholas (shadowfax) will be testing the production model and we will see if it does the same thing.

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I was keeping an eye on that thread.
Went a bit pear-shaped, I would HOPE it was a one-off problem for whatever reason.

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Anyone know hat the latest is with the Vario?

I'm looking to get a quality grinder that is versatile to prouduce grinds from espresso to plunger for domestic use; anyone care to recommend one in the sub 350 category.

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When looking at the features of this grinder it seems perfect if one can overlook the abundance of plastic! The problem I believe I'm having with my grinder (Anfim Haus) is that the resolution between grind settings is massive - one setting is too fine and the next is far too course so I have to hope I hit lucky with the freshness of the beans and distribution.

If this grinder offers a better grind adjustment I think I could overlook the few down sides I can see and have heard of (apart from the crazy big chunks in the espresso grind!).

Until then, the saving continues...
 
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DrTom wrote:

If this grinder offers a better grind adjustment I think I could overlook the few down sides I can see and have heard of (apart from the crazy big chunks in the espresso grind!).

Until then, the saving continues...


I have it and its perfect! I havent found any down side till now (maybe Im too tolerant) but the best feature is the grind adjustment. You can set it in such a small steps that its nearly insane. I just love it!

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