27 Oct '13, 4pm

Baratza Vario Grinder, Jack Black: Bottom Line: Once calibrated, does a nice job as long as ... (Top Coffee News)

Takes a while to calibrate this thing because you can't (or shouldn't) adjust the levers while it's off or you will screw it all up completely. Then you find the gears can slip spontaneously and unpredictably during use. Then you get, and install, the little plastic shims that are supposed to keep the slippage from happening, but they fail sometimes as well and slippage can still occur. Ultimately, you wind up never varying the grind coarseness, because it's such a pain to keep it calibrated properly. This defeats the premise of a machine called the "Vario." Then, at least in my case, the machine fails utterly in less than two years -- making a horrible noise halfway into a grind and emitting smoke from the calibration levers. The primary (right) lever also slips visibly two notches, a kind of raised middle finger to complete your experience. And, of course, the machine tu...

Full article: http://www.coffeegeek.com/reviews/grinders/baratzavario/j...

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