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PB, I got a refurbished Baratza Vario for about the price of a Precisio on the Baratza website. They put refurbished products on their site every Thursday. You get a one year warranty. I like it better than the Mazzer mini I used. The Baratza grind is fluffier with less/almost no clumping.
Looking at a hand grinder for next upgrade.

I'm a bit paranoid to disassemble the burrs and clean them unless I can find someone to show me how it's done. Putting it back together is more the issue than taking it apart. Have used both Grindz and rice before. Not sure there is a difference if you are careful to grind enough afterwards to remove any residual. Not sure this did much at all like Lefty said.

Ordered an espresso today at a local shop and he told me the amount and then said "No, wait. you get a discount" So I ask "why a discount?"
Barista says, You're wearing the coolest shirt I've ever seen!" "Discount because of my shirt? He says, "Yep!" It was a little odd.
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Disassembling the Vario is a piece of cake. There should be plenty of videos on youtube. Basically, you set the grinder to the coarsest setting. The you just remove the hopper. Next, you take pliers, grab the upper hopper's "handle" and "turn" the upper burr clockwise (IIRC) for about 1 inch. Then you can just popp it off. You'll be surprised, hardly any dead space (I think it's something about 1-2 grams). It'll be apparent once you've opened the thing, take a look at the manual or youtube videos. To reassemble, you just put the upper burr back in place, take the pliers and turn it counterclockwise until it''s reached the mark.

I don't think it makes much sense to clean the thing.
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disassembling a mazzer not a vario
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Originally Posted by Despos View Post

PB, I got a refurbished Baratza Vario for about the price of a Precisio on the Baratza website. They put refurbished products on their site every Thursday. You get a one year warranty. I like it better than the Mazzer mini I used. The Baratza grind is fluffier with less/almost no clumping.
Looking at a hand grinder for next upgrade.

I'm a bit paranoid to disassemble the burrs and clean them unless I can find someone to show me how it's done. Putting it back together is more the issue than taking it apart. Have used both Grindz and rice before. Not sure there is a difference if you are careful to grind enough afterwards to remove any residual. Not sure this did much at all like Lefty said.

Ordered an espresso today at a local shop and he told me the amount and then said "No, wait. you get a discount" So I ask "why a discount?"
Barista says, You're wearing the coolest shirt I've ever seen!" "Discount because of my shirt? He says, "Yep!" It was a little odd.

The virtuoso in my kitchen was a refurb. I like it a lot and decided to take it to work where I drink more coffee. At home my girlfriend makes herself french press and she isn't picky at all about her coffee so I ended up just getting her an Encore. It was easy because a place right by where I live stocks them and I picked it up on the way home from work. I like Baratza because they have great customer service and will repair units and such.
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I had the grinders jam on my first Virtuouso. Had it replaced and all has been good. The only bitch is the static from the plastic bin. Coffee dust clings everywhere and I need a small vac to clean it. 

 

lefty

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PB - have you been to new spot (3rd rail) on 10th/2nd? I liked my ice coffee - it was empty, which I love, but realize is not always a good thing....
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Didn't know about it. Might check it out soon. I don't think I have ever been to a third rail.
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Ordered an espresso today at a local shop and he told me the amount and then said "No, wait. you get a discount" So I ask "why a discount?"
Barista says, You're wearing the coolest shirt I've ever seen!" "Discount because of my shirt? He says, "Yep!" It was a little odd.

I bet you were wearing a Borelli shirt with giant buttons and contrast color nubs.
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I bet you were wearing a Borelli shirt with giant buttons and contrast color nubs.

You get two more guesses
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Uncanny, were you there? Pretty sure it would have been a free shot in that rig!
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I'm going to guess a selvedge jeans, maybe a chambray or selvedge ocbd or selvedge jacket. Basing it on hipster perceptions. Or you were carrying or riding your bike in.
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Nice pattern matching!
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Nice pattern matching!

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Baratza just posted on their blog how to pick a grinder: http://www.baratza.com/which-baratza-grinder-is-right-for-you/

There is also an interesting note about their conical burrs lasting for 500 lbs of coffee, and their flat burrs for 750. The higher end models are mainly made for espresso grinds, and you have to use different burrs in them if you want a coarser grind.
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