Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder Review

Posted on 24. Aug, 2012 by in Product Reviews

Amazon ImageThe Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder takes home coffee grinding to another level with it’s professional level features delivered in a consumer targeted unit.

Featuring ceramic flat burrs, a porta-holder, dual cam grind adjustment, electronic dosing and a powerful motor that produces a slow turn for extended grinding time the Vario really does deliver.

Let’s take a closer look at some of those features:

  • 54mm ceramic flat burrs will keep your coffee grind cooler than ever and will last up to two times longer than steel burrs. Ceramic stays sharper and will transfer less heat into your grind.
  • Electronic dosing means that you can grind the precise amount of coffee that you need straight into your porta-holder ready to use in your espresso machine (can fit any port-holder).
  • It eliminates the issue of stale grinds remaining inside the machine.
  • Over 230 grind settings available for absolute precision grinding for the perfect consistent result.
  • You are able to program the grind buttons for personalised settings.
  • A belt drive is used to make grinding ever-so quiet compared to other grinders.
  • The slow and cool grinding method means that you can keep grinding more beans for longer without it overheating or spoiling your grinds – great for those of us who need to make a lot of coffees at once.
  • Porta-holder is included.

 

What do others say about the Baratza Vario?

So on paper, the Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder would appear to knock most other grinders out of the park, but what do those who have been using it for a while say? We have collected data from reviews from customers who have been using this grinder for some time now to bring you some of the highlights below:

The Good:

  • Unbeatable control over the grind
  • Excellent consistency in the grind. Whatever level fineness you have this set to, the grind is absolutely uniformly consistent with no rocks or dust. Even other higher-end grinders can suffer from this to some degree.
  • Build quality is excellent and feels very substantial and long-lasting to hold.
  • Very quiet operation, great for home use.
  • Very pricey – but well worth it

The Bad:

  • Some cleaning is required after each use if grinding straight into the porta-holder
  • The LCD display is tricky to read from an angle
  • The coarsest setting may still not be coarse enough for some folks tastes

Our recommendation

Whilst the price tag will put many potential lovers of this burr grinder off of purchasing it, those who do make the jump and make the investment (it really is an investment) will be very pleased that they have done so.

In many side-by-side tests, the Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder has outperformed a number of other similar grinders on pure grind consistency and quality, so if that is your ultimate goal then you really do want to consider adding this grinder to your coffee-making arsenal.

 

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