The Vario-W is a groundbreaking and improved version of Baratza's most popular coffee grinder, the Vario. Instead of being time-based, the Vario-W is a fully integrated weight-based grinder, using real-time grinding with a built-in electronic scale. You simply select the set weight you want and the Vario-W does the rest, weighing the ground coffee to within +/- 0.2 g while grinding, and stopping automatically.
This grinder has all of the exact same features of the original Vario: macro/micro adjustment, 54 mm ceramic flat burrs, operational panel, three dosage buttons, and broad range of grind. However, the focus of this machine is weight-based dosing instead of time-based dosing. To incorporate this, Baratza changed the size and the handle of the bin, so to leave some open gaps on the sides. There's also a built-in scale sensor bar on the bottom which the bin slides on to. By floating the bin over the sensor bar, the Vario-W can give you the proper ground coffee weight needed.
Because of the focus on weight-based dosing, the Vario-W is unable to operate with a porta-holder and doesn't have any timer technology in its programming. Baratza wanted to create a great weight-based grinder, thus giving you better coffee. With the Vario-W, you no longer have to manually pre-weigh you coffee beans.
After dialing in, you will get the same exact dosing, giving you more cups per pound brewed than with any other grinder. This is a machine well-suited for the commercial environment, reducing your labor time while increasing the accuracy of shots. In the home environment, this grinder is perfect both for the coffee aficionado or the regular coffee drinker, thanks to its precision in weight-based technology and its programmable dosage buttons.
UPDATE: Now the Vario-W comes with a new shut-off hopper.
The Vario-Series 54mm professional ceramic flat burrs produce accurate grinding, high throughput and remain sharp twice as long as the highest quality steel burrs. The Vario Series grinds 1.6 grams/second for espresso and 2.2 grams/second for Press. The broad range of grind (230 microns to 1150 microns) and the bi-modul particle distribution (presence of calculated fines) are the hallmarks of the superiority of the Series burrs.
Digital Control Panel
The front-mounted control panel with LED display is easy and intuitive. Three programmable buttons allow the user to program in the desired weight (+/- 0.1). Simply press the START button and the Vario-W automatically delivers precise dosing.
The Vario-W offers macro and micro adjust for fine tuning with ease. The macro adjust moves from fine to coarse grinding in 10 distinct and repeatable settings. A secondary micro adjust arm further divides each of the 10 macro steps into 20 distinct settings. These steps enable you to dial in the exact grind for the perfect shot.
Grinds Left in Grinder
To maximize freshness, the Vario-W minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder.
The Vario-W is exceptional for espresso and manual pour brewing methods.
A powerful, high torque DC motor effortlessly drives the burrs. This motor turns slowly resulting in cool, quiet operation and permits long grinding duty-cycles. The circuitry is equipped with an automatically resetting, thermal cutoff switch.
The Vario-W is calibrated at the factory to ensure an accurate range of grind. If necessary, the Vario-W burrs can be easily calibrated using the special calibration tool that comes with the grinder.
Burrs are easily removable with no tools, making cleaning very easy.that comes with the grinder.