Compact, solid, nicely built machine. Easy to operate. Does the job well.
The Vario’s 54 mm professional ceramic flat burrs produce accurate grinding, high throughput and remain sharp for twice as long as the highest quality steel burrs. The Vario grinds 1.6 grams/second at Espresso and 2.2 grams/second at Press. The broad range of grind (230 microns to 1150 microns) and the narrow particle distribution (lack of fines) are the hallmarks of the superiority of the Vario burrs.
The front mounted control panel with LED display is easy and intuitive. Three programmable buttons allow for grind time setting within 0.1 second (about 0.2 gram). Simply press the START button and the Vario automatically delivers precise dosing.
The Vario offers macro and micro adjust for fine tuning with ease. The macro adjust moves from espresso to press pot 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.
To maximize freshness, the Vario minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder.
The Vario 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 is calibrated at the factory to ensure an accurate range of grind. If necessary, the Vario burrs can be easily calibrated using the special calibration tool that comes with the grinder.
The Vario now comes standard with the Metal PortaHolder. When we launched the Forté-AP with the Metal PortaHolder we got a lot of interest to change out the Vario plastic PortaHolder with the heavy-duty metal PortaHolder. The Vario body needed some minor changes for a perfect, non-slip fit of the Metal PortaHolder. All the modifications have been made and going forward all Vario grinders will be shipping with a Metal PortaHolder. The regular 8 oz. grounds bin is also included.
Burrs are easily removable with no tools, making cleaning very easy.