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    Help to buy a home grinder

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    Hi
    I want to know if you can help. I want to buy a grinder for home. My
    old one is a Sunbeam EMO480 conical burr. I am looking at the Rancilio
    Rocky Doserless or Baratza Vario burr grinder. I mainly drink espresso
    and have a Compak K3 that I use at work but I thinks its a bit big for
    home. i want a decent tuneable grinder. Can anyone help with any
    suggestions or hints please

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    size wise if you want something smaller than the compak the vario is definitely the best way to go. the rocky's size is about the same if not bigger

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    G'Day,

    I recently purchased an Iberital Challenge, the choice was between Iberital, Compak K3 and Kitchenaid Mill with Mezzer bur upgrade. It was not a price choice but a size / availability choice and went the Iberital.

    Three weeks in and I am happy with the decision made. Great for micro adjustments being stepless and pretty good value at the $330-350 mark.

    John

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    The Vario seems to be getting some really good reviews lately, Its probably what I would buy if I were buying a grinder now and I currently have a mazzer.

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    If ur happy with a K3 why not another with a small hopper, or is that still too big?

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    It's not my intention to highjack this thread but I'm in a similar situation to the OP and wanting to upgrade from a Breville BCG800.
    After reading this thread a few days ago I'm seriously contemplating getting a Baratza Virtuoso Preciso which costs $330 from a non-sponsor

    The Preciso has a lot of good reviews on other forums and it's claimed to nearly match the Vario in grind quality for an espresso grind and even surpasses the Vario for coarser grinds (i.e. press, filter...)
    This review has nearly won me over but I would really like some more opinions on this grinder versus the Vario and maybe other grinders in a similar price range ($350 - $650)

    If there's anyone here who has used or owned one of these Baratza grinders what do you think about the build quality?
    I know it's not built to last like a Mazzer but can I expect to get at least 3 years of service from a Baratza?

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    Ok got it figured, I have bought a Mazzer Mini from Coffee Parts Sydney (great price). I will use the Mazzer at work and bring the K3 home which is better that that piece of junk Sunbeam.

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    Rustic, I am fairly technie type of guy but even though the Vario board etc is cheap to swap. Im just not sold yet. i know it has good reviews. I mainly drink espresso based drinks so I went for the Mazser mini at same price as the Vario. The main reason was it will last a long time and for some reason i want to sell or update then I will get a better return than the Vario (my belief).

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    Atomic, I thought about that as well but as i got a Mazzer for the price of the Vario i couldn't refuse........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    Rustic, I am fairly technie type of guy but even though the Vario board etc is cheap to swap. Im just not sold yet. i know it has good reviews. I mainly drink espresso based drinks so I went for the Mazser mini at same price as the Vario. The main reason was it will last a long time and for some reason i want to sell or update then I will get a better return than the Vario (my belief).
    That's the same reason I'm having trouble deciding.

    Has anyone here compared the espresso from a Mazzer Mini and Vario?
    Also how does a Mini stack up to the Super Jolly?

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    Help to buy a home grinder

    It's much smaller!

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    Help to buy a home grinder

    But seriously those of you talking about longevity. How many kilos do you grind.

    I have vario and have had the mazer the vario is lovely to work with

    no grind retention and buy no I don't mean just a little bit I mean none

    the steps are tinny and easy to adjust

    The timer is the easiest to work with I have seen

    And the grind quality is unique no climbs almost fluffy

    In the cup I taste no difference

    On the bench it's tinny with a better build quality than I was expecting

    It is not a commercial machine but I am not a cafe



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