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    Vario Maintenance?

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    Hi all

    I have had my Vario (gen 2 or 3, not sure) for 3 years now
    and I feel it is starting to under perform.

    The shots are running quick on settings that used to be ok and on finer settings it will
    come through slower but thin.

    These are beans roasted within 1 to 2 weeks

    No more thick crema

    I have always cleaned it but no other maintenance has been carried out.
    I can hear the burrs touching at the setting 1H

    Should I be adjusting to 2Q as some videos suggest?

    Attached are photos of the 2 burr sets
    I am not sure if they are in need of replacing?

    Any help would be much appreciated
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyler_durdan View Post
    Hi all

    I have had my Vario (gen 2 or 3, not sure) for 3 years now
    and I feel it is starting to under perform.

    The shots are running quick on settings that used to be ok and on finer settings it will
    come through slower but thin.

    These are beans roasted within 1 to 2 weeks

    No more thick crema

    I have always cleaned it but no other maintenance has been carried out.
    I can hear the burrs touching at the setting 1H

    Should I be adjusting to 2Q as some videos suggest?

    Attached are photos of the 2 burr sets
    I am not sure if they are in need of replacing?

    Any help would be much appreciated
    G'day tyler_durdan

    The first thing I would do is to clean the chamber (filthy in your pic) thoroughly, and ensure the throat (i.e. the aperture that feeds into the p/f) is also clean and not blocking up. If the chamber is full, the particle spread will be uneven. Then check whether it needs adjustment by running it empty at (say) 3 W for a short while and then slowly setting it finer.

    A 1.5(?)mm Allen Key can be used to adjust the mechanism. I generally only adjust stray ones, my own are pretty stable - hence I am not 100% sure of the Allen Key size (been a while). Yep, adjusting the burrs to touch circa 2Q means that espresso grind should be about 1P (standard baskets) or 1H (VSTs). As usual, let taste be your guide after that.

    My oldest Vario has done well over 300Kgs and the burrs are unmarked, so I really doubt they need anything except checking the retaining screws are still tight - one of the strays had loose screws (how??? - who can tell what Conans of the world can achieve). Mind you, that one had also been stripped down by a true I/D 10 t (in computer jargon) so it also needed an "A to Z strip and rebuild". It is in a good home now (recuperating?).

    I hope this helps.

    Quote Originally Posted by 338 View Post
    Tampit is the forum Vario expert/fan club chairman
    Thanks 338

    Not really, I merely (cough) own three of them as I have yet to find a better grinder for home use in a micro kitchen. One for my light / medium roasts, one for either darker roasts / decaf and one for coarser grinds (i.e. with steel burrs - useless for espresso) for cold steep / modded stirrer plunger.

    Anyway, both of you enjoy your cuppa, whatever that means for you.

    TampIt



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