Bumping myself, which seems to be an ongoing thing lately, a few comments before I brew up a vac pot with the Vario.
There was a wee bit of clumping, as my blend is aging. (I keep it in the hopper, but only enough to last a couple of days, maybe 100 grams. It's also a bit dry today.
I decided to NOT stir, but just tap down as always, do my light 5# leveling tamp, then the 15# final tamp I've been doing with the Vario.RESULT
No squirts or other anomalies.
for grins, I ground 5 seconds on my present grind setting, then ground a second to adjust one click finer. I tossed the adjustment grind, then ground another 5 seconds with the new setting.
Running both examples between my fingers and thumb, there was a barely discernible difference. I mean barely
. Maybe even a psychologically induced difference, like it's supposed
to be finer, so it must
Anyhow, I pulled another shot with the new finer setting. (all these shots are pulled on my Cremina, stock double basket, with as close to the same group temp as possible.
The new setting took 2 seconds longer for the same volume (I marked the shot glass)
The pull needed just a wee bit more downward force, but nothing really troublesome.
The taste was just slightly less acidic, perhaps due to the more concentrated pull?
I actually liked the old setting better, meaning I haven't had to change or adjust timing or dosage for 3 days.
What would put this grinder over the top for me would be the MAHLKONIG sort of delivery system. That is, straight down into a perfectly neat little pile! I would love to ditch the cup, if only for the "semi-pro" sort of vibe. (no offense to John Weiss, who is still one of my heroes.)
If I'm digging the vac grind, it will be on to a Press pot grind. I believe I've adjusted the "allen/hex" screw in such a way as to facilitate a proper press pot grind.
I don't like boulders, but it has to be appreciably larger particles, and as little dust as possible.
I also want to see how much of the Press grind infiltrates my espresso grind when I switch back.
Done for now, as I've already taken up too much of HB's bandwidth.
edit for clarity(somewhat)