ben8jam wrote:Yeh I had similar experience with the Vario. It's not the best espresso grinder. But I gave it another go with a Sette and been happy so far. So much of the online public seem to think the commercial grinders end up being a pain too because of all the hurdles you have to go through with single dosing and the Monolith is where the buck stops. The sette so far has been very consitent and is pretty much 0 retention.
The Vario did preform a lot better when I did the chute flip. I think the grinds just get jammed up in there and you get a lot of clumping. Now my Vario puts out so much fluffy grinds I use it as a backup second grinder to test out different espresso beans. Have you done the chute flip?
No. I've heard of it. I'll look into it. I had a thought this morning, and tried a mouse pad under the vario. I was thinking maybe the vibration of the grinding was causing the grind plate to shift up and down. So far, the morning shots have been good and consistent. It's too early to say, but I'll keep testing it out for the next few weeks. If it's stable, then I think it might have been the vibration of the grinder. I'll do the chute flip thing afterwards. But, I'm still ready for a end all grinder.
Initially, the Vario was really consistent for me too. But, after 100 lbs of various roast levels through it, it just is losing its mind. I've read from another forum that they think Baratzas typically last for 80 to 100lbs before dying. I want my next grinder to last a lot longer than that. I don't want to keep doling out another $400 every 2 years. I might have to just go for a $2000+ grinder. Geez, doing espresso is expensive.