fritzf wrote:Can someone comment on the grinder requirements of the DE1. I have a Baratza Vario that was rebuilt with the latest components a year ago. I just pulled the trigger on a DE1 but now I am worried that I will need a new grinder as well - can I get to know the machine using my existing Vario?
When dialing my Vario, it rarely takes me more than one "bad" shot before the next one is either just right or very close. I suppose I should say that I single dose, so there are never grounds in between the burrs when I make an adjustment. You observation is good and cogent that a dialed in Vario will hold its setting (provided you keep up with making sure the lever shims are installed), and that the lighter in roast you go, the better it becomes in relation to other grinders in the sub-$1000 class. A trusted taster that I know (conducting blind tests with a DE), was comparing Monolith Flat SSP, vs Niche, vs Forte (with ceramic Vario burrs). And the Forté bested the Niche in taste every time using super light roasts. Though it could not equal the Monolith until roasts got darker or were muddied by milk drinks.