Marc Berrenson from Woodland Hills, CA United States
Lots of good reviews, but I have to admit that for me the unit seemed rather poorly put together. Using it gave me the feeling of a lightweight, less than high end, unit. Could never dial in the right setting. Started to screech . Ended up returning it.
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Great for espresso!
March 22, 2015
Anonymous Person from San Francisco, CA United States
I needed a grinder that could mill coffee to the fineness needed for a Pavoni lever espresso machine. The Pavoni requires a precise matching of grind and packing, and the tolerances are narrow. I was concerned by the unconventional design of Vario, but the small footprint was appealing, and the knowledgable technical support at Chris' convinced me that it was worth a try. I've only had the Vario for 48 hours, but so far, the performance has been spectacular. There is something different about the grind produced by the Vario, as compared with my previous conical burr machine, such that the quality of the crema and taste is superior. I also like some of the convenience features (timer, basket) that set it apart for a purely manual machine. It's also good to know that I can change between grinds on those rare occasions that I make drip coffee. I recommend this grinder highly, especially if counter space is limited.