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I’m new to here.I have the opportunity to buy a used (I understand that’s rare) a MAHLKÖNIG Vario Home Coffee Grinder.Now the guy wants £200, little used .Do I go for it or is that too much?I don’t know much at all at the moment but want to learn about coffee making.I have a Gaggia Classic and need to buy a descent grinder.Any advice welcome.

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14 minutes ago, Diggerpitt said:

Thank you.I know this isn’t the thread for Eureka grinders but are they better?

Yes

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30 minutes ago, Diggerpitt said:

Thank you.I know this isn’t the thread for Eureka grinders but are they better?

They would be my preference over the Vario. I should declare interest as I sell them but I think generally most members would agree.

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8 minutes ago, BlackCatCoffee said:

They would be my preference over the Vario. I should declare interest as I sell them but I think generally most members would agree.

Yeah I’ve just looked on your website.Shame I can’t really stretch to a new one.They are a beautiful piece of equipment though.Fancy a flash sale with say 30% discount lol.

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47 minutes ago, Diggerpitt said:

Yeah I’ve just looked on your website.Shame I can’t really stretch to a new one.They are a beautiful piece of equipment though.Fancy a flash sale with say 30% discount lol.

Mignons come up on here on a regular basis......keep your eyes peeled........£200 should snag you one

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i may be a bit late to this thread, i rate the Vario as have got one  - I have experience of this, a cheap delongi one and blade grinder that turned coffee to dust! The Vario is great in my opinion as it gives a good consistent grind and mainly goes fine enough to make espresso grind for the Rancilio. I found other grinder could not get fine enough. I mainly use it now for Aeropress grinds, sometimes v60 and occasional espresso. Not looking to change it but thought worth sharing experiences!

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8 hours ago, Jam1e1 said:

found other grinder could not get fine enough.

That’s a very broad statement! Which grinders are you comparing it to? Surely NOT to any entry level espresso grinder for sure!

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the blade one went too fine - turned to dust! the entry level delonghi one even on finest just didnt get grind small enough and water poured right through espresso grind when in Rancilio - obviously i was learning and was a quick lesson! :) The Rancilio Silva is a bit unforgiving but the Vario gets grinds to fine enough, next im going to try the VST in place of stock Rancilio puck as people seem to rate them

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I recently realised I've had my vario since 2012 and it's still going strong.

The only gripe I have with it is even with replacement shims the grind setting levers are prone to slide during operation, so I just hold them in place with a finger on each side while it's grinding. not ideal but it works. 

oh and when using the portafilter holder you do get a small amount of coffee spillage on the counter top. not enough to affect dosing in a significant way but enough to notice and need a wipe down. 

re-calibration is simple with an allen key you probably already own if you have a bike toolkit and while it has a fancy specific burr removal tool it's actually really easy to remove without it. 

paired with my gaggia classic it's been a solid workhorse and the only time I ever thought it was truly kaput I'd accidentally loosened the hopper and deactivated the safety switch. 

@home: Gaggia Classic w/ silvia wand, Mahlkonig Vario, Chris King x Rapha 58mm Tamper, Brita Filter Jug

@work: Aeropress

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