Thursday, February 11th, 2010
This is a guest blog post from my friend, Stacy Roach. While she is not in the coffee biz, she is passionate about good coffee and loves learning about coffee.
I love coffee for a lot of reasons, and when I am sitting at my desk, in the wee hours of the morning, sipping my soy latte, I really love coffee. But the most important reason that I love coffee is really community. I love going to coffee with friends, I love making a latte for guests and I love going to little coffee specialty shops and hanging with people who are passionate about coffee. Such was the experience I had on two Monday nights at Barefoot Coffee Roasters in San Jose.
On Monday nights they hold classes on how to pull the perfect shot of espresso and how to make latte art. Check out their calendar. Can I pull a great shot? Probably not, not yet anyway. As for my latte art, it’s getting better. My attempts at hearts are at least semi-identifiable. I think I am going to give leaves a try next.
Regardless of my own personal skill level on espresso and latte art, I know that I can count on coffee to connect me with other people who also love coffee, it’s this awesome and diverse community that I am a member of, simply because I love coffee. Oh, circular logic! Fun!
We were lucky to receive the Baratza Esatto Prototype a couple of months ago and decided it was about time to write our thoughts on it, as well as the Coava Coffee KONE 2.0, graciously sent to us by the good guys at Coava. Tons of stuff has been written about both, so I will stick to the truly great functionality behind both these new devices.
The Esatto we got in was disassembled when we opened it, an obvious sign of it being a prototype. After a quick realigning of the buttons we were in business. At first assembly the base was very sturdy and even stood up to Nicholas Lundgaard’s 3 year old son, Henrick. I appreciate the three buttons that can be set at different weights. Ours we decided to set at 30 grams, 18 grams, and 3 grams for purging. These quick buttons were spot on with weight every single time and it was quite mind boggling watching the grinder stop about 3 tenths of a gram from it’s target, then hitting it every time. Nice work Baratza, your calculations are duly appreciated. The settings make it fast and responsible to brew fresh coffee and shaves off a solid 25-30 seconds from each order. Kyra (from Baratza) asked us to really beat it up so we ground out 60 grams at a time for a few days straight for our FETCO and it seemed to hold up to the pain- we pushed about 2.5 kg one of the days and it pulled through.
To visit Greenway Coffee and read the rest of the article: http://www.greenwaycoffee.com/?p=53
Check out our blog – The Vario-W is up to its task in commercial coffee shops. Click Here »
June 7, 2011
Effective immediately, Baratza has renamed the new weight-based grinder Vario-E to the Vario-W . The ‘W’ represents weight . This name change seemed to make more sense for us, is easier for people to remember the association with the weighing feature, and the right time for the change – before they are actually on the market. By the way, we are expecting them to arrive in North America and available for sale in early August. The Esatto will also be available at the same time.
The Vario-W is currently on bar at Noble Coffee in Ashland, OR and Thump Coffee in Bend, OR. Very shortly, it will be put to the test at PT’s Coffee in Topeka, KA and Greenway Coffee & Tea in Houston. We’ve received good and important feedback already from Noble and as a result have made some key design/build improvements. We are so appreciative of these roasters and cafes taking the time to test these new products and give us feedback.
May 9, 2011
Baratza fared well at the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s annual exposition, The Event, receiving two “Best New Product” awards–one in the Consumer category (the Esatto) and one in the Commercial (the Vario-E) category.
To visit the event site and read about all of the awards: http://scaaevent.org/?p=awards
Coffee or Tea Preparation & Serving Equipment (Consumer): This award is based on the overall value of preparation and serving equipment (e.g. grinders, brewers, espresso machines, roasters, mugs, cups, thermal pots and servers) in enhancing the quality of specialty coffee and tea beverages in the consumer marketplace.
Product: Baratza Esatto
Product Description: The Baratza Esatto is an accessory that is designed specifically for use with our Baratza Maestro Plus, Virtuoso, or Preciso grindersThis innovative addition to these grinders allows a user to grind precise dosages of coffee using real-time weight-based control. With its easy assembly and simple operation, users can automatically dose ground coffee to within +/- 0.2 g, repeatedly.The Esatto uses an easy and intuitive operation panel that includes three programmable dosage buttons, and a digital LCD window which displays the weight value.
Coffee or Tea Preparation & Serving Equipment (Commercial): This award is based on the overall value of preparation and serving equipment (e.g. grinders, brewers, espresso machines, roasters, mugs, cups, thermal pots and servers) in enhancing the quality of specialty coffee and tea beverages in the commercial marketplace.
Product: Baratza Vario-E
Product Description: The Vario-E is a fully integrated weight-based grinder. Baratza’s groundbreaking Vario-E uses real-time weight-based grinding with a built-in electronic scale. Set the desired weight, the Vario-E does the rest, weighing the ground coffee to within +/- 0.2 g, while grinding, and stopping automatically. The Vario-E has all the features of the Vario including small footprint, macro/micro adjustment, 54-mm ceramic burrs, broad range of grind, plus three programmable dosage buttons, and a digital LCD window which displays the weight value.