Mahlkonig Vario Operating instructions

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Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder
Operations Manual
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Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder
Operations manuals are available in
the following languages at
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Thank you for purchasing the VARIO™ Coffee Grinder. With the
VARIO™, it’s now easier than ever to make professional quality coffee, whether at home, the office, or your café.
Below are detailed descriptions of the features that put the VARIO™
in a class of it’s own.
Precision, commercial-quality ceramic burrs
Manufactured in Germany by MAHLKÖNIG, the VARIO’s™ ceramic
burrs are of the same material and durability as the industry’s highest-quality line of commercial coffee grinders. Ceramic burrs remain
sharp for up to twice the lifetime of the highest quality steel burrs.
Grind on Demand with electronic dosing
Grind on Demand operation with electronically controlled dosing
grinds only the coffee you require for each shot directly into your
espresso porta filter or ground coffee bin for Filter and French Press.
Innovative grind adjustment system
Macro and Micro adjustments are quickly and repeatedly achievable
with the intuitive VARIO™ adjustment system. The range of grind and
the accuracy of the settings are truly impressive. The VARIO™ has
230 distinct settings of grind from Espresso to French Press.
The VARIO™ houses a high torque DC motor with a belt drive transmission. The precise timing belt drive provides for smooth, quiet
operation and thermal disconnection of motor and burr casing. Additionally, the VARIO™ possesses an auto-reset thermal safety circuit
that protects the motor from overheating.
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Table of Contents
Introduction .......................................................................................... 1
Table of Contents ................................................................................. 2
Parts Identification ............................................................................... 3
Safety Information ................................................................................ 4
Initial setup and operation ................................................................... 5
Setting the Macro and Micro Grind Adjustment ............................... 5
Normal Grinding Operation ............................................................. 6
Programming Grind Dosing Times .................................................. 6
Sleep Mode ................................ .................................................... 7
PortaHolder™ Installation ................................................................ 7
Burr Calibration ............................................................................... 8
Cleaning the Housing and Hopper ................................................. 9
Cleaning the Burrs .......................................................................... 9
Automatic Cleaning ......................................................................... 9
Removing the Upper Burr ............................................................... 10
Replacing the Upper Burr ............................................................... 10
Replacing the Bean Hopper ........................................................... 10
Help and Troubleshooting ................................................................... 10
Warranty .............................................................................................. 11
Grinding Notes .................................................................................... 12
Baratza Contact Information ................................................................ 13
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Parts Identification
Hopper lid
Whole bean hopper (250 grams)
LCD grind time indicator
Grind time adjustment buttons (2)
Start / Stop button
Manual grind button
Programable grind setting buttons (3)
Macro grind adjustment lever
Grind button LED (3)
Micro grind adjustment lever
Ground coffee bin (250 grams.)
Upper burr carrier
Ceramic burrs
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Important Information
visit the web at www.baratza.com
for assistance.
Please read the information below
very carefully. It contains important tips for the use, the safety and
the maintenance and care of this
appliance. Please keep these operating instructions for future reference.
Repairs are to be performed only
by authorized service centers. An
improperly repaired grinder is a
source of risk to the user and voids
the warranty.
Baratza will not accept any liability
for damage or injury if the grinder
is used other than for its intended
purpose or is improperly operated
or repaired. All warranty claims will
be void.
Your new VARIO™ is rated for either
120 VAC or 230 VAC. Please confirm the voltage of your VARIO™
on the nameplate attached to the
bottom of the grinder. The 120
VAC Vario can be used from 100 to
130 VAC and the 230 VAC VARIO™
can be used from 200 to 240 VAC.
Please insure your supply voltage
range matches the nameplate voltage on you VARIO™.
For Your Safety
Do not operate the grinder with
a damaged cord or plug, or if the
grinder malfunctions.
Do not leave your grinder unattended while turned ON.
Only clean the grinder housing with
a dry or slightly damp cloth.
Shut off and unplug the grinder
from the electrical outlet before
cleaning. To unplug, grasp plug
and removed from the outlet-never
pull on the cord.
Do not use this grinder for anything other than its intended use
(i.e. grinding whole roasted coffee
beans). Maximum continuous duty
cycle is 25%. Longest continuous
grind time is 90 seconds.
Do not immerse the grinder, plug or
cord in water or any other liquid.
Disassemble your grinder only as
directed in the care and cleaning
section of this manual. If you cannot remedy a malfunction, please
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your grind size. If the particle size
needs a big change, then adjust
the Macro lever to a new position,
then fine tune with the Micro lever.
The full range on the Micro scale is
equal to one “click” or position on
the Macro scale. With both levers,
moving UP produces a smaller
particle size and DOWN produces
a larger particle size. The actual
grind size for a particular setting will
vary depending on many factors,
including: degree of roast (light vs.
dark), freshness, humidity, type of
bean, oil content, etc. With use,
you will determine the setting that
is right for your taste, brewing style
and your favorite beans.
Initial Operation
Attention
Place the VARIO Grinder on
a level surface. Insert the hopper
(with the lid on) by lining up the
two small tabs on the base of
the hopper with their respective
slots, turn clockwise until the back
tab lines up with the mark on the
back of the grinder. Insert the
plug into an AC outlet. Remove
the lid from the hopper by lifting
off. Pour the desired quantity of
roasted whole coffee beans into
the hopper up to a maximum of
8 oz. / 250 g. Replace the lid.
Press button 1 then press START.
If the blue LED next to the START
button lights up, but the grinder
motor does not run, continue turning the hopper clockwise (firmly).
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Setting the Macro and Micro
Grind Adjustment
Move the Macro lever up or down
to the desired range of grind size
(Note: whenever moving the Macro lever up the grinder should be
running). Set the Micro adjustment
lever to the middle of the scale.
Grind a small amount of coffee by
pressing the START button, then
pressing it again to stop. Check
the particle size. If the particle size
is close to what you desire, now
use the Micro lever to “fine tune”
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Normal Grinding Operation
After adjusting the grind (particle
size) to your desired setting, press
the desired button, and then press
START. The grinder will run and
the display will count down from
the preset time.
Press the desired button (1, 2, or
3). The blue LED next to the button will light and the display LCD
will show the corresponding programmed grind time in seconds.
Press START button to begin
grinding. While grinding, the LCD
will count down the seconds to 0.
When the LCD reaches 0 seconds,
the motor will stop and the display
will reset again to the programmed
time. For greater quantities of
ground coffee, press the MANUAL
button then START. The grinder
will count up to a limit of 90 seconds then shut off automatically.
At any time during MANUAL, you
can stop the grinding by pressing
the START button. The motor will
stop and the LCD will reset to 000.
The limit of 90 seconds is not user
adjustable.
The grinder will stop automatically
when time reaches 0. To stop at
any time during grinding, just press
the START button again. Depending on the amount of coffee ground,
you can easily program more or
less grinding time as follows.
Programming Grind
Dosing Times
The VARIO™ is equipped with
three programmable dosing grind
times. The buttons are labeled 1,
2, 3. These programmable buttons
only adjust the grinding TIME, they
do not adjust the coarseness of the
grind. The buttons are factory preset with the following times:
1 = 10 seconds
2 = 20 seconds
3 = 30 seconds.
1. Press the up or down arrow just
below the LCD display to adjust
the time. Press and hold the arrow
for 3 second to advance the time
more quickly.
2. Once you have reached the
desired time setting, press the
corresponding button (1, 2, or 3)
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PortaHolder™ Installation
and hold for 3 seconds. The time
shown in the LCD display will blink
to confirm the setting is stored.
Insert the PortaHolder™ into the
grinder until it clicks. Then insert
your porta filter into the PortaHolder™ by tipping the basket down so
the lip of the porta filter slides under and gets hooked by the hook
bracket at the top rear of the PortaHolder™ while the base of the basket is supported by the two metal
fingers that extend from the PortaHolder™ If the porta filter basket is not horizontal in the holder,
remove the screw and move the
bracket higher or lower in order to
level the portafilter basket.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 above
for each of the other two buttons.
The quantity of ground coffee you
need depends on the type of bean,
coarseness of the grind, brewing
method and personal taste. With
use, you will find the most suitable
settings for your personal taste.
Sleep Mode
This is a programmable feature to
allow the lights and display to turn
off after a pre selected amount of
time elapses since last grinding.
Also there is the ability to “force”
it to sleep mode by pressing and
holding the START button for 3
seconds. As soon as the lights
turn off you can release the button.
Touching any button will “wake it
up” (but will not perform the function of the button pressed). To select sleep mode delay, press and
hold the MANUAL button for 3 seconds until the display shows “S00”.
“S 00” means Sleep mode never
happens. The up or down arrow allows selection for 3 minute delay
(S03), 5 minute (S05), 10 minutes
(S10), 20 minutes (S20), 30 minutes (S30) or infinity (S00) . Press
the MANUAL button to store the
value you desire.
To use, insert your porta filter
into the PortaHolder™. Press the
desired dose button, then press
START. The grinder will run for the
preset dose time and stop automatically.
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Burr Calibration
of the VARIO
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tool and turn clockwise (opposite
direction of the arrow on the tool).
If you do not have a tool you can
substitute a 2mm Allen wrench
and turn clock wise while looking
from the base of the grinder up.
A secondary 2mm allen head calibration screw has been added. It
is located in the round hole between the discharge chute and the
calibration grommet (see photo).
This calibration screw allows the
user to easily adjust the calibration in the finer direction while the
grinder running.
To make the adjustment, empty all
beans from the grinder, lower the
Macro and Micro levers all the way
to the bottom and run it briefly to
expel any partially ground coffee.
With the bin removed press the
Manaul button and then the Start
button. While the grinder is run­
ning, raise the Macro arm all the
way to the top (1). You should not
hear any change in mo­tor speed.
Now raise the Micro arm up to
the midpoint. You should be­
gin
to hear the motor slow or labor a
little (you can hear the sound on
YouTube, “baratza Vario calibra­
tion”). If you do not hear the motor
labor or would like your VARIO to
be calibrated finer, use the spe­
cial Vario tool provided with your
grinder (see photo below). Insert
the tool and turn in the finer direc­
tion (counter clockwise) until you
begin to hear the motor slow or la­
bor. If you would like to calibrate
your VARIO courser, insert the
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Cleaning the Housing and
Hoppers
Automatic Cleaning
A thorough fast, and easy cleaning
can be accomplished using GRINDZ™ grinder cleaner. GRINDZ™
is a product designed to dislodge
coffee particles and absorb and remove odors and coffee oil residue.
Simply place the recommended
amount of GRINDZ™ (35g) into the
empty grinder hopper. Adjust the
grind setting to 5, press MANUAL,
then START until all of the GRINDZ™ has been ground, and then
press START again to stop the
grinder. Once complete, we recommend passing through some
coffee to remove any GRINDZ™
residue. Discard the ground coffee. For information on GRINDZ™
go to www.urnex.com.
Remove the plug from the AC
power outlet. Remove the hopper
by twisting it in a counterclockwise
direction until it stops and then lift
the bean hopper from the housing.
Wash the hopper, hopper lid, and
ground coffee bin in warm soapy
water, rinse and dry.
Caution: Do not put the bean hopper, hopper lid, or ground coffee
bin in the dishwasher. Hand wash
only. Do not immerse the grinder
housing in water.
Cleaning the Burrs
If the grinder is used daily, the
burrs should be cleaned every
few weeks. Cleaning enables the
burrs to achieve the most consistent grind possible. Cleaning
also removes coffee oils which will
stale and degrade the flavor of the
ground coffee. Do not wash the
burrs.
To purchase GRINDZ™ go to www.
baratza.com.
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Remove the Bean Hopper and
Upper Burr
Replacing the Upper Burr
Wiggle and push down firmly on
the burr carrier to ensure that it
seats properly. Using the Baratza
Burr Tool, rotate the burr carrier counter clockwise to lock in
place. Note the lock icons and
arrows on top of Baratza Burr
Tool indicating direction to turn.
Remove all the beans from the
Bean Hopper. Rotate the hopper
counter clockwise until it stops, lift
the hopper off the grinder. Using
the Baratza Burr Tool included
with your grinder, rotate the metal
burr carrier clockwise until it stops,
then lift straight up and out of the
grinder housing (wiggle the burr
carrier if necessary to loosen it).
The ceramic burr is mounted to
the underside of the burr carrier.
Clean the burr using a stiff brush.
Use the bristle brush to remove
any loose coffee residue on the
fixed burr and the lower burr
mounted within the motor housing.
Rotate burr carrier counter clockwise
to lock in place.
Replacing the Bean Hopper
To replace the bean hopper, line
up the two small tabs on the base
of the hopper with their respective slots in the top of the grinder
housing and insert the hopper
into the grinder. Once the hopper
is in place rotate it clockwise until
it clicks to a stop (about ¼ inch or
0.4 cm).
Rotate Baratza burr tool clockwise to
remove the burr carrier.
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Warranty and Service
Length of Warranty: One-year
the unlikely event of a product
safety notification and assist us in
complying with the provisions of
the Consumer Product Safety Act.
The serial number is located on
the bottom of the grinder.
from date of purchase.
United States
Warranty Information
If your grinder fails within one
year: e-mail: support@baratza.
com or call
877-701-2021. Baratza will deliver an identical or comparable
replacement grinder to your door,
free of charge, and arrange to
have your “failed” grinder returned
to us.
Please keep your sales receipt
that shows the date of purchase
and complete the following for
your personal records:
Serial Number (located on bottom
of grinder):
When you receive your replacement grinder, please use the
carton and packing material and
the return shipping label supplied
to return the “failed” grinder to us.
Also, please include your name,
address and telephone number.
Date Purchased:
Store:
International Warranty
Information
For repairs or parts contact
Go to: www.baratza.com or call
425-641-1245 for international
warranty information.
Baratza LLC
3923-120th Ave. S.E.
Bellevue, WA. 98006
877-701-2021
e-mail: support@baratza. com
Parts: www.baratza.com
Proof of Purchase and
Product Registration
You can register your grinder at
www.baratza.com. Registration
will enable us to contact you in
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Grinding Notes
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Baratza, LLC
3923-120th Ave. S.E.
Bellevue, WA. 98006
www.baratza.com
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