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Baratza Vario-W 986 Coffee Grinder

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Joining the celebrated Bartaza line of professional grinders is the redesigned Baratza Vario W 986. This groundbreaking model is equipped with a weight based grind dosing system. It uses a built-in electronic scale to yield real time, weight measurements for precise results. The Vario-W 986 is very exact; it can actually measure within 0.2 gram of the actual weight as it’s grinding.
The inventive weight based technology is backed by time-tested components including 54mm Mahlkönig ceramic flat burrs and an efficient motor. This model retains the user-friendly push-button controls and sliding adjustments of its predecessor for hassle-free operation. Another new feature is the updated 8oz bean hopper which employs the same locking mechanism found on the Forte models. The Baratza Vario-W 986 is recommended for discerning coffee and espresso enthusiasts.

Weight-Based Operation

Built into the Vario-W 986 is an innovative electronic scale, capable of delivering precise, real-time data. Unlike other grinders, the Vario-W 986 uses weight measurements instead of grind time to supply the appropriate coffee dosage. There is no need to manually weigh your beans prior to grinding. Simply set the desired weight and the Vario-W 986 will automatically measure, grind and dispense the coffee. Weight settings can be adjusted in 0.1-gram increments to suit your needs; grinding operations will automatically stop once the appropriate coffee volume has been achieved.


The Vario-W 986 has been equipped with Baratza’s famed 54mm Mahlkönig Ceramic Flat Burrs. These heavy-duty burrs are known to be more durable than their steel counterparts and have been proven to significantly reduce heat transfer to promote coffee flavor and aroma preservation.

Grind Adjustments

This precision grinder features dual cam macro and micro grind adjustments to give you full control over the finished results. The right-hand adjustment lets you control macro-settings. Micro-settings, located on the left-hand side, will let you fine-tune your grind. Each macro-adjustment is equal to one micro-range. Using both micro and macro settings will allow you to create up to 230 custom grind adjustments.


The Vario-W 986 features three programmable dosage buttons. The weight values are clearly displayed on the digital LCD and each button can be pre-set to automatically grind a custom weight. All your dosing programming units are weight based, in grams; this grinder does not have a timer.

Updated Bean Hopper and Grounds Container

The updated Vario-W 986 features the same Shut-off bean hopper found on Baratza's Forté grinders. The hopper can safely store up to 8 ounces of whole bean coffee and is designed with a locking mechanism allowing you to remove it even with beans still inside. This grinder also features an anti-static food-grade ABS plastic ground coffee container with a generous 5-ounce capacity.


Misc Data
Manufacturer: Baratza
Model: 986
Dimension - Width (Inches): 5.12
Dimension - Height (Inches): 14.17
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 7.09
Weight (lbs): 9
Watts: 180
Volts: 120
Grind Selection: All Grinds
Recommended Applications: Home
Grinding Method: Burr
Drive System: Belt Drive
Burr Type: Flat
Burr Material: Ceramic
Burr Size (Millimeter): 54
Clearance Height for Portafilter (Inches): 2.5
Built-In Tamper: No
Housing Materials: Steel/Plastic
Bean Hopper Material: Tinted Plastic
Removable Hopper: Yes
Ground Coffee Container Material: Tinted Plastic
Frame: Steel
Body Materials: Steel/Plastic
Power Cord Storage: No
Tall Legs: No
Power Cord Length (Inches): 50
Maintenance: Urnex Grindz
Bean Hopper Capacity (Oz): 8
Ground Coffee Container (Oz): 6
Dosing Options: Container or Doserless
Doser Adjustability (Grams): Manual/Programmable
Portafilter Compatibility: All
Number Of Grind Settings: 230
Programmable Grinding: Yes
Type Of Controls: Touch Screen/Slider
Display Type: LCD
Programmability type: Electronic
Power Light: No
Adjustable Coffee Dosage: Yes
Digital Display: Yes
Grind Setting Controls: Stepped
Grinder Data
Number Of Grind Settings: 230
Hopper Capacity (Oz): 8
Burr Type: Flat
Burr Material: Ceramic
Freshness Lid: No
RPM (Burrs): 1350
Easy Access To Burrs: Yes
Cleaning Products For Burrs: Urnex Grindz
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Taiwan
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home
Available Internationally: No

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