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VARIA VS3 Grinder (2nd Gen) (120V)

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    Please note that 1st Gen burrs are NOT compatible with 2nd Gen grinders and 2nd Gen burrs are NOT compatible with 1st Gen grinders

    With improvements to both the motor and burr chamber, the second generation of the Varia VS3, still boasts precision stepless grind adjustments using a fine pitched thread with 0.02mm (20 microns) of relative burr shift per adjustment increment. The stepless adjustment is operated by turning the 30g hopper in the desired direction and can achieve virtually endless particle sizes giving you full access to experimenting with your brews.

    Varia created the VS3 Grinder for optimal grinding that meets even the highest demands and is suitable for many preparation methods, from espresso to pour-over to French press. The Varia VS3 Grinder is the best choice for every home barista.

    Zero Retention Focus
    The Varia VS3 (Varia Stepless 38mm) Electric Grinder utilises a sloped geometry with a 76.5° acute angle. Using this geometry also allows for ideal zero retention conditions as well as a better workflow in relation to adding coffee to the hopper, making grind adjustments, and 180° access to the dosing cup. Purging will not be necessary when grinding different coffees with a retention of less than 0.1 over a 10g dose.

    A Refined User Experience
    A minimalistic approach to the user experience allows for an expression through fine details. Integrated magnets in the hopper lid securely connect it with the hopper as well connecting the dosing cupto the base. Non slip silicone feet are also installed on the base of the VS3 to keep it secure to your counter.

    CNC Machined Precision
    Die-cast space-grade aluminium alloy body and all critical parts are CNC machined (Computer numerical control machined) to 0.02mm precision tolerances providing absolute accuracy and stability when making adjustments and grinding. The main axle and driveshaft is supported by P5-grade angular contact bearings to achieve the most uniform particle size results.

    VS3 2nd Generation Motor
    New motor construction with full stainless steel gearbox construction. 190RPM grind speed ensuring speed for espresso and filter settings. Uncompromised consistency and precision.

    Improved Burr Chamber Assembly and Central Alignment
    Improved burr chamber assembly for ultimate alignment and concentricity of the driveshaft and burr set resulting in extreme consistency and precision. Unique to the VS3 the driveshaft is machined to a 0.015mm tolerance. All other critical parts machined to 0.02mm making for high accuracy and consistency. P5 class double layer ball bearings for smooth, stable and precise movement. Hard chamber premium springs for stability an damping of the burr under resistance load. Decreased vibrations and movements of the internal parts increasing consistency.

    • Burr Size / Type: 38mm conical 6 core
    • Base Material: High nitrogen 420 Stainless Steel
    • Burr Material Hardness: HRC58
    • Burr Life: 150kg
    • Maximum recommended continuous grind time: 30 minutes + 1 hour rest after grinding
    • Grind Setting: Stepless adjustment / (20 Micron) relative vertical burr shift or 0.02mm per increment
    • Retention (10g Dose): With RDT
    • Grind Speed: Espresso: 0.363g/second / Filter: 0.571g/second
    • Hopper Capacity: 30g
    • Grinder Construction Material: ADC12 die cast and machined aluminium
    • Motor: New Type 100W DC motor / 190RPM No load speed - Full Stainless Steel Gearbox
    • Voltage: 100-240V
    • Torque:
    • Dimensions: 147 x 90 x 310mm
    • Weight: 3.5kg
    • Included in the box:
      • 1 x VS3 Grinder (Stainless Steel Supernova Burr Installed)
      • 1 x User Manual
      • 1 x DC power adapter (Includes selected AC power cord and plug)
      • 1 x Magnetic dosing cup
      • 1 x Silicone bellows for hopper
      • 1 x 5mL RDT spray bottle
      • 1 x Cleaning brush
      • 1 x Spare parts pack
  • Use to precisely grind coffee, in single doses, for multiple brewing methods.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 97 reviews
Zeenath K.
Great for espresso and filter coffee

I wanted one grinder for both espresso and filter coffee brewing, and the Varia VS3 exceeded my expectations for both! Very easy to use and dial in with. Best is its ability to be used as a single dose grinder so I can have different coffees and grind settings throughout the day with almost no retention. Planning to upgrade the burrs set when they are back in stock for an even better tasting experience.

Varia VS3 2nd Generation

It’s a great (relatively) budget-friendly grinder … simple design lines, small footprint. After a month of use for V60 and AeroPress, no complaints. Hoping for similar results with espresso. Pros: slow RPM, aesthetics, quality feel, exceptional value for money, simple burr disassembly process. Cons: other than the somewhat limited hopper capacity (30 g) none so far. The cons from other reviews, e.g. workflow, power brick, noise weren’t an issue for me. Only problem was a missing washer from the burr assembly but Eight Ounce support was excellent as usual. Hoping there are no further reliability issues with the 2nd generation model as there have been with the 1st.


I'd done my research and decided on the Varia
Couldn't be happier
Grinds coffee beans for a great shot of espresso
Stepless adjustment
And, so far, only needed 2-3 adjustments before my shot is dialed in
A fine grinder!

Brandon P.
Read before buying!

I’ve had my Varia for 13 months now, one month past my warranty period and to say I gently use the grinder would be an understatement as it’s only used weekday mornings to grind two shots of espresso, that’s it. About two weeks ago the unit would stop grinding and nothing would dispense so I reached out to Varia for assistance and was simply told I needed to do a deep clean which was performed multiple times until the grinder was spotless, but the issue remained. Notified Varia again and was told that the engineers suspect a bad motor which I would have to pay for out of pocket and install myself to hopefully fix the problem. Seriously, a bad motor just after 12 months of home use and their solution is to chance another motor (same version) at my dollar and hope this time it works out?

I took a chance on Varia as it appeared to combine the aesthetics and quality we were looking for, but it now looks like a $400 grinder that may lasted one year!

Would not recommend to anyone at this point.

Varia VS3

It's been a great grinder for me-upgraded from the Breville Barista Express and it is much quieter, more consistent, and allows for much more precision with stepless adjustment. Definitely an "end-game" grinder for most people. Varia does a great job. This is the best price I could find for this grinder as well. If you can spend the extra money above the Baratza Encore or Fellow Opus it is worth it in my opinion.

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