Baratza Forte Grinder AP (All-Purpose) with Ceramic Burrs
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Baratza has taken great care to ensure that the Forte is durable, easy to use, simple to clean, and even includes a new, straightforward precision calibration tool. The all-metal body and adjustment controls provide a polished look, while allowing the grinder to easily be wiped clean of stray grounds, liquids and other common hazards. The touchscreen stands up nicely to the constant poking and prodding, while saving a barista from meticulously detailing the crevices of plastic buttons.
If you enjoyed the precision of the Vario, you will be thoroughly impressed by the Forte's improvements in both consistency and precision. Not only are quick changes easier to make with the Forte, the 260 stepped adjustments are even more consistent with either the ceramic (AP) or metal (BG) burrs. With the time or weight controlled dosing, you will be able to ensure consistency while choosing among three different memorized settings. The Forte can even convert a dose from weight to time instantly. This allows you to dial your espresso with the bin, save the resulting weight as a timed measurement, and then grind directly into the portafilter. You'll be confident that your dosing is consistent without using an external scale, which could free up some space on your bar.
The removable hopper can be fully closed off before lifting it off the machine, saving up to a full 12oz of beans from being spilled, dumped, or ground through simply to remove the hopper. Extended hoppers can be purchased as well, for high-volume grinding without the hassle of refilling throughout the day.
Baratza's Forte comes as a welcome addition to their family of small but powerful grinders. Multitudes of coffee professionals use the Baratza Vario in mobile setups as well as on pourover bars. The Forte is designed for these commercial applications, and built to handle the demands of busy brewing stations and compact espresso setups. The Forte also adds some user-friendly new technological features, such as the touchscreen controls, weight-to-time conversions, and easier precision adjustments.
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The Forté–AP allows you to dose by weight or time. Our signature dose-by-weight is accurate to plus or minus .2 gram. The touch activation awakens your screen with LED backlit technology. The touch screen controls all operations with three programmable dose presets; Up or Down arrows to increase or decrease dose values; and TARE, MANUAL, START or STOP.
A unique feature of the Forté–AP is the ability to convert a weight preset into a timed value that is accurate within plus or minus .5 grams of the set point. This allows for weight oriented dosing for espresso.
The Forté-AP grinder comes with 54mm ceramic flat burrs for accurate and precise grinding. The Forté-AP grinds at an average speed of 2.0g/sec for espresso and 3.5 to 3.7g/sec for press pot. The range of grind is 230 to 1150 microns.
An all-metal macro and micro adjustment system produces a positive feel and secure grind setting. The macro-adjust moves from fine to coarse grinding in 10 distinct and repeatable settings. A secondary micro-adjust further divides each of the 10 macro steps into 26 distinct settings. These steps enable fine-tuning with ease, dialing in the exact grind for the preferred brew method being used.
The hopper holds approximately 300g of coffee. An innovative bean shutoff feature in the collar permits no-mess, no-fuss hopper removal for changing out beans. Bean “waste” (below the stopper) averages a surprisingly low 10g, once the hopper has been shut off.
The Forté-AP is calibrated at the factory to ensure an accurate range of grind. If necessary, the Forté-AP burrs can be easily re-calibrated using the special calibration tool that comes with the grinder.
Burrs can easily be removed for cleaning using the cast zinc tool that is included with your Forté.
We found the Baratza Forte Grinder AP w/Ceramic Burrs to be well built. It appears to be an improvement over the Baratza Vario grinder in terms of craftsmanship. The coffee shop we consulted with before purchasing told us that their Forte Grinders lasted longer under heavy load than the Vario grinders. We have been using them in our office, pulling about 250 shots a day for about 3 weeks now. They are delivering a consistent grind. We highly recommend the Baratza Forte Grinder AP w/Ceramic Burrs.