The Forté All Purpose (that's what the AP stands for!) grinder from Baratza is a compact, commercial-calibre grinder designed to suit all brew methods.
The versatility of the Forté-AP has proved popular with industry professionals - as an espresso/brew grinder for small restaurants and offices, as a demo grinder for wholesale tasting, or for cafés as a dedicated grinder for decaf and single-origin coffees.
The Forté-AP is a durable workhorse. Its 54mm flat ceramic burrs produce an accurate and precise grind and the end result is an exceptional cup for brew methods ranging from espresso to press pot. Baratza redesigned the guts of the Vario-W for commercial use. This design includes a grinding assembly with a threaded burr holder that screws firmly into an all-metal grinding chamber for a more accurate grind. A larger gear to belt ratio, combined with a more efficient DC motor increases the speed of the grind and duty cycle.
The Forté-AP allows you to dose by weight or time. Baratza's signature dose-by-weight is accurate to plus or minus .2 grams. Touch activation animates 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 its 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.
This durable workhorse uses a 54mm flat ceramic burr, which produces an accurate and precise grind, delivering exceptional cup quality for brew methods from espresso to press pot. The design includes a grinding assembly with a threaded burr holder which screws firmly into an all-metal grinding chamber for a more accurate grind. A larger gear-to-belt ratio, combined with a more efficient DC motor, increases the speed of the grind and duty cycle. Grinds at an average of 2.0g/sec for espresso and 3.5 to 3.7g/sec for press pot.
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, plus the new metal detents, enable fine-tuning with ease, dialing in the exact grind for the preferred brew method used. The range of grind is 230 to 1150 microns.
The hopper holds approximately 300g of coffee. An innovative bean shut-off 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 (all weights are bean density dependent). A hopper extension is available that can add an additional 250g of capacity.
The Forté-AP is calibrated at the factory to ensure an accurate range of grind. If necessary, the burrs can be easily recalibrated using the special calibration tool that comes with the grinder.
5.1"W x 14.2"H x 7.1"D
Burrs can easily be removed for cleaning using the cast zinc tool that is included with the Forté.
Hopper extender: An extension that can add 250g of capacity to the existing 300g bean hopper. Several extenders can be added to get to the capacity you need.
One year warranty through the manufacturer from the date of purchase. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free 877-701-2021 for assistance.
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