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Forté-BG (Brew Grinder with Steel Burrs)
The Forté-BG is a small commercial burr grinder, dedicated to grinding for brewing using a medium to coarse grind. Café, Roaster and home customers have been using the Vario-W, our weight-based grinder, since 2011 and appreciate the way it has improved their workflow and efficiency. It has proven itself to be an incredible workhorse in the brew bar setting, with accurate, durable, and consistent grinding, producing coffees with great flavor.
In response to this success, and growing demand for this approach to grinding in the commercial setting, we have developed a solid, innovative and multi-functioning grinder. This Forté-BG grinder comes with steel burrs that produce an accurate and precise grind in the medium and coarse range of grind. The steel burrs were specifically designed to reduce the fines, enhancing the flavor in the cup. The Forté-BG incorporates many features that fit well into commercial operations, including small footprint, front facing, intuitive operations display and solid macro/micro adjustment.
This commercial-grade grinder fits anywhere, from a restaurant, to an office, and especially to the café. The Forté-BG is designed solely for use in a manual brew setting, eliminating the need to manually pre-weigh coffee beans. The built-in precision load cell provides accurate weighing, while grinding, to within 0.1 grams. The new graphic, touch-screen user interface allows for repeatable, one- touch grinding. To enhance the strength of the grinder, it has an all metal grinding chamber and all metal enclosure.
The design is beautiful, as well as functional. The intuitive macro/micro adjustments offer 230 distinct and repeatable settings, with metal detents for stable/firm/secure/positive grind setting. The Forté-BG’s unique 54mm steel flat burrs provide accurate, fast-grinding performance. The high-torque DC motor and belt drive transmission mean your beans are in for a smooth, cool ride.
As always, it’s not just what’s inside that matters; the Forté-BG’s smooth operation carries over from internal to external, with front-mounted, easy-access control units, and a 5 oz. grounds coffee collection bin.
Burrs: The Forté-BG’s 54mm steel flat burrs produce accurate grinding, and high throughput (for a grinder this size). The Forté-BG grinds at an average of 2.1g/sec. (800 microns) The broad range of grind (500 microns to 1150 microns) and the narrow particle distribution (lack of fines) are the hallmarks of the superiority of the Forté-BG burrs.
Digital Control Panel: The front-mounted control panel with backlit LCD touch screen is easy, intuitive and very versatile to use. The Forté-BG allows the user to dose by real-time weight or by time. Additionally, there is a Manual button to allow for weight or time based grinding in manual operation. Three programmable buttons allow the user to program in the desired weight (+/- 0.1gr) as well as desired time (+/- 0.1 sec). Simply press the START button and the Forté-BG automatically delivers precise dosing.
Grind Adjustment: The Forté-BG offers macro and micro adjust for fine-tuning with ease. The macro adjust moves from fine to coarse grinding in 10 distinct and repeatable settings. A secondary micro adjust arm further divides each of the 10 macro steps into 26 distinct settings. These steps, plus the new metal detents, enable dialing in the exact grind for the preferred brew method being used. Grinds Left in Grinder: To maximize freshness, the Forté-BG minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder.
Brewing Methods: The Forté-BG is exceptional for all manual brewing methods.
Motor: A new powerful, high torque DC motor with 70% more power than the current Vario and with twice the duty cycle (>50% run time) effortlessly drives the burrs. This motor turns slowly resulting in cool, quiet operation and permits long grinding duty-cycles. The circuitry is equipped with an automatically resetting, thermal cutoff switch. In addition, we’ve added a new drive ratio, pulley and belt drive system, to handle the additional power and anticipated duty cycle.
Hopper: The Forté-BG comes with Baratza’s new polished ‘Stopper Hopper’, a bean hopper with 20% greater capacity than all other Baratza grinders and an innovative bean shutoff feature. It has a 300g capacity. Bean “waste” (below the stopper) averages a surprisingly low 10g, once the hopper has been shut off.
Calibration: The Forté-BG is calibrated at the factory to ensure an accurate range of grind. If necessary, the Forté-BG burrs can be easily re-calibrated using the special calibration tool that comes with the grinder.
Cleaning: Burrs are easily removable with the included cast zinc tool making cleaning very easy.
Accessories (which may be purchased separately):
Hopper extender: An extension that can add 9 oz. of capacity to the existing 10 oz. bean hopper. Several extenders can be added to get to the capacity you need.
*Coffee Grinder Return Policy*
- Sales of electrical items, electrical components and books are final and returns are not accepted.
- Visions offers a 1 Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty for Baratza grinders. From Baratza, "This warranty does not apply to: improper use, lack of cleaning, abuse, normal wear and tear, lack of proper adjustment, foreign objects (stones, screws, etc.) in the beans, or uses outside the intended use of grinding whole roasted coffee beans."
- For questions or concerns to process a warranty request, all warranty issues must be directed to Baratza at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-641-1245, as stipulated per the manufacturer; https://www.baratza.com/cancellation-warranty-returns-support/
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