The Baratza Forte-AP is a compact, commercial grade grinder, dedicated to grinding for ALL brew methods. The Forte-AP incorporates many features that fit well into commercial operations, including: all metal construction; small footprint; intuitive control panel; and solid macro/micro adjustment. The Forte-AP offers the ability to grind by time, for espresso dosing, or by weight. Coffee professionals find the Forte-AP to be a versatile grinder for many situations as a small restaurant and office espresso/brew grinder, as a Roaster demo grinder for wholesale tasting, or being a dedicated grinder for decaf or single origin in a caf.

The Forte-AP is a durable workhorse using a 54mm flat ceramic burr, which produces an accurate and precise grind, delivering exceptional cup quality for brew methods from espresso to press pot. We re-designed the guts of the Vario-W for commercial use. The Forte-AP 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 grind and duty cycle.


  • Intuitive Interface
    The Forte '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.
  • Espresso Dosing
    A unique feature of the Forte '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.
  • Burrs
    The Forte-AP grinder comes with 54mm ceramic flat burrs for accurate and precise grinding. The Forte-AP grinds at an average 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.
  • Adjustment/Grind Range
    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 being used.
  • Hopper
    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 (all weights are bean density dependent). A hopper extension is available that can add an additional 250g of capacity.
  • Re-Calibrating Burrs
    The Forte-AP is calibrated at the factory to ensure an accurate range of grind. If necessary, the Forte-AP burrs can be easily re-calibrated using the special calibration tool that comes with the grinder
  • Cleaning Burrs
    Burrs can easily be removed for cleaning using the cast zinc tool that is included with your Forte.
Width (inches) 5.1"
Depth (inches) 7.1"
Height (inches) 14.2"
Weight (pounds) 13.0 lbs
Speed to Grind (grams/second)

Espresso - 2 g/sec

Press - 3.5 g - 3.7 g

Burr Type Flat
Burrs Diameter (millimeters) 54mm ceramic burrs by Ditting
No Load Burr Speed (revolutions per minute) 1950 RPM 
Grounds Bin Capacity (grams) 170 g
Bean Hopper Capacity (grams) 300 g - 400 g
Power Supply + Absorption

Volts ac Power (VAC) - 100-120 VAC

Volts (V) - 110/120 V

Hertz (Hz ) - 50/60 Hz

Wattage (W) - 130 W