The Forté is available in two configurations. The Forté-AP (All Purpose grinder) can grind from coarse to fine and comes with a 54mm flat ceramic burr (ideal for espresso), grounds bin for use when grinding by weight, plus a portaholder for use when grinding directly to your portafilter. The Forté-BG (Brew Grinder) is designed for manual brewing and comes with a 54mm flat steel burr (ideal for brewing) and a grounds bin.
The Forté-AP is a compact, commercial grade grinder, dedicated to grinding for all brew methods, and especially for espresso grinding. The Forté-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 Forté-AP offers the ability to grind by time, for espresso dosing, or by weight. Coffee professionals find the Forté-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 café.
The Forté-AP is a durable workhorse using a 54mm flat ceramic burr, which produces an accurate and precise grind, delivering exceptional cup quality for espresso. Baratza re-designed the guts of the Vario-W for commercial use. The Forté-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.
Really good grinder, beware that the grounds bin tends to vibrate and it may throw off the weight reading. So if you are grinding by weight, try to pull the bin toward you and you'll be fine. Also when you are adjusting the up/down arrows its really easy to accidentally hit the start button. I bought the AP because I didn't want to see the "BG" text in front of the machine.