mpiccolo Senior Member Joined: 11 Feb 2011 Posts: 15 Location: LA Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Fri Feb 11, 2011, 8:35pm Subject: Baratza for Medium Drip
There's an old post on H-B that I don't believe has been mentioned here...it's a particle distribution analysis for the Baratza line. See: Click Here (www.home-barista.com)
Assuming that a narrow distribution with minimal fines is ideal for drip, it seems that the Virtuoso does the best with a medium-drip grind. The Maestro's a very close second. The Preciso, while apparently great for French Press, doesn't look quite so good as either when it comes to medium-drip. The Vario looks like the worst.
Again, I'm just interested in medium-drip grinding. Like a standard Chemex/vac pot/woodneck grind. 18-20 on most standard Virtuosos (they're all slightly different...but not *that* diff.)
I've also looked at Mark Prince's Baratza review, in which he does a more casual analysis of the four grinders and contradicts the H-B-posted analysis. Not sure what to say there.
Anyway, I'm posting because I suspect a few of y'all might have direct experience with more than one of the Baratza grinders. Particle analysis is great but I'm more interested in practice (how does it taste!?) than theory (of course they intersect). Does anybody feel like their drip is tastier when the beans are ground with one of the Baratza grinders as opposed to another? I'd be curious to hear.
Posted Fri Feb 11, 2011, 10:28pm Subject: Re: Baratza for Medium Drip
I have direct experience with the Preciso and the Vario, and can tell you that without question both have nearly identical grind capabilities in the medium range, which I feel is excellent. I do a lot of vac pot, and both grinders do that grind with no dust. I have a Bunn STX and the coffee is always sweet when ground with the Preciso. The newest iteration has bigger conical burrs than the original and is now the norm, as far as I know. I have also produced espresso nearly as good as that with my Vario, though it's a little trickier to get the exact grind. Just my 2 cents.
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