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fotogrrl
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Joined: 29 Jan 2012
Posts: 6
Location: Texas
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: stovetop
Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso
Vac Pot: Frieling
Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012, 7:11pm
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Perfect advice! Thank you!
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IMAWriter
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IMAWriter
Joined: 4 Jul 2002
Posts: 5,841
Location: Brentwood, TN
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Bezzera Strega
Grinder: Forte, OE Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Adcraft SS, Yama 8 cup
Drip: Brazen, Kalita, Chemex,...
Roaster: Behmor 1600, CO/UFO combo
Posted Wed Feb 1, 2012, 10:28pm
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

Anne, welcome to the CG Forums!
FWIW, the Baratza Virtuoso (not the Preciso, but with the new burrs) would be up to the task you seek, especially if you perform a mod (email Baratza for information) that will allow even finer grinding for espresso. Even the Virtuoso with the older burr set will do a fine job with Vac pot, drip and french press, though not nearly as good as a the same grinder with the new Preciso burrs, or EVEN better, the Preciso itself.
World class customer service, as well.

The Baratza website often features "refurb" models...often either new trade show grinders, or returns, with the same warranty as new, at a significant savings.
Perhaps email Kyle or Kyra at Baratza, explain your planned..and future usage, and they can guide you to the best grinder for your price range.

For just drip, pour-over and press, the $100 Baratza Maestro plus would be all you need. But not for espresso.
In that case, for your espresso grinding, perhaps get a $75 wooden vintage manual grinder from click here and you'd be good to go.
Good luck!

 
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fotogrrl
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Joined: 29 Jan 2012
Posts: 6
Location: Texas
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: stovetop
Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso
Vac Pot: Frieling
Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012, 10:39am
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

Hello, IMAWriter-

Thank you for the welcome! My Virtuoso is older so probably has the "older" burr, but it just doesn't seem to output a consistent or large enough sized grind for the french press. I appreciate the info re the Baratza website and contacts so I'll email them for advice.

As for the hand grinders, I've seen some talk of these on the coffeegeek forum but don't really understand or know about their benefit for espresso grind. Do you have any specific recommendation for a $75 vintage manual grinder?

Thank you!
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IMAWriter
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IMAWriter
Joined: 4 Jul 2002
Posts: 5,841
Location: Brentwood, TN
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Bezzera Strega
Grinder: Forte, OE Pharos,...
Vac Pot: Adcraft SS, Yama 8 cup
Drip: Brazen, Kalita, Chemex,...
Roaster: Behmor 1600, CO/UFO combo
Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:05am
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

fotogrrl Said:

Hello, IMAWriter-

Thank you for the welcome! My Virtuoso is older so probably has the "older" burr, but it just doesn't seem to output a consistent or large enough sized grind for the french press. I appreciate the info re the Baratza website and contacts so I'll email them for advice.

As for the hand grinders, I've seen some talk of these on the coffeegeek forum but don't really understand or know about their benefit for espresso grind. Do you have any specific recommendation for a $75 vintage manual grinder?

Thank you!

Posted February 3, 2012 link

They can grind 16 grams in about 70 turns...about 20 seconds.
My KyM produces a grind nearly equal to my Preciso, though with the Esatto attachment (which allows preciso weighing of the grind portion) the Preciso is awesome.
Orphan Espresso click here used to totally re-condition these grinders, but now sells them AS IS.
Email them, and maybe Barb or Doug can get you one that is mechanically perfect.
They are terrific value.

As regards your Virtuoso, that grinder should be able to produce boulders. Yours may have been set up towards the fine side. Baratza's service tech can talk you through the re-adjustment towards the coarser end.

 
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fotogrrl
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Joined: 29 Jan 2012
Posts: 6
Location: Texas
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: stovetop
Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso
Vac Pot: Frieling
Posted Fri Feb 3, 2012, 11:35am
Subject: Re: Best grinder for all types of coffee?
 

Thank you, IMAWriter! I just emailed orphan for more info.

Anne
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tomd
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Posts: 10
Location: Central NJ
Expertise: I like coffee

Posted Sat Feb 4, 2012, 6:36pm
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you can look at the upgrade kit for the virtuoso (for preciso burrs) on the baratza website, click on "click here" for the exact page:

Click Here (www.baratzallc.com)
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