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Posted Thu Aug 6, 2009, 7:20am
Subject: Does a Baratza Maestro grind fine enough for a Gaggia Classic?
 

I've just upgraded to a Gaggia Classic & have been getting some pretty poor shots. The shots are too fast with nearly no crema. My grinder is a Baratza Maestro & dialed to its finest setting. Is the Maestro not fine enough? Would the recalibration mod gain enough clicks to help?
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Posted Thu Aug 6, 2009, 8:37am
Subject: Re: Does a Baratza Maestro grind fine enough for a Gaggia Classic?
 

I would say "no" -- you need a better grinder -- but some people think a Maestro does an adequate job.

 
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Posted Thu Aug 6, 2009, 9:13am
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Nope.
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Posted Thu Aug 6, 2009, 9:15am
Subject: Re: Does a Baratza Maestro grind fine enough for a Gaggia Classic?
 

Well, it might grind fine enough but not consistantly enough
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Posted Thu Aug 6, 2009, 9:20am
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JesseCass Said:

Well, it might grind fine enough but not consistantly enough

Posted August 6, 2009 link

A much better answer than the one I gave before :-)))))))

Susan
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Posted Thu Aug 6, 2009, 9:59am
Subject: Re: Does a Baratza Maestro grind fine enough for a Gaggia Classic?
 

NOT up to the job at all.  :-(

IMHO, entry price for a new ESPRESSO grinder is $300.00

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Posted Thu Aug 6, 2009, 10:25am
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...pretty much what i figured & begs the question what grinder? $300'ish being my max

thoughts on an acaso i2? or should i just go with a rocky?
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Posted Thu Aug 6, 2009, 10:57am
Subject: Re: Does a Baratza Maestro grind fine enough for a Gaggia Classic?
 

I agree with Dave. Just for the fun of I just did a side by side comparison of the Baratza grinders and found that the Maestro Plus was almost able to do it. The  Virtuoso could grind fine enough without a problem. Also take a look at the Gaggia MDF, it will grind fine enough without a problem and they have a very heavy duty gear reduction drive system  and a very good quality motor.
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Posted Thu Aug 6, 2009, 2:28pm
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Toddsalzman Said:

Todd
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Okay, I'm totally confused.
Todd, are  you with WLL or with Importika????

I've been posting here saying you were now with Importika, and I really do not like having egg on my face, so maybe you could clarify for me (and anyone else).

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Posted Thu Aug 6, 2009, 2:31pm
Subject: Re: Does a Baratza Maestro grind fine enough for a Gaggia Classic?
 

patrick Said:

...pretty much what i figured & begs the question what grinder? $300'ish being my max

thoughts on an acaso i2? or should i just go with a rocky?

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Don't bother with the Rocky.
Check out the Cunill Tranquilo from Sovrana Store

http://sovranastore.com/esgrin.html

Susan
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