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clientjb
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Joined: 30 Apr 2010
Posts: 13
Location: Bel Air, MD
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Krups (Not sure what kind)
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Tue Jun 8, 2010, 6:24pm
Subject: Questions about Baratza Virtuoso
 

Hello,

Wanted ask about the Virtuoso grinder.  Does this model have static issues?  I'm actually looking to step down from a Vario but my biggest worry is the possibility of static coffee going all over the place.
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stringbean42
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Joined: 10 Mar 2009
Posts: 22
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Mypressi
Grinder: Kyocera
Vac Pot: Yama stovetop
Drip: Melitta
Posted Thu Jun 10, 2010, 7:58am
Subject: Re: Questions about Baratza Virtuoso
 

Grinders will mostly exhibit static issues with 1:heavily roasted beans; 2:very low humidity, or 3: very fast rotation speed/lots of plastic (machine issues)
Ask yourself these questions: 1: "Do I like my beans charcoaly, oily and supersuperdark?"
2:"Do I live in California/Death Valley?"
3:"Is what I really want the Virtuoso, or am I thinking of the Ascaso I-mini!? (not very likely on that one ;) )

For what it's worth, I use medium roasted coffees on my maestro and experience very little noticeable static.
Hope this helped :).
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Joel_B
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Joined: 9 Oct 2007
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Location: Pacific NW
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Astra Mega II
Grinder: Mazzer SJ, Virtuoso
Vac Pot: Yama 5 cup
Drip: nope, french press
Roaster: Behmor, WP, BBQ drum
Posted Thu Jun 10, 2010, 8:15am
Subject: Re: Questions about Baratza Virtuoso
 

clientjb Said:

Does this model have static issues?

Posted June 8, 2010 link

For the most part I've experience little static.  When I have noticed static is when I've done some "bulk" grinding.  Grinding for the full duration the timer.  I notice the static will cling the grinds to the bin rather than spray them everywhere.  But on a day to day basis, grinding for a pot or cup at a time I don't experience static.
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wbaguhn
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Joined: 16 Feb 2009
Posts: 980
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Expertise: I like coffee

Espresso: Ponte Vecchio Lusso
Grinder: Cunill Tranquilo, Baratza...
Vac Pot: Cory DR
Drip: Vietnamese gadget, AeroPress
Roaster: Behmor
Posted Thu Jun 10, 2010, 8:44am
Subject: Re: Questions about Baratza Virtuoso
 

You say you're looking to "step down" from a Vario... is there a reason?

Is the new grinder supposed to be used for espresso?
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Joel_B
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Joined: 9 Oct 2007
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Location: Pacific NW
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Astra Mega II
Grinder: Mazzer SJ, Virtuoso
Vac Pot: Yama 5 cup
Drip: nope, french press
Roaster: Behmor, WP, BBQ drum
Posted Thu Jun 10, 2010, 8:46am
Subject: Re: Questions about Baratza Virtuoso
 

Oh, good catch William; I hadn't noticed this was under the "Espresso: Grinders - Espresso" section of the forum.

Yeah, I can't recommend the Virtuoso for espresso.
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clientjb
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Joined: 30 Apr 2010
Posts: 13
Location: Bel Air, MD
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Krups (Not sure what kind)
Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Tue Jun 15, 2010, 10:51am
Subject: Re: Questions about Baratza Virtuoso
 

Thanks for the replies everyone.  As far as espresso grind, I forgot that I was in the espresso section.  I'm making cuban coffee which says it is an espresso coffee, but I noticed that the grinds from a pre-packaged block is a bit coarser and I'm sure I can get away with using a lower qualitty machine.  I even tried using the same grinds that I would on my Silvia on my krups machine at work, and the grinds were way too fine that it blocked up the machine.  Oddly, I like the machine at work better for a few reasons... mainly because I drink coffee at work and not at home (I thought if I picked up a machine for the houe I would drink more but I just don't get that craving when I'm home).

So, on the vario, I go down a couple macro clicks from the top, and half way down on the micro.  I'm sure the virtouso machine can handle that and since that is all I need... that all I want.

-John
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