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Baratza Maestro Grinder - FESTIZIO !'s Review
Posted: December 21, 2005, 6:31pm
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Jim Pellegrini 8.38
Bill Womack 8.33
Robert Kugel 8.00
Douglas Herring 8.00
T. Guilbert 7.91

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.4
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 10
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $79.99 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Costco.com Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: None
Bottom Line: A good value for a good burr.
Positive Product Points

-Great value.
-Aesthetically pleasant.
-Easy to use.
-Not too loud.
-Lightweight.
-Love that fresh grind smell!

Negative Product Points

-Very lightweight. I'm not sure if that's a negative point or not. I normally place my hand on top during the grinding process, but that is hardly necessary. One could easily knock it off the table.
-Messy. Grinds are all over my table.
-Static cling leaves grinds stuck to the sides of the collection compartment.

Detailed Commentary

I use the Solis Maestro to grind coffee for my French press, thus I've only tested the coarse grind setting. I cannot say whether or not it produces a perfect grind for espresso. I use it with mostly Kona coffee (Hawaii is my home so I get it dirt cheap when I visit!) and Peet's. I definitely get more flavor with the grinder and French press than with pre-grinds and drip.

My ratings are based on previous editor and user reviews mixed with my own inexperienced opinion.  I gave this device high marks for value, costing me only $80 from Costco.com. The machine isn't too loud and grinds at a good speed. It is extremely simple to use: just turn the dial to the desired grind and turn it on.

The aesthetics are alright. I've definitely seen worse, even with higher-end models. It is pleasant to look at, but hardly revolutionary in design. It doesn't make any statements, but perhaps that is a statement in itself.

Buying Experience

I'm very new to grinders. I did most (if not all) of my research at this site. My primary goal was balancing quality with price. I found this grinder to be of excellent value given the previous reviews and prices paid. At the time of this writing, Costco.com is offering a $10 discount on the $79.99 price.

Were I a wealthier man, I would probably buy a more high-end burr grinder.

Three Month Followup

It's been a bit longer than 3 months. I still like the machine for the price. I am noticing the static cling and the mess (a lot of mess) of ground beans on my counter. It's not a huge deal. I don't think the noise is a huge issue, as it's not that loud and only on for a short time. Grinds aren't as consistent as I'm assuming they should be.

I've grown accustomed to it's face.

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