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Baratza Maestro Grinder - Fred Houts's Review
Posted: March 26, 2004, 11:35pm
review rating: 4.7
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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: 5.6
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 4
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $109.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 3 months Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Anfim burr grinder
Bottom Line: Fun while it lasted.
Positive Product Points

The timer is cool.  After a little experimentation, it's easy to set it and dump the grounds into a filter without measuring.  When it works, it's great.

Negative Product Points

Mine broke after exactly six weeks of very light use.

Detailed Commentary

I use my for a drip pot.  (I use a different grinder, a doseless Anfim, for espresso.)  Grind is quite consistent, and the coffee was delicious.  Then, one day, it just stopped working.  E-mail from Baratza indicated I should try removing the housing to check for loose wires.  Wires were OK.  I mailed the unit back.  

At any rate, this is good unit for press pot and drip coffee.  I have used it for both.  It does not adjust precisely enough for espresso.  

Beans can fall into the housing if you're careless when removing the hopper for cleaning.

Buying Experience

I submitted a negative review to this effect at Whole Latte Love, and they did not post it.  I asked if I could exchange it for a different unit at Whole Latte Love.  They said no.  "Even if I use this defective unit to step into a new espresso machine and different grindert?" I asked.  Whole Latte Love said to call Baratza for warranty service, for which I had to pay shipping.  Similarly crummy experiences may be found at Amazon.com.  I bought from WLL because everyone said they were great.  They weren't.

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