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Baratza Maestro Grinder - Will .'s Review
Posted: April 27, 2004, 11:05pm
review rating: 7.0
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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: 8.0
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 7
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $85.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Aabreecoffee.com Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Can't expect much more for the price
Positive Product Points

The small footprint is nice. Haven't had any problems with static.  Not many grinds remain in the chute when you're done grinding.    Easy to clean.

Negative Product Points

Same complaints you've heard from everyone else: The base is too light, so you have to hold the coffee grinder with one hand while you push the activation button with the other.  The last few beans want to hop around in the hopper instead of going into the grinder.  The burr collar is too loose.  While the unit does look nice, the hard plastic feels kinda cheap.

Detailed Commentary

First let me state that this review is about the Solis Maestro, not the Maestro plus.

I've read a lot of negative reviews about this product on coffeegeek lately, and it seems the people who hate it the most are the true coffee geeks.  If you spent over $500 on your own personal espresso machine, this is probably not the right grinder for you.  But for the other 95% of us coffee drinkers out there, the Maestro is just fine.  Grind consistancy is good (better than whirly blade grinders), and there isn't much static to deal with (like cheap burr grinders).  I use my Solis mainly with my Krups Moka Brew at a grind setting halfway between drip and espresso, and am very pleased with the results.  The only complaint I have about this grinder is how you turn it on.  Your choices are either to push and hold a button on the front, or turn a knob to activate a timer.  When I want to grind my beans, I pour out the desired amount into the hopper, then grind them all.  Thus i'd much prefer an on/off toggle switch to either the these two methods.

Buying Experience

I bought a refurbished model from aabree.  They shipped it out quickly, and I can't tell any difference between this model and a new one.  I'm quite happy thus far.

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