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Baratza Maestro Grinder - Bo Harrison's Review
Posted: August 7, 2004, 4:25pm
review rating: 4.3
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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: 3.2
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 3
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 5
Price Paid: $129.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: WholeLatte Aesthetics 3
Owned for: 6 months Overall 3
Writer's Expertise: Pro Barista Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Saeco
Bottom Line: Good looks with a tricky design.
Positive Product Points

Produces good average grind for portofilter espresso machines

Negative Product Points

Nightmare to clean burrs,cheap easily breakable plastic parts

Detailed Commentary

At my first attempt to clean the burrs and hopper I encountered diffulculties having the cheap plastic stops and retainers breaking off easily. This renders the machine unuseable!
And the inner motor assembly became loose inside the housing! What a hassle! I had a Saeco for years and it was durable and easy to clean. This thing is close to disposable. Works good until you have to clean it. Make NO errors or it breaks. If the retainer ring is stuck you are out of luck. Leaks beans and grounds into housing. Worse than bad older "Made in China" stuff. Don't get snookered in by it's weight.

Buying Experience

My third grinder. I have two espresso machines.

Three Month Followup

Sent it in just (under the warranty wire) and Baratza fixed it fast and sent it back to me. Still a problem if the bean hopper is not on perfectly (beans drop into the motor case area). Also don't wait too long to clean it or the assembly will break when trying to remove it. I've adjusted the grind all the way down to fine and still can't get a truly acceptable espresso grind (but an OK grind for fast easy use).

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review rating: 4.3
Posted: August 7, 2004, 4:25pm
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