If your looking for an entry to mid-level grinder, this is it.
Positive Product Points
Top quality device for the money, flawless performance and wide range of adjustability. Versatile grinder (grind directly into portafilter, timed grind or push button, and excellent range of grind courseness) that is sure to please.
Negative Product Points
You all know what the negative point is, static. Fear not, the static is a minor issue with what I believe to be a cure! A little on the light side, but that really hasn't reared it's head.
Please keep in mind you are reading the words of a novice in the coffee/espresso world. I feel this grinder has been a huge step down the path of coffee wisdom. I've always enjoyed a good, robust cup of coffe and began drinking espresso (lattes) a couple of years ago after buying a Mr Coffee pump machine. I grew tired of the inconsistent grinds of the store grinders, and of course the lost freshness. I find blade grinders to be impractical for espresso grinding, and so bought the Maestro after reading all the reviews listed here. I am extremely satisfied with this machine and have recently stumbled across a fix for the static issue. At least it works for me. I did experience the grounds 'jumping' from the coffee bin, it was quite amazing, and I just dealt with it as it is certainly something that can be lived with. I use a steel (stainless) spoon to remove the grinds from the portafilter which I then rinse off before stirring in the frothed milk. After grinding for a shot one morning I decided to 'stir' the static in the bin just above the grinds with the spoon and it completely dissipated the static! Well, take it for what it's worth, it works for me. Prior to that, I would pour the grinds into the portafilter and a fair amount would 'bounce' right out. Now, those tasty little grinds stay put.