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Baratza Maestro Grinder - Brent Starks's Review
Posted: June 19, 2009, 8:49am
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Baratza Maestro Grinder
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Arrow The Baratza Maestro Grinder has 90 Reviews
Arrow The Baratza Maestro Grinder has been rated 7.40 overall by our member reviewers
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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: 9.0
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 9
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Baratza Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Great - Best Grinder you can get for the cost
Positive Product Points

Grind consistency, great for espresso (at least with my machine)

Negative Product Points

grind directly into portafilter is a little messy; noisy

Detailed Commentary

I have been surprised by some of the negative reviews for this line of machines.  too many of the reviews seem to take the position that if you cant drive the aston martin vanquish, you might as well just walk...I have to disagree.

I use the Maestro Plus with the Breville 800esxl.  With the grinder set to approximately 13 (non modified), and a pretty heavy tamp, I am consistently able to pull good quality espresso shots, with great crema and little to no bitterness.  (I use a krups nonpressurized filter as recommended on this site, so the crema results are not the result of a pressurized filter).  

Certainly this grinder is not the best grinder on the market.  So, if you are looking for the absolute best grinder out there you should continue looking and be prepared to part ways with significantly more money.  However, I am of the opinion that one does not need to spend $250+ in order to purchase a capable espresso grinder.  for those looking for something in that category, these machines are more than capable and I highly recommend them.

Buying Experience

Great.  company is responsive and eager to keep the customer happy.

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