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Posted: April 16, 2005, 3:06pm
review rating: 7.0
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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.
Name Ranking
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: 8.2
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 8
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Espresso Parts Northwest Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Melitta Burr, Innova Burr, Zassenhaus Burr, Whirly Blade
Bottom Line: Better than a Zassenhaus!
Positive Product Points

Great for Moka Pot, French Press, Drip, Vac Pot - pretty much everything except espresso.  Consistent grinds, easier than Zassenhaus, less static than melitta, and slow enough to not produce much heat.  This yields an all-around better cup due to even extraction of all grounds.

Negative Product Points

I hate the timer.  If I were you, I'd buy the "Classic" from Costco.  It's about 30 dollars cheaper and more effective.  I don't use this grinder for espresso, but I wouldn't recommend it - not enough adjustability.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this grinder to replace my Zassenhaus for using as my drip/french press/vac pot/moka pot grinder.  The zassenhaus was a great grinder, I was just getting tired of using it once or twice a day.  

The first thing I found out when I got this grinder - I'd been grinding way too coarse for EVERYTHING.  With the Zassenhaus, the setting I used for moka pot is the same as the setting that the Maestro uses for drip.  

This machine is so much faster than my Zassenhaus - 30 seconds compared to 3 minutes.  This saves tons of time in the morning.

Much more consistent grinds than my Zassenhaus - finer grind yields a more consistent grind, so my french press coffee has a lot less sediment.  I now see why people like it so much.  

Really, this grinder is a much better buy, in my opinion, than a Zassenhaus.  It's not significantly more expensive (about 10-30 dollars) and makes the whole process much easier and faster.

Buying Experience

Great - I had a problem with something else I ordered with this machine and it was fixed within 3 days.

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