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Baratza Maestro Grinder - Gary M's Review
Posted: November 28, 2001, 6:54pm
review rating: 6.8
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Jim Pellegrini 8.38
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Douglas Herring 8.00
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 8
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: The best grinder Ive owned for performance and lack of mess.
Positive Product Points

Grinds fast, relatively quiet, very little static, no mess, and excellent grind consistency over a wide range of settings.

Negative Product Points

None so far

Detailed Commentary

Ive owned several burr (melita, capresso, salton) and blade grinders, and even a cuisinart grind and brew unit, and this on is by far the tops.  All of the previous burr grinders Ive owned have left the counter dirty due to poor design and high static. The Maestro is mess free.  First, it deposits coffee into the plastic bin from the top, not from the side as did the other units Ive owned.  That means theres no top on the plastic catch bin.  All of the other burr grinders Ive owned had a top, which when opened caused a mess on the counter due to static.  And due to the Maestro bins precise and tight fit, there is no leakage of coffee dust as the coffee is being ground and it generates little static. In fact, you can grind coffee directly into a paper filter or expresso unit if so desired and bypass the catch bin entirely.

This grinder provides the best evidence yet that every other grinder Ive tried has actually burned or altered the coffee beans flavor.  I am able to make a stronger, better tasting cup of coffee, without even a hint of bitterness.  

The quality if the burr itself is outstanding.  It looks nothing like the burrs on any of the other grinders Ive owned.  It is likely that the quality of the blade is responsible for its ability to grind coffee quickly without burning/altering the beans further.

Its relatively easy to clean, and relatively sturdy for a home unit.  The only weak point I can see is possibly the bean hopper, as it seems a bit flimsy.

At $129, the unit is pricey.  But it delivers by far the best cup of coffee Ive yet been able to brew at home.  So it proves to me to be an excellent value.

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