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Baratza Maestro Grinder - James Hathaway's Review
Posted: August 14, 2007, 4:41pm
review rating: 6.6
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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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 8
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $99.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Cheap Blade Grinders
Bottom Line: The Maestro delivers a lot of bang for buck; it grinds fine enough for espresso and coarse enough for press pot.
Positive Product Points

The price is right for the newly updated Maestro (2007).  After researching burr grinders, I found this one to the best one for my budget ($100).  It gives a good, even consistent grind.  The grind-to-portafilter option works pretty well.  It has a small footprint which is a big plus for a small kitchen.

Negative Product Points

The plastic case could be a little sturdier and the components could fit together a little more snugly.  Grinding to my portafilter is a little messy, but it could be much worse.

Detailed Commentary

I recently entered the world of espresso, after years of enjoying press-pot and moka-pot coffee.  After buying my first pump-driven espresso machine, I started reading Coffee Geek articles and reviews and realized that I needed to invest in a good burr grinder.  I found that Baratza was the only one who offered a 100-dollar burr grinder with the essentials (slow and cool operation, a variety of grind settings, and the ability to feed grounds directly into the portafilter).

I have been pleased with the versatility of the Maestro.  I can grind the coffee fine enough to choke my espresso machine (Buon Caffe 330) and coarse enough for my press pot.

Buying Experience

I bought this Maestro through Whole Latte Love.  They price matched a competitor's site, which brought the price down from $115 to $99.  Unfortunately, it came without the cleaning brush.  When I called Whole Latte Love about it, they quickly passed me on to Baratza for a replacement.  Baratza is shipping a new one to me, free of charge.  I'll probably buy from Whole Latte Love again.

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