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Baratza Maestro Grinder - Jeff McCormick's Review
Posted: June 2, 2005, 12:28pm
review rating: 6.6
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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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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: 2.6
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 1
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 3
Price Paid: $149.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: reputible online vendor Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 6 months Overall 1
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Skip this cheapo, spend $100 bucks more and get something that is quality.
Positive Product Points

Nice looking.

Negative Product Points

Poor design and clogs easily.

Detailed Commentary

Clogs easily, very messy, but I can live with those problems.  What I could not live with was after 6 months the machine totally broke down.  The insides of this after inspection revealed a VERY poor set of design decisions.  Especially bad is the grind adjustment and the plastic parts that make it up.  Total junk, spend extra to get something that will last.

I probably ground (mostly espresso) around 20 pounds of beans in this machine before the
grind adjustment totally froze up.  When trying to turn the adjustment, the plastic adjustment ring
came apart, with very little pressure.  When I took the unit apart, the flaws of the design were
obvious, everything was cheaply made and next to impossible to service or clean properly.

Conical burrs are a nice idea, and when used in a proper designed unit, they work fine.  However,
this version is just too cheaply made.

Buying Experience

online company, good purchase experience, they really should not sell this machine in my opinion however.

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