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Baratza Maestro Grinder - Linc Kesler's Review
Posted: November 19, 2001, 4:15pm
review rating: 7.0
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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: 9.2
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: Professional Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: This time, they got it right: it is the budget choice.
Positive Product Points

I concur in just about every respect w. Mr. Pellegrinis review.  This is most definitely a "home use" rather than professional device, but then, I dont have the counter space in my kitchen for a professional grinder, nor the money to buy one (though I have used them over the years in one of my "alternate" careers).

Negative Product Points

None so far noted: only caution is the plastic housing (very reasonable at this price)

Detailed Commentary

This machine, which I got for $99 US, is really quite a deal for the price.  The espresso setting suitable for my Rancilio Silvia is (as indicated) about a third of the way through the grind range, and it will indeed do Turkish.  It has high quality conical cutters, and is easy to disassemble to clean.  The moveable cone turns at a fairly slow speed, so it doesnt blow coffee everywhere or overheat the beans.  It is quiet.  Its timer is useful, and it does have the front panel switch for momentary operation.  The grounds drop straight down, so it is possible to hold your filter basket directly under the delivery chute:  unlike the less-refined model Solis makes for Starbucks, which is cosmetically similar, the chute is wide enough for this procedure with a full-size gruppo.  The grounds don't stick to the collector hopper though, and it's easy to remove to pour the coffee wherever you want it.  Ive watched this design develop through a number of iterations under a variety of brand names (Melitta even had one), but I think they got it right on this try.  I really have no complaints at all.  My only concern is a typical one for home market equipment, which is whether it will last.  The cutters seem to be very high quality, and positioned so they do not grind on each other, even at espresso grind, so they should last, and the motor seems strong.  The weak point, if there is one, may prove to be the plastic chassis, which seems well made, but is still plastic.  Id advise gentle treatment as a precaution if you plan to keep it a long time, and Id guess the cutters to be good for 10 yrs of home use.  Hey, Im the guy who has been using a Zassenhoff manual grinder with a cordless drill for 8 yrs.  On that score, I will close by noting that I noticed an IMMEDIATE improvement in taste with this grinder.  My coffee is very fresh (the roaster is a friend), but the consistency of the grind, and the sharp new cutters made a perceptible difference in both taste and texture.  It really is that good.

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