Very reasonable price in respect to the quality, versatiliy, and convenience of this product.
Positive Product Points
Excellant value for the price; quality grinding, convenience, and versatility.
Negative Product Points
The hopper is a bit smallish: you'll probably need to refill it twice weekly. If you homeroast and don't generally store roasted coffee other than what you put in the hopper, you might find yourself roasting more frequently, but this is a trivial concern.
If you are looking for an espresso grinder that can dispence directly to the portafilter, this will probably be your least expensive choice, while proving to be quite satisfactory. You can use the "microswitch" on the front of the unit to activate the grinding (usually to dispence to the portafilter) or use the timer dial for dispencing to the bin.
As stated in other reviews, the Maestro has a wide range of burr settings, producing coarse to turkish coffee grinds. The grind seems very consistant.
Cleaning is quite easy as this grinder was intelligently designed. The chute is directly above the dispenser area. This has two advantages: it makes direct dispensal to the portafilter possible, and reduces the amount of clogging in the chute. Unlike so many other grinders that dispence to a bin, you do not find dust and residual grinds falling into the bin reseptacle area when you remove the bin after grinding.
If you are only going to have one grinder for both coffee and espresso, this will be the grinder you'll want to choose: its versatility in both range of grind and dispensing modes suits it for any job.
If you are on a budget, the price point of this machine puts an upper-midrange grinder in your reach, and as mentioned above, you *could* get by with just this machine, saving you the expense of getting a second unit for your coffee.
I purchased this machine from Sweet Marias, and as ever with that company, got it at a reasonable price, had prompt delivery, and satisfaction knowing I bought the unit from a company that genuinely cares about coffee.