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Baratza Maestro Grinder - Stanford Easley's Review
Posted: March 25, 2002, 5:10pm
review rating: 6.2
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Baratza Maestro Grinder
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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: 7.8
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 10
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 5
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Birthday present Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Beginner Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Blade grinder.
Bottom Line: Good grind.  Know that you'll be dealing with static.
Positive Product Points

Produces a good, consistent grind.
Easy to use.
Easy to clean.
I like having the push button switch AND the timer switch.

Negative Product Points

Omy Gawd, thereís a lot of static!
Electric cord could be configured better.  Hard to keep tucked under the machine.

Detailed Commentary

This is my first burr grinder, so I can only compare the quality of the grind to my old blade grinder and to coffee ground at the store.  Not surprisingly, itís a far sight better than the blade grinder, but not as good as the commercial grinders in stores.

The thing you should know, though, about this grinder before you buy it is the static.  It can generate so much that a fair amount of ground coffee literally flies out of the grind hopper when I pull it out of the machine.

Iíve tried tapping on the grind hopper several times before opening, as another reviewer at this site recommended Ė didnít help at all.  The only thing Iíve found that really works is to grind well in advance and then let it sit in the hopper and dissipate the charge for several minutes.  This is fine if Iím making press pot coffee, Ďcause I have to wait for the water to boil anyway.  Itís not so fine for my drip and vacuum coffee makers.

Interestingly, the type of coffee Iím grinding has an effect on the static:  Italian Roast is the worst (static wise) that Iíve found so far, and Kona is the best, with surprisingly little static.  But I donít really want to decide which coffees to buy based on their electrical characteristics.

This is creating a real love/hate relationship between me and this machine.  I love the coffee it helps produce, but I hate the cleanup.  The grounds end up all over counter, and they tend to spread out a lot when I pour them in the coffee maker, so they make a big mess there too.

Granted, itís *not* so bad that Iím going back to the blade grinder, but after reading all the glowing reviews on this website for this grinder, it was a bit of a let down.

Buying Experience

It was a birthday present.

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