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Baratza Maestro Grinder - John Denver's Review
Posted: January 29, 2003, 8:00pm
review rating: 6.0
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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: 5.8
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 8
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 4
Price Paid: $129.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 month Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: none
Bottom Line: Might be a nice grinder for espresso, but not for press pot.
Positive Product Points

Good build, no loose parts and not overly noisy.  The matte finish on the plastic is nice and doesn't show finger prints.  The top to the hopper fits well.

Negative Product Points

The timer has no markings to return to in order to repeat a grind amount.  Does not grind coarse enough for press pot.  The machine is too light to use the intermittent button on the front to fill a portafilter.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this grinder to use primarily for press pot coffee.  I'm doing my own roasting and thought that a more consistent grind could improve the flavor.  Unfortunately I could not grind coarse enought for a standard Bodum press pot filter.  I could barely get the plunger through the coffee.  The grind was consistent, and it was consistent on two machines.  I thought that perhaps the machine I was shipped was not properly assembled because of its inability to grind coarser.  Baratza shipped me another unit and it was identical in performance.  I'm without a decent grinder now and am on the hunt.

Buying Experience

I'm pleased with the way Baratza and Whole Latte Love handled the shipping of a second unit and the eventual return of the second.  They (WLL) have admitted to not being press pot users.  I'm going to have to see a grinder in action now before I buy again.

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