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Baratza Maestro Grinder - Bill McMichael's Review
Posted: January 13, 2003, 8:31am
review rating: 7.0
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Baratza Maestro Grinder
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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: 3
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $120.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: aabreecoffee.com Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: The Solis Maestro handles the finer grinds but cannot produce the consistently coarse grind needed to produce excellent French press coffee.
Positive Product Points

The Solis Maestro does a great job with fine grinds. Looks good, is relatively quiet.

Negative Product Points

This grinder does an inconsistent job with coarser grinds.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this a year ago to replace an ancient Waring that had served me well for the better part of two decades. Durable! I also decided to start using a French press pot, so I bought this grinder in the hopes that it would provide a good coarse grind. Initially, it did so, although the machine also produced a lot of dust, both inside and out (the setting was all the way to the right, then back 1 1/2 clicks). This in turn produced a bit of mud in the bottom of my cup, but I could live with it. As the year went on, the grind became finer and finer. The Solis folks were good enough to send me a new upper burr and advice on proper cleaning. Things have not improved. I did get a little coarser grind by taking Mark Foster's advice and "re-setting" the bean hopper adjustment dial by turning it all the way to fine grind setting and then back. But it's just not coarse enough. One indication: It's very difficult to depress the pot plunger. So I'm pretty frustrated with this grinder, and am open to suggestions for one that delivers a consistently COARSE grind.

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