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Baratza Maestro Plus - John Gilchrist's Review
Posted: November 11, 2003, 11:14am
review rating: 6.4
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Don Cummings 8.66
Tim Eggers 8.27
Gary Miller 8.25
Stephen Leslie 8.16
Peter Hogarth 7.75

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.0
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 9
Average Price: $149.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $150.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: 1st Line Equipment Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 3 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Salton Grinder
Bottom Line: This product leads the coffee orchestra in consumer grinders.  Excellent!
Positive Product Points

Where do I start?  Sleek & attractive with enough weight that it doesn't budge an inch when grinding.  And it's quite.  Even my mom commented on the little noise it made while grinding; and she doesn't know the first thing about coffee or grinders.  What else?  Oh, the 40 some grind settings allow for a range of different grinds from French Press to Espresso and Turkish.  Large capacity bean hopper and easy disassembly for cleaning.  And a few other positives like virtually no static, an even consistant grind and a quick grind button on the front.

Negative Product Points

No brush for cleaning, but they're easy enough to find.  Some grind mess around grind container.

-Thats about it!

Detailed Commentary

After owning a Salton grinder for some number of years I knew in order to expand my knowledge (and palate) of great coffees I would need a better grinder.  But not just any grinder, or even a good grinder, but a great grinder and after some research I found the Solis Maestro.  I searched with vigor on Coffee Geek, looking at all the grinders in my price range.  I came across the Solis Maestro.  It was rated the best in class and the price was right.  Then, after surfing the web (1st Line Equipment), I discovered the Solis Maestro Plus and settled on it as my new grinder.  The Plus was said to have less static and more weight and was quiter.  So I pulled out the plastic and placed an order online at 1st Line Equipment.  I picked 1st Line for its name and, mostly, becasue it is New Jersey like myself.  Saved a bit on shipping.  
  When it arrived I pulled it out of the box (personal note: Better than Christmas) and immediatly started looking it over.  Just one problem!  No beans.  I solved that problem real quick and starte grinding.  In now time I had my setting for French Press and after quit a bit of patience I had my perfect grind forespresso.  I was amazing; perfect, consistant, quite, strudy and no static.  I was in grinding heaven.  It's easy to take apart and clean, and it can be done in a matter of minutes.  Who ever says all grinders are same should be forced into a life of blade grinders.

Buying Experience

Purchased online at 1st Line Equipment.  Great price, even with shipping, and speedy delivery with ease.

Three Month Followup

Three months later and I'm still grinding.  Maestro Plus hasn't quite on me yet, and it doesn't seem that it will any time soon.  It is as solid and precise as the day it arrived at my house.

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Posted: November 11, 2003, 11:14am
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