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Baratza Maestro Plus - Craig Riecke's Review
Posted: January 4, 2004, 10:15am
review rating: 5.8
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Baratza Maestro Plus
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Arrow The Baratza Maestro Plus has 55 Reviews
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 7.4
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 5
Average Price: $149.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $149.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: WholeLatteLove Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Consistently great home grinding without requiring a Ph.D.
Positive Product Points

Grinds quickly, evenly, and with almost no static.   Perfect for home use.

Negative Product Points

The grinding starts while you are trying to set the timer - it would be easier if it held the grinding until you let go.

Detailed Commentary

I remember well my first cuppa French Press.  Ahhh!  But I couldn't duplicate it at home ... until I replaced my Krups blade grinder with this piece of machinery.  I love it!  Both the drip and the French Press are heavenly.  And it doesn't take a rocket scientist to use it either - the timer and grind settings make it relatively easy to duplicate a good grind consistently.  The spring loaded timer, though, needs a little refinement.

I love cofee, but it's not my whole existence.  So, I initially balked at the $150 price - that's 3 times as expensive as a Capresso burr.  But the construction is very solid.  The base is very sturdy, and there's no vibration.  I expect this will last a good 15 years.  That's $10 a year.  It's worth it for good coffee!

Buying Experience

No complaints.

Three Month Followup

After three months, this grinder is now an integral part of my day.  My enthusiasm is undiminished.

One Year Followup

Alas, the devil is in the details.  Like so many others, I had the "flimsy grind dial" problem.  The grind bin sits on top of a plastic ring, and two tabs on that ring snuggle into notches at the base of the bin.   One day they broke off, leaving me unable to adjust the grind setting.  WholeLatteLove was great about sending a replacement ring for free.  But installing it involved hours of frustration and web research.  Does it still grind well?  Yes, absolutely.  But they're going to have to redesign the bin piece of it before I'd buy another one.

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