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Baratza Maestro Plus - Jeff McDonald's Review
Posted: August 23, 2005, 10:55pm
review rating: 5.2
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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: 5.8
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 4
Average Price: $149.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $150.00 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: aabree coffee Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Why have quality burrs, quality housing, but a plastic burr mount and skinny plastic tabs that break?  why, why, why?
Positive Product Points

The weight and functionality were good.  The broad range of settings were nice, at least in theory.  The hopper stayed relatively static free under morning latte load.

Negative Product Points

The plastic tabs used to control the grind are absolutely ridiculous.

Detailed Commentary

There is a plastic collar that the hopper mates to surrounding the burrs.  The plastic collar rotates, thus setting the grind coarseness, by rotating the hopper clockwise or counterclockwise.  Unfortunately, the only thing that mates the horizontal hopper rotation to the collar is a pair of 1mm plastic tabs.  The tabs start to stress at *any* pressure greater than a perfect rotation.  So if the machine stays at a fine espresso grind for more than a couple weeks without a burr-removal level cleaning, grounds build up will occur in the plastic mechanism.  This build up will add so much resistance to the adjustor that the tabs will start to fracture if any grind adjustment is attempted.  This is virtually unavoidable because the hopper must be completely rotated back to super-coarse (or super-fine) to remove it and clean the mechanism.

Basically a $150 paperweight until the 3rd collar arrives.  Aabree was kind enough to repair it the first time, even though it was one week out of warranty, but this time it's up to me.  As such, I think I'll be getting a better grinder.

Buying Experience

Fine.  Aabree coffee was cheap enough and had fine customer service.  I'll buy from them again.

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