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Baratza Maestro Plus - Aaron Ultimo's Review
Posted: March 1, 2004, 3:02pm
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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: 5.0
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 3
Average Price: $149.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $149.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: Aabree coffee company Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 6 months Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: A great machine for the price with wonderful grinding results...if it works properly.
Positive Product Points

The conical burrs offer a very consistent grind with a consistent flavor.  Its also quiet and fairly simple to use.

Negative Product Points

Poor calibration at the factory has left me with a machine that on one end will not go beyond the drip setting without the burrs touching and on the other will not give me a grind coarse enough for a proper tasting press pot (if i can manage to actually press the plunger down through the finely ground coffee that results).

Detailed Commentary

I received the maestro plus from my ladyfriend as a truly beautiful christmas gift.  It was a giant step up from the ever prevailant, but severely lacking blade grinder.  It was the gift I'd always needed, but never expected.  

At first, things were going wonderfully between me and my new friend.  We laughed together, talked together, had deep and meaningful conversations,  and of course shared our morning cup of french press together.  I was amazed at how nicely my maestro worked in the beginning.   He would carefully carve his way through half a hopper of beans in no time and giftme with the most consistently ground heap of beans that I had seen in a long time (and the press pot coffee had never tasted better).  That was the first month.  After about a dozen times or more I noticed the maestro taking longer to devour the beans I gave him.  Then came the grind change.  Out of the blue, my little maestro friend began grinding at the "french press" setting as if it were on the "drip" setting and anything beyond "drip" resulted in a burr grindy noise.  Not a good sign at all.  I still don't know what happened.  I guess he just decided to recalibrate without warning.  Or maybe it was something I did...or said?  I wondered if my roomate had been grinding coffee behind my back and had something to do with the sudden change?  

In any case, things haven't been the same since.  The coffee we make together is never as good.  It's usually very sludgy and I have trouble pressing the filter down through the press pot.  From what I understand this is not a new problem for the maestro.  I've heard of people with similar stories, and yet I can't seem to stay away.  At this point I know it's best for us to be apart, but I just keep coming back each morning hoping things will be different and we can go back to the way things were.  We have yet to recreate those first few weeks when the coffee was so much smoother and I thought the good times would never end.  Now I'm considering returning my maestro and  I don't think i can do the coffee grinding thing again if its not with him...I'm even thinking of switching to tea.

Buying Experience

As I say it was a gift, but I don't think there were any problems with delivery or the like.

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