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Baratza Virtuoso - Paul Wood's Review
Posted: May 22, 2006, 9:42am
review rating: 6.1
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Arrow The Baratza Virtuoso has 62 Reviews
Arrow The Baratza Virtuoso has been rated 7.22 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since February 20, 2006.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Eero Simoncelli 9.08
Gone Gone 9.00
Aubrei Merrill 9.00
Joel Bristol 9.00
Yves Feder 8.83

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 9
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $150.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Baratza Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Rocky Doserless
Bottom Line: More than a steal if you get it at the refurbished price from Baratza.
Positive Product Points

Solid fit and finish, easy grind adjustment, low price if refurbished from Baratza, great consistent grind

Negative Product Points

Messy if grinding directly into portafilter

Detailed Commentary

I've had this grinder for about a month and I love it! My office set up consists of an Isomac Tea and a Rocky Doserless grinder. At home I had a FrancisFrancis X3 and a Solis Maestro. I gave the Maestro away to a frined and bought the Virtuoso. Compared to the Maestro there's no comparison. The unit is much more solid, the fit and finish are impeccable and the low static grind quality and consistency is fantastic.

Don't let the earlier reviews regarding the grind calibration scare you. Before I bought I called Kyle at Baratza who told me he made a calibration mistake with the eary shipments and that this has been corrected.

The price of $150 for a refurbished model (seemed brand new to me -no mars, scratches, etc.) is a steal. I just do not see paying almost double for a Rocky. So far, at least, I do not see a difference. Maybe the Rocky will stand up better to the test of time, but right now I'd have to say I 'd go for the Virtuoso at this price every time. I have yet to do a side by side comparison with the Isomac, but I will for the 3 month review.

The only sort of negative, if at all, is that if you grind directly into a portafilter it can be a bit messy. I just grind into the hopper with no problem.

I really have nothing bad at all to say about this

Buying Experience

Baratza is A+  Very friendly and knowledgeable, easy to get on the phone, and they stand behind their products. The price for a refurbished model couldn't be beat.

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