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Baratza Virtuoso - Steve Bennet's Review
Posted: April 16, 2006, 3:13pm
review rating: 7.2
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Baratza Virtuoso Grinder
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Arrow The Baratza Virtuoso has 62 Reviews
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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: 5.4
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 4
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $199.95 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: 1st Line Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: DO NOT BUY
Positive Product Points

Heavy, doesn't move on counter top as it operates.
Easy to clean.

Negative Product Points

Grind not fine enough from factory. (big suprise)
Some bean chunks get caught between the hopper and rubber gaurd.

Detailed Commentary

Sent Back after motor quit, decided to get mazzer mini instead. A MUCH MUCH better grinder, and although expensive, WELL worth the price. (if you read my first review of this I apologize, the virtuoso was not nearly as good of a grinder after a few months of use.) Although i was able to get the baratza calibrated to work for espresso, it was a bit inconsistent.  Many days I would find myself wasting a shot or two just because they were too fast/too slow. I also started to notice an inconsistency in the grounds as time went on. Even with it calibrated as fine as possible (as per the instructions on the baratza website) I found it couldn't get fine enough for certain espresso roasts (specifically, vivace). All that said, the Mazzer mini has made me very VERY happy. And if I could do it all over again, would have just purchased the mazzer in the first place.

Buying Experience

Shipping from 1st-LIne was excellent, however no help from them on getting the grinder calibrated. EDIT  Returned to 1st line and got the mazzer in perfect shape as well.

Three Month Followup

Sent back this grinder.

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