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Baratza Virtuoso - Coffee Geek's Review
Posted: August 19, 2014, 8:58am
review rating: 7.0
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Baratza Virtuoso Grinder
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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
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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: 7.2
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 7
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $250.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: House of Coffee Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Easy to use, good grind,  but not sure how well built this machine is.
Positive Product Points

Easy to use, quality grind for many different beans, small footprint.

Negative Product Points

Too much downtime.

Detailed Commentary

I have been using this grinder for two years and grinding enough beans for about 5 shots per day.  The first week I had it the timer knob fell off.  Ok, this is a known issue that is well documented and easy to fix with no downtime. The recommended fix is to put a piece of tape between the knob mounting tines and push the knob in hard until it is flush. (Baratza,  that is embarrassing) Nine months into use I had to replace the main gear.  This is a less documented issue that is resolved by installing the GB 2.0 upgrade kit that cost $10 (parts) and 7 days downtime.  Then, at two years of use I had to replace the motor.  This cost $50 (parts) and another week of downtime.
I am on the fence whether this grinder is worth the hype.  It is easy to use, gives a good grind for all the different beans I give it and has a small footprint on the counter. However I am now contemplating what will fail next, the burr, circuit board, or something silly like the main gear again.  Two years of light use does not warrant this amount of failure for a device that is supposed to be one of the best home grinders on the market.

Buying Experience

The House of Coffee Beans has been the neighborhood one stop shop for decades and it is because of the great service.

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