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Baratza Virtuoso - Mike Hawley's Review
Posted: December 20, 2007, 5:43am
review rating: 3.8
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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: 8.4
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 8
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $50.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Ebay Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: A solid, well built machine and a real value.
Positive Product Points

- Consistent grind across the range
- Easy to use
- Runs fairly clean

Negative Product Points

I really don't have any.

Detailed Commentary

I bought my Virtuoso from a vendor on Ebay as a "new, never used machine" for $139.00 plus $15.00 for shipping, a good deal.  When I received it and opened the box, I extracted the Virtuoso and it came out in pieces.  The casing lifted right out leaving the motor assembly in the box.  A bunch of old coffee grinds came out with the casing.  I know this is a "duh", but I quickly realized that this Virtuoso was not "new and never used".  I pulled out the whole assembly and it was a mess.  Parts were missing, it was dirty, I WAS NOT HAPPY.  I called the Ebay vendor and to her credit, she asked me to send her some pictures of it and when I did, she refunded the full purchase price and shipping.  She told me not to bother shipping it back to her.  So, now that I have a Virtuoso in pieces, what do I do with it?  I called Barzata and to my amazement, they said that for $35.00 (which included shipping back to me) they would re-build it.  It cost me $15.00 to ship it to Barzata, so that is where the $50.00 purchase price came from.  

Barzata re-built the Virtuoso, sent it back to me,  and it is now on my counter churning out a consistent grind every morning.  I use a press pot and I get 3 cups of pure joy from this combination daily. Sometimes you get lucky!

Buying Experience

The Ebay vendor was shocked at what happened and did not hesitate to give me a full refund including the shipping charges.

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