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Baratza Virtuoso - Oana D's Review
Posted: June 12, 2007, 5:18pm
review rating: 6.0
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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: 5.0
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 4
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $199.00 Cost vs. Value 4
Where Bought: Chris Coffee Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 year Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: A good grind, but it breaks easily.
Positive Product Points

good grind if it works

Negative Product Points

it breaks easily

Detailed Commentary

We bought this grider based on the Coffee Geek editor's choice.  My guess is that the test was done on a grinder that actually worked.
We bought one grinder and after reading the instructions we set it to 5 for espresso. The grind was very large so we set it to 2. The grind did not seem smaller than before. We finally set it to 0 and the grind was ok. It was not good enough for our Vivaldi II. We were not getting any crema, no mater what we did.  The problem was the grind; it was too large.  We sent it to the manufacturer and they sent another one. This one worked very well for a month. The grind was perfect so we were getting a lot of crema.  After about a month the grinder would stop in the middle of the grinding. We had to knock it so the grinding would continue.  We are thinking to return it and see if we can get our money back since we are not very willing to keep returning the product.  
The mechanics are not very great either. The timer knob keeps falling.  Because of the static, the coffee gets everywhere on the counter.
Overall it does a good job grinding, but it is a hassle to keep it working.

Buying Experience

We bought it from Chris Coffee so it is understood that we had a great experience.

Three Month Followup

There has not been any change in quality. It still stops from time to time and I have to give it a few taps to start grinding. We will keep it as much as possible, but we are thinking to get a MACAP grinder.

One Year Followup

I had it for a year, but I stopped using it a few months ago. The original one I bought I had to send it back because it would not change the grind settings, The second one kept stopping until it stopped grinding. I got a third one because I could not get my money back. It's been sitting in the pantry since I bought it. We decided to get a MACAP and that was a great decision. We've had it for 6 months and we did not have any problems. The grind is much better and more consistent than the Baratza. I do not recomend getting the Baratza. It does not seem to last.

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