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Baratza Virtuoso - Aloka Rajiv's Review
Posted: October 4, 2007, 6:05pm
review rating: 6.0
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Arrow The Baratza Virtuoso has 61 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: 7.8
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 8
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $189.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Seattle Coffee Gear Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: A good mid-priced burr grinder.
Positive Product Points

•Grinds fine enough for my Silvia
•Plenty of grind settings
•Sturdy
•Price
•Stainless panel on front adds a nice touch

Negative Product Points

•Pull-out box for ground coffee can be somewhat messy
•Aesthetics-compared to other models

Detailed Commentary

Needless to say, I saved quite a bit of money by purchasing the Virtuoso over more expensive models such as the Rocky or Mazzer grinders. My espresso machine is a Rancilio Miss Silvia, and the grinder just barely grinds finely enough for it.  I understand that one could calibrate the grinder to grind finer, but I do not want to get into that. I clogged the grinder by using beans that were too oily, but switching to a less oily locally-roasted bean solved that dilemma.

I do suspect that my next grinder will likely be one of the aforementioned higher-end models. Due to my current budget, though, the Virtuoso seems to serve me well. There are ample grind settings so I could use it for drip coffee for non-espresso drinking guests. The grind is fairly consistent at the finer settings. I would recommend the Virtuoso for somebody who is ready to move beyond a blade grinder but not ready to shell out $300+.

Buying Experience

I purchased the Virtuoso online from Seattle Coffee Gear. No hitches and prompt shipping and tracking number.

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