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Baratza Virtuoso Preciso - Derian Julihn's Review
Posted: April 6, 2012, 5:46pm
review rating: 5.7
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Baratza Virtuoso Preciso
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.6
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 6
Average Price: $300.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $300.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Sumas Mountain Coffee Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: A good grinder but not without it's flaws
Positive Product Points

Easy, Fast Adjustment
Good looks
Does a good job thru the whole range of settings

Negative Product Points

VERY small space for portafilter
Durability is an issue
Hard to read what setting you are on
No cord storage

Detailed Commentary

I bought this grinder because I wanted a variable use grinder (french press and espresso) but since I bought it I have almost never drink french press. In hindsight I might have chosen a pure espresso grinder. All in all if your looking for a grinder that does everything well this is a great choice.

My espresso tastes great with this grinder. There are plenty of settings to get your shot just right. It looks good on the counter and it doesn't cost a fortune. It really is a good value but I will pick on it a little.

It's frustrating when you're portafilter doesn't really fit in the space provided. It makes it really hard to get even distribution into the portafilter (especially in the back) and stray grinds easily end up on the spout of your portafilter.

I also have had significant problems with speed channeling on my naked portafilter even using the Weiss distribution method (Click Here (www.home-barista.com)). I am not fully sure this is the grinder and not the barista but I have some concerns. I will update you.

***Problem Fixed. See 3 month update***

Buying Experience

Sumas Mountain Coffee was great!

Three Month Followup

The Good News: Speed Channelling is fixed.

The Bad News: The plastic adjustment ring and upper burr holder had broken. After taking a look at the broken plastic parts it's not that surprising. There are some very thin and obviously weak points. This seems to be a known problem see Robert Fitt's Review Click Here (coffeegeek.com)
My local shop explained to me that I must have ground a rock.

The Okay News: Baratza is good about sending replacement parts and it's pretty easy to fix yourself (1 caveat: be very careful there is a small spring loaded part that could easily be lost in the process) I bought an extra adjustment ring and upper burr holder to have on hand as I can forsee these plastic parts easily breaking again.

Bottom Line: A good grinder but not the most durable.

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