Wonderful grinder, whose greatest stength, adjustment mechanism, is also it's greatest weakness.
Positive Product Points
-It will grind from french press to espresso, at a very high level. -Easily adjustable from either end of the spectrum. -Small foot print. -Very little retention.
Negative Product Points
-It always breaks. (>.<)
I have owned this grinder since March of 2011 and I firmly believe this is the only grinder that you can buy, which will grind easily and effectively for any brew method you can think of. Not only that but the grind quality that it produces in brew to french press range is on par with most of the big bulk grinders out there, and this will fit on your counter.
The adjustment of the grind is done with two adjustment rings, one for large changes and then another collar for small adjustments for espresso. This is critical to allow you to 'dail' in your shot, which is not on grinders like the Virtuoso or Encore. This also allows you to make espresso in the morning, french press for lunch and espresso after dinner without having to dail anything back in. (Trick: When going back to your espresso setting go a notch or two 'finer' than your intended target and go back to it, i.e. if your target grind is '9' go to '7' and then move back to '9')
If my review could stop here we would be looking at a score of ten, perfect home grinder... if only.
The ugly truth; the grinder is prone to breaking. The adjustment rings break a lot when you are grinding for espresso. It seems like the demands of grinding finely for espresso just breat the snot out of the grinder. I have swapped my unit out with Baratza twice, replaced the adjustment ring myself at least a half a dozen times, put in a new gear box and replaced the motor. I could conduct a training class for new Baratza tech's at this point. However, the silver lining here is that Baratza backs the product and you will get support well after your warranty has expired.
Final note, once I stopped grinding espresso with it has stopped breaking.
Bought as a refurbished grinder directly from Baratza, at the time they had none listed on the site so I gave them call. Said they were just finishing up with one and took my credit card and put in the mail. Great Service!