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Posted Fri Aug 16, 2013, 11:37pm
Subject: Should I buy a Virtuoso 585 for $75?
 

I have an opportunity to purchase a use Baratza Virtuoso 585 (old burrs). It's in good shape and has run through about 60 lbs. of coffee. Never used for flavored coffee but has been used for cheap dark roasts its whole life. I would be using it for v60 and press pot only. It's $75. Should I buy or pass?  I currently use a Hario Skerton which is fine for v60 but not so much for press. Also, I found that you can upgrade the burrs to preciso burrs. Does anyone know if I do that if it will be just like the 586?  Any thoughts appreciated.
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Posted Sat Aug 17, 2013, 5:58am
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Sounds like a good deal to me. I don't think you need to upgrade the burrs for your intended use, and 60# is nothing. Those burrs will be good still for years. However, burrs are cheap and it certainly wouldn't hurt you to have the preciso ones. So, you're tired of grinding by hand?

 
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Posted Sat Aug 17, 2013, 1:16pm
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I'm fine grinding by hand but sometimes my wife makes the coffee and she isn't so much. Plus, the grind for press isn't as good. Regarding the burrs. I think I will stick with stock until they need replacing, I just know that it was an upgrade when Baratza updated to the 586 so I figure that I'll do it when the burrs need replacing.
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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 4:44am
Subject: Re: Should I buy a Virtuoso 585 for $75?
 

I had a Hario before getting a 585. It's perfect for a Hario. Don't think you need to upgrade the burrs unless they've really been used.

Enjoy it...Sounds like a damn good deal considering it's so easy to get parts for Baratzas =)
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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 4:53am
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As long as you won't need it for espresso, the Virtuoso is a good deal at that price.

 
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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 5:33am
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Good deal!  New set of burrs and your good to go!
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Posted Thu Aug 22, 2013, 7:27am
Subject: Re: Should I buy a Virtuoso 585 for $75?
 

Even with 60# of use, that isn't that much. I seriously doubt new burrs are need but change them if you like. For your stated use, it will be a fine grinder, the price, perhaps not a screaming great deal but not a worst mistake I ever made price either. That is about what I would expect a retail second market price to be.

 
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