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Espresso: Ascaso Steel Pro Duo
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Posted Sun Apr 3, 2011, 7:35pm
Subject: 'Upgrading' Maestro Plus burrs?

Hey all - So I just received a shiny new Virtuoso Preciso in the mail a few days ago.  Part of my technology overhaul.  I've had a Maestro Plus for a few years, and it's been a great grinder, but I really needed as espresso grinder and the review on the Preciso was enough to push me over the edge.

While assembling/cleaning/adjusting it for the first time, I noticed (not without some disappointment I might add), that my brandy new $300 grinder uses the exact same plastic burr carrier as the much less expensive Maestro Plus.  I even confirmed it by fitting the Preciso burr into the Maestro.  It seemed to fit perfectly, and a cursory inspection of the lower burr would indicate that they would interchange as well.  Despite the internal plastics, the preciso is a great grinder, and has been wonderful for espresso, aeropress and FP since I've had it these past few days

My question is this - I plan on selling my MP to a friend for a song, but I'm thinking of having him replace the burrs with the new Preciso burr set ($32 from Baratza) which I think will give him the same grind consistency I enjoy, without the adjustability of course.  Has anyone done this?  I couldn't find it in a search.
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