5wallace Senior Member Joined: 22 Nov 2011 Posts: 8 Location: Arlington, VA Expertise: Just starting
Posted Tue Nov 22, 2011, 7:39am Subject: Multi-Duty Grinder under $300
I am a soon to be new owner of a PL041QE Le'Lit and I am looking for a multi-use grinder under $300. I plan on using the grinder about 70-30 coffee to espresso. I have studied the Bartaza line but I am having trouble narrowing down what would be my best choice. I am leaning toward the Preciso or Virtuoso, but I would be open to suggestions from other brands.
The only other stipulation is that I would really prefer if the grinder was available on Amazon since I have $200 in Amazon credit I am hoping to use.
I am obviously a relative newbie here, so any and all help would be appreciated.
Posted Tue Nov 22, 2011, 8:04am Subject: Re: Multi-Duty Grinder under $300
The Baratza Virtuoso Preciso would be a pretty good choice. It's definitely better suited to espresso grinds than the regular Virtuoso, and even compares favorably with the Vario, and it will still do a great job with the full range as well. Not to mention it's sold on Amazon, with Prime no less. The only drawback is that it's really only about a year old at this point, so while Baratza's products tend to have pretty good longevity, there's no multi-year feedback there yet. That might be something to consider, given the investment.
Bob_M Senior Member Joined: 30 Oct 2007 Posts: 71 Location: Ripon, California
Posted Tue Nov 22, 2011, 8:13am Subject: Re: Multi-Duty Grinder under $300
The baratza preciso is what I recommend... It works great for espresso.. And is supposed to work well for drip and french press although I have not tried it for those... I would not recommend the virtuoso for espresso...and u can get preciso from amazon here http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003JFCRN6/ref=redir_mdp_mobile
Posted Tue Nov 22, 2011, 2:13pm Subject: Re: Multi-Duty Grinder under $300
I'm also liking my Preciso (which I use for espresso, Turkish, french press, moka pot and drip - it goes straight back to the espresso setting and gives consistent shots, even with Turkish and FP grinds in between). You might also find a refurbed one on Baratza's site for around $230 (I think they update on Fridays) if you're lucky.
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