The Maestro grinder has a MSRP of $145, and can be found for as little as $109 or less if you shop around. (edited October 30, 2003).
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The Solis Maestro is one of the newest grinders on the consumer market. It is badged by Solis, and is the third grinder to bear that company name. Their previous two consumer grinders in the North American market were the Solis 166 (sold as the Starbucks Barista grinder), and the Solis Mulino, since discontinued.
This grinder was designed and is assembled in the United States by Baratza, LLC (website). They handle the product exclusively for Solis. Baratza supplied CoffeeGeek with one of the early production models for the purposes of this detailed review. This grinder has a MSRP of $145, and can be found for as low as $129 USD online.
The Maestro took a year to develop, and is very much a labour of love for the company, as only people truly fascinated by quality coffee and the quality tools that deliver it can be.
In this detailed review, we’ll be looking at several keys things about this grinder.
- Construction and materials
- Noise volume
- Aesthetics and build
- Burr quality and type
- Grind quality
- Competing products
- Overall roundup
We’ll be comparing this product in a head to head of sorts with the Solis Mulino grinder (the unit that the Maestro replaces on the market), and the Starbucks Barista grinder. You’ll also get some inside looks at the guts of this machine. And after almost two months of daily use, nearly torture testing the device, we’ll be reporting on our thoughts about the longevity of the product, and the market it is meant for.
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