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Solis Maestro Review - Overview
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Solis Maestro
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A well-designed product that does exactly what it was designed to do; a big step up from the Braun KMM30.
T. Guilbert, Jan 15, 2002
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We use the Solis Maestro to grind both for a drip coffee maker (Krups Premium) and for a French press (Bodum Brazil); we do not brew espresso at home.  Our immediately preceding grinder, which the Solis Maestro replaced, was a Braun KMM30; the Solis...
The definitive entry-level grinder for all your non-espresso needs
Daniel C, Mar 2, 2010
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I bought my Maestro a few months back, just as I was beginning to take coffee seriously. I knew that if I was going to get the most out of my cup I would have to upgrade from my abysmal little blade grinder; however, as a college student, my budget was...
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The Solis Maestro grinder was a long time coming for Baratza LLC, the exclusive importers for Solis products in the United States. When Baratza first took over those exclusive rights back in late 1998, the Solis situation in America was pretty poor – the previous importer didn’t really support the product, and the availability was spotty. Baratza took a new direction and a new seriousness, and has elevated the Solis line to a much higher visibility and availability.

One of the things missing from the initial Baratza offering was a grinder. Solis was making the 166 model, but was only selling it in Europe. The grinder was picked up by Starbucks and rebranded as the Starbucks Barista grinder during this time. Baratza convinced Solis to start shipping N. American models of the Solis 166 to them, and for a time, the unit was sold on these shores.

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Three Grinders
Solis Maestro, the newest grinder, on the left, with the Solis Mulino in the middle, and the Starbucks Barista on the right.

Starbucks eventually got involved, claiming exclusive rights to selling this model, and Baratza had to cease importing them. But they needed a grinder, so Solis designed the 177, or Mulino grinder.

The Mulino was a capable grinder, on par in performance with the 166, and had some interesting innovations – you could grind straight into a portafilter or a filter basket because of the design.

But the Mulino also suffered from two problems and one annoyance. The first problem is noise – it was extremely noisy – about as noisy as a Braun KM30 grinder is. The second serious problem was that a lot of grounds were left inside the grinder between grinding sessions, in the chute that extended horizontally from the burrs to the exit chute into the bin.

This meant that up to 2 or 3 grams of ground coffee went stale between grinding sessions - a major problem for espresso purists. And an annoyance with the grinder was the amount of static it sometimes produced.

The bottom line on the Mulino was this: Baratza felt it was a product they could sell with out any ethical concerns, but they wanted something better for their customers. The Maestro was this thing.

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.

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