The Maestro delivers a lot of bang for buck; it grinds fine enough for espresso and coarse enough for press pot.
Positive Product Points
The price is right for the newly updated Maestro (2007). After researching burr grinders, I found this one to the best one for my budget ($100). It gives a good, even consistent grind. The grind-to-portafilter option works pretty well. It has a small footprint which is a big plus for a small kitchen.
Negative Product Points
The plastic case could be a little sturdier and the components could fit together a little more snugly. Grinding to my portafilter is a little messy, but it could be much worse.
I recently entered the world of espresso, after years of enjoying press-pot and moka-pot coffee. After buying my first pump-driven espresso machine, I started reading Coffee Geek articles and reviews and realized that I needed to invest in a good burr grinder. I found that Baratza was the only one who offered a 100-dollar burr grinder with the essentials (slow and cool operation, a variety of grind settings, and the ability to feed grounds directly into the portafilter).
I have been pleased with the versatility of the Maestro. I can grind the coffee fine enough to choke my espresso machine (Buon Caffe 330) and coarse enough for my press pot.
I bought this Maestro through Whole Latte Love. They price matched a competitor's site, which brought the price down from $115 to $99. Unfortunately, it came without the cleaning brush. When I called Whole Latte Love about it, they quickly passed me on to Baratza for a replacement. Baratza is shipping a new one to me, free of charge. I'll probably buy from Whole Latte Love again.