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Baratza Virtuoso - Alan Webster's Review
Posted: March 1, 2009, 2:57pm
review rating: 6.7
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Eero Simoncelli 9.08
Gone Gone 9.00
Aubrei Merrill 9.00
Joel Bristol 9.00
Yves Feder 8.83

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 10
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $135.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Baratza Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: First burr grinder
Bottom Line: Takes the grind out of buying a grinder
Positive Product Points

Simply, this is a real burr grinder that does a fine job at a price I can afford.  Customer service from Baratza is unbelievably good.

Negative Product Points

At this point I don't have any.  I am sure some will develop over time.

Detailed Commentary

I ordered a refurbished grinder from Baratza's website and requested it be set-up for espresso versus the standard set-up.  So far no issues at all and I don't expect any.  I'll do a follow-up after I have owned the product a bit longer.  Directions seem very clear.  Lots of excellent help at the Baratza website as well.

I started out at setting of ten and choked my espresso machine.  Twenty was still too fine a setting but close. 30 is too coarse.  I've settled in at 23 for my current batch of home roasted beans.

Buying Experience

Outstanding.  Before buying, I emailed the company because I had heard many reports that this grinder couldn't do espresso.  I asked them if I could return the product if I wasn't happy with it as an espresso grinder.  The response was a very confident "Yes, but you won't have to."  Grinder was in the UPS flow the same day and and arrived as scheduled.

Three Month Followup

This grinder has been OUTSTANDING.  No issues using it for espresso and nothing I'd change on the machine.

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