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Baratza Virtuoso - Ralph Davis's Review
Posted: August 9, 2011, 11:59am
review rating: 5.3
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Baratza Virtuoso Grinder
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Arrow The Baratza Virtuoso has 62 Reviews
Arrow The Baratza Virtuoso has been rated 7.22 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 8.4
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 8
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $150.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Baratza Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 2 years Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Zazzenhaus hand grinder, Braun 3045
Bottom Line: Excellent value machine, consistent grind, and quite capable of espresso.
Positive Product Points

~A very sturdy appliance, heavy base, commercial-like quality.  
~Easy to use, straight-forward controls.
~Adequately grinds my daily espresso.  Takes some tweaking to make it fine enough, but, it is capable of consistently grinding beans for consistent, crema-topped espresso, using my old Gaggia espresso delux.
~Excellent, thorough instructions at the Baratza website.
~An American company, with American engineering/design--even if (our insane) government regs/taxes/policies require these to be produced in Asia for the company to stay in business...

Negative Product Points

Metal timer lever/knob falls off--fixed though with beeswax.
Major adjustments to grind, and motor speed require disassembly (which I don't really mind).

Detailed Commentary

Reading many of these reviews makes one realize many coffee aficionados are a very perfectionistic/picky bunch...  If I had read all the "so-so" reviews I would of not enjoyed my daily espresso for the last couple years...  

To my mind $150 is a lot of money for a grinder...but for folks used to $400+ Italian sports-car type grinders, I suppose it's pocket change.  Expect decent BMW quality...no, it's not a Mercedes or a Porsche, and certainly not a Ferrari... but, with some tinkering is perfectly adequate, even for espresso.

Was I trained by the finest of Italian baristas?  No, not at all--just practiced with my own homemade naked porta-filter...  But I can make tasty espresso with this grinder, consistently, and that's all the really counts.

Buying Experience

Got it directly from Baratza, as a "refurbished" machine.  Looks and performs like new, however.

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