Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
consumer product reviews
coffee & espresso grinder reviews
Baratza Virtuoso - Mark Wise's Review
Posted: October 24, 2010, 9:12am
review rating: 6.0
feedback: (1) comments | read | write
Baratza Virtuoso Grinder
Where to Buy
Arrow Prima Coffee Equipment
Arrow Amazon Link
Arrow Espresso Parts
 List your business site here.
About "Where to Buy"

More About This Product
Arrow The Baratza Virtuoso has 61 Reviews
Arrow The Baratza Virtuoso has been rated 7.22 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since February 20, 2006.
Arrow Baratza Virtuoso reviews have been viewed 371,439 times (updated hourly).

Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Eero Simoncelli 9.08
Gone Gone 9.00
Aubrei Merrill 9.00
Joel Bristol 9.00
Yves Feder 8.83

Previous Review Next Review
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 4.2
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 2
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $200.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 2
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: $$$ every two years for either a new grinder or shipping/repairs!?  You gotta be kidding me.
Positive Product Points

Consistent grind, timed grind, push-button grind

Negative Product Points

Extremely poor durability for a product in this price range

Detailed Commentary

I guess the one-year only warranty should have been warning enough.

The next time I'm in the market for a burr grinder, I'll go with another brand.  Others may love them, not me.

I've lost all faith in Baratza.

As noted, I've owned the grinder for two years.  It's seen moderate usage in a two-person household --- a morning grind and maybe an extra espresso drink on weekends.

The grind quality is consistent.  It does well for both espresso and French press.  The fine grind is almost good enough for Turkish style coffee, but I'm sticking with my Zassenhaus for that.

The white plastic that covers the guts is cracking.  The ring where the bean bin mounts is falling apart.  It's still usable, but I expect the ring to fail completely soon.  In the meantime, I'll be getting plastic bits with my morning grind.  I'm disappointed that a simple part that sees a lot of wear is failing so soon.  I'd expect something like this to turn up in engineering testing before the product is released to manufacture.

Buying Experience

Whole Latte Love was professional and handled the web purchase and shipping flawlessly.

Previous Review Next Review
Write a Review for this Product
review rating: 6.0
Posted: October 24, 2010, 9:12am
feedback: (1) comments | read | write
Interactive
Search
Login Password
forgot pw | signup
quickNav
advertisement
sponsorad
Cafe Espresso Machines
Video reviews, nationwide installation, leasing options... Nuova Simonelli, Rancilio, La Marzocco.
www.seattlecoffeegear.com
sponsorad
Rancilio Silvia - How to
Step by step guide for easy brewing and steaming with the Rancilio Silvia
www.seattlecoffeegear.com
advertisement
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2014 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.183795928955)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+