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Baratza Virtuoso - B McKnight's Review
Posted: December 2, 2010, 8:51pm
review rating: 4.3
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Baratza Virtuoso Grinder
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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: 4.2
Manufacturer: Baratza Quality: 5
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 3
Price Paid: $199.00 Cost vs. Value 3
Where Bought: SweetMarias Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 2
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: The Edsel of grinders.
Positive Product Points

Then only positive I can find is the grind is consistent

Negative Product Points

Sounds like the roar of a jet engine and has the vibration of a jack hammer. Beans do not feed well from the hopper into the burrs.

Detailed Commentary

From day one I've regretted this purchase. It is perhaps the worst grinder I can imagine on the market. As stated it is extremely noisy, vibrates and the beans do not feed into the burrs. To get the receptacle even part way filled you have to bang the side to get beans to feed into burrs and then reset the timer twice. This on setting 40.

I've used other grinders and I've never had to bang the sides to get beans to fall into the burrs. At times you can hear the burrs whirling away, cutting only air since beans fail to feed into the blades. This is true of C+ and worse on a FC roast where an oils sheen is on the beans. The other night I was attempting to grind a Pacamara and it was a joke. In fact it was the final straw.

Anyone thinking of a grinder should consider something else. This grinder is horrible.

** To their credit, since writing this review Baratza's President did contact me to apologize for my issues and other points were touched on as well. While it does not change my experience it does speak highly for their concerns on how their products perform.

Buying Experience

SweetMarias is always good

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