Baratza G 285 Maestro Conical Burr Grinder
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- Anti Static Design
- Grind Coffee For Any Brewing Method
- Automatic & Manual Operation
- Swiss Made Grinding Wheels
- Easy to Clean
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I replaced it with a Baratza Maestro and am very pleased. The Baratza Maestro has been upgraded and IS NOT the old Solis Maestro. It has both the same motor, same burr set and same adjustment ring as the Maestro Plus. Thankfully, the tabs on the ring have been beefed up. BTW, I was able to move the heavy alloy base from the Maestro+ to the new Maestro.
Now the differences between the two grinders are (1) heavy alloy base which helps to keep the grinder from moving when using the front mounted momentary on switch to grind into a portafilter, (2) the momentary on switch and (3) a count down timer switch on the side instead of an on/off switch. The count down timer is useful if you keep the hopper full of beans and use the timer to control how many beans are ground at one time. If you add a specific volume of beans to the hopper and grind all of them as I do, then the on/off switch is all you need.
These grinders do an excellent job of grinding beans for anything from press to drip. They do an adequate job for espresso. If you drink mostly drip and an occasional espresso drink, I think you will be happy. If Starbucks is your standard, you will probably be thrilled! And if you have a $2000+ semi-auto espresso machine you're probably not reading this anyway. Enjoy.
Procedure: I buy freshly roasted beans, grind them with the finest grind, preheat the portafilter, and tamp with an aftermarket aluminum tamper.
The result: weak espresso that runs fast and lacks flavor and crema. In one year I have never pulled a good shot--just mediocre shots that are better in mixed than straight--and I can still taste the poor quality when mixed.
To investigate, I broke one major rule and ground the beans ahead of time with Whole Food's commercial grinder in the store (ideally, you grind seconds before brewing--I brewed the next day). Next day, same routine. Results: delicious, near perfect shots, worth sipping and savoring. Dark red crema, slow pulls, complex flavor. I never pulled a shot like this before.
Conclusion: I'll be grinding my beans in the store from now on. It wasn't the machine, it was the grinder. So don't buy the Maestro if you want good espresso, it WILL NOT do the job. ("minor" side note: for those interested in good drip and french press coffee, the Maestro is a great choice).
To quote coffeegeek.com: "I can make a better shot of espresso with a $200 espresso machine and a $400 grinder than I can with a $2,000 espresso machine and no grinder (or a blade grinder)... and it's absolutely true."
PS When you send it back under warranty, you have to pack meticulously, use a bonded courier, and they DON'T pay the postage, so add another 10-30 dollars or so to the cost of this item...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have owned this grinder for a couple of years, and it is still functioning very well. I am pleased with the product.Published on March 22, 2013 by Labrador retriever owner
I've been a pretty hardcore espresso drinker for 20 years. I've had this unit for 3. It's worked fine. I don't know why so many people complain about how fine this gets... Read morePublished on March 3, 2012 by Steve H.
Burr grinders produce a uniformity of grounds that make them highly recommended over cheaper blade grinders. Read morePublished on December 31, 2011 by wmfox3
When it works, this grider is excellent. However, within a few months after I purchased this grinder, it started having problems. Read morePublished on October 11, 2011 by Amazon Customer
The lowest Baratza model comes with a plastic gear (and metal gearshaft - get both replaced, it fits better), which is the reason a lot of the reviews here are reporting broken... Read morePublished on September 24, 2011 by Achaea
Worked OK for a few weeks but then would give me a fine grind. No way to adjust or repair it either. Just like throwing money in the trash.Published on June 9, 2011 by Science Minded
I used this grinder almost daily for over a year, until it was toasted by lightning. Now I have another on order!Published on May 23, 2011 by Jim A. Caudill
This product has two problems. It is difficult to clean, and it is unable to grind dark roast coffee. Read morePublished on April 1, 2011 by pohjola
I may have gotten a lemon, but I don't think I'm the only one. A quick glance around Google shows that other folks are having similar issues with their Baratza Maestro coffee... Read morePublished on March 7, 2011 by reviewer