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Baratza Virtuoso - Conical Burr Coffee Grinder (with Bin)

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  • Let the Virtuoso's professional-grade 40mm conical burrs perform their magic for a consistent, fine grind. How about a French Press? The Virtuoso can handle that too, with a particle size uniformity that gives you consistency from cup to cup. In fact, the Virtuoso is so consistent at both the coarse and fine ends of the grind range that we consider it to be in a class all by itself - and so do many of the micro- and specialty-roasters who swear by it.
  • The secret to the Virtuoso's consistent, smooth grind is: an efficient DC motor keeps your beans cool, even during extended grind times, while a combination of electric and gear speed reducers slow the burr to 450 RPM, ensuring a smooth bean feed and reducing noise, heat and static buildup.
  • The Virtuoso's exterior is just as finely tuned as its interior - a convenient front-mounted pulse button allows for grinding directly into an espresso filter basket, while a 60-second timer means that it's easy to replicate the ideal grind time. With the Virtuoso, the look goes beyond merely functional.
  • A sculptured metal top and base give this grinder an expensive, elegant image that adds a sense of class and quality to kitchen counters and coffee shop workspaces alike.
  • Speed to Grind: 1.5 to 2.4 g/sec.; Bean Hopper Capacity: 8 oz (227g); Grounds Bin Capacity: 5 oz. (142 g); Weight: 8 lbs. (3.6kg); Dimensions WxHxD cm: 12x35x16 cm; Power Rating (North America): 110 V AC 50/60 Hz. 1 Amp; Power Rating (Other): 230 V AC 50/60 Hz. .5 Amps; Safety Listing: UL/CSA/CE/EK; Designed & Engineered: Seattle, WA, USA
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Burrs: Manufactured in Europe, the Virtuoso's 40 mm conical burrs grind coffee at 1.5 to 2.4 g/sec. depending on the setting. But what really sets the Virtuoso burrs apart is that these burrs can do a very uniform grind, with a distinct lack of fines across its grinding range. So the Virtuoso burrs are exceptional for espresso, drip, manual brewing methods and Press Pot. These conical burrs are durable and will remain sharp for many years. The burrs have a precision mounting system to ensure a stable platform for accurate grinding.

Gearbox: In 2012, Baratza introduced the second generation Gearbox (GB 2.0). With GB 2.0, Baratza has significantly increased the strength and durability of the drive transmission while decreasing noise.

Grind Adjustment: Turn the hopper and with 40 settings you can quickly adjust from fine for espresso to coarse for French Press. The grind range is from 250 to 1200 microns.

Grinds Left in Grinder: To maximize freshness, the Virtuoso minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder.

Brewing Method: The Virtuoso is a great all around grinder, from manual brewing to espresso.

Motor: A powerful, high torque DC motor effortlessly drives the burrs. This motor turns slowly resulting in cool, quiet operation and permits long grinding duty-cycles.

Calibration: An innovative burr calibration system ensures that each grinder has the full range of grind.

Speed Control: With unique speed control, the Virtuoso uses a combination of gear and electronic speed reduction to control the rotation of the burr to 500 RPM. The electronic speed controller is adjustable from 405 to 495 RPM in the event that specific user conditions require modification of the speed.

Timer Switch: The Virtuoso has a 60-second timer with segmented graphics.

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Product Dimensions 5.9 x 2.6 x 5.3 inches
Item Weight 7.2 pounds
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Department Cookware
Manufacturer Baratza
ASIN B006MLQHRG
Item model number VIRTUOSO
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4.3 out of 5 stars 257 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #8,204 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#13 in Home & Kitchen > Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso > Coffee Grinders > Electric Burr Grinders
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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I have had experience with four separate units of this grinder over the last ~ 5 years, plus 1 unit of the prior model for ~4 years prior, so I feel that I am in a good position to evaluate the Virtuoso's strengths and weaknesses.

The good:
I have found the grind options to be very good - resulting in consistent crema on my espresso (first with a Gaggia Coffee and then a Gaggia Classic), quality espresso using a stove-top unit, and quality drip coffee using both a standard coffeemaker and a single-serving cone. There is minimal static and I have not noted clumping. The hopper, silicone gaskets and burr can be easily removed for maintenance. The pulse button is really convenient for touch-up grinding.

The bad:
The grinder knob is minimally anchored and so it commonly falls off onto the counter. Not a game changer, but irritating and consistent across units. (Eventually my parents superglued their control knob on to prevent it from getting lost.)
The only way to empty the hopper for cleaning is to turn the whole machine upside-down. This isn't a big deal unless you are using a machine for multiple purposes (decaf vs regular, espresso vs drip) and like to grind on demand for best flavor. (Of course, if you really want the best flavor, you won't leave beans in the hopper anyway.)
Coffee likes to hover in the burr and then shower down onto the counter when the collection bin is pulled out.
Although the burr is easily removed for service, the grind fineness generally shifts after replacement even with careful seating of the burr on replacement. This means that you have to rediscover the 'sweet spot' each time you service the machine.

The ugly:
In spite of other peoples' experience, i have found the Virtuoso to have a very limited lifespan.
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I almost gave up on this grinder as it was not grinding fine enough for espresso. I was pulling nasty 4-5 second shots on the '0' setting which is the finest grind. So i went to the website's troubleshooting section which had step by step instructions on how to calibrate for a finer grind. It was a pain to take the thing apart and afterwards the grind was slightly finer but not fine enough for espresso. If i hadn't seen some youtube video reviews on this product i would have assumed that this model is just not capable of producing espresso grinds but on the video it was grinding so fine on '0' that espresso had to be done on '6' setting so i wasn't gonna give up so quick. I called tech support and explained the situation and was told that the factory calibration was probably off and that i will be sent a replacement. A couple hours later Colin emailed me with a tracking # , so far so good. Well, I finally got the new unit and did a test on '0' and it was almost powder fine. I also tested on '20' and the grinds were much more consistent than the original unit i got which did seem a bit inconsistent. I am now able to grind for espresso, french press and aeropress. I hope you don't get a lemon but if you do call support before junking it.
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The Virtuoso is my favorite coffee grinder, and I recommend it highly.

First, it's pleasantly heavy, which makes it a pleasure to use, since it stays put during use. The grind can be calibrated from fine to coarse in 40 steps by twisting the upper hopper, and further adjustment is possible inside the case. (Too coarse wastes flavor, while too fine will clog the filter and cause grounds to overflow the basket.). Grinding beans for a pot of coffee takes about a minute, which is exactly one full twist of the timer knob.

The grounds bin has the same capacity as a coffee filter for a standard 60-ounce coffee pot; more wouldn't fit. So the reviewer that thought the hopper is undersized must be trying to fill a commercial brewer. The bean hopper on the top also holds a pound (a typical sack) of coffee beans, so everything is well thought-out for the home user.

The anti-static plastic parts are a godsend: all the grounds just miraculously slide out of the hopper, like dry sand off Teflon. Prior models had a static-prone hopper that caused chaff to fly madly out as you extracted the hopper and stick everywhere---the counter, your shirt, the cat--and which therefore necessitated cleanup. This one has no such issue.

One common complaint is that the timer handle sometimes falls off during grinding. The loose fit is by design (so you can take the case off), and the fix is easy: just cut a 1/4"x1/8" (or so) strip of paper, fold it in half, remove the handle, and place that paper over the internal tang of the handle before reinserting it. This will tighten the handle but keeps it removable in case you ever need to disassemble things.
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Since I have only had the Virtuoso for three months I will not discuss the long-term quality. Because I use it primarily for press pot, drip and small espresso batches I was not looking to get a solid consumer grinder, like the more expensive Rancilio Rocky or Mazzer Mini.

Previously I have owned a Starbucks Barista (the Solis verson, not the newer Saeco Titan verson) and the Capresso Infinity 560 Black. The Barista had a long and happy life, and after performing the hack (see coffeegeek.com), made great coffee and pretty good espresso. The Capresso was excellent for drip & press coffee, but only adequate for espresso. I would happily recommend each of these for people that just want a pretty solid cup of Joe, and do not mind it being slightly heated in the process. The Capresso was still running solidly, so do not infer it died early (it cheerfully grinds my wife's flax seeds very well now), I just wanted something better for my espresso shots.

After briefly considering the Gaggia MDF I looked at the Virtuoso, mainly for three, important, reasons.

First I was very happy with my Solis/Starbucks grinder, it lasted for over 10 years of heavy use. The hack allowed it to make good espresso. Baratza has been involved with selling the Solis products, and are the designers of the Maestro and Maestro Plus grinder (yes, thats right they are THEIR machines, not Solis). After talking to a few of the locally operated coffee shops, invaluable advice, I was able to learn more about the company.

Second, many of the negative reviews were early in the introduction of the product. What I appreciated, and what the shop owners told me about, is the serious approach to resolving any issues the product has and updating the product itself.
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