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Baratza Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder, 110 watts,
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- Burrs upgraded
- Extremely versatile with 40 grind settings
- Excellent brew grinder used by baristas everywhere
- Very good espresso grinder
- Compact foot print, low height makes it ideal for kitchen use.
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The Virtuoso lives up to its name by providing technical skill, classic style and a consistent, quality grind. Grinding for espresso? 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 two-fold: 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. When you want it all, the Virtuoso is the grinder that will get you there with function, elegance, and style.
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From the manufacturer
|Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder||Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Grinder||Baratza Preciso Conical Burr Grinder|
|Application||All Purpose||All Purpose||All Purpose|
|Burr (M2 burrs produce a grind with less fines)||40 mm Burr Steel (M1)||40 mm Burr Steel (M1)||40 mm Burr Steel (M2)|
|Grind Range (Microns)||250 to 1200||200 to 1400||200 to 1400|
|Steps of Adjustment||40||40||40 macro x 11 micro = 440|
|Speed of Grind||0.8 to 1.1 g/sec||1.5 to 2.4 g/sec||1.5 to 2.4 g/sec|
|Standard Bean Hopper Capacity||8 oz (227 g)||8 oz (227 g)||8 oz (227 g)|
|Grounds Bin Capacity||5 oz (142 g)||5 oz (142 g)||5 oz (142 g)|
|Weight||7 lbs (3.1 kg)||8 lbs (3.6 kg)||8 lbs (3.6 kg)|
|Dimensions WxHxD||12 x 35 x 16 cm||12 x 35 x 16 cm||12 x 35 x 16 cm|
|Manual Brewing (Chemex, V60, Aeropress) / Espresso||Good / Good||Very Good / Very Good||Very Good / Very Good with Dial In|
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We purchased the Virtuoso (after much deliberation) as opposed to a stepless grinder as we tend to brew a few different coffee types (espresso, pour-over, & immersion stuff like AeroPress). Having used it a lot over the initial time we've had the machine, so far we're delighted. On initial use we ground a freshly roasted (within a couple of days) espresso blend of beans at the low end of the suggested setting for espresso (a 2), only to find the coffee coming out more like Turkish. This is a good thing, as it put any worries we'd had about espresso performance to bed. Having dialled it in as well as you can on a stepless grinder (including finding it choked the machine on slightly higher settings), we've been pulling great non-bitter 25ish second double shots in unpressurised baskets on around a 6. We've also had a very consistent grind for pour-over at a higher setting, albeit with a few fines and the odd bit of chaff (you could blame the roaster on the latter), and managed to return to our espresso setting with no woe. As a side, it's a great looking device that pairs nicely with our Gaggia Classic, and is much quieter than expected too.
If you're going to regularly change grind settings, and at the espresso end of the scale don't mind not having maximum control over dialling in the settings, for the price I couldn't recommend this more.
Starting at the punch line for the impatient! - Although early days, the Virtuosa appears to be 'Just right' (For the price)!
If you want the full version - please read on...
If you are looking for good espresso coffee; having selected the appropriate blend of beans, in my opinion the next most crucial element if you wish to achieve authentic 'crema' is a cool, fine, consistent grind. This grinder produced this without any modification or tinkering pretty well straight out of the box with about 3 to 4 further adjustments left if I needed any finer. I cannot comment on longevity obviously, but it seems very robust and is quieter than any of my previous grinders. It has a comforting solid feel about it and for home use this has exactly met, or even exceeds my expectations.
I was disappointed that the timer knob which has a reputation for coming lose according to other reviews appeared to be missing when I un-boxed. I went ahead nevertheless with the first grind and was both elated and bemused to find said knob (and a cleaning brush) in the bin that catches your coffee. (Doh! Perhaps I should have read the instructions.)
If you are still reading and want an opinion on two alternative 'grinders' please consider my previous experiences. I did not fully appreciate the importance of the word "grinder" in Coffee Grinder. On reflection, I suppose the clue was in the title?
"It is a chopper? Is it a mill?"
De'Longhi KG49 90g Electric Coffee Grinder
My first recent Amazon purchase in the pursuit of espresso happiness was a De'Longhi KG49 90g Electric Coffee Grinder. Ha, trick title! This is in fact technically NOT a grinder but a very efficient chopper. If you can only afford one gizmo and need to mill coffee and chop herbs, grains, nuts etc; this device is a brilliant compromise. However, as is often the case, compromise generally involves competing needs being partially met. To get the right coffee texture required a great deal of trial and error and I found it very hard to achieve consistency. Another issue with a chopper is that your coffee gets partially cooked in the process of achieving a fine enough ...em - 'grind', This tends to dry out some of the good stuff ideally you want to squeeze through your espresso machine.
However, My De'Longhi KG49 is great for general chopping/milling so I kept it.
Pursuit of Espresso Nirvana, take 2.
Dualit 75015 Coffee Grinder, Black
I should have taken more notice of the mixed reviews for this burr grinder, but I liked the look of it and the price.
It is very noisy but works well as a general coffee grinder (Filter, French press grinds). However despite manufacturer claims it did not grind fine enough on the lowest setting to achieve a good espresso shot, being pushed through on my De'Longhi machine in under 12 seconds despite extensive tamping (which is nowhere near the compression and brewing required to caramelise for a good espresso). I have since found that some users are modding this Grinder. I did not fancy trying this; hence parting with more cash for the Baratza and returning the Dualit. Sorry Dualit - near miss.
Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder; I feel that I have got what I paid for. If you can afford it, treat yourself - with the first espresso I could taste the difference.
(I have no affiliation with any of these aforementioned products).
Great service Amazon. Thank you.
In hindsight, I suppose I should have started with, "D'ya hear the one about the chopper and the two grinders?"
Just did not have the same ring to it!
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