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Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder

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Regular Price: $329.00

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The Baratza Preciso lives up to its name! It has features to offer a consistent grind, every time. Its micro adjustment system helps you divide the standard 40 macro positions into 11 distinct steps for even more customization, while a PortaHolder enables you to grind directly into your portafilter basket (think less mess). The best part? The Baratza Preciso houses 40 mm hardened steel conical burrs that keep the grind consistent, plus provides a pulse button and 60-second timer for easier measurement.
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The Baratza Preciso lives up to its name! It has features to offer a consistent grind, every time. Its micro adjustment system helps you divide the standard 40 macro positions into 11 distinct steps for even more customization, while a PortaHolder enables you to grind directly into your portafilter basket (think less mess). The best part? The Baratza Preciso houses 40 mm hardened steel conical burrs that keep the grind consistent, plus provides a pulse button and 60-second timer for easier measurement.

Features & Functionality of the Baratza Preciso

  • Complete Control: With 40 macro grind options combined with 11 micro options, you will have little trouble truly dialing in that perfect grind.
  • Eliminate The Middleman: Grind directly into your portafilter basket with the included PortaHolder. Prefer the standard grind bin? It is included as well.
  • Push Some Buttons: With both a pulse button and timer, it is easier to keep consistent quantity for multiple grinds.
  • Keep It Still: With a sturdy weight, the Preciso is less likely to shimmy it's way around your countertops during operation.
  • Less Static: The Preciso boasts an enhanced anti-static design, which minimizes messy coffee dust.
  • European-Crafted Burrs: The Preciso's conical burrs ensure consistency every time you grind.
  • Less Trash: Packaged in 100% recyclable materials.
  • Pros
    • Micro/Macro Settings - The Precisco allows for the most grind customization we've seen in any grinder.
    • Precision Grinding - The 40mm commercial-grade conical burrs produce a consistent grind, which is crucial for perfecting your espresso or brewed coffee extraction.
    Cons
    • Gets Warm - While the timer feature is nice, if it is left running for the full minute, the machine heats up, causing your grind to come out a bit warmer than usual.
    Ease of Care and Maintenance 5
    Ease of Use 5
    Overall Value for the Money 5
    How Does it Compare?

    The Baratza Preciso has more precision and greater options than other models. Grinds from 200-1170 microns.

    Tips and Tricks

    The Baratza Preciso was formerly called the Virtuoso Preciso.

    Suitable Applications Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over
    Minimum Time to Grind Double Shot 14 seconds | 1.5-2.4 g/sec
    Minimum Time to Grind 8 Cup Drip 1 minute
    Model Number Virtuoso/Preciso
    Manufacturer Baratza
    Width 5.0 inches
    Depth 6.0 inches
    Height 13.0 inches with hopper | 9.5 inches without hopper
    Product Weight (lbs.) 8.0000
    Watts 1600W
    Volts 110V
    RPM of Burrs 405-500 RPM
    Programmability No
    Case Material Plastic
    NSF Certified No
    Bean Hopper Capacity 8 oz
    Grinder Style Burr - Conical Steel
    Burr Diameter 40
    Anti-Static Coating Yes
    Timer or On/Off Switch Both Timer & On/Off Switch
    Material Plastic

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    Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder
    Already Asked: 6 Questions, 27 Answers
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    Chris H asked: Hey there - considering a new grinder. Narrowed it down to the Preciso, the Simonelli Grinta and of course the Rancillio Rocky. Alas I'm a weird one and indulge in french press, non pressurised espresso and turkish coffee so my grinder will have to fit the bill for all three. Can the Preciso do all three grinds adequately? How does it compare? Thanks. Aug 15, 2013
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    robert e: I vacillated for months between the Rocky and the Preciso. I went with The Preciso and received it about 9 months ago, however it would not grind fine enough for ristretto. SG exchanged it for another which had the same problem. Customer service advised me to recalibrate the grinder for a finer grind, but I was reluctant to take a screwdriver to my new grinder (the manual states that the warranty can be voided if unauthorized repairs are made) so I sent back the 2nd unit and received a 3rd with the same problem. I concluded SG must have received an entire shipment of uncalibrated Precisos but I'm just guessing. SG had lost patience with me and I them so I contacted Baratza by email, and received a perfectly calibrated machine in exchange for my 3rd. Now that I know the ease of recalibration, I should have listened to SG, saved everyone time, postage and grief, and done it myself on the first machine.

    The micro adjustment allows you to dial in the right finess for each new bag, then to slowly dial down the fineness as the beans dry throughout the week until you get a new bag and repeat the process. I also use it to for a coarser, drip coffee grind whenever needed.

    Baratza went the extra mile by testing the replacement grinder before sending. Good company, based in the US, which amazingly sells replacement parts AT COST, readily available should anything go wrong. And they back up their products with excellent customer service. Despite my initial difficulties, I'm very happy with the consistent grind and ease of use, and would recommend the Preciso to anyone needing the flexibility provided by the 400+ grind settings.
    Aug 16, 2013
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    SAMUEL G: I had a Rocky grinder before getting the Preciso and I can tell you that the Rocky will fit mostly your espresso needs, it does an excellent job on that, if you are looking for a more versatile grinder go with the Preciso, that is exactly what I got for, it goes perfectly easy from french press to manual pour over and espresso (you just ask SCG to adjust it to the finest espresso grind possible so you will not have problems adjusting it at home). Turkish coffee? I am not sure any of the grinders you are talking about can do the job, maybe, just maybe the Rocky will do.

    Best regards and good luck on your search for a better grinder.

    PD: if you have 150 or so extra bucks go for the Esatto scale that works with the Preciso, check it out.
    Aug 16, 2013
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    Ryan M: I have only the Bartaza Preciso so I can't say how it compares from first hand experience. What I can say is that it produces a perfect, accurate grind with almost no fines and very regular particle size. I think this is the single most important thing to a great cup is the right grind size that is accruate throughout the grind and with minimal fines.

    It has changed my espresso making amazingly. I have a $50 refurb Delonghi EC100 and it now makes a balanced, rich cup of espresso packed with crema with the grind using the Bartazza.

    Adjustment with the coarse and fine trim rings are easy and appear accurate so switching grinds should be easy.

    Im convinced that there is no need to pay a dollar more for a quality grind.
    Aug 17, 2013
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    Bruce A: I can only speak about the preciso. It grinds very evenly both coarse for French press, and fine enough for espresso using an unpressurized head. I'm able to precisely adjust the grind To allow for the changes in coffee as it ages even a day at a time.

    However, when I spoke to the manufacture, they did not recommend using it for Turkish grind. They said it would tend to get clogged, and recommended using a Turkish type hand grinder. I use the preciso to Coarsely grind the coffee, and then use my Turkish hand grinder to finish it. However, I'm sure that the preciso Would grind fine enough for Turkish coffee, if I were to disassemble, and readjust the grind calibration. There are instructions on the companies website on how to do this.
    Aug 16, 2013
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    Michael G: I can't speak for the turkish, but I had the same requirements when I was looking for a grinder.

    A friend with more knowledge about grinders told me "buy the best espresso grinder and get something cheap to do your french press." I thought he was crazy. Looking back, he was totally right. If you have the money, getting a great espresso grinder is really key while you can settle for a $20-30 french press grinder. I should have only focused only my espresso grinder.

    That all said, I got the Preciso. I use it 99.9% of the time for espresso. I'm very happy with it. I don't know if it would hold up doing turkish well over the long term and I'd investigate that before making the purchase.

    Hope that helps!
    Aug 16, 2013
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    Mare B: We use our preciso for french press, cold brew and pavoni turkish grinds all the time. I wouldn't trade it for the world. We even talked our neighbors into buying one after they had an espresso with us. changing the settings is really easy, it's a bit subjective which grind each person in the house likes...but easy enough to experiment. sometimes a bean will drop in the wrong way, and you have to shake the machine a tiny bit to move it, but we've never had a jamming issue. easy enough to clean. i would buy one again. the only thing i don't like is the little holder inside-to hold the espresso filter is a bit flimsy-we had to modify it a bit.... Aug 16, 2013
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    Sandra B: Hi,
    We are using the Preciso for AeroPress and Saeco Aroma (usually with pressurized porta filter). We are NOT the real coffee geeks. That would be our son who visited and helped us dial in the settings that seem to be working very well with beans from our local roaster (Flying Goat) here in Sonoma County. He was happy with results he got with the MyPressi (?) he travels with. We are perfectly pleased, but are probably not as discerning as folks who would go into Rancillio territory.
    Aug 16, 2013
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    Shawn G: I've had the Preciso for 10 months now and have used it for a number of purposes. The range of the burr set is very impressive, you can make a perfect french press and have about 1/8th of the dial left to go with similar extremes at the finer side of the grind. Also, the microadjustments come in really handy if you're completely anal about timing espresso shots or pour-over steeping times. I have no experience with the other two, but I've found this to be a very high-quality grinder. Aug 16, 2013
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    mark f: Chris, we got ours almost exactly a year ago and it has performed flawlessly. That being said, we use a Chemex cone trip, and Italian stove top espresso maker and an automatic drip - that makes us weird ones too. It is easy to change the settings, the grind seems to be very consistent and the machine also seems to be very well made. It is also very quiet.

    I would definitely recommend it.
    Aug 16, 2013
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    Joshua L: Hi Chris,
    I bought my Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder just short of a year ago, and have been very happy with it. I use it exclusively for pressurized espresso and french press and it has always given us consistent grinds!!! You might check out the reviews in I think Home-Barista or the Coffee Geek which raved about this grinder. Hope this helps.

    Peace & Joy,

    Joshua L.
    Aug 16, 2013
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    hugh m: Chris,

    we use our Preciso for espresso and for press. it works well, the adjustments are easy to make and very precise. it is a very solid machine, and not very loud. having three different kinds of 'basket' is helpful.

    the bad news is that you do have to read the instructions.

    best,

    hugh
    Aug 17, 2013
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    Steven O: We use the Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder for espresso, regular drip, and occasionally French press, all with very good results. We haven't used it for Turkish coffee.

    We've had this grinder almost a full year with no problems. It's heavy and sturdy. We haven't had a single jam in all this time.
    Aug 18, 2013
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    Patricia R: I am very happy with my Preciso grinder. I use it primarily for non pressurized espresso. With a little tweaking I am able to pull my best ever shots. I also am quite satisfied with the grind for pour-over and french press. I have no experience with Turkish coffee. Aug 17, 2013
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    Noah N: While I can't answer your question specifically for turkish coffee, this grinder works great for french press and espresso. Aug 16, 2013
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    Chris H: Just wanted to say thanks to everyone. What a community! SeattleCoffeeGear suggested Grinta over Rocky but I think I've left both behind. With all the love for the Preciso it's now top on my list along with the Cunill/Fracino Tranquilo. Now I just need to find a good stockist in UK. Thanks again! Aug 17, 2013
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    A shopper asked: just purchased this item. what grind settings do you recommend for french press, regular drip, and technivorm mocha master? Jan 22, 2013
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    Ralph R: I'm almost a total press coffee guy and have found G33 to work perfectly with the Preciso. There is an excellent pdf on Baratza Grinders I found online that tests grinds for several grinders and different uses and makes recommendations for many uses.

    BTW, this grinder replaced a previous one that I was quite happy with but it had a broken plastic knob. The new one is shockingly superior - perfectly even grind with very, very little fines. A wonderful addition to my coffee addiction.

    Cheers
    Jan 24, 2013
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    robert e: My espresso setting hovers around 4C, depending on roasting freshness. I was setting it to 10 for drip but when it failed to return to the exact grind for espresso, I started using the same setting for drip as espresso. I add a paper filter to the gold one to prevent grounds from sneaking through. If any questions go unanswered or should you experience problems with customer service, contact Baratza directly. They're very helpful. Jan 23, 2013
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    SAMUEL G: DRIP COFFEE (INCLUDING ALL TECHNIVORM COFFEE MAKERS) MACRO: 16, MICRO: F
    FRENCH PRESS: MACRO: 22, MICRO: A.

    THOSE ARE MY PREFERENCES BUT FEEL FREE TO TRY AND ADJUST AS YOU TASTE YOUR COFFEE.
    THE GRINDER WORKS PERFECT FOR BOTH METHODS, USE THESE NUMBERS AS A START UP THEN ADJUST AS YOU LIKE.

    EXCELLENT GRINDER YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.
    Jan 24, 2013
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    Edwin T: I do pour over and expresso with my Baratza Preciso so I'm far from an expert. With the pour over and a traditional white paper filter, I find any grind below 13 (macro setting) to be good enough. Anything finer and I get a fine sediment at the bottom. Jan 23, 2013
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    Steven O: I wish I could help, but in this case I can't. The Baratza Preciso grinder has been great (especially after a disastrous experience with a Bodum grinder), but we only use it for espresso, not French press, drip, or technivorm. Jan 23, 2013
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    George I: For my technivorm, I've used 24-F although some could argue it is a little coarser than necessary. The taste based on 56 grams of coffee works great for me. For a french press I've set it to 32-F and that also works great. Jan 23, 2013
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    Gladys Y asked: Does this model have a removable hopper? My significant other can't take caffeine and so uses decaf beans, so I need the ability to easily switch out the beans (without overturning the entire device!). Other than the Breville Smart Grinder which other grinders have a removable hopper. I'm particularly interested in the ability to grind from pour over to espresso. Thanks! Jun 24, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: Unfortunately there are very few grinders that offer hopper shut off for removal of beans without spilling them. This Baratza Preciso Grinder, however, is compatible with the Shutoff Hopper with Lid, so you could remove the hopper to change beans. The only other grinder for a range of applications like what you're looking for that I would recommend would be the Baratza Forte AP, as grinders with guards like the Mazzer are not suitable for multiple applications, as they are step less. I have included links to the alternative hopper as well as the Forte below:

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-shutoff-hopper-with-lid

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-forte-all-purpose-grinder-ceramic-burr

    The other solution would be to measure out the beans you need to grind before adding them to the hopper so that both of you are always using the full amount of your specific beans, and you are always caffeinated while your significant other is not! Hope this helps!
    Jun 24, 2014
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    Gladys Y: Thanks for the detailed response! I do suppose measuring out beans per dose would be the logical solution to this. (What we do now for our Hario hand crank.) Thanks so much :) Jun 24, 2014
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    Makaya M asked: Hello, we are new to the espresso world, and want to get a grinder that compatible with our filter basket. We have a Grindmaster 2450Q, will they work together?
    Thanks for your input!
    Dec 9, 2013
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    Aaron M: This grinder will certainly work, however with a $5k machine, I would suggest stepping up a level or two on your grinder as it really is the most important piece in the setup. Dec 12, 2013
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    Steven O: I'm not familiar with the Grindmaster 2450Q. But the Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder seems compatible with standard filter baskets. Dec 9, 2013
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    Betsy P asked: We've had this grinder for about a year now & it's been fantastic! However, today it suddenly stopped working in mid-grind and now it is completely "dead" (no sound or action when I push the grind button). I turned it over & shook out all the coffee from the reservoir in case something was stuck, but that had no effect. Any suggestions of what to try next?? Jun 18, 2013
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    Teri KStaff: I'm sorry that Preciso grinder is acting up on you! The first thing I would suggest would be to make sure that the hopper is locked into place on the unit. I would also suggest trying the grinder in a few outlets to be sure it is getting power. If this still doesn't solve the issue, then check out Baratza's website for troubleshooting- it may be a loose wire or thermal fuse connection. Their troubleshooting page offers some great step by step PDF's to help you diagnosis and solve many issues that might occur:

    http://www.baratza.com/troubleshooting/
    Jun 18, 2013
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    Virginia B asked: Where is/was this product manufactured? How sturdy is it? We had a Technivorn MoccaMaster Grinder, but we broke the ground coffee reservoir, and cannot replace it. Jun 6, 2013
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    Teri KStaff: The Baratza Preciso grinders are made in Taiwan and are pretty sturdy! They do a great job grinding for a variety of applications- from coarse for French Press to fine espresso grind. There are also a variety of parts for this grinder available directly from Baratza, should you lose or have a piece that needs to be replaced. Jun 10, 2013
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    Warranty Information for the Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder

    What it Covers:

    Grinders

    Length: 1 Year
    Who Supports the Warranty: Baratza
    Warranty Contact Information: 877-701-2021
    Notes: Baratza has excellent troubleshooting resources on their website. If you're experiencing an issue with your grinder, definitely look here first.
    Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No
    Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

    Caring for the Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder

    Clean burrs on a weekly to bi-weekly basis either with a cleaning brush or a burr grinder-specific cleaning product such as Grindz.

    Remove and hand wash the bean hopper and lid with warm water and soap as needed.


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    Great grinder, even better customer service

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    Bought mine from SCG along with my Rancilio Silvia and used them both for 9 months straight now - every day except when I've been out of town. I started as a total newbie, but now I make some pretty great espresso (even my wife agrees)! The grinder has worked flawlessly, except for once just recently. I called up Baratza support, and they shipped me a replacement part first (arrived the next day) and instructional video, but that turned out to be beyond my capabilities. So then they shipped me an entire replacement grinder. No charge for any of that, and the replacement grinder even included pre-paid shipping to send mine back. It's a great grinder, absolutely. And the customer support is even better.

    (Posted on 8/6/14)

    mmmmm good

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    First let me say that I am not an expert and I have had this grinder for just 2 weeks. It is my first burr grinder. So far I love it and I love the better flavor of my favorite beans. The purchasing process was easy and it was delivered on time. I am looking forward to many more wonderful cups of coffee.

    (Posted on 4/27/14)

    OK, just OK when it works

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    I pretty much going to echo what others have said before. The grinder does it job, and just that, when it works. I studied reviews over a few days and decided to order this model from Baratza. So far is has been VERY unreliable. I should have gone with the Rocky. Save yourself a headache and order something different.

    (Posted on 3/4/14)

    Great Espresso, but Treat it Right

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    I owned mine for a half year or so. Even with four "amateurs" in the house pulling espressos, we all got good results with a used Pasquini Livia 90. A typical setting is 4 major clicks from the finest setting with the minor adjustment knob in the middle. Adjust to the beans/humidity/tamp from there.

    When I returned from a week-long trip, I found the grinder at its finest setting and the result was still too coarse. Removing the hopper, I found that the grinder was in desperate need of a cleaning. I tried removing the top, plastic retainer ring and it broke apart. It had become brittle from heat damage.

    To repair the unit I ordered a new ring (and a spare) for $4 each. :) After a good cleaning, I reassembled, set it to 4.5 clicks from finest and pulled a 27 second shot. :)

    The day the machine broke, we were having guests. On a whim, I upgraded to a Mazzer Mini. No plastic in the Mazzer! That said, with the Preciso, we could grind, pull and get clean shots from a bottomless portafilter. With the grind from the Mini, we have to underpack the filter and be super careful with the distribution and tamp. The grind from the Preciso isn't nearly as finicky.

    The bottom line is that the Preciso is an excellent home grinder, but if there is a hint of something being out of sorts, take the burrs apart and clean it immediately. Otherwise, there might be stay coffee or a misalignment that causes high temperature and a failure. Avoid forcing the machine through a bad grind and you will get great espresso that is very forgiving of amateur tamps and packs.

    BTW, some people write that they own a Preciso and don't use it for espresso. They are missing the point. The micro adjustment is specific to espresso grinding. For regular coffee, get the cheaper Virtuoso. Of course, the "Treat it Right" recommendation still stands. :)

    (Posted on 1/21/14)

    Pleased

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    We had the Vario W and needed a second grinder. We chose the Preciso because of the lower price. It only took a few attempts to get it dialed in and the results are great. The reviews make me nervous but we'll have to ride it out and hope for the best.

    Of the two the Preciso might be the machine of choice for us. Weighing may not be as important as I thought when we bought the machine. The W's screen is difficult to read though I believe they have a new one.

    The biggest selling point for us is that the ground coffee falls into a bin and leaves no mess. Both machines are easy to use, small in size and deliver a good grind.

    (Posted on 12/9/13)

    Decent performance, but poor quality construction

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    I have owned this grinder (purchased elsewhere) for about a year now. In that time, the main drive gear has stripped twice. It's a stupid design- there is a metal worm gear attached to the motor which spins a large plastic gear attached to the burrs. The burr retaining ring also broke both times. While the parts are relatively inexpensive, Baratza doesn't ship very quickly and overcharges for shipping and handling. The drive gear stripped again a few weeks ago and I was without a grinder for 10 days waiting on replacement parts. Repairing the grinder is fairly easy if you're somewhat handy, and Baratza's website has excellent repair guides and videos (clearly this is a widespread problem).

    The grind quality is OK. However, the fine grind adjustment moves by itself due to the vibrations of grinding. Over time you'll find your setting has changed itself.

    I was planning to upgrade to a new Forte grinder from Baratza. Then my drive gear stripped for the second time in about 6 months and I've now sworn off the make for good. I was willing to forgive one failure, but two in the span of 6 months or so under light household use is indicative of a quality problem. Though the Preciso is their lower-end offering, if its build quality is reflective of the brand overall I want nothing more to do with them.

    If you purchase this grinder, be sure to order up some spare parts right away. I wish I would have purchased a Rocky instead. I probably have $100 in replacement parts and shipping into this grinder over the course of a year. Plus I'm forced to drink Keurig coffee for 10 days or so each time my grinder is down for repairs.

    (Posted on 11/29/13)

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    When they work they're a workhorse and do a decent job of grinding for various brews. And putting them through the paces of different beans, grind size, etc they prove to be exceptional for the mid-range pricing of these machines.

    However, the joy stops here as I've now owned 4 of these. Starting with 2 of the Virtuoso's, followed by 2 Virtuoso Preciso models. In each and every case, all eventually failed within 13 months with the exception of my last Preciso, it lasted a whopping 18 months.

    And all had various issues before they failed, I.e., odd noises, sudden lock-ups, coffee beans jumping out of the burr chamber and getting caught in the silicone/rubber chamber collar, and last but not least annoying was having the "so-called" precision dial moving away from its original setting during a grind session.

    Failure, in all cases, was due to either the burr locking up or the motor burned out. If one counts the fact that Baratza kindly replaced two of the first Virtuoso models with updated "improved" burrs, at no cost to me, I owned a total of six in a 5.5 year period.

    Call me stubborn, stupid or otherwise but I wasn't about to go through the trials of their repair kit for the units that weren't replaced. I simply wanted a mid-range grinder that worked properly for at least 4-6 years with modest usage. Asking too much? Not really, when one considers the simplicity of the mechanics of grinders.

    Rather than move on to another brand I assumed this was the 'new norm' in grinders and unfortunately suckered my way back to Baratza after reading new user's rave reviews. Instead, I should have paid closer attention to user reviews that mirrored my usage and time spent in ownership.

    I didn't abuse these machines, used them only 2-3 times daily, cleaned them thoroughly every week, and used the "Grindz" product to deep clean the burrs and dispensing shoot. Compared to most users' treatment of grinders this was overkill on my part but necessary, especially when grinding oily espresso-type beans.

    Having spent over $1,100 on my 5.5 year Baratza journey I am no longer a fan and have moved on to another brand, similarly priced and guess what? Now going on 3+ years with this "other brand", not one failure and it gets used twice as much as the Virtuoso Preciso.

    (Posted on 10/7/13)

    Fine grinding but unreliable

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    Pros: Good grinding with the ability to fine tune the grind.

    Cons: Unreliable

    I would not recommend this grinder at this price you can do better.

    I have this grinder now for 9 month I had already replaced two burr holders and one adjustment ring. Baratza support is excellent but has no good solution. They say the burr holder is the fuse that should break in case a stone gets in to protect the burr. The only thing that it breaks frequently without apparent reason. So if you get this grinder stock up on Burr holders. They are only 4$ but I don't like that I have another consumable that I need to have handy to insure that I won't get stuck with a nonfunctional grinder.

    (Posted on 8/5/13)

    Still great

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    4 month review of this grinder, and its still great. I do not use the portaholder since it ends up being more of a mess than it helps. Im 50/50 espresso and french press and have a variety of ranges for each depending upon the bean. Once you get used to it, making adjustments quickly will become second nature. Im still a hobbyist, no professional, but I couldnt be happier with my purchase. Only issue is that the metal timer handle jiggles off about once a month, but it easily pushes back into the machine and is good for another month. I might try a dab of glue next time. The metal handle is heavy metal, if it was cheap plastic it might not have this issue, but I would rather have the quality metal handle.

    (Posted on 7/16/13)

    Trouble

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    I had the grinder for about 1 1/2 years and the white plastic retainer ring on the conical blade broke. I ordered a new one that took about 1 month to arrive. Turns out that the blade being misaligned probably caused the large gear inside to strip.
    Then I bought a rebuild kit for $22 with the postage. I went to the installation video on YouTube and very carefully and slowly got it back together without a hitch. Everything worked fine except the coffee came out a course grind no matter what setting I put it on.

    My time is money (3 hours to dissemble and reassemble) along with the total of $40 I spent on parts and now I have a $350 piece of trash.

    Everyone eventually has a bad experience even with a quality product. However it does seem suspect that they produced a rebuild kit to replace the metal gear inside with a plastic one that is supposed to prevent the stripping. There had to be a lot of problems in the design or they would have never gone to the expense to produce the kit.

    I am probably going to sell my espresso machine and buy a Starbucks card...LOL!

    (Posted on 7/10/13)

    Good grinder when it works

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    I've had my Baratza Preciso for almost three years, now. When it works it generates a great ground coffee. My main problem with it is the quality. The main parts for adjustment, engine gears, and the support for the burr are made of plastic and plastic breaks.

    I've gone back and forth several times with Baratza. Service was great and they sent me replacement parts. It's just that after 4-5 repairs in two and a half years, you start looking for a grinder that is more sturdy.
    Our usage is very moderate: we brew between one and three espresso drinks each day. So no commercial use here.

    (Posted on 7/8/13)

    Quality grind slight design flaw

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    Does this grinder grind beans precisely? Yes! It does a great job at that. It is a solid built Multi adjustable machine and I think it gives me a consistent shot every time.
    My challenge is two things, one is that as the beans grind a percentage of them are wasted because they fly out. I would say 10-15% of the grind flies out onto the counter. I thought it was me ( human error) but I have held the filter flat, Angeled, close up and farther down and I always loose a decent percentage. I of course take what the machine catches and shake it into the filter, but I know that much of what hits the counter gets lost. Beans are spendy and its a disappointment. The other problem, though small, is the grinder knob pops off sometimes as its grinding. I just pop it back on but it doesn't seem to really snap in. Not a huge deal but it shouldn't happen on this higher end machine.
    So great grind with a couple design flaws.

    (Posted on 6/22/13)

    Baratza Preciso Burr Grinder

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    It grinds VERY nicely, very consistent, the surprising thing is the anti-static coating on the plastic seems to work very well!! A slight disappointment is that the portafilter holder insert seems to miss at least 20% of the grind to the back of a 50mm portafilter - it may be operator error and will continue to try off and on.

    The timer feature is really handy.

    So far espresso, drip and coarse press grinds we've done have been spot on, but we're still going to experiment.....

    We're tickled pink with it!

    (Posted on 5/30/13)

    Great Grinder, Great Coffee

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    New to coffee world, but enough people said "Grinder is more important than almost anything!" After getting an aeropress and a small hand grinder, I was getting tired of grinding by hand each morning. Looking to the future I bought this grinder so that I can make espresso, chemex, french press, and what ever else comes along. Best money I have spent yet. Thanks SCG Crew for the reviews, and help on the phone. This is a great product.

    (Posted on 4/17/13)

    Exactly what I was hoping for

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    I love the grinder, it came with the grinds bin and the portaholder. My friend has the Baratza Encore, and I have the Preciso, we got them at almost the same time and both are great. The difference is that he uses his for an aeropress, and I use mine for espresso, aeropress, drip, etc. I am glad I got the Preciso, it is quieter, and much quicker at grinding. I really enjoy the timer feature on the side and the quality is awesome. I havent seen metal this heavy on an appliance ever, it has a nice heavy base and quality machined burrs. Easy to take apart to clean. I have had mine for about a month, so it is fairly new to me, but so far so good. We have a 2 great coffee roasters in town, so I have been able to try everything from large to small, oily to dry, dark and light beans in this thing, and have not had an issue yet. I was trying to figure out if the fine adjustment feature was worth paying extra for, but with the portaholder and a few other items it was worth it. You can tell huge differences between settings on the Encore, so the fine adjust makes a difference surprisingly, although I dont see needing to adjust it all that often. I am a bit disappointed in the portaholder, even on the lowest holder setting, the grounds seem to fall out. I really wish Bartaza would have made more of a shoot that fits into the top, and directs the grounds. My problem is that in order to get a proper dose the grounds are mounded slightly before tamping. When you pull it out of the holder you usually end up losing some more grounds. Great idea, better than most, but still could use some help. The portaholder is independent from the grinder, and the grinder is great. Id highly recommend.

    (Posted on 4/3/13)

    Very pleased

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    We got this together with the 55mm non-pressurized portafilter upgrade for our Starbucks Barista. World of Difference! I add two tablespoons of beans at a time and grind until empty, which gives me the exact amount needed for a shot. The fresh grind is easy to pour from the bin to the portafilter while spilling nary a speck.

    Sticker shock faded away as we tasted our first shots. My only complaint, same as everyone's, the little timer knob falls off quite easily.

    I'm amazed at the difference a single click or two of the grind adjustment makes. When I change beans I either tweak the grind a click or two, or simply adjust the tamp pressure.

    (Posted on 3/27/13)

    nothing is perfect, but this sure gets close.

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    So, let's say you want to be able to grind for espresso. and your wife likes drip. and occasionally, you make french press. or aeropress.

    let's start with espresso. so many grind settings it hurts to think about. i never thought i'd care about having so many, but now that i have it, i can't think about going back to imprecision! It has done wonders for my shots. i can adjust on the fly for roast, humidity, age of the beans...i can switch to french press, and dial back for espresso and get consistent results even after switching multiple times.

    it s quiet. it is heavy. it is easy to clean. there is very little coffee left in the grinder in between shots. it is easy to take apart. baratza is fantastic in supporting the machine with detailed instructions and great communication.

    so in short, great machine, great company, great results, at a great price point.

    things i'm not crazy about: portafilter fork is flimsy, but not a deal breaker. there is some static issues, although much less than other grinders i have dealt with. the hopper lid is a bit annoying to remove and replace - would be nice if it had a quick handle or something. i've also noticed most of the noise is buffered by the hopper lid - why not put a rubber seal on the lid (like a blender) i'd bet the grinder would be even quieter. Regardless, the grinder is very quiet.

    I have heard that different production dates (in particular, early production models) had some issues that were addressed. so if you don't like the thing, contact baratza as there are some fixes and adjustments they can (and will) walk you through.

    (Posted on 3/11/13)

    Amazing quality at a price that can't be matched!

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    This grinder has it all!!

    -Easy to assemble
    -Easy to clean
    -Manual push button or timer operation
    -Low noise
    -Portaholder and original chute included
    -AMAZING for the price

    Best of all, the macro/micro settings allow for precise grind adjustments for dialing in your shots. I highly recommend this grinder for anyone who is looking to achieve better tasting shots.

    From turkish to french press, this grinder will not let you down no matter what your brewing preference.

    Happy brewing and let the heart palpitations commence! =)

    (Posted on 3/1/13)

    A really nice, reliable grinder

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    I've had a Preciso for a couple of years now, grinding about 5 shots a day. So long as I use good beans, I get an excellent grind consistently and pull great shots from my Gaggia. It's easy to adjust for new beans, humid days, etc. And pretty quick and easy to adjust for an occasional French press pot.

    (Posted on 2/27/13)

    Unreliable

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    I bought one of these back in April 2011. It broke later that year and Baratza replaced it without issue. It has since broken again and I am in the market for another grinder.

    It will not be another Baratza. A $300 grinder should last longer than mine did, especially being used no more than once every morning.

    (Posted on 1/16/13)

    Great grinder at a reasonable price

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    I have had this grinder for a couple of months now, and I think I have a pretty good idea of its performance and value. I am a novice home espresso maker, and after reading exhaustively on the subject, I concluded that my first purchase needed to be a decent grinder. I finally decided on the Baratza Preciso, and have not been disappointed.

    The build quality seems very good, and some of the problems reported by earlier reviewers, such as the timer knob coming off, have not arisen. It is easy to remove the burrs for cleaning. The anti-static feature of the collection bin is very effective, and I see little, if any grounds escaping. Maybe it is a little noisy, but I don't have much to compare to other than my old Cuisinart grinder which is much, much louder. I do not find it to be annoyingly noisy, however.

    The grind seems very consistent, and the fine tuning of the grind options that are available are beyond my ability to recognize the very small differences that are achievable. It actually borders on being continuously variable. I suspect that as my skill improves, this will become a more valuable feature. I grind for espresso and also for a moka pot, and switching between the two takes only seconds.

    Right now I am using a Breville Roma espresso maker that was given to me a couple of years ago, and this is certainly not the ideal machine. I have made a number of modifications to it, but the rather small, 50 mm portafilter does not lend itself well to being filled directly from the Preciso. Too many grounds end up missing the portafilter. I suspect that with a the larger, standard 58 mm portafilter this will not be as much of an issue.

    Although I have not required any technical support or service, from all that I have read Baratza is excellent in this regard. Their website is very helpful, and most questions are already addressed. Hopefully, I will never need them, but if I do I am reasonably confident that their service will be helpful and responsive.

    So right now I am able to produce good shots, sometimes exceptional shots with my setup. The next step would be a better espresso machine, as I feel that the grinder is easily up to the task for my home use purposes, and my current espresso maker is the weak link in the chain. I suppose that if one is grinding all day long, or multiple times per day, that a more expensive, pro level grinder would be worth the extra money. For what I need, the Preciso is more than sufficient. I recommend it highly.

    (Posted on 9/21/12)

    great piece of equipment

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    I've been using a burr grinder for over 10 years alongside my Europiccola hand-pump machine. I decided to give the Europiccola to my daughter as I had recently upgraded to an Alex DuettoII. Of course she would need the grinder, too, so I looked over the grinders at SCG, received some advice from the crew and finally decided on the Preciso. I like the precision of the grind and the big surprise was it is much quieter than I had expected (based on our old grinder.) So, I am quite pleased.

    (Posted on 7/27/12)

    Huge improvement over Baratza Maestro

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    I bought this Baratza Preciso to replace a Baratza Maestro so I could use a non-pressurized portafilter on a Saeco Aroma. With the Maestro's finest grind and heavy tamping, the total infusion time was never greater than about 12 seconds. Now with the Preciso, I am able to adjust the grind to easily yield optimal infusion times of 25-30 seconds. However, in order to accomplish this, I had to adjust the internal grind adjustment of the Preciso to its finest setting. I'm now very pleased with this upgrade - I wish I had purchased the Preciso from the beginning!

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    (Posted on 5/30/12)

    Best choice in this price range

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    I've had it now for three weeks (paired with a Preciso grinder). Pretty much by day two, I was pulling very good shots. Unless you need to froth lots of milk, this is a fabulous choice as an intro machine that you may never outgrow.

    It has many highly desirable features: 58mm Portafilter, PID, pre-infusion, and fast steaming (for a single boiler unit) due to thermablock.

    Bundled with a grinder (and free bottomless portafilter) it's a great value.

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    Great Taste, PRICE, Easy To Use, Pid

    Cons:
    Somewhat industrial look, Unknown reliability

    (Posted on 5/23/12)

    Very good!

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    Quick and easy to use

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    Quiet, Commercial Grade, Easy To Use

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    (Posted on 5/5/12)

    Grinds coffee beans

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    The slow speed rpm makes less noise Very heavy construction
    Micro settings allow user to fine tune grind

    This unit is not manufactured in the USA

    My setting for Ranchilo Silvia :
    9-11- B or C w/14-15 g in dbl basket
    using a heavy tamper

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    Hard To Clean

    (Posted on 4/5/12)

    Excellent Multi-Use Grinder

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    This grinder is well built and easy to use. I was concerned at first that it wouldn't grind fine enough for the Rocket Cellini, but wanted a versatile grinder that allowed for a varying degree of brews. It did not disappoint. The consistency of grind is excellent and I am very impressed at how well it performs for the Rocket at an exceptional price point. For its compact size, I was surprised at how easy it is to maintain. I have little use for the micro adjustment and just let it sit in the middle. It has a neat portafilter holder that keeps grind overflow contained, making coffee grounds on my counter non-existent.

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    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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    (Posted on 3/13/12)

    Baratza Preciso: Love It

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    Oh this baby is nice. SO much easier to clean than my Rocky. Loved the Rocky, but you actually have to unscrew everything to really clean the burr, and it leaves an unacceptable amount of grind in the shoot between uses. (The old stuff mixes with the new stuff, utterly spoiling your gorgeous cup of Esmerelda!) Almost no grind is left in the Preciso between uses, and it's a snap to clean. Utterly elegant.

    I grind for press pot, Cafe Solo, stovetop mokka, myPressi Twist, vacuum brewer, manual pour-over, and Aeropress (sp?) No real espresso machine, but I still use a range of grinds. The Baratza seems to handle everything, and, as far as I can tell, is consistent.

    Cons: hard to find. The micro adjustment lever moves a tiny bit during operation, but doesn't seem to be a big deal. And it doesn' look QUITE as utterly cool as some other Italian names. Finally, it's not quite the monster-hunka-metal-Rocky, but still seems well-built.

    4 stars only because I don't think anything qualifies as absolutely perfect. If 5 stars meant "wow I utterly dig it," I would have given 5.

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    Great Taste, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Quiet

    Cons:
    Well nothing

    (Posted on 1/17/12)

    Perfect grind once it's dialed in!

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    This product is very easy to use. My only complaint is that the MICRO adjustment vibrates as you grind the coffee and gradually moves towards a courser grind. It might need a simple tightening but out of the box, it does not stay at a consistent grind.

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    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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    Unreliable

    (Posted on 6/5/11)

    Performs as advertized.

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    If you change the setting it is difficult to put it back because there are many steps between numbers.

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    (Posted on 3/23/11)

    top notch home multi-use grinder

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    great for dialing in your espresso, no worries about weather it grinds fine enough. Also the preciso is better than the vario for press pot grind (different burrs)

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    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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    (Posted on 3/20/11)

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