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Product Description

The Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder with Preciso Burrs comes with several features to make your grinding experience even better. Its new calibration system virtually eliminates grind variation and ensures identical performance from each grinder. The Virtuoso ring burr is supported on three points, providing a stable platform for a more accurate grind.

Features & Functionality of the Baratza Virtuoso Grinder

  • Complete Control: With more than 40 individual settings, the Virtuoso will enable you to dial into your specific grind.
  • Timer: The front-mounted pulse button makes it easy to grind directly into an espresso brew basket.
  • Push Some Buttons: With both a pulse button and timer, it is easier to keep consistent quantity for multiple grinds.
  • Commercial-Quality Burrs: The Virtuoso's burrs are comparable with the highest quality commercial burrs.
  • Less Static: The Virtuoso boasts an enhanced anti-static design, which minimizes messy coffee dust.
  • European-Crafted Burrs: The Virtuoso conical burrs ensure consistency every time you grind.
  • Earth-Friendly Packaging: Packaged in 100% recyclable materials.
  • Large Hopper: With an 8-ounce hopper and a five-ounce ground bin, make plenty of coffee with one flip of the switch.
  • Attractive Top Casting: Primarily an aesthetic attribute, the additional weight of the top casting increases the stability of the grinder. It also provides further sound and vibration isolation for a quieter, smoother-running coffee grinder.
  • Pros
    • Range and Accuracy - The Virtuoso has 40 distinct settings of grind — from espresso to French press.
    • Consistency - The 40mm commercial-grade hardened steel conical burrs produce a consistent grind, which is crucial for perfecting your espresso or brewed coffee extraction.
    • Less Noise - A high-efficiency motor is powerful and spins slowly, resulting in cool and quiet operation.
    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.
    • Can Be Messy - Some customers have indicated that the excess grinds get all over their countertops and the exterior of this unit.
    Ease of Care and Maintenance 5
    Ease of Use 5
    Overall Value for the Money 5
    How Does it Compare?

    The Virtuoso grinds from 200 to 1400 microns. It is a good all around grinder choice for drip or espresso.

    Tips and Tricks

    This grinder is compatible with the Baratza Esatto accessory for weight based grinds. Compatible with the bean hopper extension for additional capacity.

    Suitable Applications Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over
    Minimum Time to Grind Double Shot 12 seconds | 1.5 to 2.4 g/sec
    Minimum Time to Grind 8 Cup Drip 1 minute

    Additional Information

    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 450 RPM
    Programmability No
    Case Material Plastic
    NSF Certified No
    Bean Hopper Capacity 8 oz
    Dosing Options Timer - up to 60 sec
    Adjustment Configuration Stepped - Macro and Micro Settings
    Grinder Style Burr - Conical Steel
    Burr Diameter 40mm
    Anti-Static Coating Yes
    Timer or On/Off Switch Both Timer & On/Off Switch
    Material Plastic

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    I received my Virtuoso yesterday and I have some questions. I use Aeropress and French press, so I wanted a grinder that could easily be adapted to different grinds. The Aeropress grind was excellent (I like it on the fine side), 10-12 as I'm playing with settings. I tried '28' for the french press (as recommended by Baratza) and I was very displeased - boulders and fines - not an even grind at all. Any suggestions?

    Troubleshooting at Baratza only refers to whether you want the grind finer or coarser, not a solution to uneven grind.

    I have some other issues with design, static - but if I can get the grinder to grind evenly on a medium/coarse grind I'll put up with the other issues (although I believe they should be addressed).

    I'd appreciate any input. Thanks.
    Faith on Nov 12, 2013
    Best Answer: 90% of the time we grind for espresso, but we grind for French press on occaision. I haven't got the grinder in front of me, but if 0 is finest and 100 is coarsest, I would set it at 60 for French press. I have noticed that the mean whole bean size seems to be smaller than it used to be, which would be a possible cause of uneven grind at the coarsest setting. Can't help with the static, but do keep an eye on the timer handle which can and will fall off. I had to fish it out of the garbage once after tapping out stale grounds. Otherwise, for the price, this is a really good grinder.

    Regards
    David
    Reply · Report · David J on Nov 12, 2013
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    I picked up a two year old Virtuoso on eBay today and had it shipped to my daughter. It's probably the older non-Preciso version. She's going to use it with a Chemex pour-over (that I just purchased online today from SCG). Any idea what setting would be optimal? Secondly, can I retrofit mine with the Preciso burrs? Probably should have just bought the new one here...too late now.
    A shopper on Nov 16, 2013
    Best Answer: Don't think you'll really need the fine control of Preciso for Pour Over grinding. I land at about 21-22 for Siphon which is similar grind to drip and pour over. For French Press, I go to 32. For moka pot (stovetop "espresso) I use 10-11.

    Preciso more for nailing down the finest grinds for Espresso in the 1-10 range.

    Its a great grinder. Yes, I think the burrs were changed recently for better consistency, but minor improvement.
    Reply · Report · Richard W on Nov 17, 2013
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    What grind setting do you recommend for espresso using a Rancilio Silva ?
    A shopper on Dec 5, 2013
    Best Answer: Although I do not use a Rancilio Silva machine for espresso and most of my grind is for drip and pour-over (Chemex), I've found that different beans/roasts grind differently at the same setting. For this type of coffee, I go between 17 and 25. This "phenomenon", if you will, is mentioned in the instruction booklet too. I would suggest starting at grind 1 where the hopper is turned all the way clockwise and go from there. In my opinion, once you get up towards grind 8 or so is when the grind starts to become too course for espresso. The beauty about this grinder is that you can make very incremental adjustments in the grind setting to really 'dial it in." Hope this helps!
    Reply · Report · Lydia P on Dec 6, 2013
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    I'm looking for a coffee grinder for press grinding. I've narrowed down to Barista Vario, Barista Virtuoso or Roncillio Doserless grinders. I ask your recommendation based upon a very important consideration for me. Namely, I want a grinder to daily grind 10 tablespoons of coffee grounds with absolutely no overheating of the coffee grounds. I have read a spec that the Rancillio could handle this with a maximum of 80 degrees Fahrenheit. But I feel the Rancillio might be overkill and that the Virtuoso would suffice. Any thoughts?
    Tillman S on Aug 6, 2014
    Best Answer: I already bought 2 Baratza Virtuoso (1 for myself, 2nd for a friend) and have also Rancilio Rocky Doserless. I never noticed any overheating of coffee on any of them and I grind fine for espresso. I like Virtuoso better, have timer and push button, it's less messy than Rancilio and beans seldom or never get stuck in the hopper of Baratza.This happen a lot in Rocky, especially with oily beans which is very annoying. Both grinders have metal burrs, Baratza has smaller, conical, Rancillio has flat ones, bigger diameter. Another thing. Baratza spins at low 450 rpm. Rocky is many times faster, burrs spin at 1725 rpm. And to be honest, it takes almost same amount of time to grind same amount of coffee in each of them. Rancilio is bigger, heavier, more "heavy duty", better kind and bigger burrs BUT as I said: oily beans gets stuck a LOT!
    Reply (1) · Report · JAROSLAW C on Aug 7, 2014
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    I have a Solis Meastro Plus and the beans do not fall into the grinder on their own, I have to shake the machine or push them down into the teeth manually. Often it depends on the beans as smaller lighter roast drop right in, darker oily one seem to be the main issue. Do you see similar issues with this grinder?
    A shopper on Dec 30, 2012
    Best Answer: WIthout knowing how long you've had your machine or this problem I can only assure you that the Virtuoso will not have this type of problem no matter how fine you grind or what type of bean you use. However, before you make your decision to upgrade try cleaning your grinder with Minute Rice. I know it sounds crazy but more than likely it is just caked with leftover beans. Again, I don't know how often you use it, what grade of coffee, how fresh it is or where you're storing it. All will contribute to less than perfect grind.
    Reply (1) · Report · Melinda M on Jan 11, 2013
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    Does this Grinder grind fine enough for espresso? (Dumb question) Many people on coffee forums seem to think not?
    A shopper on Nov 3, 2012
    Best Answer: Its not a dumb question - not at all. I did a lot of research when I went looking for a grinder. My job requires me to obtain details and specifications for technicians in a calibration laboratory - so I'm used to taking a couple/few extra steps to get detailed information. I tend to be frugal when I make purchases but I won't settle. I was prepared to spend over $300 but kept reading the reviews and reviewing specs to find what I thought would be the best choice "for me." The Vitruoso Precisio was guaranteed by other reviewers that it could provide the perfect grind - it probably can. Extensive research was done in comparison to the other Baratza grinders. But I am not a connoisseur or expert. I wanted good - I don't need perfect. The Virtuoso 586 has been outstanding. Take into consideration that THIS models burrs have been upgraded to match the Baratza Preciso. PERFECT. Yes, place it on the tightest grind for truly great flavor and enjoy your espresso. Oh and make sure to get a great bean.
    Reply · Report · Melinda M on Nov 7, 2012
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    What's the best way to clean the grinds container of the Virtuoso with its "anti-static" coating?
    maureen on Sep 17, 2012
    Best Answer: I generally use a natural brush to remove loose grinds and build up on the container of the Baratza grinders. Cleaning regularly with a product like Grindz also removes oil build up that can occur on the grounds container.
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 18, 2012
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    I have the older model Virtouso (5 yrs ago) can I switch to the new type burrs?
    Russel M on Dec 7, 2013
    Best Answer: Russel,

    I don't know since this is my first Baratza. I suggest giving the Baratza support team a call directly and I'm sure they can advise you. they're in a suburb of Seattle, so they're on Pacific time, FYI.

    TR
    Reply · Report · TERRY R on Dec 8, 2013
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    Any recommendation as to the best grind setting on this machine when pairing it with a Technivorm Moccamaster? I admit that it's causing me a bit of frustration when trying to 'get it right'. Some websites out there recommend a '28', while others recommend a fairly fine grind (I assume around a '20').
    A shopper on Dec 19, 2012
    Best Answer: Seems to me the "Vorm" manual asks for a somewhat finer-than-average grind. Or so I have read. I keep mine set around 24 for my Keurig. I'm thinking try '20' & see what you get.
    Reply · Report · John F on Jan 28, 2013
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    Is this BPA free? If not, can you recommend a BPA free grinder for drip coffee?
    A shopper on Jul 1, 2015
    Best Answer: This has not been confirmed as BPA free, nor have any other grinders. Of course, BPA is only a problem when heat is involved. The only place getting heat is the burrs and they are not plastic.
    Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Aug 8, 2015
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    I know that I'll have to modify settings to change, but would this grinder work well for siphon, espresso cooked on the hob and Turkish? How would it compare with the Baratza Virtuoso, Iberital MC2 and Ascaso I-Mini?
    Gil S on Apr 22, 2015
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    Best Answer: While all of these would work well for siphon and stove-top espresso, you really need a Turkish grinder to get a Turkish fine grind.
    Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on May 7, 2015
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    Is their a difference in quality/reliability/gear box between the Encore and Virtuoso? I'm buying only for drip coffee (Melita #4 paper filter), so Espresso fineness doesn't matter to me. I don't want to step up to the Virtuoso if if all it gets me is more grind settings. I would do it if the machine is built better however.
    A shopper on Jan 31, 2015
    Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
    Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
    Baratza Encore Grinder
    Baratza Encore Grinder
    Best Answer: You can expect about the same lifespan from either machine of about 3-5 years if you properly maintain it. The biggest differences between the two will be in their range and number of settings - the Virtuoso can go finer, but also in the Virtuoso's consistency in that finer range, as the pieces will be uniform when you get to that finer espresso range. If you will only be using the grinder for pour overs, then the Encore will probably do just fine for you, but if you think you might want to brew for other methods sometimes too, like french press on the coarse end or espresso on the fine end, the the Virtuoso is the better grinder for your needs.
    Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Feb 2, 2015
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    In cleaning a clogged Baratza Virtuoso, I dislodged a soft, sqare gascet that appears to come from the bottom of the coffee delivery chute. Anyone know if this is vital to the units operating system? I have no idea how to replace it other than to take the housing off and I would rather not have to do that.
    A shopper on Jan 19, 2015
    Best Answer: Essentially, that part creates a connecting funnel or elbow between the grinder and the external exit to the grounds bin. You can try to wedge it back into position, but you will probably end up needing to take the housing off, sorry!
    Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 19, 2015
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    I have a 5-year old Virtuoso and the motor is giving up the ghost. Can they be repaired? I think it should last longer.
    Mary N on Jan 3, 2015
    Best Answer: We generally see an approximate 3-5 year lifespan. However, it's certainly worth contacting Baratza, as they have a great repair program that is often more cost effective because they can specialize just on their grinders, than sending it into us for repair. You can contact them at 425-641-1245.
    Reply (1) · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 6, 2015
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    what are the gears made of?
    Kathy H on Dec 2, 2014
    Best Answer: They are constructed of nylon material. This keeps the cost and noise down, while still being made of a sturdy material that is more reliable than plastic.
    Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 4, 2014
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    I would like to use this grinder for both AeroPress & French Press.
    Is this a good choice for those 2 grind sizes?
    Would the Encore also be an adequate choice.
    Thanks
    A shopper on Nov 10, 2014
    Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
    Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
    Baratza Encore Grinder
    Baratza Encore Grinder
    Best Answer: Yes, you could use either the Baratza Encore or Virtuoso for Aeropress and French Press grinding, but the Virtuoso gets slightly finer, while the range of the Encore is slightly coarser. If you're not planning on grinding for espresso, I would go with the Encore.
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 10, 2014
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    Hi , we bought the encore grinder at SCAA, and miss an adjustable timer feature. Do you have a home use model with that feature? I will be embarrassed if you tell me the encore has one, but happy. Thanks Jim stewart
    Jim S on May 24, 2014
    Best Answer: Though the Baratza Encore does not have a timer, their other models like this Virtuoso do offer this feature. The Virtuoso also offers a different burr set and grinds a bit finer than the Encore does, so it is a better option for espresso grinding than the Encore. There is not an Encore with a timer and I am not sure why Baratza does not offer a timer on this model, unfortunately!
    Reply (1) · Report · Teri KStaff on May 26, 2014
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    CAN I GET A DECENT TURKISH GRIND WITH THIS MACHINE??
    A shopper on May 13, 2014
    Best Answer: No, this Baratza Virtuoso doesn't get quite as fine as what I would recommend for Turkish coffee. I would recommend the Turkish Hand Grinder we offer and I have included the link below:

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/turkish-coffee-grinder
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on May 13, 2014
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    Does the hopper fill from the top or the back?
    A shopper on Jan 23, 2014
    Best Answer: The hopper on the Baratza Virtuoso fills from a lid at the top.
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jan 23, 2014
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    I use French press at home and Aeropress at work. I don't use a super-coarse grind for my French press and find that a relatively fine grind with the S-filter gives me an almost identical cup to a french press with the Aeropress. I'm looking for consistency in grinds and relatively easy clean-up. I use French roast or my own custom blends of lighter and darker roasts. I use Fair trade, organic high quality beans only. Will the Virtuoso fit my needs?
    Faith on Oct 31, 2013
    Best Answer: Yes, I think that the Baratza Virtuoso would be a great grinder option for you! It is the case that this grinder will allow for consistency of particles and I think you will be pleased with the range of coarse to fine as well. Lastly, though no grinder is completely mess free, the Virtuoso does offer a container for grinding into and also has a anti static coating for less mess. Hope this helps!
    Reply (1) · Report · Teri KStaff on Nov 4, 2013
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    Can you grind right into the porta-filter?
    Garrett G on Aug 8, 2013
    Best Answer: You can, but the Baratza Virtuoso does not have a portafilter holder. If you wanted to purchase this separately, it can be found at the link below:

    http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/baratza-portaholder
    Reply (1) · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 9, 2013
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    doe the baratza virtuouso v2 have the updated preciso burrs?
    bmullan b on Apr 20, 2013
    Best Answer: Yes, this Virtuoso has the updated Preciso burrs.
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 20, 2013
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    Does anyone know what the specific differences are between this model and the Preciso? They both have the same burrs with microadjustments and the only difference I can tell is it looks like this model doesn't have a portafilter holder. Am I missing something else?
    A shopper on Apr 14, 2013
    Best Answer: Unfortunately, the Virtuoso does not have the additional micro-adjustments that the Preciso has. Essentially the Virtuoso has 40 macro adjustments, while the Preciso has those 40, plus 11 micro adjustments. And yes, with the Preciso you also get a portafilter holder standard with the machine!
    Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Apr 15, 2013
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    Resources

    Warranty Information for the Baratza Virtuoso 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 Virtuoso 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.


    User Manuals for your Baratza Virtuoso Grinder


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    Reviews

    Excellent grinderReview by mowgli76
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    Very good household grinder. So easy, simple and consistant
    Make sure you get the latest model no. 586 (Posted on 6/15/2015)
    Good for the $Review by Jason
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    Decided on the Virtuoso as the best bang for buck. Solid unit, others have said some parts feel cheap, maybe but I've seen nothing affect performance. Used to struggle with my old hand grinder to dial in my V60, chemex, or press pot. The Virtuoso has streamlined my routine, pick a setting and go. To me the grind is extremely more precise than Ive had. For serious espresso it may be worth spending more but for pour overs & press this grinder is great. Great service from Seattle Coffee Gear, best price and quick shipping as well as good technical support. (Posted on 2/11/2015)
    6 Plus Years of Daily GrindingReview by Wayne
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    I purchased the original version (585) of this model from SCG and received it on 12-23-2008 and started to use it that day and pretty much every day since, and have never had a single mechanical/electrical problem with it. I do one grind in the morn, and every once in awhile a rare afternoon grind. I went with this model over the lesser model since it had the better burrs. I also read multiple reviews, serious technical reviews, not just customer ones, on this one and every other brand/model. One thing many serious reviewers said about grinders was that if you are going to grind daily, and you are really into your coffee, spend a minimum of $200 on your grinder. You do get what you pay for, and as the saying goes, 'spend your money once'. I only do French Press, so I figured out where it works best for me, which is at 37 on the dial, and it has been set at 37 ever since. To solve the complaint of the timer switch continually falling off in use, which it did do to me occasionally, is that when you are turning it, you put a very light inward pressure on it, like when initially installing it, and it hasn't fallen off since. Now grinders do make noise, and if that bothers you, get a thin piece of rubber and place it under the grinder, it works great, cuts the sound and the vibration down to nothing. But if you are using very oily/sticky beans, you want that vibration to keep them feeding, but even then sometimes they stop feeding, and you will be giving the grinder a little shake to get them feeding again.
    I love this grinder.


    (Posted on 1/13/2015)
    6 years and countingReview by adlerk
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    I purchased this Virtuoso about 6 years ago as a refurbished. I broke the adjusting ring about 2 years ago and ordered a new one. It was a breeze to change it out. It's really wonderful that Baratza will send you the parts to fix your grinder and gives great instruction on there website and if you get stuck you can call Baratza and they will hold your hand through the surgery on your beloved grinder. What a awesome grinder from a awesome company. (Posted on 9/28/2014)
    Great InvestmentReview by T.Farmer
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    Yes its slightly more expensive, But its great quality and does a great grind. It has a commercial grade feel to it, definitely built to last. I choose the Virtuoso over the Encore because it has better construction, although it reviews good as well. If you have the extra money I would go with the Vituoso. (Posted on 8/22/2014)
    Terrific grindReview by Antanas
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    I had the Baratza Maestro Plus for 3 years. Loved it for pour over. Gave it to a friend and bought the Virtuoso. It has a noticeably more even grind and runs quieter than the Maestro Plus. More solid. Still wish the burr set had less nylon and more metal but the burr set is a step up from my Maestro. I have had it for two weeks now and love it with my Chemex pour over. Highly recommended for pour over and French Press as well. (Posted on 8/2/2014)
    good, if you can get your grind size to stay Review by matt
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    I really like this grinder. Its good from espresso, to french press. I've had it about 2 weeks now, and I don't know if mines defective , but at first, I was grinding for pour overs at 21, now I have to do it at 17. That seems like a big jump. French press went from 34 to 30. Its a little loud, but if you put your hand on top, it quiets it. (Posted on 5/15/2014)
    excellentReview by Bobbi
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    I have this coffee grinder for about 6 months now and I use it every day. I think it is relatively quiet and does a great job grinding. It is easy to clean. I don't agree with any of the negative reviews this grinder gets. You have a choice of "many" grind settings. I think it is the "perfect" grinder. I have never had better tasting coffee. I highly recommend buying this.... (Posted on 3/16/2014)
    It's okReview by Tyler C.
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    It has been a pretty good grinder with only a few quarks. I have owned it for over a year now and It feels very sturdy and has a decent amount weight to it. I wish there was a little more stainless steel instead of the plastic, but for the price it is good. The only issue I have is that on my Oscar I seem to be between grind settings. I think it is a great value for the money, but would probably opt for something with more grind settings like the precision or the vario with my next grinder purchase. (Posted on 2/27/2014)
    Great value for the moneyReview by SPA
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    I've had it over a month, now. Bought after reading lots of reviews and watching SCG videos that were very helpful. To be honest, I just couldn't justify spending more money on a grinder, but I did want quality.

    Pros: Consistent grinds, not too noisy, solid feel and look, easy to adjust, not messy, virtually no static cling.

    Cons: Maybe not having to hold the on button down to grind, but minor issue. Haven't used the timer much. On/off option would have been nice, but omitting this feature may be due to safety reasons (leaving the grinder unattended when grinding)

    I use it mainly for drip and French press, occasional espresso, and change the beans based on my mood and use. I measure out only as many beans as I need to grind for my morning coffee and grind until they pass through. That way when I want to change the beans or grind setting it's easy to do. It might have been nice to have a removable bean hopper so as to remove excess beans when changing to a different bean, but it's not really needed if you only use as many beans as you need. Note: Baratza recommends not running the grinder when empty on very fine settings.

    All in all, very satisfied so far. (Posted on 2/14/2014)
    So far so goodReview by Tony H
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    Just picked it up and have used it half a dozen times or so. First impressions, it's a sturdy unit for the price range (yes it's "plasticky" feeling but it has a heavier motor in it yielding a fair amount of torque keeping the grind slow enough not to heat up too soon). It is fair to middlin`on the noise side (that probably could have been reduced substantially by better body materials). I use it to dose espresso grinds into the portafilter, and it does that okay, as it does have a tendency to get messy regardless of how careful you are. I agree with most about the timer: it's a waste of time (pun intended). I couldn't believe the knob falls off so easily, and really, in this day of digital everything, why do you have to turn an analogue/manual timer every time? Why not a simply electronic display with a second timer that remembers your last setting, or maybe lets you program 2 or 3 settings you can toggle through. Heck, you can pick up a cheap timer at Walmart for $10.00, you could as have easily incorporated that into the FRONT`of the unit. My only concern is that this will not last as long as my trusty ol` Braun blade grinder (coming up on 28 years of continual use, and only one blade change), but that concern is only because others here have expressed issues. All in all I could not justify paying another $100 for a Rocky, or $150 to a Macap, and this unit looks like it has the legs to give me years of good use. I`m glad I got it and I am pretty sure I made the right decision for the value-slash-price point. (Posted on 2/9/2014)
    great support leads to my good decision Review by John
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    review the videos, got great personal input from various staff members ultimately made a decision I am happy with. (Posted on 12/31/2013)
    SatisfactoryReview by JerrynJayne
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    We purchased a 585 (serial 081766 w/450 watt DC motor) from SCG many years ago. I'm very pleased with all the time staff offered me in questions, objective explanations, pricing, and free shipping. Thoroughly recommend SCG!!

    PROS: Better quality than anything retailed at your local cafe. Built to last; excellent burrs, reasonable price. Burrs anchored well compared to other brands. Never had static problem, even during 5% humidity. Nor does it attract dust. Little vibration. No clogs. We've used it mostly for French Press & sometimes Espresso. At holidays we've ground a pound+ at a time, in cycles mostly at drip as gifts. Easy to take apart & clean. 450rpm does not heat grounds, even in large quantities. Only on long, fine grinds has slight heat build up been detected. We like motor grinding strength and endurance. It's very easy to use. Hopper is great; grounds transfer mess-free. Professional appearance. NO digital displays or circuitry to fry out!!! Simple lasts forever!! The weight is a plus as it doesn't shift around counter.

    CONS: Timer provides only rough guess of quantity ground. Knob keeps falling off with loud clang. Very noisy when operating even if lifted off surface. Maintaining grind mandates adjusting toward fine side over time, which is troubling and aggravating. 586 has improved burrs but can they interchange with 585?

    Summary: Our product is a nearly bulletproof, durable workhorse. We use only oily beans, and clean often to protect taste. Also, FP or drip grind is the norm, espresso grind rarely used. Can't offer opinion on other beans/grinds. Noise is an issue. Better insulation in chassis, around burrs, or rubber knobs on feet would help. Timer knob & calibration issue reflects poor quality for money. Best to underestimate grind time needed & finish using button. Overall, we're pleased and have more than gotten our money's worth. It's time we replaced our burrs. IF settings truly represented & kept desired grind, these easy to use manual settings would be preferable to "improved" later models.

    What bothers us most are recent reviews re 586. Too many users have machines which reflect factory design/durability issues. A disappointing that these better burrs don't hold the desired grind but we can't complain about their durability. We advise buyers to perform extreme research given all reviews. Double check claims that other grinders, some operating at >1500rpm don't heat beans. Beware of digital gadgetry due to vibrations. (Posted on 12/25/2013)
    great grinderReview by Donna V
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    We love the Virtuoso so long as I make sure to clean it regularly, including removing the burr. (Posted on 12/6/2013)
    Pleased, with a few reservations.Review by Faith
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    I was looking for a grinder that would have an even grind for french press and be easily adjusted to a finer grind for my Aeropress. I refuse to go down the rabbit hole of home-brewed espresso. I'm obsessed enough, so I was looking for a grinder that wasn't necessarily espresso-centric and would do well on coarser grinds - this is not an easy find and the Virtuoso was the grinder universally recommended for my needs.

    I am pleased with the Virtuoso (after a few beginning issues). The coarse grind is much better than my old Capresso and it is easy to adjust it for a finer grind, and switch back and forth.

    I had a lot of static in the beginning - I find the key to minimizing static is to wait a few minutes before removing the grinds bin, 'smack' the grinder at the back. I get very little static this way.

    PRO:

    Even grind, easy to adjust. I suggest adjusting the grinder while it's running - I didn't think my grounds were very even at first, but then I made my adjustments while it was running and everything appears to be working fine now.

    Very little build-up of grounds in the chute. I threw away tons of coffee from the Capresso in grinds left in the chute and digging out the compacted grounds. I have virtually no waste at all with the Virtuoso, which is a big plus and a little brushing of the chute and it's squeaky clean. Excellent!

    Quiet, for a coffee grinder.

    CONS:

    More static than I had with the Capresso but as noted above, I've solved a lot of that problem.

    The timer is imprecise and kind of useless. I'm timing now while holding the button. I would love to set an amount and/or precise time. I think a coffee grinder of this price should have that feature. The timer starts immediately so any hesitation in finding the setting makes for an imprecise amount of coffee. It's also difficult to see, hidden on the side instead of in front. If there were little 'tick' marks, you could set it more precisely. This is a major design flaw in my opinion. I'm considering getting the Esatto so I can grind by weight. I wanted to make sure I loved the grinder before making that additional investment.

    My biggest beef: the open 'seam' under the coffee grounds bin. There is NO WAY to not get tons of chaff, etc. building up underneath the coffee grinder, which will involve disassembly that I don't think I should have to do. I clean it every time I use the grinder, hoping to get as much out of that seam as possible. I think this is a major design failure and shouldn't be an issue in a coffee grinder of this price point.

    All in all, the Virtuoso appears to be a quality product. I am happy with the results, with the few stated reservations. (Posted on 11/25/2013)
    Baratza Virtuoso grinderReview by Lcastill
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    It may be a bit early to review with such high scores but I love this grinder so far. I use it almost daily for espresso. It took a bit of playing with the grind at first but now I have it set so that it is working well. It doesn't seem to noisy to me. Yes, a little messy but not terrible, I'm not sure how you could completely avoid some coffee grinds spilling out. This grinder has improved my espresso, no doubt.

    I come to the Seattle Coffee Gear website for information. Love Gail's videos, they have helped me a bunch. (Posted on 11/3/2013)
    Great machineReview by Jessica
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    We're very pleased with this grinder! So far we've only used it for our Cuisinart drip machine (I know this makes some of you recoil in horror); but we also have a French press and a Breville espresso machine which will be up and running soon!

    I loved the video on this site comparing the Virtuoso with the Breville Smart grinder. It was very helpful. I think this is a perfect grinder for people who want to rachet up a notch from a cheaper option. It really makes a difference in the flavor of your coffee. (Posted on 10/18/2013)
    Does it's jobReview by Beanready
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    I have now used this grinder but have had issues getting the proper setting for my taste and though it is great at its job the process may take a while. I am still experimenting and will get the proper setting. The unit needs a finer setting like its higher end products but should try to keep the price at most coffee lovers financial appeal.
    As for SCG, thanks for your informative videos they help narrow my selection and what I need to know as a novice coffee drinker and grinder. Thumbs up SCG........ (Posted on 10/1/2013)
    Very pleased with VirtuosoReview by Bobcat
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    Was looking for a machine the produces a uniform course grind with minimal fines for French press. This has reduced the fines probably by 95% relative to several prior machines I have owned.

    This has made a huge improvement in the quality of my coffee! If you are going to buy good (pricy) coffee, treat it right and get the most of it. The price, although painful today, will get you more from the investment in good beans over time.

    Very pleased with the Virtuoso. (Posted on 9/28/2013)
    Versatile, Efficient, EffectiveReview by RNDMediator
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    Decided on this model based upon studying the SCG website and others. It is a step up from 2 prior burr grinders, both of which failed after about 18 months of daily use.
    The warnings said it would be (a) noisy, (b) a bit messy. I have found it to be neither. It is very efficient, versatile, and effective, producing excellent and consistent grinds on various settings. (I primarily use one for espresso and one for French Press every morning.)
    The only con I've encountered over the almost one month of use is it is a bit awkward to clean. Also, a cautionary note: when replacing the removable burr after a cleaning, be sure the little red dot on the top is at 5 o'clock when looking in from the front of the machine. If you don't, your grinds will be messed up.
    Happy Grinding and enjoy your brew! (Posted on 7/22/2013)
    Great improvement over older modelReview by Mary
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    Our older Baratza Solis Maestro stopped working after about 10 years. We ordered a new timer and knob, and now it's working fine. But in the interim we had also ordered a new Baratza Virtuoso, and it's an amazing improvement. We use our coffee grinder for drip, and it can grind very, very finely, too fine for our everyday purposes. The finest should be good for espresso. But the great thing is that this model grinds the amount of coffee we need in 1/3 the amount of time, and is far, far quieter. And it works so smoothly. It's a real pleasure, and worth the added cost over the base model. (Posted on 7/5/2013)
    Terrific grinder!Review by frannie
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    Received my Virtuoso today from SCG along with the Velton's coffee I ordered and couldn't wait to tear open the box. Thrilled with both the grinder and the coffee! I have been using a grinder that I paid about $50 for now for about 3 years and it did fine considering but boy what a difference in the two! Thank you SCG. Love you videos and am trying now to decide on an espresso machine. (Posted on 7/1/2013)
    Great - until it breaksReview by Flyhound
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    We've had the Baratza Virtuoso for about a year. It produced a consistently good grind until the gearbox failed. There doesn't seem to be any way of repairing it. I thought that paying more would ensure I had a grinder that would last longer. I was wrong. There are few things worse than getting up in the morning looking forward to a good espresso and then having to drive to Starbucks to get it because your expensive grinder had a gearbox failure and won't grind the beans. Grrrrrr. I'll go back to a cheaper model and just buy 2 so I have an extra when one fails. (Posted on 6/29/2013)
    Really too new to find any faults with this grinder. So far, very good performance.Review by Kona Kid
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    Grinder is really brand new but so far grinds smoothly and evenly producing a far more regular grind than all of our previous grinders. I will let you know how it works a year from now. (Posted on 6/3/2013)
    Grinder completely stopped working after just 4 monthsReview by Kenneth
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    I have used it almost daily for four months. I cleaned it for about the fourth time, and after I put it all back together, it will not turn on at all. Very disappointing. (Posted on 5/11/2013)
    A good choice.Review by Francois.
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    Been using it for a few weeks every day and it's been working great.I've been using it for drip coffee and after a little experimentation I got the grind just right.The timer knob hasn't been a problem and the grinding mechanism is fast and even.The coffee bin emptys cleanly and the machine generates hardly any noise.Read the instructions and follow them and you should be very happy with your purchase. (Posted on 4/8/2013)
    Awesome GrinderReview by Noise Drop
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    Super happy. This is an awesome grinder and I am super happy with my purchase. Some reviews online mention the grind not being fine enough. I have not had that problem and the fine setting I feel is way too fine for espresso. It's like a soft powder. Also some other reviews mention the flimsy auto-timmer switch. Mine came with a nice metal one and it feels real solid. Baratza must of fixed that. Couldn't be happier with my grinder purchase. It made a HUGE difference in my shot quality!!!!! (Posted on 1/6/2013)
    Best in its classReview by Mike
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    Grind quality and speed is excellent. The adjustment mechanism works well. I'm using this grinder for drip brewing. Cleaning is easy compared to Rocky or Mazzer grinders. Noise is not bad. The on/off control, which is a timer, is awful and is out of character with the rest of the product. The knob falls off every other day. The feel of the control is just wrong, it feels flimsy. The Mazzers have a similar on/off timer, and the feel is outstanding. But the Baratza has some give to it, that is just flimsy, it feels like a two cent part. The color and finish of the knob doesn't match the rest of the unit either. The pulse switch on the front works well and feels good. The rest of the grinder seems to be built well, and seems solid.
    (Posted on 1/1/2013)
    get more from your espresso machineReview by robert
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    I had trouble adapting to this machine because it doesn't make dirt like my old grinder, but it really makes a great spresso none the less. It has improved the espresso from both of our machines and i had thought i was doing it right all this time. Abandon your old grinder and get this reasonably priced grinder, you won't regret it. The timer is cheesy but you don't need it and the grind more than makes up for it. (Posted on 9/12/2012)
    Terrific grinder with only one tiny flawReview by Espresso fan
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    Terrific grinder that I use several times per week. After a few test grinds, I found the right setting for my espresso machine: 8 out of 40. Lots of room to grind even finer if needed. The main purpose for me is espresso grinding. Haven't tried to do French press yet.

    It is surprisingly quiet, and not particularly messy (some static, but I've had far worse). The tiny flaw I mentioned is the timer on mechanism: the small handle comes separate, and is difficult to attach. It works, but falls off from time to time and never feels secure. After I pushed it on to the post with a great deal of pressure, it seems better, but not quite right. This is the only flaw I can perceive, and it's entirely acceptable.

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    Quiet, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use

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    Flimsy timer handle (Posted on 5/16/2012)
    Awesome grinder for the priceReview by Jim Z
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    I previously used the Baratza Maestro to grind coffee for expresso. The Virtuoso grinder is a step up. I can now get a fine enough grind to get the 20-25 sec shot, unlike before. The results are like night and day in terms of the quality of expresso. I would highly recommend this entry level grinder for espresso.

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    Great Taste, Easy To Use

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    Fantastic but pricey.Review by Z-Ray
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    I use this grinder to make pour overs in the Hario V60 and the Chemex with KONE (sometimes in a french press as well). The grinder works very well as the reviews describe. It sounds sort of clunky and not smooth yet produces a great grind and a wonderful cup of coffee. The grinder is not very quiet like I thought it would be. The timer on the side is not as bad as some people describe but it works. Still, the timer, is not the most solid component of the machine. Regardless it has a button you can hold to grind as much as you want. Changing grind particle size is very easy with a twist of the hopper. The grinder itself is quite heavy and solid leading me to believe that it will last a long time with good parts. The grinder also has some sort of anti-static to the coffee catcher. I have read by some people that it doesn't work but it does. Of course you're going to get coffee on the table sometimes, you're dealing with ground coffee; it works great and pours out nice. I work as a professional coffee roaster and I am now making better coffee at home than at the shop. This is a wonderful grinder but it's a little pricey. If you want to make great at home coffee and blow your guests away, this is it. But you have to pay for it.

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    Great Taste, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Stylish

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    Sounds Clunky, Noisy (Posted on 3/30/2012)
    Prosumer grinder at its bestReview by strshpbronk
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    40 grind levels offer more than enough range for the most discerning coffee brewer. Homogeneous grinds, very few fines.

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    Easy To Use, Clean lines, Even grinds, Commercial Grade, Reasonably quiet

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    Perfect Grinder for homeReview by FitRower
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    My partner and I purchased a La Pavoni manual espresso machine for Christmas. We have enjoyed learning how to perfect our technique. We are fortunate to have three independent roasters in our neighborhood, but even so we found it difficult to ensure a consistent grind. So we took the plunge and decided to get a grinder. After making a trip to the showroom we asked questions of the staff and looked over the many models. We didn't want to break the bank for a grinder, but didn't want a cheap machine that would break down in 1 year. The Virtuoso is compact, sturdy, well made and has performed without a hitch. We did purchase the optional portafilter holder. This handy attachment has kept any mess in check. We couldn't be happier with this addition to our kitchen.

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    Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Relatively compact, Sturdy weight

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    baratza virtuoso 586Review by Quezon
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    I purchased this for the upgraded preciso burrs. I previously owned the virtuoso 585 and was very pleased with that grinder. It is a world of difference going from a $20 blade grinder to the virtuoso 585. I like the 585 so much, when I heard that Baratza made the improvements to the virtuoso, I had to upgrade asap. I had a chance to compare the grinds from the 585 to 586 and you can definitely see a difference in the consistency of the grind size. I grind for my chemex and I can see that the grind size looks to be a bit more uniform. After a few weeks, and about 30 batches of coffee, I feel like I'm getting better extraction from my brews. I use the grinder for my chemex with the paper filters and chemex with the coava kone an this new grinder has improved my pours substantially. I really think Baratza makes quality grinders, and this improved virtuoso 586 is no exception.

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    Great Taste, Commercial Grade, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Consistent

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