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BubbaCoffee

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at 09-17-2013 12:49pm
Baratza Virtuoso Preciso
Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

I'm in the process of replacing my Breville 830 with the 840"Infuser". (the 830 has been having issues and Breville is replacing it)
Can you recommend a grinder under $500 that will grind oily beans (Peets or SBUX Espresso Roast) fine enough to pull a great shot of espresso without getting clogged. I tried the Breville Smart Grinder a while ago and had no luck.
Also, I'm not married to the Breville machine. If you can recommend and different machine and grinder combo under $1000, I'm all ears!

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mjackson ♦ I would say the Rancilio Rocky, The Baratza Preciso or the Vario in the price range you are looking at. Any really dark oily bean will mean more frequent cleaning. I would suggest using this product to help keep your grinder burrs working properly - http://www.wholelattelove.com/Urnex/grindz_box.cfm

09-19-2013 9:05am |

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DanielCulver I have had the Gaggia MDF for several years, and yes, I go through periods when I like dark, oily beans. The MDF will grind quite well, as fine as you'd like. Occasionally you will have to remove the reservoir cover and tap the beans a little to ensure they are falling into the grinder shoot. I've never had the doser clog up and though I've heard of repairs needed on the doser, I believe careful handling is all that is required since my has had heavy use and is still going strong. On sale right now for $229.00 and you can spend the savings on a higher level machine. Just saying. :)

09-19-2013 3:41pm |

Renee Lisowski

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at 08-30-2013 5:25pm
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Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

I just purchased the Preciso a few weeks ago. So far I have only used it for french press. For the first couple of weeks, I was having the best coffee I have ever had. The only way I can explain it is that it tasted exactly like fresh ground coffee smells. Suddenly, the coffee started tasting very bitter. I am using the exact same coffee (I even bought a new bag, and it is a locally roasted coffee, so it is fresh), and I double checked that the settings had not changed (I am grinding at 36I). I cleaned it with Grindz and the brush this morning, and it wasn't much better. Any thoughts on what the problem might be? I am a newbie...I have been using a superauto until recently.

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techkathy Try a different bag of coffee. Small batch coffee can vary from one batch to the next.

09-05-2013 3:00pm |

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DanielCulver Also, your water can change taste from time to time if you use a waters softener, or your supplier does.

09-12-2013 12:55pm |

Raymond Sarvis

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at 01-24-2013 4:18pm
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Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

Hi, I just received a Gaggia Classic for Christmas. Very excited, but the machine has exposed the shortcomings of my old Solis 166. So now I have a $300 budget for a grinder and I am willing to sacrifice (a little) grind quality in exchange for durability. Ideally, I'd like to use the new grinder for espresso, pour-over and even some French press, but I could use the Solis for the latter grinds. I've heard from some that the Preciso is ideal, but others have warned me about the questionable reliability and constant tinkering. What is your recommendation between the more variable Preciso and the MDF? Will the Preciso hold up? Or is the MDF's rock-solid reliability the winner?

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A A Raymond,

I know some people take the Virtuoso apart to adjust the grind settings within the burr set to allow for a finer range of grinds. Out of the box though, I have found that the settings it comes set up with works fine for a machine like the Gaggia Classic, and even the Rancilio Silvia. The MDF is certainly a rock solid grinder. It has a great drive train, consistent grinds, and will last a long time. Due to the doser however, it would not work well for anything other than Espresso. All in all, countless people have ordered and been delighted with both grinders. The choice is really up to you!

01-27-2013 4:01pm |

silvana vitola

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at 06-02-2012 9:25am
Baratza Virtuoso Preciso
Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

Hi! I have a virtuoso preciso that was not grinding fine enough for espresso, I tried doing the internalmadjustment but it seems I moved the windows too much to the right and the two rings came appart. Imam following the instructions on how put back both rings but It seems I am doing something wrong since now I cannot move the ring with the windows. Can you help me giving me instructions on how to put the, back together.

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mjackson ♦ Silvana,

Give Baratza a call and they will be able to help. You can reach them here - 425-641-1245

06-02-2012 12:16pm |

Dale Hooser

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at 05-11-2012 10:33pm
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I had to adjust the internal adjuster on the ring as suggested by the manufacturer. The Silvia was just pushing the shots out too fast. I used fresh coffee, good tamping etc. Once adjusted I am at 2 Macro and C on the micro. The Baratza website shows you how to make the internal adjustment. I bought this as a package but wonder if the Rocky might be a better fit for the Silvia. Grinder is fast and well built. Grind is very good once you get it dialed in

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mjackson ♦ Dale,

The Baratza dies need to be calibrated sometimes, but I really like the way it performs. I would stay with this grinder and I agree once it is dialed in it does a great job. Thanks for the positive feedback.

05-14-2012 8:10am |

Joe Valente

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at 02-07-2012 12:26pm
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Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

I just purchased the Virtuoso Preciso. I have Gaggia Classic. What grind setting would you recommend I begin with for this combination?

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Mike Russo ♦ Joe...Thank your for your posting to our Super Wall. Which setting you use depends on a number of variables. We usually suggest you setting your grinder at about 3/4 of the way to the finest setting to start, and then adjust from there. I hope this information helps, however if you have anymore questions please feel to contact us directly at 1-888-411-5282 option 1. Thanks.

02-08-2012 12:30pm |

Tiga Leung

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at 12-02-2011 3:41am
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Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

Can I use it in HK (220V AC )?

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Zack Smith Tiga, Thanks for the post. All of our machines run on 110. You could use the Virtuoso if you purchased a converter but it may jeopardize the lifespan of the machine. Let us know if you have any other questions.

12-02-2011 1:23pm |

stuart greenbaum

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at 11-27-2011 5:26pm
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I request the height of the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso grinder

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mjackson ♦ Stuart,

It is 13.7 inches tall. I really like this grinder.

11-28-2011 9:00am |

Richard Francis

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at 08-07-2011 11:46pm
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Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

I am looking to buy a grinder for drip coffee with a Technivorm and espresso with a Solis SL70 (about 5 years old). I was considering the Baratza Virtuoso. However, I wanted to know what I would be getting by buying the Precisio beyond finer grind control. Is there a significant step up in build quality? $300 is a bit steep however I want to make sure I get the right grinder that will last me a few years.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Regards,
Rick

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mjackson ♦ Richard,

I thnk based on the machines you have you would be happy withe the Virtuoso. If you get more of a prosumer machine in the future I would really consider the Precisio. It will really do a better job on espresso grind. I would say they have equal build quality and should last you for a while. Please let us know if you have any more questions

08-08-2011 8:53am |

Jeff McClure

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at 05-27-2011 10:55pm
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Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

Does this come with the portafilter holder?

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Mike Russo ♦ Jeff...The Baratza Virtuoso Preciso does come with the portafilter holder. Thanks

05-28-2011 10:34am |

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