Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder - Preciso Burrs

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The Virtuoso now features the new Baratza Preciso conical 40mm commercial-grade burrs that can be adjusted to 40 different settings allowing you to grind for any coffee-making device from French presses to espresso machines.  With its powerful 480-watt gear-reduction motor and anti-static device, the Virtuoso can handle any coffee grinding situation. And to make grinding for any brew-type simple, the Virtuoso has 2 different ways to activate grinding: a timer switch on the right side of the grinder and a front-mounted push button.

The grounds container on the front of the Virtuoso can catch up to 5oz of coffee grounds a time, and with this grinder’s anti-static device, transferring the grounds to a coffee filter or French press has never been easier. If you choose, you can even remove the grounds container and place your espresso machine’s portafilter beneath the internal coffee-dispensing chute.

To complement the flexibility that this coffee grinder’s internal components allow, the Virtuoso is also built to fit into a wide variety of kitchen decors. The sides and back of the grinder are black, but its top and base are constructed of a satin finished nickel-plated metal for a sleek, understated look. Top it off with an 8oz bean hopper, and you have a grinder that’s both attractive and extremely functional.

What is so special about conical burr grinders that make them better than other designs? By arranging a precisely machined conical screw turning inside of a ribbed cone but not touching, it uses the power of gravity to inevitably make the bean pass through the gap between the screw and the cone. The ribs that are machined into the sides of the screw and the cone help to channel the beans down towards the ever decreasing gap as the screw spins. That gap is the key to the fineness of the grind which can be easily controlled by raising or lowering the screw in the cone to change the size of the gap. This use of gravity and the screw motion allows the grinder to run at less RPM avoiding frictional heat build-up in the grounds which can adversely alter the expected flavor of the coffee.

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Young Jerry asked:

After I noticed the grind was coarse  I took the burr piece out and cleaned it with a tooth brush. I reassembled but still can't adjust the grind size. The hopper rotates back and forth but it doesn't seem to make the grind size change  at all.   Does anyone know how I can fix? This is my second Baratza grinder in  about 3 years.   Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated..

Answer by Denis:

My Baratza Virtuoso coffee grinder's white calibration ring cracked and I had the exact symptom described above: Zero clicks is still too coarse. The ring failed one month after the 1-year warranty expired. WLL does not sell parts, they are available directly from Baratza in Seattle. In my case the lowest cost shipping option was more than half the cost of the broken part.

My grind settings have been 6 clicks or less (out of 40). When I replaced the ring I "recalibrated" my Virtuoso, a simple process that marred the case and didn't make much difference in the grind.

Answer by Young Jerry:

I tried the recalibration procedure . My Baratza had its screw in the center of the  three slots . I moved the screw to the right in the segment all the way to the right . The grind is still extremely coarse . Could my burrs be worn out?

Answer by John Seymour:

Take a look at this video and see if it helps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyQ_AywdBRQ

JasonG asked:

Does the hopper hold the coffee beans airtight?  Will it hold coffee fresh for one week prior to grinding or should the coffee beans be stored elsewhere?

Answer by Maggie:

The hopper is not air tight-a week is kind of pushing it, so I would suggest putting in what you need to grind for that day's coffee, and store the excess beans in an airtight container elsewhere. 

ChewieM asked:

Trying to decide between the virtuoso and the rancilo rocky. There is a big price difference - but I ordered the virtuoso (from somewhere else) and it arrived dead out of the box! I returned it and was so disappointed that I've been trying to look for a different grinder at a similar price point. I haven't seen one yet at a similar price that has as good reviews - and the rocky seems to be the "go-to" for an entry level espresso grinder (I have a gaggia classic). Wondering if I should give the virtuoso another try or go for something else. Any recommendations?

Answer by mjackson:

reva,
I think you will find the Rocky to be a better built more solid grinder. It will work well. I am sorry you have had problems with the Baratza. You may want to gave the Preciso a chance as it will give you more range of grind adjustment. I do know Baratza if it has a problems does a great job of resolving any problems with great customer service.

Frank asked:

I have been using a Capresso Infinity grinder for a few years and have no real complaints. It is kind of loud and sometimes there is static but the static seems to vary with the beans. I am going to retire the one I have from everyday use and use it for the occasional pot of decaf. I have been looking at the Baratza Virtuso at $229 and was wondering if it is worth the extra $130 it would cost. Thanks, Frank

Answer by A:

Frank,
The Virtuso is a great grinder, and certainly a step up from the Infinity. What kind of brew method are you looking to use it with? It would go great for anything from a French Press up to an entry level espresso machine. If you were planning on going for something like the Silvia, then you would need a grinder that is going to allow for more fine adjustments.

Rugile asked:

I have Baratza Virtuoso coffee grinder and I using that grinder two years. Couple days ago grinder stop working. When I push pulse button the motor working but cone burr not rotate. What can be a problem? Thanks

Answer by techkathy:

The gear in the motor may have become stripped. Contact Baratza (www.baratza.com or 1-877-701-2021) to set up repair.

John asked:

I'm using a Capresso burr grinder and am tired of the mess from dust and static. I'm only doing drip coffee - what are the advantages of this Baratza unit over the Encore? Thanks!

Answer by A:

John, The major difference between the Virtuoso and the Encore is that the Virtuoso now comes with the upgraded Preciso burrs for a more consistent grind. It also has a wider range of grind fineness (although it has the same 40 grind settings) and grinds faster as well.

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Misc Data
Manufacturer: Baratza
Model: 586
Specifications
Dimension - Width (Inches): 4.72
Dimension - Height (Inches): 13.7
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 6.3
Weight (lbs): 8
Watts: 240
Volts: 120
Usage
Grind Selection: All grinds
Recommended Applications: Home
Components
Grinding Method: Burr
Drive System: Gear Reduction
Burr Type: Conical
Burr Material: High-Grade Steel Stainless Steel
Burr Size (Millimeter): 40
Housing
Clearance Height for Portafilter (Inches): 2.5
Built-In Tamper: No
Housing Materials: Plastic
Bean Hopper Material: Plastic
Removable Hopper: Yes
Ground Coffee Container Material: Plastic
Frame: Steel
Capacity
Bean Hopper Capacity (Oz): 8
Ground Coffee Container (Oz): 5 Stars
Dispensing
Dosing Options: Container or Doserless
Portafilter Compatibility: All
Controls
Number Of Grind Settings: 40
Programmable Grinding: No
Programmability type: Manual
Controls: Timer Knob
Grind Setting Controls: Stepped
Performance
RPM (Burrs): 450
Maintenance
Easy Access To Burrs: Yes
Cleaning Products For Burrs: Urnex Grindz
Details
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Taiwan
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home
Service provided
Repairs By: Baratza
Contact Number: 877-701-2021