Baratza Virtuoso Preciso Coffee Grinder

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With the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso, micro adjustments let you fine tune the grind for optimal results when brewing espresso. Like its predecessor, the Virtuoso, this model has 40 grind settings. However, with the addition of 11 micro adjustments, you’ll be able to tweak fineness levels in between each of the 40 settings to adjust your grind. Alternating between French-press coffee and espresso (and everything in between) has never been easier.

The Baratza Virtuoso Preciso is built to perform like a commercial grinder. It features 40mm conical burrs, hardened for a lifetime of reliability. You’ll have the option of activating the grinder using a push-button control or a timer; the versatile Virtuoso Preciso can grind a single shot or large batches with ease. This unit features a 5oz ground coffee container with anti-static device as well as a PortaHolder that allows for hands-free operation. Despite its sophisticated capabilities, the Virtuoso is exceedingly user friendly, making it ideal for the home.

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40 Grind Settings and 11 Micro Adjustments

The detail-oriented Virtuoso Preciso allows you to choose from 40 grind settings to achieve the desired coffee fineness and consistency. It has also been upgraded to include 11 micro adjustments for increased user control. Of the 11 micro adjustments, each range is equal to one step of the macro settings (40 grind settings).

Conical Burrs

The commercial-grade 40mm conical burrs have been designed allow the grind to drop directly into the coffee container to prevent waste. The Virtuoso Preciso’s outer burr can be easily removed, without tools or specialty equipment, for hassle-free maintenance.

Push Button and Timer Operations

A push button, located on the front of the machine, lets you activate grinding operations. If you wish to do other things while the Virtuoso Preciso is grinding, you can take advantage of the integrated timer; just set it to the desired grinding duration and the machine will automatically stop once the cycle is over.

Gear Reduction Motor

The Virtuoso Preciso has a 480-watt gear reduction motor that operate the burrs at 450rpm. The slow speed minimizes heat transfer during the grinding process to preserve coffee flavor and aroma.

Bean Hopper and Coffee Container

The 8oz bean hopper can be removed for simple cleaning and maintenance. The Virtuoso Preciso also has a 5oz ground coffee container. You can grind into the container, which holds enough grounds for a full pot of drip coffee, or remove it to grind directly into a portafilter.

Antistatic System

The Virtuoso Preciso features an Antistatic System for mess-free operation. This system is designed to keep you from ending up with coffee dust during the grinding process; it will also prevent the grind from sticking to the internal components of the machine.

Housing

This versatile grinder has a durable, scratch resistant body that is built to withstand everyday use. The top and base of the machine is made of nickel-plated metal.

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I recently bought the Baratza Virtuoso grinder, along with the Rancilio Silvia. I'm having a difficult time getting the ideal shot of espresso. I've read that your shot should take 20-30 seconds to pour, and right now mine is pouring out much faster. What would I set the micro and macro settings at to get that perfect shot consistency? Also, is it possible to over tamper the grounds?

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BubbaCoffee asked:

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!

Answer by 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

Answer by 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. :)

Renee asked:

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.

Answer by techkathy:

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

Answer by DanielCulver:

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

Raymond asked:

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?

Answer by 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!

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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
Misc Data
Manufacturer: Baratza
Model: 685
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: 440
Programmable Grinding: No
Programmability type: Manual
Controls: Timer Knob
Grind Setting Controls: Stepped

Product Spotlight: Baratza Virtuoso Preciso

Posted By: Whole Latte Love
Dec 08, 2010 01:43PM
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The coffee community has been anxiously awaiting the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso for over a year. Now that the Preciso has arrived, it certainly will not disappoint. The Virtuoso has been a wildly popular home grinder for quite some time, garnering high praise for its reliability, efficient operation and compact frame. But if espresso lovers had one gripe, it would be the grinder's lack of micro adjustments. While the 40 standard grind settings are more than adequate for most people, there are some people who desire greater control over their grind. The Virtuoso Preciso is made to cater to them. Along with the 40 macro settings, the Preciso offers an additional 11 micro settings. Each micro range is equal to one macro setting, so you'll be able to fine-tune your grind to get exactly what you need, coarser for French Press or finer for espresso. Aside from expanded grind adjustments the Preciso also comes with upgraded 40mm conical burrs. Designed for precision, these burrs deliver uniform coffee as well as very precise espresso grinds. With the improved burrs, the Preciso has seen remarkable speed improvements as well. Depending on the grind, you're looking at producing 1.8-2.5 grams per seconds—pretty impressive speeds for a home grinder. Though the first series of the Preciso grinders did not come equipped with these upgraded burrs, Baratza will be happy to replace your burrs if you have purchased one of these units. If your grinder was purchased before November 15, 2010, chances are it was equipped with the old set of burrs and is now eligible for an upgrade. (Be sure to contact sale@baratza.com for more information.) Expanded grind adjustments and enhanced burrs are sure to make the Preciso a highly sought after grinder, but this model has not strayed too far from the winning Baratza formula. It retains a small, kitchen-counter friendly footprint and easy-to-use controls—attributes that have made previous Baratza grinders so popular with home users. The 480-watt gear reduction motor is powerful enough for most users and the Preciso is relatively quiet for its class. The burrs operate at only 450rpm to reduce heat transfer to your coffee and help preserve flavor and aroma. As an added bonus, the Preciso comes with a hands-free portaholder. Use it in conjunction with the integrated timer and you'll be able to set your portafilter in place, program the grinder to deliver the exact amount of coffee needed and walk away. At under $300, the Preciso is a great investment for espresso lovers looking for a precise, utilitarian burr grinder.


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