Baratza Virtuoso Plus Coffee and Espresso Grinder
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The Baratza Virtuoso Plus Conical Burr Coffee Grinder combines timeless style, technical high-tech features, and a uniform grind, a wonderful choice for those on a journey to discover the depths of coffee brewing. The grinder's 40 mm conical burrs (manufactured in Europe, high-carbon-steel conical burrs) whiz through beans for a delicate, uniform grind.
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With the twist of the hopper the Baratza Virtuoso Plus springs to life to accommodate for any setting, from fine to coarse blends. Its grind range runs from 200 to 1400 microns easily.
The secret to the Virtuoso's success is a two-step system: a dynamic DC motor that doesn't create as much heat in beans even while they're being vigorously ground, and both electric and gear speed reducers that run the burr at 450 RPM to enhance the smoothness of the beans and keep noise, static and heat to a minimum.
To enhance freshness, the Virtuoso Plus decreases the ground coffee left after grinding. The easily-removable burrs don't require any tools to extract them, making clean-up almost effortless.
Like other Baratza Coffee Grinders, the outside of the Baratza Virtuoso Plus is just as calibrated as the inside. An accessible, front-facing pulse button permits you to grind straight into the espresso filter basket. A 60-second timer then duplicates the optimal grind time. Beyond interior functionality, the Virtuoso+ features a sculptured metal base and top, giving the conical burr grinder a luxurious profile, adding a touch of elegance to coffee shop work tops, kitchen counters and work break rooms.
- Durable burrs: The Virtuoso's European manufactured 40 mm conical burrs are capable of grinding at speeds of 1.5 grams to 2.4 grams a second, according to the setting. The professional-grade burrs deliver a consistent and stable grind, exceptional for drip, espresso, press pot, and manual brewing modes. With a precision mounted system and a balanced platform for careful grinding, the conical burrs maintain their sharpness and durability for years, maximizing the grinder's life.
- Grind adjustment and variety: With the simple turn of the hopper you can pick and choose from 40 settings to adjust the consistency and fineness of your grind. Whether you're brewing fine blends for espressos and or coarser grinds for a French Press, the Baratza Virtuoso Plus Coffee Grinder gives you the flexibility and manageability of a vast range of options. The grind range operates from 200 to 1400 microns.
- Expert calibration: A groundbreaking calibration process provides even, multi-range grinding. If the Virtuoso+ needs adjusting it can be done easily by the user.
- Managed speed control: The Virtuoso Plus utilizes a sequence of gear and electronic speed minimization to manage burr rotation to 500 RPM. A slower speed helps to diminish noise, warmth, and static within the grinder, also assuring that beans flow evenly into the burrs.
- Timed brewing: The grinder's 60-second timer incorporates separate graphics and conveniently repeatable grinding times.
I primarily this grinder use at home, and enjoy a cup of high-quality light-roast coffee- I don't drink espresso/dark roasts. This is my first near-pro level grinder and so far, I am very pleased with the product. Appears solidly built (8 pounds), and performs very well. The instructions should be read prior to first-use as there are a couple of things to know regarding operation (eg. you should adjust the grind level when the device is either empty or while grinding) and routine maintenance. I've not found too much 'static cling' (sounds like laundry!) of grinds following a grinding- I gently tap on the grinds container upside-down and nearly all grinds are dispensed. I also saw some reviews report that the two lights for the grinds container do not provide equal light intensity, but I've not observed that on my unit- perhaps a later-release fix.
I was tempted to wait for the upcoming release of the Baratza Encore ESP, but like buying a new car, I don't usually buy the first issue of a major model remake. The Virtuoso Plus is likely a very mature system now, including the grinding burr more optimal for very fine grinding. And so far I am very pleased with performance.
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Love the new grinder. I use it mainly for espresso, and it grinds consistently and quickly. Couldn't be happier!
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I've tried a couple of less expensive grinders over the years.
They've done a good job of grinding beans.
But what's not available are parts to effect repairs.
When the last one broke I searched for parts and couldn't find anything other than the basic items such as the hopper, lid etc.
I did my due diligence online and found the Baratza grinders have an excellent support system.
If I wanted to I could build the grinder from the parts catalog.
I'm very pleased with that.
As far as the functionality of the Virtuoso + it is quieter than the other grinders I've used, the grind size is more consistent, the build quality is excellent.
I'm hoping to get many many years from it.
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I have tried a few grinders over the years and this one is awesome!!.. can't say enough good thins about it.. Customer Service is top notch..I will keep coming back...Thanks 😊
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Best coffee grinder ever! This is my second Virtuoso. Consistent grind every time! French Press Co has the best customer service anywhere!
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Being a tea business, we actually use this as a mill of sorts for a number of the raw ingredients we put into our blends. E.g. Chicory root, cardamom pods, orange peel, etc. It has worked wonderfully for this purpose since buying it four months ago is the first grinder we've used which provides grinds large enough for our needs. Our only complaint is in the difficulty of cleaning the burrs, since you cannot easily remove them from the grinder in order to brush, soak, or similar. Despite that, however, we're very pleased with this grinder.
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This is one terrific grinder. It is my second Virtuoso and I love the improvements. Better motor and much easier to read grind settings. Its features, durability and longevity make it well worth the price.
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This is my first burr grinder, and I am very pleased with it. I use a French Press, which makes great tasting coffee. However this burr grinder improved the flavor even more by removing the slight bitterness caused by fine grounds caused by my old blade grinder. Definitely worth the investment!!
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I've been wanting to get a burr grinder for a long time but never did because of the price and being worried about getting "the right one". This one was recommended by a family member. It is easy to use, makes for great coffee, and is a great price. I love that they have great reviews, customer service, and replacement parts. I really can taste the difference between the fresh grind from this versus my old blade grinder. Definitely a worthwhile investment.
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I've been a user and a fan of Baratza grinders for over 10 years now. The Virtuoso+ is a step up from the Encore. Both are excellent, but I love the the convenience of setting and forgetting that the Virtuoso+ gives you with its timer. I don't have to measure out my ground coffee beans, just pour into my filter basket, add the same number of ounces of water, and the coffee is on.
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