Baratza Virtuoso Review: Our Favorite Burr Coffee Grinder - HOMEGROUNDS
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Baratza Virtuoso Review: Our Favorite Burr Coffee Grinder

The Baratza Virtuoso surely lives up to its expectations as one of the best burr coffee grinders in the world, offering users consistency in grind, and a super classic style.

In a nutshell, with this coffee grinder you'll get a professional grade grinder, at home espresso-machine prices (you'd be amazed at how expensive grinders can be).

The quality of the grind is consistent which is critical in  providing coffee lovers with a morning brew that they can fall in love with. 

Continue reading our Baratza Virtuoso review to find out what we loved, what we didn't love, and whether its the right grinder for you (its not a one-size-fits-all).

The Baratza Virtuoso 'In A Nutshell'

The Baratza Virtuoso Burr Grinder
  • Aesthetic Appeal
  • Ease Of Use
  • Brew Control Ability
  • Portability
  • Price
4.7

The Baratza Virtuoso burr grinder is perfect for the home espresso aficionado who realizes the importance of a decent grinder, but does not want to fork out 'cafe-grade' prices.

It's quite a small grinder; the perfect size for your average sized kitchen, family or small office.

If you're running a larger coffee-dependent household, an office or any type of cafe, this machine won't suit you. It is not recommended for commercial applications.


The Baratza Virtuoso Burr Grinder Review

The Virtuoso produces both espresso and French Press of magnificent quality with equal consistency from cup to cup. Its uniformity in producing both the fine and the course grinds is what puts it in a class of its own.

The  40mm conical burr 's on this grinder results in grind at speeds of about 1.5 to 2.4 g/second depending on your settings.

So what does this mean?

It means these burrs have the ability to grind to a uniform size at a very consistent rate - which makes the difference between a cup of coffee, and a damn good coffee.

Whether you're after  drip, espresso, manual brewing methods or Press Pot - the Virtusoa will deliver, time and time again.

Is the motor the secret to its consistency?

It's hard to say but one thing is clear: the motor is definitely one of the finer motors in burr grinder market.  

The powerful DC motor that helps the grinder to produce up to four times output with twice as much as the efficiency of standard AC motor (commonly found in standard grinders within this class).

The fact that the motor spins at less than one - third the speed makes the Virtuoso one of the quietest grinders within the price range

The motor is protected by a thermal safety device that protects it from overheating while at the same time resetting the motor once it has cooled off - meaning you have piece of mind that your machine won't overdo it and fail on you (even though it comes with a standard 1 year warranty anyway).

The metal parts are only found on top and at the bottom of the grinder-  the rest of the body is purely plastic which means that the Virtuoso is not as durable as we would like it to be.  

Even though we had to point this flaw out,  it should not be a deal breaker because once its on your kitchen bench-top it's there to stay (in most cases) so the chance of damaging it is minimal.

Cleaning the grinder can sometimes be a challenge because you need to empty the hopper by turning the entire machine upside down.

Keep in mind however, that when cleaning a grinder its the blades that need to be cleaned not the whole machine, and the burrs can be easily removed for cleaning - so this issue should not worry you too much (you'll be cleaning the blades mostly, not the machine).

Watch this overview of the Baratza Virtuoso here:

PROS

  • Consistent grinds on various brewing methods
  • 40 grind settings
  • Compact in size and perfect for average-sized spaces
  • Quiet and less static
  • Has a thermal safety device to protect it from overheating

CONS

  • It is a challenge to clean
  • It is small, so the ground coffee container is not fit for large quantities

The Verdict

The Baratza Virtuoso is a perfectly designed coffee grinder with awesome functionalities and powerful features which is a perfect addition to your home espresso collection.

We hope that through our Baratza Virtuoso review you've seen the light like we have (this is our favorite grinder on the market)

Putting our review aside, all you have to do is take a look at all of the 4 and 5 star reviews online and it becomes obvious: this grinder was designed for home espresso fanatics in mind, and it sure does a great job in delivering on its promises.

In terms of Burr coffee grinders, the Baratza Virtuoso is our number one favorite.

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Florian - March 29, 2017

what would be the next step up from the virtuosso? any of the other Baratza grinders or do other companies have something comparable? I was trying to look at Mahlkoenig Vario but seems discontinued maybe? in short, arent there a few contenders for ‘best’ home pour over grinder available?

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