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- Baratza Virtuoso - Conical Burr Coffee Grinder (with Bin)
- Metal and Black
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【並行輸入品】 コーヒーミル Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
bodum コーヒーミル BISTRO 電気式コーヒーグラインダー 10903-01JP ブラック
デロンギ コーヒーグラインダー コーン式 中挽き~極細挽き ブラック KG364J
BONMAC コーヒーミル ブラック BM-250N
カリタ コーヒーミル ナイスカットG #61102 アイボリー
|価格||￥ 32,885||￥ 22,400||￥ 10,800||￥ 8,305||￥ 15,570||￥ 21,654|
|出荷||￥ 4,000||￥ 500||送料無料||送料無料||送料無料||送料無料|
|外装サイズ||37.08 x 19.05 x 18.03 cm||37.34 x 19.56 x 18.03 cm||34.1 x 20 x 18.7 cm||34 x 23.4 x 18.4 cm||37.8 x 25.9 x 14.7 cm||37.6 x 23.2 x 17.4 cm|
|外装質量||3.81 kg||3.24 kg||1.98 kg||2.02 kg||3.84 kg||2.92 kg|
Let the Virtuoso's professional-grade 40mm conical burrs perform their magic for a consistent, fine grind. How about a French Press? The Virtuoso can handle that too, with a particle size uniformity that gives you consistency from cup to cup. In fact, the Virtuoso is so consistent at both the coarse and fine ends of the grind range that we consider it to be in a class all by itself - and so do many of the micro- and specialty-roasters who swear by it.;The secret to the Virtuoso's consistent, smooth grind is: an efficient DC motor keeps your beans cool, even during extended grind times, while a combination of electric and gear speed reducers slow the burr to 450 RPM, ensuring a smooth bean feed and reducing noise, heat and static buildup.;The Virtuoso's exterior is just as finely tuned as its interior - a convenient front-mounted pulse button allows for grinding directly into an espresso filter basket, while a 60-second timer means that it's easy to replicate the ideal grind time. With the Virtuoso, the look goes beyond merely functional.;A sculptured metal top and base give this grinder an expensive, elegant image that adds a sense of class and quality to kitchen counters and coffee shop workspaces alike.;Speed to Grind: 1.5 to 2.4 g/sec.; Bean Hopper Capacity: 8 oz (227g); Grounds Bin Capacity: 5 oz. (142 g); Weight: 8 lbs. (3.6kg); Dimensions WxHxD cm: 12x35x16 cm; Power Rating (North America): 110 V AC 50/60 Hz. 1 Amp; Power Rating (Other): 230 V AC 50/60 Hz. .5 Amps; Safety Listing: UL/CSA/CE/EK; Designed & Engineered: Seattle, WA, USA
I already have a Baratza Encore, and when I ventured into espresso, I wanted to upgrade my grinder. I considered the Rancilio Rocky and this one - I eliminated the Preciso based on middling reviews (and I see that Baratza has actually removed it from their grinder comparison chart in favor of the new Sette). I ultimately went with the Virtuoso based on talking to a number of people- Amazon reviewers and Baratza customer service.
I used it for espresso with a non pressurized portafilter for a time, and it worked reasonably well; it does, however, lack the level of adjustability of a dedicated espresso grinder such as a Macap M4, a Baratza Vario, or Sette, which is necessary if you want to fine tune shot timing across a range of coffees. Something in that class, or very likely even better, is probably what the serious espresso aficionado will end up with. What I did not expect, and the reason I kept the grinder, was the difference it made to my pour over brew as compared to the Encore. The more consistent grind brought out flavors in a dark roast (Red Bird Blackbird blend) that my Encore completely failed to do. The finer control of grind size basically eliminates the bitter after taste. I like the consistency so much that I am now planning to upgrade my Encore with the Preciso burrs used on the Virtuoso.
Compared to the Rocky which I tried (and ultimately returned), it is more compact and has far less grounds retention. I weigh my beans before grinding and after using a scale with 0.1 gram resolution and I end up with 0.1-0.4 grams of grounds retention depending on the roast level. This is mostly chaff from the beans which is easily cleaned with a brush. It also makes less of a mess than other grinders I've used, see the addendum for more information on this topic. I have not had issues with static. Just recently, I ground 12 oz of beans for a friend, half using my Encore at work and half with the Virtuoso I had at home. The Encore was slower, I had chaff flying all over the place and a significant amount of clean up to do. The Virtuoso on the other hand, was both faster and had far less static, the grinds and chaff virtually all falling into the bin.
In terms of the design, I don't see serious flaws. The timer switch on the side does not have sufficient precision or resolution to be useful as anything other than an on/off switch; it does serve the function of allowing you to walk away from the grinder so long as you measure out your beans in advance. In three months of use, it has not ever fallen off, so either they must have fixed it, or perhaps I'm using it more gently than those that wrote the older reviews that pointed to problems with it falling off. Since the grinds drop vertically, it is really easy to put a portafilter in place of the grinds bin.
The construction is a mix of metal and plastic. Unlike many reviewers, I do not consider plastic to be a substandard material, rather I appreciate that it offers lower cost and weight as compared to metal. The material of construction must be chosen keeping typical customer usage in mind and, in my opinion, what they've used here is perfectly acceptable for a home use coffee grinder. My professional camera lenses all have plastic in their construction, and I subject them to a lot more abuse than this grinder is ever likely to experience, and they are none the worse for it.
Overall, if you are looking for excellent quality and performance for a variety of brewing techniques other than true espresso (i.e., non pressurized portafilter and ability to fine tune shot timing), it is hard to find a grinder better than this one. Highly recommended, and worth the upgrade from the Encore if you can afford it and appreciate good coffee. Baratza's customer service is great as well; you'll get someone knowledgeable to reply to your questions.
Update January 2017: I've been using it everyday (sometimes multiple times/day) for pourover and have been getting consistently excellent results with a variety of single origins and blends. I use a Bonavita variable temperature kettle to assure a repeatable brew temperature and brew on a scale so my water addition is consistent. While pourover is by far the most frequent brewing method I use, I have also used the grinder for French Press and the AeroPress. I will mention that the setting of 30 recommended by Baratza for French Press yields, to my taste, highly under extracted coffee. With both the Encore and Virtuoso, a setting of 24 works better for me. You will naturally have to experiment to find the setting that works best for your taste. Still no issues with the timer knob.
Addendum: As I mentioned in the review, messiness is subjective, and I do have a darker countertop which tends to be a little more forgiving. So, to illustrate this a little better, I ground 32 grams of a dark roast (Paradise Roasters Canoe and Cabin blend) with the grinder placed on a white sheet of paper. The first photograph attached shows the countertop and grinder immediately after I took the bin off. The second shows the grinds in the bin so you can get a sense of the level of static (indoor RH was 31%). In this particular case, I got 0.4 grams of retention; you can, of course, choose to leave this to clear out the next time you grind, but I prefer to clean the chute with a brush which gets nearly all of the retained grounds out. These pictures were taken before cleaning the chute with a brush. There will obviously be a little bit more mess on the counter if you do this cleaning. Of the five burr grinders I have used - the Capresso Infinity, the Encore, the Rocky, the Macap M4 and the Virtuoso, this one makes the least mess. The Macap does have less retention, but that's only because you can access the chute with a toothpick to get at the coffee that does not fall into the doser.
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Now, I have to say, in addition to not being a coffee snob, I'm also not made of money, so when I saw the $200+ price of these grinders (granted, Baratza makes one for about half the price, but indulge me here), I balked. I mean, my measly little blade grinder lasted me probably five years, so why not just spring for another of the same model? Does anybody need a $200 coffee grinder?
Still I read the Amazon reviews on the Virtuoso carefully, and checked out their website, read the manual they provided, and became convinced that this was a TOOL, and I am always about choosing the right tool for the job and getting what you pay for. Needless to say, I plunked down the cash, and couldn't be more pleased.
Solid, well-built, and surprisingly quieter than my old blade grinder, the Virtuoso comes well-packaged and arrived in great condition. It was a snap to assemble, just a silicone gasket and the timer switch. Adjusting the grind is similarly easy, and we've figured out that a setting of 32 (out of 40) gives us exactly the right coarseness that both releases maximum flavor w minimal mug mud. The motor is powerful and seems like it will last a good long time. So yes, it was more than 4 times the cost of a replacement blade grinder, but our coffee is rich and flavorful and gunk-free, and we have an appliance that is well-built, seems reliable, and looks good on the counter. Yeah, I'm quite happy with this purchase. If you're considering one, I encourage you to go on the Baratza website and look at the manual (it isn't included in the box, only a quick-start card is).