- Product Dimensions: 15 x 6.5 x 13.5 cm ; 3.2 Kg
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 Kg
- Item model number: VIRTUOSO
- ASIN: B006MLQHRG
- Date first available at Amazon.ca: Nov. 1 2011
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,123 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
Baratza 586 Virtuoso Coffee Grinder
|Price:||CDN$ 319.00 FREE SHIPPING.|
- 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
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Burrs: Manufactured in Europe, the Virtuoso's 40 mm conical burrs grind coffee at 1.5 to 2.4 g/sec. depending on the setting. But what really sets the Virtuoso burrs apart is that these burrs can do a very uniform grind, with a distinct lack of fines across its grinding range. So the Virtuoso burrs are exceptional for espresso, drip, manual brewing methods and Press Pot. These conical burrs are durable and will remain sharp for many years. The burrs have a precision mounting system to ensure a stable platform for accurate grinding. Gearbox: In 2012, Baratza introduced the second generation Gearbox (GB 2.0). With GB 2.0, Baratza has significantly increased the strength and durability of the drive transmission while decreasing noise. Grind Adjustment: Turn the hopper and with 40 settings you can quickly adjust from fine for espresso to coarse for French Press. The grind range is from 250 to 1200 microns. Grinds Left in Grinder: To maximize freshness, the Virtuoso minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder. Brewing Method: The Virtuoso is a great all around grinder, from manual brewing to espresso. Motor: A powerful, high torque DC motor effortlessly drives the burrs. This motor turns slowly resulting in cool, quiet operation and permits long grinding duty-cycles. Calibration: An innovative burr calibration system ensures that each grinder has the full range of grind. Speed Control: With unique speed control, the Virtuoso uses a combination of gear and electronic speed reduction to control the rotation of the burr to 500 RPM. The electronic speed controller is adjustable from 405 to 495 RPM in the event that specific user conditions require modification of the speed. Timer Switch: The Virtuoso has a 60-second timer with segmented graphics.
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As I use it for both espresso and french press, I am constantly switching grind settings. This does result in some wear and tear to the adjustment mechanism, specifically the burr holder and the adjustment ring. Eventually the parts failed and required replacement, at a cost of less than $15 and hour of my time. Other complaints include a spring wound time knob that tends to fall off (Baratza has a video on how to fix this) and the portafilter holder accessory that does not fit my Saeco non-pressurized portafilter.
I have since replaced this with a Breville Smart Grinder Pro for espresso use. I've dedicated the Virtuoso to french press use.
Maybe ours is broken and it is supposed to have fixed amount settings, I'd love to hear back if that is the case. If it did have a fixed amount setting, I would give it 5 stars.
We like the fact that it is made with quality parts, has multiple grind settings from ultra fine to ultra coarse and is very quiet.
The grinder is heavy and this is good because it shows that the metal bottom and motor are probably of good construction. I made both espresso grind at the setting of 8, and filter grind at 14 (with 0 being the finest for Turkish/Greek coffee setting and 40 being the coarsest). Both coffees came out very evenly powdered with no clumps. I tried two different beans so far and have several other coffee beans to grind over the next few days. One thing I also noticed is how the ground coffee seemed to be "airy", almost taking up a lot more space than the exact same bean which I ground with my blade grinder (which is a Cuisinart Grind Central FYI), which was clumped in so many places that it was "squished" and compressed for each of the clumps. This even fluffy grind will be guaranteed to make your coffee infuse much better because the water will have more coffee powder to go through (since the grinds do not stick, the water will pass through more grinds), compared to a blade grinder, where the clumps will partially block water passage.
Highly recommended since it is not expensive like grinders which cost $400-800 but still makes a very consistent grind.
I finally decided to purchase the same but obviously new model Virtuoso this past August (2016) and I have just started using it. One thing I noticed right off is the speed of new motor; it may be the exact same motor as my old one, but man it processed those whole beans like nothing. So, so far, a very short trail period I know, but I am very happy that I stuck with Baratza and the Virtuoso model because and I know that if I have an issue, Baratza West Coast USA in particular, Pierce Jens, will help me. DJJC
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