Baratza Virtuoso conical burr grinder


Baratza Virtuoso 586 is another great grinder provided by Baratza, a Seatle based company that focuses on nothing but coffee grinders. It is famous for excellent customer service. The Virtuoso 586 is an upgrade to the previous 585 with an improved gearbox and with 40mm conical burr. It provides great consistency and good grind speed. It has 40 different grind settings which will enable you to use various brewing methods. Another great thing about the grinder is that it reduces noise a lot. It has also durable 240W motor. At the price 229$ you get a quality grinder for that range of price.

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Specifications

Baratza Virtuozo coffee grinder
Price 200-250$
Weight 8 lbs (3.6 kg)
Dimension (WxHxD) 12x35x16 cm
Speed of grind 1.5 to 2.4 g/sec
Voltage 110/230 VAC
Burr 40 mm hardened steel conical burr (ML2)
Grind range 200 to 1400 microns
Steps of adjustment 40
Grind adjustment can be recalibrated YES
Bean hopper capacity 8 oz.  (250g)
Grounds bin capacity 5 oz. (142g)
Motor rotation 450 RMS per minute
Additions 3-pack 35G Grindz Coffee Grinder Cleaner and Coffee Grinder Dusting Brush
Motor power 240W
Timer YES
Housing material Plastic
Hopper material Plastic
Manufactured in Taiwan

Burr

The grinder has a 40mm hardened steel conical burr. They grind coffee at 1.5 to 2.4 g/sec, depending on the setting. They are good for espresso, drip, manual brewing methods and Press Pot. Burr was manufactured in Liechtenstein.  Burrs are comparable with the highest quality commercial burrs.

Grinder

DC motor keeps 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 which helps making a consistent 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.

Motor and loudness

Motor turns slowly resulting in cool, quiet operation and permits long grinding duty-cycles. Also metal exterior helps reducing noise a bit. In general it is relatively quiet grinder for the price.

Hopper Size & Material

Hopper holds 8 ounces (250g) of beans and can also be extended.  It’s made of ABS plastic with a cone-shape to allow beans flow into the burr easily. This is a big hopper size which will allow you to make plenty of coffee with one flip of the switch. The ground coffee container is smaller than the bean hopper with 5 ounces in capacity.

Functions

There are 40 different individual settings that will enable you to dial into your specific grind. The grind is controlled with either a pulse button being pressed down in the front or a timer of 60 seconds on the right hand side.

Material

It has a metal casing and the hopper is made of ABS plastic. It is manufactured in Taiwan. This gives a grinder a weight of 8 pounds, which is slightly heavier than some competing products on the market. Also restoration parts are cheap.

Cleaning

Burrs are easily removable with no tools, making cleaning very easy. You can remove the bean hopper to have easy access to the bottom burr. It is recommended to use a dry brush (which comes with the product) to extend the product’s lifespan.

Warranty

Baratza offers a one year guarantee from the date of purchase. This warranty covers all defects in materials and workmanship (parts and labor) including free ground transportation to and from their repair facility within the US and Canada.  You can reach them via email support@baratza.com or call 425-641-1245. For additional warranty, support, or troubleshooting information, go to www.baratza.com.  Also international warranty, support and service is available at their local retailers.

Included accessories

User Manual in English, French, Dutch, German and Spanish, a cleaning brush and a 3-pack 35G Grindz Coffee Grinder Cleaner.

Consumer reviews

Most of the consumers are satisfied with purchase. They do not encounter problems a lot and Baratza also has a great customer service which helps them a lot. Majority of the customers did not encounter problems and if some problem is encountered many times, Baratza usually reads reviews and fixes the product in that way.

Summary

Baratza Virtuoso 586 is an improvement of the version 585. It has improved grinding speed and consistency. It is easy to clean, has good materials, good customer service and does not make too much noise. It also allows many adjustments with 40 different adjustments. It has some drawbacks though, for example the machine could heat if you leave it to run for over a minute in case you need a lot of coffee at once. In general it is a good product for the price of 229$.

Baratza Virtuoso

Baratza Virtuoso
8.7

Baratza Virtuoso

8.7 /10

Pros

  • Consistent grind for different brewing methods and fine enough for espresso.
  • Easy for cleaning
  • Great customer service and cheap restoration parts
  • Quieter and less static with the anti-static property in the coffee receptacle
  • High-quality burrs

Cons

  • Gets warm
  • Can be messy
  • Has trouble with oily beans

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