I go to coffee shops a lot, I mean really A LOT (Especially in my travel and road trips, but that story is for another time.) So I know that the coffee is going to be great when the owner uses a Mazzer Commercial Grinder, brand with 4 Ms on the logo, which they pretty much make the best grinders in this world. The price tag? Entry level model starts at $700, Higher end is about $3000. Since it’s probably out of our budget for most of us here, I’ll introduce you to another brand which many great coffee shops also use: Baratza.
The Baratza Virtuoso and Baratza Preciso are the popular consumer/prosumer model which you may sometimes see in your local coffee shops. It’s not a Mazzer, but for a for a home use at a fraction of the cost, it is a workhorse. Both grind coffee well like it’s nobody’s business. They both use a high grade conical burr grinder. Both are excellent choice for a home coffee grinder with 40 grind settings.
The main difference is that the Baratza Preciso has the extra micro setting of the fineness of the grind. It adds additional 11 settings to each 40 default grind settings. It may not be particularly useful for most casual coffee drinker, but if you are a coffee geek or an aspiring coffee enthusiast who care about the subtlety of particular flavor profile, it may just make your coffee that little bit more awesome.
|40 grind fineness setting, with 11 micro-adjustment for each setting.||40 grind fineness setting.|
|There is a holder for the portafilter. Allow for hands-free grinding into the portafilter.||No portafilter holder.|
|13.8 x 4.7 x 6.3 inches; 8 lbs||13.8 x 4.7 x 6.3 inches; 8 lbs|
|1-year warranty||1-year warranty|
Both use professional grade conical burr grinder.
Bean hopper capacity: 8 oz
Ground coffee bin capacity: 5 oz
Coffee grinder quality is extremely important in extracting coffee properly. It makes a huge difference in your coffee. So don’t ever, ever, ever skimp on coffee grinder.
I pull my own espresso shot at home, and the extra micro adjustment in the Preciso is extremely helpful to pull a perfectly timed espresso. Even when not pulling an espresso shot, the micro adjustment setting is a great feature to have to experiment with different flavor profile for my pour-over. Currently, the Baratza Preciso is $70 more than the Baratza Virtuoso, and I think it’s worth it especially if you’re pulling espresso shot.
|Baratza Preciso on Amazon.com||Baratza Virtuoso on Amazon.com|
Amazon, eBay, Seattle Coffee Gear, and Williams-Sonoma has the same lowest price (includes shipping) for both products.
Pro tip: I was about to give tip on how to grind your coffee, but realized someone else does a better job on it. Here’s my favorite: Coffee Grind Chart
Baratza Virtuoso and Preciso Side-by-Side by Whole Latte Love.