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Video Overview | Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

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In the Virtuoso, coffee enthusiasts will love Baratza's famous performance and ease of use are packed into a new show. It's a classic grinder for the home. Simple, smart and a solid first step to making a great cup of coffee.

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Hey, Chris here with Prima coffee equipment. Today, we're taking a look at Baratza's Virtuoso. Virtuoso is a conical burr grinder for grinding coffee at home. It builds upon the foundation of Baratza's Encore, a home grinder that people just love but it adds a couple of new features.

Just take a look at the things that are similar to the Encore, things that people already love. So, we really have a simple grind adjustment here. Turning the hopper gives us access to anywhere between zero and 40 steps adjustment. All the way from close to the espresso range to pretty coarse range, French press, cupping etc.

So, very easy to adjust there. We also have the same half-pound bean hopper at top and same five ounce grounds bin at the bottom. At the front there's a pulse button for on-demand grinding. And a little different than the Encore there's a timer at the side. Using the timer will allow you to tell the grinder how long you want it to grind if you're not measuring scoop-by-scoop or gram-by-gram.

Let's also take a look at the inside. Like the Encore it's exceedingly easy to get the hopper off to get access to the burr's right away. Unscrew the hopper by going to the coarsest setting, take out that rubber gasket, burrs come off right there. These are steel conical burrs, about 40 millimeters. And it's similar but updated version of the burrs from the Encore. These are the same burrs that are in Baratza's Preciso. And these burrs compared to the Encore will actually give you slightly wider range of particle size, a little bit finer, a little bit coarser and it will grind a little bit faster too.

So, this is going to be a one-and-a-half, to over two grams per second compared to the Encore's one gram per second. Let's grind some coffee, see what it sounds like. This grinder is particularly great for home use because it's pretty quiet. It's light, quiet, fast, works well. Right there. Got some coffee ground. That's right about a 20 here from factory setting.

These grinders can be re-calibrated. So if you expect to use this mostly on a medium-to-coarse setting or mostly on a really fine espresso setting you can get really deep in the grinder, not too hard, but get deep in the grinder and calibrates so you can have more of this range, this 40 set range dedicated the grinds you'll actually be using. So that works really well. The grinder weighs about eight pounds, pretty light, has this extra metal casing, unlike the Encore which makes it really solid. And it has kind of a nice, more refined look too. Very nice looking grinder.

So this is Baratza's Virtuoso. I recommend it for people who are brewing at home especially, for a manual brew, pour over, immersion, etc. It could use a little bit of light cafe use but mostly it's a home grinder as the footprint, and the speed and the components suggest. It's a really solid piece of equipment, we think like it. Thanks for watching.

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