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Baratza 685 Virtuoso Preciso Coffee Grinder


The Virtuoso Preciso is another top pick from Baratza's lineup of grinders. It sports a number of award-winning features such as the commercial grade conical burrs, a 480 watt DC motor, and a brushed metal top. Sleek style and professional performance make this grinder worth the money if you are looking for a cup of professional-tasting coffee in your home.


Interior Features
  • It is a definite improvement of the Virtuoso, with the inclusion of the micro adjustment mechanism. Simply turn the hopper and make the adjustment so you can dial in the perfect espresso grind.
  • The secondary micro adjust lever divides each of the micro positions into 11 distinct increments for further adjustment so you can get the perfect adjustment for the perfect shot.
  • Choose among your desired types of coffee settings, from espresso to filter/drip and press. You can also choose among grind options such as grind, medium, and coarse.
  • The 480-watt DC motor helps in keeping the operation quiet so you can grind coffee even early in the mornings without waking up the rest of the household. The built-in thermal safety device prevents overheating.

    Exterior Features

  • The Preciso sports a 60 second timer switch, with each segment around the timer representing about 10 seconds of run time. You can also enjoy short duration grinding with the front mounted pulse button, which can be used for grinding directly into the espresso-brewing basket. Simply push and hold the pulse button to grind and stop the grinding by releasing the button.
  • Filter your coffee beans with ease using the portaholder, which holds the port filter in place.
  • The adjustable self-timer knob is located on the face of the grinder done in a silver finish. The stylish metallic finish gives this grinder a modern look, while cord storage ensures a clutter-free design.

    Dimension Specifications

    Depth: 7 inches
    Height: 14 inches
    Width: 5 inches
    Total number of volume or cups: 5 ounce grounds bin, 8 ounce bean hopper

    Advantages

    This coffee grinder offers more precise adjustments compared to other models. The professional grade 40 mm. conical burrs produce a consistent, fine grounds, which is necessary for espressos and French press.

    The grinder is very easy to clean--simply remove the coffee bean hopper to expose the grinding chamber and lift out the outer ring burr. Cleaning the entire chamber can be done in a matter of minutes. The grind options are useful in making sure that you'll have the perfect coffee grounds. The thermal safety device is another neat feature not found in other coffee grinders.

    Disadvantages

    The unit can be noisy at times and static is not uncommon with certain types of coffee beans. The jumble of buttons and switches can be a bit confusing for some users, especially those who are new to coffee grinders.

    The Preciso is bit tall and bulky, you may need to have a larger space in the kitchen countertop. Some components, like the bean hopper, the hopper lid, or the ground coffee bin are not dishwasher-safe and should be hand-washed. The grinder tends to clog easily.

    Pros

  • easy to store
  • very precise adjustments
  • easy to clean
  • multiple grind options
  • has thermal safety feature

    Cons

  • noisy at times
  • static is present for some coffee beans.
  • buttons and switches can be confusing
  • not all components are dishwasher-safe
  • clogs easily

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