Introducing the Virtuoso+, an upgrade and replacement of the current Virtuoso. In this version, the timer switch has been updated for a digital display, but all the trusty parts are the same. The 40 second digital timer allows you to easily set a repeatable dose. And with intuitive adjustments to the tenth of a second, the every day grind just got even better. This multi-purpose grinder is the step-up for the advanced coffee lover. The high performance burr set reduces the fines in all levels of grind which gives a clean (café quality) taste in the cup, while the digital interface allows for easy, time-based dosing. With an elegant and attractive metal casing to accentuate your coffee corner, this is a brewing tool that will fast forward your coffee journey with consistency and reliability.
Conical Burrs. Manufactured in Europe, the Virtuoso+s 40mm conical burrs grind coffee at 1.5 to 2.4g/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 french press. 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. The Virtuoso+ utilizes a simple and efficient direct drive gear reduction transmission to move power from the DC motor from overheating due to excessive use - remember, these grinders are designed to grind a dose at a time for home use!
Grind Adjustment. Turn the hopper and with 40 settings you can quickly adjust from fine to espresso to coarse for french press. The grind range is from 200 to 1200 microns.
Grind retention. To maximize freshness, the Virtuoso+ minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder.
Brewing methods. The Virtuoso+ is a great multi-purpose grinder for many styles of brewing from espresso, to drip, to french press.
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. The circuitry is equipped with an automatically resetting thermal cutoff switch.
Digital timer. The motor is controlled by a 40 second digital timer adjustable to the tenth of a second, that allows repeatable dosing.
Calibration. An innovative burr calibration system ensures that each grinder has the full range of grind. If necessary, the grinders can be user calibrated.
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. This slow speed reduces heat, noise, and static generation in the grinder. It also ensures that the beans feed smoothly into the burrs.
- Speed to grind: 1.5 g / sec. - 2.4g / sec. / 500 RPM
- Burrs: 40mm conical burrs
- Bean hopper capacity: 8 oz. (230 g)
- Grounds bin capacity: 5 oz (142 g)
- Weight: 8 lbs
- Dimensions: 12 cm W x 35 cm H x 16 cm D
- Power rating: 110 VAC 50/60 Hz 110 Watts
- No load burr speed: 550 RPM
- Designed and engineered in Seattle, WA
Limited 1 year warranty from Baratza.
We have used the grinder for a week. So far ...so good. The grind control is very good. Figuring the correct time for the correct amount for the correct grind size and bean size and hardness will take a lot of trial and error. This is not a hardship because we do love to drink coffee. I would recommend this type of grinder over the food processor style that we used to use.
As per the expert advice from the folks at ECS - I chose this grinder over the Baratza Encore due to its slight performance gain and aesthetic appeal . The addition of the digital timer and LED lighting makes for an easy operation for those early morning brews.