This grinder is a step up from the Baratza Encore, both in price and in the features it offers. The Preciso has increased number of settings and lets you dig more into the various flavours of coffee. It’s not an entry level grinder and thus requires a few experiments as what suits you.
Features and Specifications
- 40 mm conical burrs stay sharp for years and provide consistent grind
- 40 different macro grind settings, plus a micro-adjustment level dividing each of these settings into 11 micro-settings
- Powerful and efficient DC motor won’t overheat the coffee even during long cycles
- Burrs can be removed easily for cleaning
- Adjustable timer
- Front pulse button for short duration use
- “Portaholder” allows you to fill directly into your espresso portafilter hands-free
- Hopper has an 8 ounce (227 gram) capacity, and bin has a 5 ounce (142 gram) capacity
- How well does this model live up to its promises?
A Step Up
At about $300, Baratza Preciso is not an entry level product, but a mid-range grinder for someone who knows they need a good quality machine to get the results they want. Most people who buy the Preciso are grinding for espresso, and this model will allow you to “dial in” your desired grind like a pro! The Preciso is not limited to espresso grinds – it’s also an excellent choice if you use a variety of brewing methods in your household.
If you don’t like waiting around, you will be happy to know that the Preciso grinds about a gram per second faster than other grinders of its type.
Consistency of Grind
The Baratza Preciso works well across the whole range of grind settings. From an ultra-fine Turkish grind to French press, and even onward to very coarse grinds for cold brewing, you will find consistent grain size and very few fines with the Preciso.
Most customers also report that there is very little problem with static with this model.
What it’s Lacking
There are a few common complaints about the Preciso. One is that the micro settings can be confusing and difficult to master. Eventually you will find exactly the settings you need, but initially it can be quite frustrating.
With any manufactured product there are a certain number of duds that get through, but it seems that the Baratza Preciso produces a somewhat higher than usual percentage of defective units. The company is very good about replacing these units hassle-free, but it’s something to keep in mind when you’re choosing.
As with the Encore, you can use an accessory called the Esatto to grind your beans by weight. This will weigh the ground coffee and automatically stop the machine when it reaches the desired weight.
Most people are highly satisfied with the Baratza Preciso. It produces a high enough quality of espresso grind for the pickiest barista, but is versatile enough to use for a variety of grinds and brewing methods. For the price, this is an excellent choice for a serious home brewer.
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