TESTED: Baratza Virtuoso Grinder Matches High End Grinder at 1/10 The Price

The NY Times tested the Baratza Virtuoso grinder ($229) against the Mahikonig EK43 grinder ($2700) and found that there was virtually no difference in the resulting coffee grind:

We started by dialing in the Mahlkonig to optimal drip machine settings according to the roasters at Lofted Coffee in Brooklyn. Then we adjusted our testing units to come as close to that grind as possible. We ground 25 grams with each machine and used a sediment analysis tool to determine how much of the sample fell in the ideal grind size range. The result was pretty shocking. We found a $230 coffee grinder, the Baratza Virtuoso, delivered nearly identical results as the $2,700 grinder.
— NY Times
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Shocking indeed. The single biggest improvement you can make in your coffee making experience is to grind fresh beans every time you brew coffee. We have long been fans of the Baratza grinder line and we are pleased to see that an independent review that shows you can get barista results at a reasonable price.

Michael Liss