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Topic: solis maestro, *$ barista burr grinder (7 msgs / 126 lines)
1) From: stereoplegic
anybody know how much these two have in common? is the barista a 
stripped down or older model maestro (like the barista espresso machine 
is a saeco w/ *$ badge on front)? judging by what i've seen (the barista 
up close, the maestro only on the web), they seem very similar. of 
course, the maestro plus has more grind settings, impulse grind button, 
metal bottom. but they both have all-metal conical burr, plastic 
housing, pull-out grounds container (didn't see whether the barista 
dispenses grounds vertically), very similar size and shape. the reason i 
ask is because there's one at my fav thrift store, much cheaper than a 
$150+shipping SMP. all i really need it for is french press and 
metal-filter drip. i don't mind a few fines in my cup, but i'd like to 
have as few as possible w/o selling a kidney to accomplish this. i know, 
i know. everything else is an accessory to the grinder: as soon as i can 
afford everything else, i'll worry about that.

2) From: Michael Mccandless
 I have both.
Both are well into the acceptable range for grind quality.
More fines with the Barista.
I would highly recommend the Solis - better consistency & the Barista will
make a teaspoon of grinds airborne every time you remove the
container.  Major static.
McSparky
On 12/30/06, stereoplegic  wrote:
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3) From: stereoplegic
thanks. i think i'll go see if they still have it. this way i can save 
my money for a rocky or mazzer mini when i'm ready for the dark side.
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4) From: stereoplegic
wonder if attaching a metal plate to the bottom would help to eliminate 
@ least some of the static?
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5) From: Michael Mccandless
I've tried foil & covering the top while removing the container to no avail.
The only solution I've found is to use a different container to catch the
grounds.
McSparky
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6) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Once upon a time the *$ Barista grinder was made by Solis simply branded *$.
Solis briefly marketed a Solis 166 grinder under Solis name in US. *$ raised
a stink since same design as the *$ Barista and Solis removed the 166 from
the market and came out with the Solis Maestro (not Plus). Used same exact
burr sets. Don't know if *$ Barista grinders are still made by Solis or if
the one at the Thrift store was but if cheap (like $5 to $10) I'd snatch it
up, then call Baratza and see about possibility of new burrs.
 
Excess static in the grinds catcher easily delt with by washing in dish
detergent then drying. At least worked very well back when I had Solis 166
then Solis Maestro grinders.
 
Usual query, when comparing the Solis & Barista grinder grinds where they
both new? IE burr wear has a major impact on grind quality. Most casual
grinder comparisons I've read about were someone having a well used grinder
then buying a new one and comparing the two. Duh, the worn burrs don't
perform nearly as well.
 
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee 
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I have both.  
Both are well into the acceptable range for grind quality.  
More fines with the Barista.  
I would highly recommend the Solis - better consistency & the Barista will
make a teaspoon of grinds airborne every time you remove the container.
Major static.
McSparky
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7) From: stereoplegic
thanks miKe. burrs looked almost identical (to the photo of solis burrs 
on SM's). can't remember what the price was (i'm thinking $10 or $12 at 
most), but i'm on my way to check it out. even old burrs at this price 
would be better than my blade grinder.
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