Weapons of Choice: Baratza Virtuoso Coffee Grinder

A true coffee geek is measured by their gear. This conical burr grinder from Baratza is designed for the "prosumer." Are you ready to up your game?


If you're passionate about java, you probably already know coffee grinding 101: fine powder for espresso, coarser grains for a french press, something in between for your handy countertop machine. But with a blade grinder, getting your beans to the right consistency is easier said than done; a coarse grind from a standard machine typically includes a couple of whole beans—and plenty of coffee dust. The best way to step up your game is by switching to a burr grinder. Instead of slicing and dicing, they crush the beans evenly, resulting in a perfectly consistent grind.

If you're dedicated enough to put your money where your mouth is, the Baratza Virtuoso is the answer to your coffee grinding woes. It's designed—and priced—as a "prosumer" device, to be used by baristas and home brewers alike. With 40 settings and a timer switch, you can really customize your brew. Also worth noting: the machine stays cool to avoid heating the flavour out of your beans. Will you really notice the difference? If you're a connoisseur, definitely. Nothing beats the smell of freshly ground coffee, but a truly epic cuppa joe can come pretty close.

$329; Green Beanery