Tonight, I fixed my beloved conical burr grinder1 for $3 in parts. I didn’t have to break any glue in the case, bypass any warranty-voiding stickers, or go hunting for a fancy, non-standard screwdriver. Furthermore, I bought the part (a drive gear) directly from Baratza and the Baratza site has detailed troubleshooting and disassembly instructions. Whether deliberate or not, by respecting the Maker’s Bill of Rights Baratza has guaranteed that they’ll be my first stop when this grinder finally bites it for real.
Strictly speaking, the Baratza Maestro is only an entry-level consumer grade conical burr grinder. But I don’t really care for espresso and I certainly don’t make it at home. The Maestro performs wonderfully for automatic drip, manual drip, and French press coffee, which is all I’m really concerned about. ↩