Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
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- SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNING GRINDERS - Baratza grinders are preferred by coffee professionals and backed by Baratza’s world class support.
- GO-TO ENTRY LEVEL GRINDER - Baratza’s best-selling grinder, with its small footprint, is THE choice for brewing coffee at home. Available in White or Black.
- USER FRIENDLY - A convenient, front-mounted pulse button, plus a simple ON/OFF switch make it easy to grind fresh coffee.
- 40 GRIND SETTINGS - Engineered with 40mm commercial-grade conical burrs that help you explore the extensive range of brew methods (espresso, Aeropress, Hario V60, Chemex, French Press, and automatic brewers).
- WARRANTY/QUALITY PARTS - Hardened alloy steel burrs manufactured in Liechtenstein, Europe, plus a powerful DC motor. This combination creates a consistent grind and durability to ensure the longevity users have come to expect from the Baratza brand. The Encore is backed by Baratza’s world class support and a 1 year warranty. 2020 Update has exact same trusted functionality with a sleek new exterior.
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Recommended by coffee experts as THE go-to entry level grinder for brewing coffee at home.
This tried and true grinder has been on the market since 2012 and is our most widely used grinder. Its grind consistency and reliability make it a great little workhorse for your home espresso, drip or French Press coffee setup.
Easy, Intuitive control.
40 steps of grind adjustment
Small but Mighty Grinder.
Don’t Dump it, Fix it!
Most small, consumer appliances are designed to wear out, or stop being useful in a very short time. These appliances are difficult and expensive to repair, so consumers are trained to dump and replace which has big environmental implications.
In contrast, we’ve purposefully designed Baratza grinders to be maintained like commercial grinders and maximize their value. With regular cleaning, maintenance, repair, and even rebuilds our grinders can give an excellent, accurate grind for many years.
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|Item Dimensions||4.70 x 6.30 x 13.80 inches||12.30 x 9.60 x 7.60 inches||6.69 x 6.69 x 12.60 inches||7.60 x 7.10 x 12.50 inches||—|
|Item Weight||6.83 lbs||—||7.05 lbs||—||6.25 lbs|
|Material||Black Plastic||Stainless Steel||—||Plastic, Rubber, Glass, Silicone, Stainless Steel||stainless steel conical burrs|
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Coming from a Hario Skerton manual grinder, it is light years ahead in convenience. Already paid for itself in time and energy saved from cranking out servings. I agree with other posters on the static issue; I gently smack the sides of the grinder before taking out the hopper to avoid a shower of post-grind coffee chaff. Clogging is a non-issue unless you grind cheap, oil soaked beans from Walmart/Costco.
I don't mean to sound like a snob, but if you really care about getting better flavor from your coffee, you really should buy better beans for your nice equipment. You wouldn't put AARCO gas in a luxury car, so don't put cheap beans though a +$100 grinder. Plus, there's almost no benefit to precision grinding cheap coffee in terms of flavor. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, and you can't make good coffee with stagnant beans that have been on the shelf for months. If you can't taste the difference, don't waste your money on better brewing equipment. There is NO substitute for quality, fresh roasted coffee beans, and these tools merely add to the ease and consistency of producing coffee at home which matches or is superior to coffee from your local cafes.
Edit: two years later, no issues with the grinder after heavy use, probably 50+ lbs/year. Same as the day I bought it. I periodically clean out the coarse and fine bits that get stuck in the hopper receptacle and blade area. What more do you want from a grinder?
I was somewhat disappointed that the product failed after a year (I clean it after grinding 2 pounds of beans.) But the company appears to stand behind their product and for that I am very happy with.
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The quality of the craftsmanship lets it down though: the performance has been erratic, and has now given up the ghost less than 3 months after purchase. I was happily grinding beans, stopped it to empty the collector, turned it back on again.... And nothing. Cleaned it, taken it apart, put it together again, but no joy.
There is also a lack of definition between grinds: yes, it has 40 settings, but there is no discernable difference between half of them, even from big changes to 8-25. It's recommended grind size was initially very poor, with larger lumps in the grind. It was only on further Internet research I found that you had to take it apart to get finer grinds...why not do this at the factory rather than making your customer have to attack their new purchase with a screwdriver a day after buying??
Grind for espresso on setting 1, which is what I wanted it for, is OK with quite a heavy tamp. I think it is possible to adjust it further by moving shims, so I might look into that. My Rancilio Silvia seems to have a very powerful pump which requires a very fine grind, more-so than my old Gaggia Classic needed.
Grind for filter is very good with quite a lot of adjustment in the region of 13-14. Not tried it for Cafetierre/French Press yet.
The additional power button on the front to just grind enough for straight into the portofilter is a really useful little touch.
All in all, it seems pretty good.
Update December 2014 - Review upgraded to 5 stars...
As per the original review above, I was a bit concerned about the fine grind for espresso being fine enough. Anyway I was thinking about adjusting the machine from the advice on Baratza's website (Thanks for the link in the comments area Mr.S Mellins) but when I had a look I noticed the opening advice from Baratza was don't be too hasty to adjust, let the machine settle down first.
You're probably ahead of me here, but guess what, after about 5 hoppers' worth of beans ground, the fine grind is quite a bit finer. In fact on the finest level it now chokes out the Rancilio. So on that basis, I do think this is an excellent grinder for the money, worth 5 stars and if you do get one, give it some time to bed in before recalibrating it finer. It may well sort itself out.
The first lasted me about 14 months before the power just died out of nowhere. The second didn't even last 7 months before the same thing happened.
Baratza's website is dead and appears to have been so for a while now, making getting any support next to impossible.
On the downside, it did not have a timer or measurement function. Once you turned it on it stayed on until you turned it off or the compartment was packed full.
Mine also completely quit grinding nine months after I bought it despite regular cleanings. I have gone back to the $90 models.
Upgrade! Fantastic bit of kit was 30 grind settings. Great for Pourovers etc, (not used it for espresso grind so can’t comment on that ) great entry level grinder for those who are serious about home
Brewing! The only bad thing If I have to say one is it’s a tad messy ! Other than that nothing bad to report :) it’s also very compact considering :)
However, the ultimate reason I choose this grinder over the competition is that you can repair it🔨🔧🔩 and Baratza encourages it. 👍😁You can order a replacement part🚢 for any component in the grinder, and Baratza will provide you with the instructions 📄on how to repair it. They also engineered this product to be easily repairable so that even grandma 👵🏼👴🏼can do it. This is why I said they are a respectable company, ✅😁👍because they believe in the right to repair your product, and not throw it out in a landfill.🌲 So ultimately, if I bought the OXO burr grinder, it would end up in a landfill🗻🐁 because at some point in the next several years, something will break. But this product seems like more of a smarter investment since 10 years from now when something breaks, I can fix it instead of buying a whole new grinder.👍😁🔨🔧
When this grinder arrived I was a little overwhelmed by the size and learning curve. 😰🤔It certainly was not as simple as a rotary grinder. 📄The instructions although clear and concise, lack pictures which made it take a little longer to understand. ⏳ However, once I figured it out, I realized just how amazing this new purchase was going to make my life.🧬😁✅👍 I have been using a rotary grinder my whole life, 👶🏼👴🏼 which is impossible to get a consistent grind size with. Rotary grinders have small chambers for beans,👎🏼😵 and only grind well when they are half full. Rotary grinders are tedious ⏲😒to use and never produce a perfectly extracted coffee ☕because of the inconsistent grind size.😒 With this burr grinder I will be able to fine tune 📻 my coffee grind size to get the perfect coffee extraction during brewing. ☕☕That is the reason the grinders are superior, they produce a consistent grind size and proper extraction percentage to make the best tasting coffee. 😋☕👍This coffee grinder also has a larger hopper so you can fit a whole pot worth of coffee in it. With my small rotary grinder I would have to grind the coffee in batches if I was making a full pot.⏳⏳😒
This grinder is on/off and doesn’t have other features. 🤔This is good because your money is going towards a quality grinder 👍😁and not a timer⏲, or LCD screen 💻or scale ⚖ which are just sales gimmicks added to other burr grinders.👎🏼I weigh my beans before I put them in the grinder anyway,⚖ which is the most accurate way to make coffee. 😁✅The timer method will vary based on you bean type and will give inconsistent results. 👎🏼😲The built in scales on some burr grinder are just inaccurate and add to the cost👎🏼💲😲. Baratza has designed features in the grinder to reduce static ⚡💡🔌which helps reduce the chance of coffee grounds ending up on the counter. 🟤🟤🧹Some grinds do end up on my counter, but it has been very minimal and less so than my rotary grinder. 🧹😁
At first I thought maybe I made a mistake buying this machine, 😰🤔because it was large a little complicated, but once I learned how to use it properly, I realized this was a great purchase and my coffee will forever taste better. ✅😁👍