Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder

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Purchased this Baratza Encore to replace my cheaper 5 year old Mr. Coffee grinder that started having issues. I paid $129 w/ free shipping . Totally worth every penny. I pasted the below from manufacture product website. Don’t let price fool you this grinder is the real deal at a more than fair price IMO.

Details: The Encore is lauded by coffee experts as THE go-to entry level grinder for those brewing coffee at home. The Encore gives a great grind for drip/manual brew and also grinds fine enough for espresso.

Featuring 40 individual grind settings, from fine to coarse, the Encore can please any palate with its gamut of accurate and repeatable grind settings. The Encore has an accurate medium to coarse grind for the increasingly popular manual brew methods such as pour-over, Aeropress, Siphon and Chemex. The specially designed burrs give a precise grind with minimal fines for a flavorful, balanced extraction when making espresso.

And, of course, the Encore is built with the quality Baratza parts you’ve come to trust. The efficient DC motor keeps your beans cool, even during extended grind times, while a combination of electric and gear speed reducers slow the burr to 450 RPM, ensuring a smooth bean feed and reducing noise, heat and static buildup.

Beyond a great coffee-drinking experience, the Encore makes for a great coffee-making experience. A convenient, front-mounted pulse button makes it easy to grind on demand into your brew basket. Whether you are looking for an espresso grinder or a grinder to help you explore that extensive range of brew methods, the Encore is a great all around home grinder.

Burrs: Manufactured in Europe, the Encore’s 40 mm conical burrs will grind for many styles of coffee. Conical burrs grinders are exceptional at producing consistent grinds from very fine to very coarse as well as being durable and will remain sharp for many years.

Gearbox: In 2012, Baratza introduced the second generation Gearbox (GB 2.0). With GB 2.0, Baratza has significantly increased the strength and durability of the drive transmission while decreasing noise. In addition to a new drive shaft, motor mounting plate and bushings, this change includes a new drive gear made of 15% glass filled thermo plastic which is quieter than the prior metal gear, wears better and is more shock resistant. During the Encore’s rigorous testing process, stainless steel screws were thrown into the burrs, and in every case the motor/gear/burrs stopped immediately, the (automatically-resettable) thermal cutout was triggered, and the gears were fine.

Grind Adjustment: Turn the hopper and with 40 settings you can quickly adjust from fine for espresso to coarse for French Press. The grind range is from 250 to 1200 microns.

Grinds Left in Grinder: To maximize freshness, the Encore minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder.

Brewing Methods: The Encore is a great grinder for manual brewing and espresso.

Motor: A powerful, high torque DC motor effortlessly drives the burrs. This motor turns slowly resulting in cool, quiet operation and permits long grinding duty-cycles. The circuitry is equipped with an automatically resetting, thermal cutoff switch.

Calibration: An innovative burr calibration system ensures that each grinder has the full range of grind. If necessary, the grinders can be user calibrated.

Speed Control: With unique speed control, the Encore uses a combination of gear and electronic speed reduction to control the rotation of the burr to 450 RPM. The electronic speed controller is adjustable from 405 to 495 RPM in the event that specific user conditions require modification of the speed. This slow speed reduces heat, noise, and static generation in the grinder. It also ensures that the beans feed smoothly into the burrs.

On-off Switch: The Encore has an easy on-off switch.

Cleaning: Burrs are easily removable with no tools, making cleaning very easy.

Accessories (which may be purchased separately):

Esatto: An accessory that transforms your Encore into a grind by weight grinder. Set the weight you want, the Esatto does the rest, weighing the ground coffee to within +/- 0.2g, while grinding, and stopping automatically.

Hopper extender: An extension that can add 9 oz. of capacity to the existing 8 oz. bean hopper. Several extenders can be added to get to the capacity you need.

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3 comments

  1. I want to find out how the coffee grinder is working out. We (I should say Felkerino) are grinding our coffee by hand every day. For me, this is a workout!

    Also, do you know how long people anticipate this grinder will last before it dulls in grinding? We had an inexpensive grinder, but it wore down and we could not get the right espresso grind for our tastes. And now, daily hand grinder workouts! Thanks!

    1. Hi MG, Grinder is fantastic, I’ve been through several grinders of various types & brands over the years and being disappointed and finally pulled the the trigger on a Baratza coffee grinder. The Encore model is their lower end and for the money is an amazing performer. Baratza is the real deal as far as table top electric grinders go. So far I’ve grind qty. 30 or so 1 lbs bags of beans at #8 setting which is ideal for my AeroPress. Even at #8 it’s extremely fine. Can grind at #2 if desire but it’s too fine for my AeroPress. I clean it using instant rice every 10 bags or so. I highly recommend this particular grinder and compared to their other versions and is quite affordable. I too hand grind my coffee when kayaking or bike touring. My hand grinder is the PORLEX mini in stainless Steel from Japan and has a ceramic burr and very compact. Same conical burr design as the Baratza. I posted the hand grinder in on my blog under coffee category. I like it because it’s very high quality and nests inside my AeroPress for ease of packing. What hand grinder do you use? Oh and I really enjoy your site, you’re very inspiring to me. I haven’t posted much lately but have tons of content to catch up on. I responded to this from my iPhone so forgive typo : )

      1. That is a pretty hand grinder! Ours is a Hario, and it’s holding up better than my arms are. I’m going to look more seriously into the Baratza, based on your thoughts. Also, thanks for the kind words about the blog!

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