Make a better cup of coffee!

866-372-4734
My Cart (0)

Baratza Encore Grinder

SKU# GR11

Availability: In Stock

$129.00

Find a better price? Request a Price Match!

Included With Purchase

Quick Overview

Baratza's Encore Grinder for coffee or espresso is an entry-level burr grinder that improved upon the features of the previous Maestro Plus generation. The upgraded gear box provides improved durability and decreased noisiness. Unlike its predecessors, the Baratza Encore can effectively be used with traditional espresso machines and not just pressurized systems. This is an easy to use, easy to adjust grinder that offers a consistent grind at a good price.


Baratza Encore Grinder for Coffee or Espresso

Click on image to zoom

 
 
  Description    Specs    Ask a Question    Resources    Reviews  

Baratza's Encore Grinder for coffee or espresso is an entry-level burr grinder that improved upon the features of the previous Maestro Plus generation. The upgraded gear box provides improved durability and decreased noisiness and 450RPMs. Unlike its predecessors, the Baratza Encore can effectively be used with traditional espresso machines. While it is fine enough for pressurized espresso systems with some additional finessing it can work with non-pressurized espresso machines as well. This is an easy to use, easy to adjust grinder that offers a consistent grind at a good price.

Features & Functionality of the Baratza Encore Grinder

  • Gear Box 2.0: Baratza's improved gear box makes this grinder more durable in the long run.
  • Great Wheels: At the heart of the Encore is the conical (cone-shaped) burr set. Swiss made and designed from hardened steel, this conical design is great for espresso machines as it delivers consistent grinding action with minimal friction and heat buildup.
  • Ultimate Quality Control: The Encore is designed to allow complete control with a flip of a switch. Choose from 40 grind settings by turning the bean hopper to the desired level and adjust as your preferences (and tastes!) change.
  • Automatic (or Manual): Control the grind more precisely with the manual button on the front of the unit, or use the on/off switch on its side for larger quantities.
  • Easy Clean: The cutting wheel/grinding element easily lifts from the grinder for quick and frequent cleaning.
  • Large Bean Hopper: Large for a home grinder, the hopper holds .5 pounds of beans, which equals about 20 shots of espresso or several pots of coffee. Compatible with the bean hopper extension for additional capacity.
Pros
  • Keeps Coffee Cooler - This grinder won't heat up your coffee.
  • Great for Entry-Level Machines - The Encore has an entry-level price point, but still has features that are suited for higher-end grinders. It's a great option for budding coffee enthusiasts looking to start grinding.
Cons
  • Under Pressure! - The Encore is great for pressurized portafilters, the burrs will need adjusting for use with higher level espresso machines.
Ease of Care and Maintenance 4
Ease of Use 4
Overall Value for the Money 4
How Does it Compare?

The grind range on the Encore is from 250 to 1200 microns. See Gail's instructional video in the resources section on how to re-calibrate the burrs for the finest possible grind.

Tips and Tricks

Compatible with the Baratza bean hopper extension for additional capacity.

Suitable Applications Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over
Minimum Time to Grind Double Shot 22 seconds | .8-1.1 g/sec
Minimum Time to Grind 8 Cup Drip 1 minute and 40 seconds
Model Number Encore
Manufacturer Baratza
Width 5.0 inches
Depth 6.0 inches
Height 13.0 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 7.0000
Watts 1600W
Volts 110V
RPM of Burrs 450 RPM
Programmability No
Case Material Plastic
NSF Certified No
Bean Hopper Capacity 8 oz
Dosing Options No Progamming - All Manual
Adjustment Configuration Stepped - Macro Settings Only
Grinder Style Burr - Conical Steel
Burr Diameter 40mm
Timer or On/Off Switch On/Off Switch Only
Material Plastic

Submit a question directly to owners of this product and ask what they think about it!

 

Baratza Encore Grinder
Already Asked: 25 Questions, 161 Answers
Sort by:
A shopper asked: The reviews of some other coffee grinders on Amazon mention static cling as a problem, due to a plastic receptacle for receiving the grounds. Does this grinder have a plastic receptacle, or is it glass or another material? Is static cling after grinding a problem?

Randy
Jul 20, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (1) No (0)
Andi B: The Encore does have a plastic receptacle, but I have found that the static cling is minimal, if at all. On the grinder I just upgraded from, static cling was a huge problem -- I had to tap the receptacle repeatedly to reduce the cling, and often ended up with grinds spilling regardless. The cling and resulting mess were among the reasons I bought a new grinder.

With the Encore, there are trace amounts of grinds clinging to the receptacle after I empty them into my drip filter, but one light tap shakes them loose. And there's far fewer grinds spilled as a result. I'm really happy with the difference.
Jul 23, 2013
Reply to Andi Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Hal H: It's plastic. But since I grind my coffee directly into my portafilter, I've had no problem at all. If you use a paper filter, I would suggest grinding directly into the filter. Since this machine is made to grind just the amount of coffee one needs for brewing, it's easy to use the receptacle of one's choosing as long as it fits into the space where the original plastic receptacle goes. So don't really see it as an issue. The grinder does a great job of producing a fine grind for my espresso machine. Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Hal Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Steven B: I will be HONEST and to the point. The receptacle is a type of plastic. There is NO...I repeat...there is NO static cling involved in grinding coffee beans with this grinder. My coffee grounds pour directly from the receptacle into my French press leaving not 1 bit of ground bean or residue in the receptacle....PERIOD. People that make a so-called claim to the contrary must live on another planet or work for a competitor of Baratza. I am 110% satisfied with the Encore. Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Steven Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
David M: The Baratza Encore does have a plastic grounds hopper and yes, there is a little static. Tapping the side of the grinder lightly seems to alleviate much of the clinging coffee grounds. I keep my grinder on a black dish towel which makes it a little quieter than it already is and allows me to shake the small amount of spillage into the trash. I'm so happy with the performance of the grinder that the static seems like a small thing. Jul 23, 2013
Reply to David Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Edward D: The receptacle is plastic. I have noticed a bit of static cling with this machine but it seems to be much less than other burr grinders I have tried.

One thing I have found helpful is to use a metal spoon to scoop grounds. I believe the metal helps dissipate the static. I have heard of many other solutions as well. A simple internet search can lead to some ideas.
Jul 23, 2013
Reply to Edward Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Turi H: I've had the Encore a couple of months and like the way it performs. It has a plastic receptacle, and although there is some static cling, I would not say it is a problem. In fact, the grounds seem to be less clingy now than when the grinder was brand new. It seems to get better with age... Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Turi Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Chris K: Ours has a plastic receptacle. We have not noticed a static cling problem. Looking at it right now shows that a few of the grinds are clinging on the sides of the recptacle, but so minimally that glass or virtually any material would do the same I suspect. Jul 31, 2013
Reply to Chris Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Paul F: I just received the grinder. The grinder does contain a plastic coffee receptacle. I have only used the grinder once, however the grounds easily were removed from the receptacle without any brushing. No residue remained. Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Paul Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
John T: Randy, the receptacle is a sturdy plastic and poses NO problem for me. I simply tap it on the counter after grinding and then dump into my press or single filter. The grind consistency is marvelous.
John in Virginia
Jul 23, 2013
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
James F: The receptacle is plastic but there is a anti static coating on it. It greatly reduces static but does not eliminate it. It is something that has never bothered me from daily use. Jul 22, 2013
Reply to James Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Lawrence G: The receptacle is plastic, so dropping it on the granite counter is no threat. We have noticed no static cling after experimenting with many coffees and many grinds. Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Lawrence Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Michael A: No..it doesn't cling at all. The Krups we had for years did have a problem like this and I had to bang on the receptacle each time I used it. But not the Baratza, Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Michael Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Larry T: The receptacle is made out of plastic. For me, it is not a problem, maybe more of a minor annoyance, I just have to give a few hard taps to get all the coffee out. Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Larry Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Charles A: It is plastic, but it is not really a problem. I just hit it once or twice, and it works perfectly! Amazing grinder... Would definitely get it again. Aug 16, 2013
Reply to Charles Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Randal J: The receptacle is plastic but it does not have a static cling problem as some reviews reported for other grinders. I was pleased with this. Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Randal Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Kyle C: It is plastic. There is a bit of static cling, but it is not a problem. I just tap it with my hand and almost all the grinds come off. Jul 25, 2013
Reply to Kyle Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
James K: So far there is no static cling but it is the summer and pretty humid here. Not sure what it will be like in the winter Jul 25, 2013
Reply to James Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Danny Z: Plastic receptacle, however, I've never had a problem with this grinder and static cling! Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Danny Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Peter K: It is plastic but I think it is an anti static plastic. Grinds do not cling. Jul 23, 2013
Reply to Peter Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Ben G: The receptacle is plastic, however I have not experienced any cling. Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Ben Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Anthony R asked: Hi everyone. I'm thinking about purchasing this grinder but am worried about the consistency of the grind. I've had an issue with this on a previous grinder that I returned because it was producing too many fines and the espresso was coming out sour. Have any of you experienced this? Does it grind consistently enough to produce a good tasting shot? Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you. Jan 24, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Colman S: I don't have an espresso machine so, I can't relate to what you mean by sour. However, I do own a Bunn Trifecta w/a pressurized valve. I don't think that it produces the same pressure as a good espresso machine. Here's a quote from SCG's website, in case you missed it, "Cons
Not for Higher Level Machines - We don't recommend the Encore for use with higher level espresso machines." You might ask them why. Also, continue research other coffee sites that might be able to answer the problem of the grind and sour taste.
Colman S.
Jan 29, 2013
Reply to Colman Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
pierre p: I own this grinder which I use daily for drip, aero press and stovetop espresso. For those uses its great. If you are looking to use for non pressurized machine I would at least go one step higher in baratza grinders. For my stovetop I normally grind on 4th setting from finest, at 3 it starts to choke it. For non pressurized you will have to take it to about its finest with not much room for adjustment. You can also hear it start to struggle when you take it down that fine. Jan 28, 2013
Reply to pierre Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Colman S: I just watched a video about the Breville barista Express by Kat & Gail. At about 4 min is the taste test and at 4:30 is the statement that it tastes sour. They tried a finer grind still getting a sour taste. After the video ended a screen popped up w/pictures on which you can click. I clicked on one w/Gail tasting a shot. Similar but better results due to the grind. Hope that helps.
Colman S.
Jan 29, 2013
Reply to Colman Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
George L: I would not purchase this grinder again. The settings were inaccurate, the grind inconsistent, static is a problem and grounds escape from the container while grinding. Additionally, it is noisier than my previous Starbucks grinder.

Unless my grinder is not representative of these grinders, I would recumbent that Seattle Coffee, a very good dealer, discontinue selling these.
Jan 28, 2013
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Sharon S: I've been using this about a week, haven't really examined the grind closely to see if it is uniform, but the shots have been fantastic, not at all sour. You do need to adjust the grinder to match your machine. I had put it on 8 first and it came out a little slow so moved to 9 and it was perfect. Jan 28, 2013
Reply to Sharon Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Dean K: I have the Virtuoso at the office and we love it.
We use it for making coffee only and have no problems.
The Encore is used at home for coffee making as well. I have no problems making excellent coffee with it.
I prefer the Virtuoso because of the switch and the power.
Jan 28, 2013
Reply to Dean Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
tammy s: this is by far the best grinder i have ever known, the grind consistency is perfect. i love love love my morning coffee. even had my son in law here at thanksgiving time and he said the same thing. the baratza encore grinder is a remarkable grinder. Jan 28, 2013
Reply to tammy Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Judith R: It is the first grinder of this type I have had. I find it grinds very consistently and there are many levels to choose from. I upgraded to this grinder and a better machine, and my coffee rivals coffee shop espresso, in my opinion, at least. Jan 31, 2013
Reply to Judith Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Cynthia D: We have had the Baratza Encore for about a month. It gets used every day or two for espresso. I have experimented with different grind settings, and they all appear to be very consistent, based on casual observation by sight and feel. Jan 29, 2013
Reply to Cynthia Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Linda S: I love this grinder. It's my first *good* grinder, but the grind, at least with the finer settings I have used (6-10) are consistent. I have not used for coarser grinds. I tend to use drier beans and have had no problems. Jan 28, 2013
Reply to Linda Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
John F: Anthony,

Consistency is very good for this price point. I use this for coffee mostly, but have used it to test coffees in my Bezzera HX machine, and no problem with espresso.

John
Jan 28, 2013
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Ruslan M: Sour espresso is usually the result of an under-extracted shot which is caused by coffee that is too course, not too fine. I have had no issues with the consistency of grind. Jun 28, 2013
Reply to Ruslan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Steven B: I have not experienced any "too many fines" with my machine. I am pretty consistent with cleaning the burr which may contribute to a "good quality" grind. Jan 28, 2013
Reply to Steven Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
David B: Have had the Encore for a couple months and have been pleased with the quality of the grind and the taste of my shots. Jan 28, 2013
Reply to David Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Dee V: I like mine! Jan 28, 2013
Reply to Dee Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Colman S: I forgot to mention that the "cons" used to state that this grinder isn't recommended for pressurized (valves or filters) machines. I do get some very fine residue at the bottom of the cup with a setting of "20" which is a medium grind. This is a cup of coffee not an espresso. No sour taste. I must tell you that I roast my own green coffee. Don't think that makes a difference w/the sour taste. I have used store bought beans w/o any problem except freshness.
Colman S.
Jan 29, 2013
Reply to Colman Good answer? Yes (0) No (1)
Nickw asked: I have read many reviews about the Encore and am close to making a call between this and the virtuoso. In reading reviews I have come across some saying that this grinder will not grind darker roast beans and that the machine will just "whirl" without grinding (because they are too hard and the motor does not have the torque?). Anyone have experience with this issue? I use (enjoy) mainly dark roast coffees, so it would be a deal breaker for me. I will not be using it for espresso, mostly just pour overs, etc. Thanks! Oct 12, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Scott G: I originally had the virtuoso. It had replaced an end of life Starbucks grinder made by the same company that had lasted almost 10 years. I liked the Virtuoso in appearance and in function.....until it up an died almost 18 months later. Repair costs would have equaled the cost of the original machine. It was recommended that for the drip grinding I do, I just go down to the Encore which may not be as good with an espresso grind for some machines. I did A LOT of subsequent research on alternatives, and it is true that for everyday grinding for the average consumer, the Encore is the entry point. I have had my machine for a few weeks now. I grind dark roast oily beans and I have had no problem. The sound is the same as the Virtuoso. It is made of plastic, but the burrs looks the same and servicing them is the same. This machine has an off and on switch, not a timer, but this is fine. So far, I am happy with this machine. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to Scott Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
David H: The Baratza Encore is the only grinder I've ever owned, so have nothing to compare it to. And yes I've had the problem you describe. I grind at 4, 5 or sometimes 6 for espresso, seldom for drip. It's not because the super dark beans are too hard, it's because they're too oily and they stick together or to the hopper near the bottom. I've taken two different approaches and in combination they work fine. I have 'diluted' the oily dark roast 2 parts to 1 with a less dark, less oily bean, (still a "Viennese" roast) and I still have to jiggle the grinder from time to time. I just tip it forward or back so one edge is lifted 1/4 " off the counter and set it back down, once or twice. If I get a stubborn stall, I stop the grinder and use a chopstick to stir up the bottom of the hopper. Good luck. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to David Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Steve R: I've been using this grinder for almost a year now for press pot and pour over coffee. I have had no issues. As for the reviews stating the grinder "does not have enough torque" to grind dark roast beans because they are "too hard".....well that sounds silly. The darker roasted beans tend to be more "oily" and therefore have a tendency to clog up the grinder sooner. I suspect the bad reviews come from grinders that are not being maintained properly. If you enjoy your beans roasted like a typical French roast you will soon have an oily grinder that requires cleaning to maintain even grinding. This will hold true for any grinder. Good luck. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to Steve Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Pamela A: It grinds my darker espresso beans just fine, and I tried it on medium roast drip beans and it did fine. It is slower than some but I got it because it doesn't heat up the beans and because I could put a filter underneath it and grind directly into without scooping fine grind into a small portafilter. I do not think it is as powerful as some grinders but works for my dark espresso beans. I also have a Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder which is more powerful (and a bit more noisy) than this and will grind anything. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to Pamela Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
allan j: I own two of the Baratza Maestro grinders and like their performance alot. The Encore has some differences to which I'm still adjusting . I do find that I cannot grind the dark beans on the fine setting and feeding is somewhat of an issue. When I tried the fine grind the time took exceedingly long. I can accomplish this with the Maestro in an acceptable time with a good consistent grind.. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to allan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Mike M: Hi Nick,
We bought the Baratza grinder for our Seaco Aroma espresso machine. We buy the dark espresso roast which are very dark and hard. Since we do a very fine grind for espresso you won't have any problem at all when grinding for coffee at the higher setting. This machine has great torque and grinds the beans very nicely. It is a very high quality grinder for the price.
Oct 16, 2013
Reply to Mike Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Gene P: We've been using it with great success in our church cafe - primarily for pour-overs. We realistically use it to make 25-30 cups each week. The beans we have used have all been darker roasts (wood-fire) & we have had no problems. We grind at about 22-26. I highly recommend it for what you have in mind. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to Gene Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
doug p: I had a problem with espresso roast beans clogging the hole leading to the harper. Baratza replaced my machine cheerfully and I haven't had the problem since. There seems to be sufficient torque and power. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to doug Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
John F: Nick,

I grind everything from medium to Dark French with this grinder, mostly for drip and pour-over. I think you'll like it. You can't get a better grinder for the money.
John
Oct 15, 2013
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
David T: I only grind dark roast beans and I have not had that problem.
I do, however, clean the unit about every three weeks. It builds up an oily residue relatively quickly.
Oct 15, 2013
Reply to David Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Peter T: Use this grinder daily for dark roasted espresso beans -- never had a problem.
Has worked perfectly from Day 1.
Oct 15, 2013
Reply to Peter Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
George L: I have no problem what so ever grinding dark roasts, which I do at least twice per day. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Cynthia D: We use a lot of dark roast coffee and have not had any trouble. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to Cynthia Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Elizabeth M: We use the Encore to grind our espresso beans. It works fine. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to Elizabeth Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: I'll soon be converting from a drip coffee maker to a percolator. I've read that a percolator needs a course grind and a medium roast coffee, and not a dark or a light roast coffee. Can I use this grinder to grind medium roast beans for a percolator? Which level of the course setting should I set the grinder at? Can anyone recomend a good medium roast bean? I've always used a drip coffee maker and a dark roast coffee, usually from a can. Mar 15, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Grady: A percolator uses a course grind which I've never done with the Encore but I'm pretty sure it will work for a percolator. There was a complaint that the grid size is inconsistent with courser grinds but I'm not sure you will notice much with a percolator.

Which leads me to my next question. Why a percolator? From everything I've read about coffee, a percolator must but one of the worst ways to brew (but I have little experience with trying to get a good cup out of a percolator). The coffee boils for an extended period of time. I've never liked percolated coffee. Drip should be much better (and this grinder works well for that too). Consider staying with a drip coffee maker. Search the web for more information "percolator vs drip".
Mar 17, 2014
Reply to Grady Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Ed S: I've been very happy with this grinder. It seems like the burrs are more precise so the grinds would be more fine than the previous model of this grinder. It does very well with my drip brewer, chemex, and saeco espresso machine. you might try 27 or 28 to 40 as the settings for coarse grind, and just adjust them according to your taste. The coarser grind my be a little on the inconsistent side in terms of the size of each ground, but keep in mind that this is an entry level grinder. but that being said, it should work well with a percolator and if you want, a french press as well Mar 17, 2014
Reply to Ed Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Brian O: Super oily dark beans tend to jam intermediate level grinders, though they probably won't have any effect on a percolator since there are no moving parts. For a percolator, depending on the size of the holes in the basket, I would grind at half way on the dial or less; just remember, the coarser the grind, the more you have to use to make up for lost surface area.

As far as a bean goes, I'm into the economy stuff so I usually buy whole beans from Trader Joe's or Costco.
Mar 17, 2014
Reply to Brian Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Frank F: this grinder is great. I use it mostly for my pour over but have also used it for french press and espresso grinds. You have to fine tune the grind that works well with your percolator but once it's set it's done! Depending on the coffee you use, medium, dark, light, you will have to adjust as those beans are different and will grind differently. Also, there are so many good medium roasts that I would search for that type of roast and you may get some great list of what to try. Mar 17, 2014
Reply to Frank Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
David T: I've never used a percolator, so I can't help you there.
This grinder does an excellent job making a course grind as I have used it in my french press. I do clean my grinder at least once a month.
I only drink Vermont Coffee Company's medium and dark roast blend... best flavor, bar none.
Mar 21, 2014
Reply to David Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Gene P: We use this grinder in our church cafe & find it to be extremely versatile. I can get grinds from as fine to as coarse as I need. We use a 22-24 setting for our pour-over. I don't do any percolator so I can't help you there; but I'm sure that you can find the correct grind with this machine. Mar 17, 2014
Reply to Gene Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
George L: This grinder will grind any way you want. You will need to experiment with the setting. Same for the beans. You didn't ask for advise about switching to a percolator, but I would not do that. Pick up a good one from Seattle Coffee Gear. They are the best. Mar 17, 2014
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Sharon L: Yes I believe that it will grind coffee coarse enough. The coffee however I cannot recommend since coffee selections vary across the country. There are just too many beans and not enough time to try them all. I like to roast my own also. Be Blessed Mar 18, 2014
Reply to Sharon Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
John F: This grinder will be very nice for that. I would start around 26 - 28. You can fine tune from there after you brew a couple pots with the coffee you like.
John
Mar 17, 2014
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Leslie W: Yes, the Encore Grinder has a wide range of sizes - very fine to coarse. However, I have not used it for a percolator, so I can't attest to that. Mar 17, 2014
Reply to Leslie Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Walter O: The Encore has a very wide range of grinds. I am sure it will be great for the job. Mar 17, 2014
Reply to Walter Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Nina O asked: Can you grind directly into the portafilter with this Baratza grinder? I have a Saeco Aroma and I usually would grind for just one cup so it would be handy if I could do this. Thanks,
nina
Mar 20, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Brian L: You can grind directly into the portafilter, and I have tried this. I usually grind for just one cup, but I prefer to grind into the container and pour it into the portafilter. The grinds don't really stick to the container and I pour them out from the corner and it works fine. Hope this helps! Mar 21, 2013
Reply to Brian Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Sharon S: I believe the instructions say you can, though I have never tried to do it. You can find the instruction manual on line and can check what it says. Mar 21, 2013
Reply to Sharon Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Tim F: Yes. The button on the front is a sort of "pulse" button that you can hold down to grind. Works quite well. Mar 21, 2013
Reply to Tim Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
David B: Nina,

Yes you can grind directly into the portafilter. You can hold in the push button on the front to start and stop the grind or turn the switch on the side to give you continuous operation. I grind directly into the portafilter all the time.
Mar 23, 2013
Reply to David Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
George L: Nina, I would recommend that you purchase the next better grinder. It is: Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2.

I own the Encore and do not recommend it. I do recommend Seattle Coffee Gear. It is the best.
Mar 21, 2013
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Ruslan M: Yes. However there is nothing to hold the Porta filter in place so you have to hold it yourself. It tends to be a little more messy than grinding into the container but it's doable. Mar 27, 2013
Reply to Ruslan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Brad C: Yes, you can grind directly into your portafilter; and you can either push the button on the front or use the rotating switch on the side. Mar 21, 2013
Reply to Brad Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Pamela A: Yes, you definitely can grind into a portafilter. I do it even with a small Mr. Coffee steam espresso and it works great. Oct 15, 2013
Reply to Pamela Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Scott S: Yes, but there is no clip to hold it. You'll have to hold the portafilter in the right spot. Shouldn't be a big deal. Mar 22, 2013
Reply to Scott Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Judith R: That is exactly what I do. I love the sound of my grinder when I wake up...it means I will soon be drinking a latte. Mar 21, 2013
Reply to Judith Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Philip M: Yes I do it all the time - it works great for that and there is not a lot of mess. Mar 21, 2013
Reply to Philip Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: Have purchased the Baratza Encore grinder. Only use for a Cuisinart DCC1200 auto drip or occasionally a Melita one cup manual.
What I've been told is a medium/fine is the best grind for my application.
On the 1 to 40 scale, where should I set my grinder?
Feb 19, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
KCat K: I hate to say it but I think you'll have to experiment. There are three factory settings from coarsest to finest that affect the grind. Mine appears to be set at the finest and even at 20 it's quite fine (too fine, for example, for my gold-tone coffee filter). At 20, it's okay for a paper filter although I think it could clog a large pour-over like a Chemex. Probably okay for a 1-2 cup. At 8, it clumps (fine enough, I'm told, for non-pressurized portafilters). If yours is set at that factory setting, then that should give you some idea of what to expect. If not then you'll have a different experience obviously. I'd say start at around 20-25 and grind just a little.

HTH
Feb 19, 2013
Reply to KCat Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Heidi T: I have set my Baratza grinder at the 20 setting for grinding French roast beans. When set higher the beans started to "flake" instead of being
finely ground. The Baratza arrived with a setting of 15 and this setting made a very fine grind giving the coffee a more expresso taste. Any grind between the two numbers 15-20 seems to be fine with the french roast beans. I haven't tried regular roast beans with this grinder. I am using this ground coffee with an auto drip technivorm coffeemaker and paper filters. I am very happy with the grinder and coffeemaker.
Feb 20, 2013
Reply to Heidi Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Jacob T: You might try between about 20-25 for the auto drip or the one cup manual. For the manual, if it tastes bitter, grind it courser as it may be taking too long to drip through and is extracting too much bitterness. The finer the grind size you use, the higher the total surface area of the ground coffee. So, that is why you may have to adjust the setting to get the drip to take more or less time. Try different settings and see what tastes best to you. Feb 19, 2013
Reply to Jacob Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Stanley G: You will have to experiment to find the right setting for your coffee maker and more importantly for your taste based on the variety and roast of the coffee you are using. I use a simple 12 cup Mr Coffee Drip coffee maker and have found that a setting of 18 works well for my taste using mostly french roast coffees. That setting is on the fine side of medium. I have not tried a one cup manual. Feb 20, 2013
Reply to Stanley Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
George L: I have been using my encore with a DeLonghi 410 auto drip and have found that setting the grinder on 24 works for me. I find the grind to be very consistent and the grinder to much easier to use that the Breville which I replaced. Feb 19, 2013
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
George D: I use the grinder for expresso only and 11 works great (5 was too fine). Recommend you start at 20 - 25 and adjust (probably higher) from there. By the way I am still impressed after three months.

Hope that helps.
Feb 21, 2013
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
JOAN P: I have a Technivorm coffee maker (love, love, love) and have the grinder set at approximately 15. It seems a bit finer than purchased ground coffee, but I have been very happy with the results. Feb 19, 2013
Reply to JOAN Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Lois K: We make wonderful drip coffee by setting the grind at 12 and using a paper filter inside a fine mesh metal filter. The paper filter slows down the drip process, The coffee is delicious. Feb 19, 2013
Reply to Lois Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
royd l: I would set mine around 20 and play with it from there. Depends on temp of water and the coffee itself. Feb 19, 2013
Reply to royd Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Ronnie S: We have ours set At 15 and it works well with our very simple black & decker automatic drip coffee pot Feb 19, 2013
Reply to Ronnie Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Brad G: We set ours on 32 and seem to have good results. We will probably keep experimenting though! Feb 19, 2013
Reply to Brad Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Bob C asked: Will this grinder work well with the Chemex?I like a fine grind and a stout brew.

Bob
Dec 14, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
John C: I'm not sure where Chemex grinding is in comparison with espresso... but i needed to adjust the grinder internally in order to get a fine grind. You will find a video for how to do this on SEATTLE COFFEE GEARS website. It is not hard and makes it as fine as can be but with a little clumping. I have solved this with using a fine long needle to break up the clumps and i get a perfect grind. If all this work is not up your alley and you can afford it i'd say move to the next level. If you are happy doing that then it is a fine grinder. Dec 16, 2013
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
David H: Bob, I use this for espresso which needs a very fine grind. I use it at 4 or 5. The only problem I have is with super dark roast beans, which tend (apparently) to stick to the inside of the hopper and not go through. A little shaking of the grinder solves this. Sometimes I mix in a lighter roast - also works. I don't know what grind chemex needs but this is a sturdy and reliable grinder. David Dec 16, 2013
Reply to David Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Sharon L: I have the Breville BES840XL espresso machine. I trusted the videos that SCG have about how fine that the Encore would grind. So far I have had no problem with it not grinding fine enough for the Breville. As is the case with all coffee each bean is different and will not grind the same. So far, I feel that I have made a good choice for the money. Dec 20, 2013
Reply to Sharon Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Samuel L: I own 2 Baratza grinders and confirm that they provide a full range of grind settings, from a near powder grade which I use for my espresso machine, to as coarse as you want it for french press pots and drips. The grind settings are numerous and they maintain a consistent grind each time you use it. I highly recommend the Baratza Encore. Dec 16, 2013
Reply to Samuel Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Steve R: I tried the Chemex for a while but found it to be more involved than I like for my morning brew. What I can tell you abut this grinder is that it will not grind fine enough for espresso, but it will make a consistent, fine grind suitable for any method other than espresso...IMO. I use it expressly for press pot coffee. Dec 16, 2013
Reply to Steve Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
allan j: I doubt it . My Baratza is currentlyset at level 10, that's moderatly fine. When I tried it at levels more appropriate for expresso the motor started to struggle and the grind was so full of static electricity that we were always cleaning up a mess. The Maestro Plus, of which we have two, is a far superior performer. Dec 16, 2013
Reply to allan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Bob C: Thank's for the reply. We used to grind at home with a manual..wore it out. I like a really fine grind with the Chemex, just need to decide on the right unit...mess i don't need.

Bob Dec 16, 2013
Tito R: I have no doubt this will work for the type of grind a Chemex calls for. I was able to get this grinder to work for my espresso maker all the way up to a french press grind. Good luck! Dec 16, 2013
Reply to Tito Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Brian O: I've never used a Chemex, but the Baratza can do a pretty uniform fine grind--nothing like a professional grinder, but probably the best in the sub $200 range. Dec 16, 2013
Reply to Brian Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Walter O: It should be prefect for theChemex. It grinds fine enough for espresso and course enough for a French press with plenty of coarser grind settings to go. Dec 19, 2013
Reply to Walter Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Nicholas E: Yes, it'll work fine for Chemex. Dec 16, 2013
Reply to Nicholas Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Marty M asked: I have read that the Baratza Encore should only be used for pressurized filter espresso machines. I have one that uses a commercial filter, rather than pressurized. Will this cause a problem using this grinder? Oct 24, 2012
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
John F: Marty, I use a Rancilio Rocky for my Bezzera HX, and use the Encore for drip coffee and my Keurig. My personal experience is that the Encore will go fine enough to make espresso with just about any machine as long as your coffee is FRESH. I roast my own. If you're using store-bought coffee or anything else with which freshness is questionable, the machine may not get you fine enough for the higher-end (non-pressurized) espresso machines. Truthfully, if you're using a higher-end machine, you should be using the best coffee available just to uphold your own barista morals. :)

In retrospect, the Encore is very consistent for any machine in its price range, and I have gotten mine to produce a fine grind not unlike super-fine turkish, so it's really your call. I have no complaints at all . . . JOHN
Oct 30, 2012
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Brad C: I bought a Baratza Encore a month ago and am using it with a normal filter basket in my portafilter (in a Gaggia Classic), and, as the brilliant video by the folks at Seattle Coffee Gear say (with a similar machine), I am able to produce what I consider stunningly good espresso, with the grinder set on 9 (—the beans have something to do with it). As for the "pressurized filter", at least the plastic insert and altered filter basket included with my Gaggia, along with two normal filter baskets, it is a gimmick device that can only, as far as I can tell, produce fake crema and very bad coffee-ish liquid, no matter how precise and durable (or expensive) your grinder is. Oct 30, 2012
Reply to Brad Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Dennis W: I bought based on the info at Seattle which says can be used in traditional or pressurized. I bought the unpressurized filter basket at the same time to replace the pressurized one for my Starbucks Barista machine. The coffee is about 400% better!
The grind works great, you get the right amount of Crema and taste is great. I blend 60% Dunkel Roast (like a French Roast) and 40% Espresso roast from my local roaster on a setting of 9-1/2 and am thrilled w/ the grinder and the filter basket!
Oct 30, 2012
Reply to Dennis Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Philip M: Hi Marty,

I have the Baratza and I use it with a machine that has a non pressurized porta filter and it works fine. Because it is a stepped grinder you need to get the tamp correct but once I hit upon a fineness and a tamp combination I get a really good shot with great Crema.

I have been very happy with this grinder.
Oct 30, 2012
Reply to Philip Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Teri KStaff: The Encore grinder is one we will typically only recommend for use with pressurized portafilters, because it doesn't grind quite as fine as the Baratza Virtuoso or Preciso. For best results, I would use it only with a pressurized portafilter. Oct 30, 2012
Reply to Teri Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Steven B: Don't forget that the Encore coffee grinder is just that - a coffee grinder. Albeit a very capable grinder. The type of machine used to prepare the actual coffee is not an issue for the grinder. Oct 31, 2012
Reply to Steven Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Ruslan M: I believe that this grinder will work with consumer-grade non-pressurized machines. I have a Breville BES840XL and this grinder works well with it's non-pressurized filters. Oct 31, 2012
Reply to Ruslan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
john e: No I can't see why not. This is a general purpose grinder however and can be used for a variety of brewing styles. I hope this helps. Oct 30, 2012
Reply to john Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Dee V: I use this grinder for drip and French pressed coffee. I am very satisfied with it. Oct 30, 2012
Reply to Dee Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Colman S: Sorry. I don't think that I can help. I've only owned this grinder since Aug. 2012. I am very satisfied w/this grinder; especially since the previous burr grinder was a Cuisinart. This is far superior to that without question! I'm not familiar with the differences in the filters that you mention. Look below at the "Pros" & "Cons". I also don't own an espresso machine. I have a Bunn Trifecta Home version that has a fine metal filter. The pressure isn't that strong when it ejects the coffee. It does permit a very small amount of fine grinds at the bottom of the cup. I use the grinder set at "20".
Someone at Seattle Coffee Gear should be able to answer the "why" of your question.
Oct 30, 2012
Reply to Colman Good answer? Yes (0) No (1)
Andi B asked: Fellow Encore users:
I use my Encore mostly for drip, occasionally for French press, and usually buy darker roasts. I'm finding that when I buy medium to lighter roasts, generally from local small-batch roasters, the beans tend to flake and grind up more coarsely than the darker beans at the same settings.
Is this typical of the medium/light roasts, or is something off in my settings?

Thanks,
Andi
Jan 1, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Karl N: I expect to change settings for each type of coffee I grind. Currently, I grind only for french press with a medium roast but would not be surprised to hear that a darker roast (with more of its oil transferred to the surface of the bean) requires a different setting of the grinder than a lighter roast to achieve the same effect. Since settling on the type of coffee that I prefer, I get similar results at the same grinder setting with every pound. If you like to buy coffee from different sources and with different levels of roast, you might have to keep notes on which setting of the grinder works best with each type of coffee and re-adjust with each new purchase. Jan 2, 2014
Reply to Karl Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Colman S: I have been thinking of your question for some time. I don't recall having that problem. Assuming that you are changing settings for the different coffee making processes, are you re-setting the grind in the same spot? Had you cleaned the grinder prior to having this problem and was the burr properly replaced? Unknown if this will help, unless there was a problem with the set screw that pre-determines the fine grind. At the SCG website, click on the tab "Learn". Then click on "Videos". On the right is a column labled "Troubleshooting". Scroll down to "How to Recalibrate your Baratza Encore Grinder". Having said all that, it could just be the beans vs the roast. Jan 7, 2014
Reply to Colman Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Eli G: Hi Andi - it's not the grinder or the roast. It is the way that the beans are processed and dried. What you are seeing flake off is the mucilage that is not removed during natural processing and drying. It is not specific to all light or medium roasts, but they are more likely to be naturally processed because it is an indicated of higher quality care of the beans. If it is a major concern, look for roasts that are wet processed (as opposed to natural, unwashed, or dry processed). Jan 2, 2014
Reply to Eli Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Eric H: Maybe. I had an issue with it grinding coarser before, but it was due to placing the metal ring 180 degrees out of alignment after a cleaning. It was a coincidence since I had just switched beans and thought it was the coffee as well until it didn't respond to adjustments. Jan 2, 2014
Reply to Eric Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Gary B: same here with lighter roasts when grinding at medium levels. Don't know if this is a problem or not for what they call "entry level" grinders.

I think the darker beans tend to be more oily and grind better.
Jan 2, 2014
Reply to Gary Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
josh r: It may just be the oil content in the beans. I've noticed that I get a finer grind with oilier beans, which are often a darker roast, when using the same setting. Jan 2, 2014
Reply to josh Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Joan A: There is probably more chaff and other materials on the lighter roasted beans and it is being perceived as being ground more coarsely. Jan 2, 2014
Reply to Joan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
George L: Use your experience and change settings. Jan 2, 2014
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
katie h asked: i have a regular blade grinder and I wanted to try this burr grinder. I do not make expresso and would use this for everyday coffee in a regular coffee pot. Is this burr grinder only for expresso or would it make a difference in my regular coffee and what setting would i grind the beans on? Jun 25, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Shannon M: Hi Katie,

About a year ago we were looking for a grinder for everyday coffee (I also do not make espresso). I asked Seattle Coffee Gear for a recommendation and this is the one I bought. We are very happy with it. We use it along with our Technivorm coffee pot and I think we brew some pretty great home coffee.

We typically grind on the 20 setting and I think I got this from reading the user guide that comes with the grinder (It says what range to use for drip coffee).

This is definitely the one I would recommend for what you are looking to do.

Hope it helps.
Jun 25, 2013
Reply to Shannon Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Steve R: I did away with my blade grinder ages ago and have never looked back. I bought the above grinder to replace a cheap black and decker burr grinder. I use a press pot for my coffee and find this grinder produces a consistent grind and an excellent pot of coffee. I've only had it for a month so I can not speak to the longevity of the product. Right out of the box the grind is so superior to my previous grinder there is no comparison. If your looking for a consistent grind at an affordable price this may be for you. Jun 30, 2013
Reply to Steve Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Akash B: H Katie! I do not do espresso either! Who would have thought to get such a nice grinder for just regular coffee :) but I will say that this grinder has been wonderful. I have had it for about 10 months now and use it on a daily basis for my French press. The coffee has tasted wonderful. Well worth the buy. Jun 25, 2013
Reply to Akash Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Brian L: Hi Katie,

This grinder is excellent for automatic drip coffee. I use this grinder for espresso, auto drip, chemex, and French press coffee. I would say to try out the settings to see which one you like best, but start on 10 for a reference point. Best of luck!

Sincerely,
Brian
Jun 25, 2013
Reply to Brian Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Ruslan M: This grinder would work for drip coffee. I think it will make a significance difference in the taste of your coffee as long as all the other pieces are in place (fresh coffee, etc.). I'm sure the Baratza website has information on the setting for different types of coffees. Jun 28, 2013
Reply to Ruslan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Brian O: The Barazta is a very good grinder. I like it because it is a larger capacity than a blade grinder and gives more uniform grind. I would suggest grinding drip coffee any where from the 15-20 setting. 0 is actually very fine and probably could be used for espresso. Jun 25, 2013
Reply to Brian Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Philip M: HI Katie,

I own this grinder and I am very happy with it. This grinder is perfect for what you are looking to do. the nice thing about it is that this grinder will grow with you if you decide to start making espresso.

Best
Philip
Jun 25, 2013
Reply to Philip Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Susan W: We don't make espresso either and simply use the grinder for every day coffee. This grinder has settings from 0 - 40 and ours is set at 20 so just in the middle. We think the grind is much better and the flavor of the coffee is more rich and full. Jun 27, 2013
Reply to Susan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Barrett Hall asked: I am planning to buy a Technivorm moccamaster with a gold tone filter (Cone Shaped) Which setting on my encore would be best to start at? Obviously I wanna go coarser for gold tone filter. 18-22? Sep 1, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Shannon M: Congrats on getting a Technivorm, I LOVE mine! I also use the gold tone filter and the Encore grinder. 18-22 is exactly the settings we use.
Enjoy!
Sep 2, 2013
Reply to Shannon Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Barrett Hall: What number do you use most often in that range? 20? Sep 2, 2013
George L: Barrett
The Baratza Encore Grinder is just like a woman. Every one is wonderful. but each is a little different. Try a number with a couple of table spoons of coffee. Dump the grounds on a plain sheet of white paper. Do they look like you want them to? If it looks too fine, try a higher number. Repeat until you like the looks. Then grind a half of cup of beans for a full pot of coffee. Enjoy. My Baratza Encore Grinder grinds course, so my numbers probably won't work with yours.

The Moccamaster is a great coffee maker. I answered your question as if it was about the grinder.
Sep 1, 2013
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Mike M: Barrett,
I've been asked to help out on your question. I found this grinder to be an excellent grinder for my use. I use the Baratza Encore Grinder mainly for Espresso fine grind and had to re-calibrate the grinder for my specific grind. You will probably not have to recalibrate for coffee, as I found the grinder came calibrated midway between coarse and fine. Just do some sample grinds probably around 25 or so and brew to your taste.
Sep 1, 2013
Reply to Mike Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
John F: Truthfully, I would stick with a #4 Melitta paper filter, but that's just me.
I've read that the T-vorm uses a slightly finer than normal grind, so 18-22 is probably fair. The quality & freshness of your coffee will dictate as well.
I roast fresh on-site and use 22-24 for a Hario pour-over, if that helps.
Good luck!
John
Sep 1, 2013
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Brian L: Hi Barrett,

For my Chemex, I use 14 and that is a little coarse. I would try 25 and see how that looks and then go from there. This grinder can go very very fine (I use this grinder for espresso as well) to very very coarse.
Sep 1, 2013
Reply to Brian Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Barrett Hall asked: What setting should I use for french press? Which Is best? 26? Aug 13, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Elias B: The answer is: Do what you like best!

Lower number gives a finer grind and probably a stronger favor for the same steep time, but for some may be overwhelming and will give me more "particles" in the coffee. Higher number, coarser grind, more nuances to the flavor for me, maybe let it steep a few more minutes before pressing, give the coffee a chance and taste it before cream and/or sugar.

Depending on how geeky you want to get...same setting will give different results with different beans roasted differently from different parts of the world.

I happen to like 30-35, but will try higher or lower when I'm playing with a new bean I haven't had before.

Have fun.
Aug 13, 2013
Reply to Elias Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Robert M: I use 22. But it depends somewhat on the beans.

The general guidance for french press grind that I've found on the Web recommends to go with the finest grind possible that does not result an undue amount of sediment passing through the screen. For example, a setting of 20 for me was too fine.

There are a lot of helpful videos out there on tips for french press brewing including one from Verve coffee that references the Encore grinder.
Aug 13, 2013
Reply to Robert Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Barrett Hall: Very many thanks to you Robert, Verve coffee gave me excellent advice for french press. And other coffee making skills! Thanks for the link. I'll try 22. Seems about right. Aug 13, 2013
Gene P: Obviously you want a coarser grind; 26 is where I set mine, too; but it's really all a matter of your taste. I think it's more important you use the proper ratio of beans to water, which for me is 24 grams of coffee to 340 grams (12 ounces) water. Aug 13, 2013
Reply to Gene Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
David F: Baratza sent a Quick Start Guide with my recent purchase. It lists some general starting points I found helpful:
*Espresso start at 8.
*Drip/pour over/Aeropress start at 15.
*Press Pot start at 25.
Aug 13, 2013
Reply to David Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Joel S: I use 30. Aug 15, 2013
Reply to Joel Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Andi B asked: In summer I tend to do a lot more cold-brewing, usually with a Toddy, and need a coarse grind. What setting would you recommend I put the Encore on for a cold brew? Jul 17, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Doug R: Honestly, we had the Encore for only about a month and a half, and didn't make any cold brew with it. It's performance wasn't satisfactory (it would not grind many beans we put in it, and just whirred away without grinding any beans), but Baratza was very good about letting us send back the Encore and get a refurbished Virtuoso in return. So I haven't made an issue of it. The Virtuoso has worked perfectly. We don't do cold brews, but my guess is that a setting on the fine side of the coarse range (maybe 27-28) would be okay for your purposes. Jul 17, 2013
Reply to Doug Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Thomas B: Great question. I also do a great deal of the cold brew action these days. Honestly it depends a bit on your bean roast, and personal preference. I like mine on 20. I use the Hario Cold Brew carafe. Fill the basket to the top of the netting with your favorite. I like Hub's 32 Cheney or Guatamalan. Let chill for 12 hours. I like mine black, w/ cream and just a titch of simple syrup.

If you have to buy iced coffee. Go with Dream Cream.
Jul 18, 2013
Reply to Thomas Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
George D: I use the Encore mostly for expresso with a setting of 10. Just a suggestion but I would try 30 and adjust up or down from there. Jul 22, 2013
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
paul w: Coarse setting is 29 to 40. I'd try in the middle of that and test either way from there. Enjoy your Toddy. Jul 18, 2013
Reply to paul Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
John F: I would start at 30 & tune it from there Jul 17, 2013
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: So, I have an Encore and was wondering - if I adjust mine so the screw is in the "fine" slot (as you can see in the re-calibrating the encore video), won't that mean I can't grind quite as coarse for French press? I do have an Aroma for espresso, but one? reason I got the Encore was so I could grind for French press as well as espresso. Whaddaya think? Thanks! - Mike Jul 28, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Linda R: Recalibrating the machine means that the min and max points are shifted one way or the other. So if zero gets finer, so will the highest setting. If the finest grind is currently not acceptable for espresso, you have to estimate the effect on French press. If you are using the coarsest today for French press, test until you get the lowest acceptable setting and decide whether the machine will work for both purposes. For my purposes (grinding decaf espresso for bypass doser on superauto) this was a good choice. I do not have a need for a very coarse grind in my day to day. Jul 29, 2013
Reply to Linda Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Walter O: I purchased my Encore for espresso and recalibrated it to grind as fine as possible. My experience has been that, even recalibrated, only the five lowest clicks are fine enough for espresso. This leaves a large range of coarser grinds with which you should easily be able to dial in things for a French press. I ground some beans in the coarsest settings to respond to this question, and it was more than course enough. It actually looked like i used a mortar and pestle. Jul 30, 2013
Reply to Walter Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
James J: You wouldn't be able to grind as course, but unless you're using settings that are near the end of the scale, it wouldn't matter. As I recall, the adjustment is only a few clicks. Jul 29, 2013
Reply to James Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Joan A: You won't be able to grind quite as coarse but it should work plenty well enough for French press. Jul 29, 2013
Reply to Joan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Barrett Hall asked: Without calibrating the grinder, what setting Is best for Auto-Drip? I use light roast coffee beans by the way. Jul 12, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Gary B: On lighter roasts I tend to use settings @ 20 to 24 for drip. I might use more coffee if it is not full bodied. Hope this is helpful. Enjoy the baratza Jul 15, 2013
Reply to Gary Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
James A: Mine is set at 18. I have a Bonavita machine. If my wife buys me cheap filters, I have to set it @ 22. Jul 15, 2013
Reply to James Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Barrett Hall: Mine Is flat bottom filter, Is 18 okay? I was planning to use 22. What settings is good for french press also? Jul 15, 2013
James A: I would try it. If you end up with "silt" in your cup, its too fine. Remember -- good filters to start with! Jul 16, 2013
Barrett Hall: I will defiantly try 18 then. Heard that Is a common setting. Anything lower Is for those cone filter brewers. Like I said, my brewer Is flat bottom. What setting do you use for french press? Jul 18, 2013
Earl K: Hi Barrett, I received my grinder set at 20 but I have it on 16. If you have two of the same does not mean either one will grind the same. Set yours at what you like. All you can do is start at 20 and go down or go up until you find the best for you. The stuff one buys in a store is somewhere in the middle. I know this does not answer your question but it gives you a place to start from. Just try until you find the best for you, Earl Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Earl Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
peter g: I think my grinder was set to 15 for Auto-Drip coffee. Anything around that will be fine though. Just don't go below 10 or above 20. Jul 15, 2013
Reply to peter Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Robert B asked: After manual cleaning, will burr gear only fit back in one position?? Is it possible to go back in different position??
After cleaning, my settings don't seem to jive with texture of ground coffee. SPECIFICALLY, Before cleaning most of my settings for different brands of coffee, were between 18 and 22. OH, I have a Bonavita coffee maker. I am now using AM coffee beans, Kenya, and my setting on 16 seems too course.

BOTTOM LINE: Is it possible for burr to go back in wrong position??
I love this grinde
Thanks
Bob Bennett
Feb 3, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
peter g: I also noticed the settings being off after cleaning the other week. I grind at about an 8-10 and the first time using after cleaning was very coarse. All I did was adjust the settings all the way back up to the max coarse setting then back down to my usual. Went back to normal after that.

No. You cannot put the burrs back in incorrectly. The Encore must be completely re-assembled in order to run. I tried at every level of assembly and it only works complete.

Also. I've had my Encore for about 6 months and used to grind at the 15-20 range for automatic. I noticed coffee is little bit better around 8-10. Anything under that is a little to close to clumpy espresso.

Hope this helps
Feb 5, 2013
Reply to peter Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Karl N: Sorry, I haven't felt the need to disassemble my grinder yet. If you think you got it back together right and it's not making anything but normal sounds, I would do what I did when I first got it: experiment with varying settings until it grinds the way I want. Shouldn't take much to get it back to the proper grind. And next time you disassemble, put some markings on the parts to help set your mind at rest that you've got it back together again the same as last time. With this type of equipment, I still wouldn't be surprised if I felt a slight adjustment was desirable after reassembly. Feb 5, 2013
Reply to Karl Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Teri KStaff: Yes, the burr on the Encore can fit back in the grinder in the wrong position. Have you checked the troubleshooting on Baratza's site? They have great troubleshooting PDF's with tons of pictures. Check out the link below, and click on Encore, and then try the link that says "The grind is inconsistent, won’t adjust, is not fine enough, the ring burr spins, or the grinder completely powers down intermittently."

http://www.baratza.com/troubleshooting/
Feb 4, 2013
Reply to Teri Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Robert B: Thanks TERI, you are correct. I had the red mark at 11:00 o'clock instead of 5:00 o'clock.
Everything fit perfectly in this incorrect position. 5:00 o'clock was not mentioned in owners
manual, which sez, line up red tab with cut out on outer ring. There are numerous tabs
and cut-outs, very confusing, KEYWORD: line up red tab at 5:00 o'clock position.

Thank you very much, I'm HAPPY, HAPPY
Looking forward to my AM Coffee Kenya AA

Bob Bennett
Knoxville, Tn Feb 4, 2013
Chris J: I use a setting of 16 with the Bonavita, 8 to ten grams per 5 ounce cup, depending on the degree of roast and Number of cups brewing. As far as my experience with the grinder goes, it comes apart one way and the burr only goes back in one way. Perhaps try taking it apart and putting back together to make sure you got it correct. I think that the grinder can be recalibrated so maybe something got turned too hard when you were working the burr back in. Good luck. Chris Feb 4, 2013
Reply to Chris Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Robert B: Thank you CHRIS, Burr can be installed in wrong position.
See REPLY by TERI
Red mark should be at 5:00 o'clock position.
I had red mark at 11:00 o'clock position.

Thank you very much,
Bob Bennett Feb 4, 2013
Chris J: That's a good thing to note.

Thanks,

Chris Feb 5, 2013
DeAngelo C asked: I would like an exact answer for the following question. How would I go about using this for a regular, not pressurized portafilter? I know that takes it finer, but I want to be more specific. Exact answer please. Jan 22, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
John F: Before you put coffee in the grinder, Adjust the grinder to about the "5" setting. (Fine) Fill the hopper & grind enough to fill the porta filter.
Fill your filter level to the top. Using your tamper, push straight down with about 15-20 lbs pressure. Remove tamper to allow loose grounds to fall in, then place back down in filter, & with about 5-10 lbs pressure, turn tamper 2-3 times clock-wise, to polish the top of coffee.
Place filter in group and turn to snug. Pull your shot. *Single should be 16-18 seconds, double should be 21-25 seconds.
Taste and see if shot tastes right. Heavy bodied & bitter is too fine, citrusy sour to light-bodied bitter is too course.
Adjust grind if necessary until shot has nice body and is "sweet". Always time your shot as this is a good indicator as to whether the grind is close.
**When adjusting from course to fine, run the grinder momentarily after each click to avoid damaging the burrs and carriage. This is not necessary when going fine to course.
GOOD LUCK!! Relax & have fun!
John
Jan 22, 2014
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
DeAngelo C: Thanks a million mate. You seem like you have had lots of experience with this grinder. Jan 22, 2014
Dan G: This grinder will do the job. But save your money and buy the Virtuoso. It i will do what you need. I have the Solis Meastro, the fore runner to this grinder, and it does the job, but once I upgraded my grinder, my espresso quality improved 10 fold. Feb 4, 2014
Reply to Dan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Pamela A: We use "7" for non-pressurized cheaper espresso machine. Anything from 5 to 8 should work but I'd use about 6 for a nicer machine than ours. 6 to 7. Jan 22, 2014
Reply to Pamela Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
KCat K asked: Has anyone used this critter on something a bit higher end than a Saeco "starter" machine or Breville? My Via Venezia is still running like a champ (and should be, it's less than a year old) but someday (she said with a little Southern sing-song sigh) I will hopefully have a somewhat better machine. My Encore grinds quite fine with 5 (long shots) being almost too fine depending on coffee freshness. It chokes on 4. I can't recall if I set the internals all the way over to finest or not. Mind like a steel coffee filter. Jul 19, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Walter O: I too bought my Encore when I was using a Via Venezia. I was very happy with both, and the Baratza paired really well with that machine. I then went to a Rancilio Silvia. At first I did not believe the Encore was grinding fine, and Baratza's fantastic customer service department took care of that with another Encore. It worked pretty well thereafter, but I was always concerned I was running out of the finest grind settings. I can't say that I ever did, though. I never ran into something where I just could not grind fine enough. But it was close, and after I worked up sufficient rationalization, I went to a Mazzer Mini. It has been espresso heaven ever since.

The Encore will work, and even well, with a higher end machine, but you will be sort of at its limits and you may have to make some adjustments with dosing and tamping. Remember, though, the Silvia is a pretty fussy machine, so depending on what you get, your transition may well be seamless. The Encore is a great value and Baratza has a terrific customer service department.
Jul 30, 2013
Reply to Walter Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Ingmar D: Hi,
I use the Via Venezia as well. I have no experience with more advanced machines. But I agree, the resulting coffee depends more on the freshness of the beans and the pressure you use to compress it in the filter.
Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Ingmar Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Jeremy C: It is quite adjustable when it comes to setting the zero-point. But I honestly would recommend upgrading at least to the Vario.
It would be adequate, but it would be a lot of work to dial in properly.
Jul 22, 2013
Reply to Jeremy Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Robert asked: Greetings,
I have used the Encore for about 2yrs. Now, cleaning it every 1lb. Or once a month, no problem.
Except for today, after cleaning I went to place the burr gear back and missed the line up. So now it's stuck?
I do not want to force it. Does anyone have a good idea, so I can get this work horse going?
Thank you
Blzr
Oct 20, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Colman S: This prompted me to clean mine since I hadn't in a while. As I am doing it I seem to have gotten it stuck myself. If my memory is correct, I was able to gently rock the burr using the "lugs" as pivots. Did not make me happy when I got it stuck. I did free it w/o damage. Today I forgot to check my alignment before removing the burr! No harm done. Hope you'll free it if you haven't already. Oct 22, 2013
Reply to Colman Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Robert: Hi Colman, I was a little afraid to force it, but I called Baratza, and they told me to go for it.
So I got it off, no problem,and its like new.
ps) they are sending me a new top burr by mail.
c u Oct 22, 2013
Gary B: I have used channel pliers wrapped in cloth to loosen stuck burrs. gently though Oct 30, 2013
Reply to Gary Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Dan A asked: I semi-technical question to try to learn from the experiences of others before I take my Encore apart a second time.

After recalibrating my Encore from the coarsest internal calibration to the finest internal calibration settings, I find that grinding at 9 is a bit too fine but grinding at 10 is a bit too coarse.

If I re-do the calibration process to the middle internal setting, do I end up with the same relative effects (just making up numbers for an illustration -- grinding at 2 will be too fine while a 3 is too coarse) or do end up with something that splits the difference, that is grinding at a 3 with a middle internal setting equals something between grinding at 9 and 10 when using the finest internal setting?

Many thanks!
Jul 14, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
KCat K: I honestly can't answer your question exactly as you would like. But--yeah, I know--I find that as my beans age, 5 is too coarse, 4 too fine. Since I'm at the lowest internal setting already, I simply grind about half and half. That is, I grind about half (or so) the beans at 4, then the rest at 5. I use a yogurt cup and chopstick to distribute grounds to make sure it's consistent throughout. (WDT) This makes the difference between having a choked PF (4) or a 19 second shot (5) and a great shot at 25-30 seconds. You have leeway while I didn't really have that on mine for whatever reason (beans? particular grinder specs?) so it's up to you whether you go this route or try the second internal thing.

The problem with moving it around again on the inside--if you change coffee later, you may have the setting straddle issue show up again just because different beans/roasts will require different grinds. HTH.
Jul 15, 2013
Reply to KCat Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Dan A: Thank you, KCat.

I'm currently hooked on Lavazza Aroma e Crema, so recalibrating when I change beans (if ever) is no biggie for me. I'm just a lazy bugger and a bit hung up on consistency, so instead of blending I've been using the finer grind plus a lighter tamp and getting a good (but not great) shot.

If I do not hear from others, I'll just hoist the white flag and experiment with the internal settings and post my results here to hopefully help others.

Thanks again!
Dan Jul 15, 2013
KCat K: I hear you on "lazy". I'm so accustomed to the "WDT" thing that it's no big deal and in fact I make less of a mess than I did before. I just start the grinder and about halfway through I turn the hopper while it's grinding. I use Redbird and fresh from the roaster they take a coarser grind. I am the only drinker though and although I freeze them it still takes me a while to go through them so they get a little stale in their vacuum seal bags nonetheless. Not a lot but enough to alter the grind slightly. But if you go through the Lavazza fairly quickly, it's probably not an issue. I'll keep an eye on this. I'd like to know what happens if you do muck about with it again. Best, KCat Jul 15, 2013
Dan A: Sorry for the long delay but, as stated above, I'm a lazy bugger. I've fiddled with the internal settings and stumbled into something that should have been obvious but eluded me.

When performing the internal adjustment, one first chooses between the 3 major settings. After making that choice, the "natural" process is to adjust the placement of the hopper such that the set-screw is centered in the slot. But you can adjust the placement of the hopper such that the set-screw is either at the right-most or left-most edges of the slot. This results in splitting-the-difference of grinds relative to having the set-screw centered. When my set-screw was centered in the slot, 10 was a little too coarse and 9 was a little too fine -- after moving the location of the set-screw in the slot to the edge,the new 9 approximately equals old 9.5 Ta-da! Sep 14, 2013
Edgar G: Your question is a little technical, but the finer your grind the more difficult it is to distinguish. Maybe the next model up would give you the fine line between grinds. Jul 15, 2013
Reply to Edgar Good answer? Yes (0) No (1)
Dan A: Thank you, Edgar.

Yuppers, the next model up or higher would allow me to cross the fine line between grinds -- unfortunately, it would also cross the fine line in my wallet (grin!).

Distinguishing the difference between grinds would be done by taste tests at 25 to 30 second pulls.

Thanks again!
Dan Jul 15, 2013
Esther Lee asked: Hi. I have a question for using this grinder. I know that it is for 110 V but I want to use in Korea with 220V. So, is it possible or not? I worry about that if its not gonna be working. May 9, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Teri KStaff: This grinder is rated only for 110V, so I would not recommend using the Baratza Encore in Korea on a 220V system. May 13, 2014
Reply to Teri Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: I tried to avoid all products made from China. Is this assembled there or made there? Nov 29, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Teri KStaff: The Baratza Encore is made in Taiwan. Nov 29, 2013
Reply to Teri Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: where is the grinder made? Nov 18, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Teri KStaff: This Baratza Encore grinder is made in Taiwan. Nov 18, 2013
Reply to Teri Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: Hi I have a saeco aroma. I am thinking whether I should go with encore or higher level machine. With encore, is it true that I can not get rid of pressure portfilter and not having real espresso? Thanks Jul 29, 2013
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Teri KStaff: Yes, we have found that the Encore will do a great job for the Aroma and the pressurized portafilter, but if you want to upgrade to the non-pressurized portafilter, it would be better to go with the Virtuoso or higher. The Virtuoso and Preciso have an upgraded burr set and are capable of grinding finer than the Encore, and so you will get better results dialing in a fine enough grind for the ideal 20-30 second non-pressurized extraction. Jul 29, 2013
Reply to Teri Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
A shopper asked: Is the Baratza Encore grinder suitable for using with a Bialetti stove-top coffee maker? Jul 18, 2012
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Kaylie KStaff: Yes, you can certainly use the Baratza Encore for your stovetop espresso machine. Jul 19, 2012
Reply to Kaylie Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)

Looking for warranty, care information, or videos of this product? You're in the right place!

 

Warranty Information for the Baratza Encore Grinder

What it Covers:

Grinders

Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Baratza
Warranty Contact Information: 877-701-2021
Notes: Baratza has excellent troubleshooting resources on their website. If you're experiencing an issue with your grinder, definitely look here first.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Baratza Encore Grinder

Clean burrs on a weekly to bi-weekly basis either with a cleaning brush or a burr grinder-specific cleaning product such as Grindz.

Remove and hand wash the bean hopper and lid with warm water and soap as needed.


User Manuals for your Baratza Encore Grinder


Videos Featuring the Bratza Encore Grinder

Compare: Baratza Encore vs. Breville Smart Grinder

Compare: Baratza Grinders

How-To: Recalibrating the Baratza Encore

Happy to have it !

Review by
55
Quality
Price
Value

Have only had if for a week.It appears to be what I expected it to be, I am not a coffee snob, but do enjoy a good cup of coffee. Thanks for a good machine at a good price.

(Posted on 9/15/14)

Excellant

Review by
55
Quality
Price
Value

Very pleased with grinder and the service at the local dealer . Thank You

(Posted on 8/20/14)

Perfect entry level

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

This is quite possibly the best first grinder a budding coffee enthusiast can purchase. I've recommended it to friends and all have been pleased with it's performance. The Encore is a solid, well built machine at a reasonable price point. It's not perfect however. If your primary goal is espresso grind the Encore just doesn't quite cut it. You honestly have to climb into Rocky territory for that. For everything else the Encore works just fine. If you buy a high zoot espresso level grinder later on you can take the Encore to work. You'll be a hero.

(Posted on 8/10/14)

excellent. grind but messy

Review by
4.66666666666675
Value
Quality
Price

The grinder is excellent in every way but one. The catch drawer thing won't stay inside the mill !! It vibrates out and allows the coffee to spill inside the compartment and then all over the counter. I have to stand there and hold it closed or put a piece of tape on it. Luckily I'm only grinding small amounts. That said its a great little grinder in every other way.

(Posted on 8/2/14)

Not made for espresso ?

Review by
2.33333333333335
Value
Quality
Price

I purchased a new Encore a few days ago (July 20) to use for making espresso (Saeco Aroma). Tried to grind my regular (fav) beans that I source from a local roaster (medium / dark roast) for espresso. The Encore would not grind these beans on anything lower than 15 on the dial which is not fine enough for espresso. Basically at any setting lower than 15 the beans just stay in the hopper and don't pass through the grinder. Tried a medium roast beans. No luck. Have tried opening the case and adjusting the down the motor to slowest speed (orange dial turned all the way counter-clockwise). Have adjusted the grind setting to fine. No luck. So basically this grinder is pretty well useless for espresso. I've contacted Baratza support and waiting for a response.

(Posted on 7/29/14)

Great, but where's the timer?

Review by
4.66666666666675
Price
Value
Quality

I bought this to replace a 20 year old Maestro. It works great and gives a very consistent grind. In fact it works just like my old Maestro did before it died. However, they forgot the timer. It is real inconvenient to have to stand there while it grinds. With the Maestro I could set the timer and then do other things until I heard it quit.

(Posted on 6/7/14)

I'm thrilled with this - why did I wait so long to get it?

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

I know I'm a dinosaur but I love my old Pyrex percolater and it wouldn't be the best morning ever without the sound and wonderful smell of my favorite coffee perking away. I also make cold brewed coffee for hot summer days. I had tried a cheaper grinder from a discount store but could never get a coarse enough grind for the percolator or the cold brew, or a fine enough grind for my cafecito. This grinder does it all. I'm in heaven!

I also want to say I had so much fun watching the videos on your site with the lovely, down to earth, ladies. Makes me want to try even more of your products.

(Posted on 6/3/14)

Time is not on our side

Review by
2.33333333333335
Price
Value
Quality

I have used this for primarily drip coffee. It appears that the beans have issue feeding into the Burrs and it takes forever to grind coffee. It is also extremely loud. I have been forced to use a wooden spoon/spatula to "help" the beans feed just to keep from having the grinder run so long that it gets hot. Yesterday while shaking the grinder to help feed the beans, the hopper broke rendering this grinder useless. I am going to inquire if I can just purchase a new hopper so I can sell this and invest in a different grinder. Not happy at all.

(Posted on 5/19/14)

Pleased with it so far.

Review by
4.66666666666675
Value
Quality
Price

I had a hand crank burr grinder and got tired of crankihg so decided to go electric. I read a number of reviews and chose this one due to the reasonable price and that service parts seemed to be available to keep it going for years. This one works perfectly so far and set at 14 makes a perfect pour over cup. I have only used it for a week so will need more time to really evaluate it.

(Posted on 5/19/14)

Great grinder

Review by
4.66666666666675
Value
Quality
Price

Extremely well made. The availability of inexpensive replacement parts from the manufacturer is amazing in today's consumer world.

One negative so far: the coarse grind (french press) is not as consistent as I had hoped, but still much better than any blade grinder.

(Posted on 5/18/14)

Great grinder

Review by
4.66666666666675
Value
Quality
Price

Extremely well made. The availability of inexpensive replacement parts from the manufacturer is amazing in today's consumer world.

One negative so far: the coarse grind (french press) is not as consistent as I had hoped, but still much better than any blade grinder.

(Posted on 5/18/14)

Awesome Grinder!

Review by
4.66666666666675
Price
Value
Quality

I know you can spend more for grinders but this one more than meets my needs. The manufacturer should sell the refurbished ones a lot cheaper.
With the price and discount/ plus free Grindz . SCG was the only place to purchase for me.
The new Encores also have a wing nut on the top for a more consistent grind. Only remove it when you need to give things a good clean.

(Posted on 4/19/14)

great

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

my first burr grinder of any sort. i've only used it a handful of time so far, but no complaints. great machine. quality is excellent for the conical burr grinders in this price range (entry level).

does NOT suffer from the fatal flaws of its nearest competitors:

capresso infinity: static cling problem in receptacle. non-existent in the anti-static receptacle of the Encore!

bodum bistro: 20 second MAX grind time ... are you kidding me? this would kill me and drive me mad.

(Posted on 3/22/14)

Stopped Working after 10 grinds

Review by
15
Price
Value
Quality

I only had this since November, have used it probably less than 10 times and now it's stopped working

(Posted on 3/22/14)

NICE - Research Paid Off!

Review by
55
Quality
Price
Value

The Baratza Encore Ginder is awesome for the money. There are NO grinds around this grinder when you're finished. The smokey grind bin does seem to keep the static to a very minimum and not an issue. And, the chute is short & straight enough that clumping is not an issue, and it's easy to reach the brush up inside to clean it out occasionally. We use it for medium and dark roast coffee beans ground to use in a drip coffee maker.

Previous try was a Capresso Stainless Steel Burr Grinder (#585) bought off a store shelf without doing any research - not smart. Grinds flew out the crevices all over the counter (6" to 8" around the sides and front of the grinder!), static cling in the bin was horrible, and clumping inside the chute was just not fun.

(Posted on 3/3/14)

Exceptional Performance For The Money

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

I've used this grinder for some time now, and I have to say I am very satisfied with its performance. Although a bit noisy, it has provided me with respectable ground espresso, and drip type coffee grinds. I am saving for the higher end grinder for my espresso, but during this time, it has done about as good a job as I could have hoped for. Since this is a "step" grinder, you can't quite micro-adjust the grind the way the higher end grinders allow you to do. Therefore, I can't get quite the fineness, and desired crema, I would like, but it's not bad at all. And again, for the money, I think it does very well. I have recommended this grinder to my family, and friends.

(Posted on 2/22/14)

Does what it was advertised to do.

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

I replaced an old Saeco burr grinder with this one. We use it for the Cafe Silvia by Rancilio. It works great. It is far more convenient to grind directly into the basket than into a hopper. The grind works well, although we are still tinkering with the setting.
All in all a great grinder.

(Posted on 2/16/14)

Great price and a nice first burr grinder!

Review by
55
Value
Quality
Price

This is my first burr grinder so I don't have anything besides an old blade grinder, which should ONLY be used for grinding spices and the like in my opinion! I am using my Encore on a coarser grind setting as I mainly use a french press and occasionally will brew a cup or two in my single serve drip coffeemaker. So far, I am very pleased with the machines performance, albeit the messiness on the countertop afterwards (unfortunately, thats the nature of the beast). I did however find that the grounds stuck to the inside of the grind cup ("anti-static?") which really isn't a deal breaker, but thought I'd mention. I give the Encore a two thumbs up for an entry level or occasional use grinder and if I ever venture into the realm of espresso machines I think i would definitely opt for a high end Baratza grinder.

(Posted on 1/31/14)

Great grinder!

Review by
4.33333333333335
Quality
Price
Value

I use this with Capresso EC Pro and I don't have to calibrate it. When set lower than the 5th, the grind clumps. Also with deep roast roast coffee, it grinds with difficulty in the finer setting maybe because of the coffee bean oils. I use a medium roast and it works well. I'm glad I purchase this grinder.

(Posted on 1/14/14)

Excellent Grinder Value

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

I was not expecting such a good grinder at this price. Anti-static properties of the basket make the machine less messy than others. It is simple to adjust, has a wide range from surprisingly fine to quite coarse. I like the “Rotary” on off switch, error free in the morning fog, turn it either direction and it is on, again either direction and it is off. No timer to set or break, I weigh the beans on a gram scale, throw them in and turn it off when finished. Dump the contents in the pour over, Aeropress or French press and apply hot water as required. Simple, satisfying and repeatable results. My only quip is the cord is stiff which prevents the grinder from being easily pushed back out of the way. –C.

(Posted on 11/28/13)

Good for what we need

Review by
45
Value
Quality
Price

This grinder is a little bit slow and a little "wussy", but we are using it for espresso through a cheap steam Mr. Coffee (or other things if needed). It is fine for most applications and a bit more quiet than our Capresso grinder (which cost $20 less and is solid as a rock). I'd buy this Baratza again, though, because: the spout where the grinds come out is vertical and quite large, so it doesn't plug easily and you can put a portafilter underneath it and turn it on/off at will (side knob or push the button on front and hold it down). It is easy to clean that spout with a large enclosed cleaning brush, so this superior to real cheap burr grinders. And it keeps grinding away consistently, with the grind being plenty fine enough for our uses. It's fairly compact, too.

(Posted on 10/26/13)

Best Bang For The Buck

Review by
55
Value
Quality
Price

Forget the $20.00 Krup grinder, to think for $100.00 plus you can get into the major league, this is it. I have had this for over 1yr. and all I can say is once per month or when you change your 1lb. of java clean it and your good to go!

(Posted on 10/10/13)

Great grinder for the price

Review by
4.33333333333335
Quality
Price
Value

Have been using for a few weeks now, feel that it is a well made home grinder. Easy to use, basically no set-up needed, and produces a consistent grind. My one complaint would be that it's nearly impossible to not spill grinds when you remove the ground coffee bin.

(Posted on 10/8/13)

Don't make this mistake.

Review by
15
Quality
Price
Value

Awful grinder and seized 2 days after I received it. Customer support couldn't fix it and reluctantly sent me a return label. Never again, but I am thrilled with new Breville Smart Grinder, which performs like a charm.

(Posted on 10/5/13)

Slave to the Grind

Review by
55
Value
Quality
Price

The Baratza Encore. The value king of grinders! Want a great grinder at an even greater price? Search no further. I use this with the Saeco Aroma espresso machine and the Technivorm drip coffee maker. This grinder will also work great with a pressurized portifilter. I recalibrated it, with the help of SCG's great videos, to grind even finer for espresso. It puts out a very even, fine grind, that works great in both my machines. It has 40 settings, from fine espresso, to drip, all the way up to French press. It's not a wimpy grinder either. It's got some nice weight to it, and is very well made.

(Posted on 9/13/13)

great grinder

Review by
45
Quality
Price
Value

I just love this grinder .I have had three grinders in the last six months The other two have been just junk .this grinder is so easy to use .There is very little mess . I am very happy with my purchase .

(Posted on 9/3/13)

Very Good!

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

I was looking to upgrade from my Mr. Coffee grinder and I had bought a Technivorm coffee maker I decided it was time to step up my grinder. Being on a budget for one, I looked around at all the stores and for the money this one really caught my eye. I'm only using it for coffee right now at a setting from 12-17 - I'm still playing around with them. You can recalibrate the burrs pretty simple for a finer grind. I'm happy with the my purchase and Seattle Coffee Gear always pleases. Questions? Just call or email them!

(Posted on 8/26/13)

Good value for money

Review by
4.33333333333335
Price
Value
Quality

I have used this for the last year. For a home grinder, it does a v good job.

I modified the grinder to get a more granular grind as the espresso is my drink of choice.
The video in this will show you how:
http://www.squidoo.com/baratza-encore-grinder-review-let-s-spill-the-beans

Overall v happy with it. It's on my sister's gift list for Christmas!

(Posted on 8/9/13)

It works

Review by
4.33333333333335
Price
Value
Quality

All I can say is that after adjusting the grinder for a finer grind range (using the instructions on this web site), I can make good quality espresso. The plastic construction is a bit flimsy and there does seem to be some variation in the grind consistency, but overall it works fine. I also wish that you could see the coffee being ground as it's somewhat hard to judge how long one should grind to fill up an espresso basket.

At its price point, however, there's really no other option.

(Posted on 8/7/13)

Purrs like a kitten.

Review by
45
Price
Value
Quality

Buy this grinder.

(Posted on 7/17/13)

very happy with great grinder

Review by
55
Value
Quality
Price

This grinder far surpassed my expectations for the price. The reason I purchased it was for a consistent espresso grind for my $150 espresso machine (not very fancy). Previously tried blade grinder which was awful. Then got a burr grinder that could not even come close to grinding fine enough. Once I found this grinder for a reasonable price I bought it. The technical support on the Baratza website is amazing. There are a lot of documents on maintenance and recalibration of the fine-course adjustment. This ensured me that even if it was not set to grind fine enough from the factory that I could adjust it myself. That was enough to convince me to purchase. Turned out to be a great purchase. Did not even have to recalibrate. Get a perfect grind every time. The button up front is a bonus to fill your portafilter right from the grinder as well. very convenient. I would definitely recommend this grinder.

(Posted on 6/28/13)

Great Bang for the Buck

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

I was very surprised at how fine this grinder can grind! Its perfect for my Nuova Simonelli "elli mattic" vintage esspresso machine. The hopper came cracked but Seattle Coffee Gear helped me get a brand new one free of shipping and free of charge, and they did it with a great attitude! I will deff consider buying baratza from seattle coffee gear again.

(Posted on 6/11/13)

Excellent entry level burr grinder

Review by
4.66666666666675
Price
Value
Quality

I have a Saeco Syntia superauto, and since both regular and decaf are used on a daily basis, I needed a decent grinder for the decaf that goes into the bypass doser. I found that the fine grind settings work very well for this purpose, it is quiet and quick and does not take up much space on the counter. SCG is my store of choice. Shipping takes a few days cross country but everything is well packed - including bottles of syrup.

(Posted on 6/9/13)

Jury is still out, but looking good

Review by
55
Value
Quality
Price

This is my first burr grinder, purchased to hopefully be an inexpensive match up with my Saeco Aroma and unpressurized portafilter upgrade..

I recalibrated the Baratza and have started experimenting with two "off the shelf" beans (Starbucks Espresso Roast and one of the Whole Foods locally roasted medium roast espressos) to get a feel for what I'm doing before making the leap into better fresher beans. Not surprisingly, I've had mixed results that I believe are primarily due to the quality of the beans.

For both beans, I need to grind at either #8 with a 20 lb tamp or #9 with a 35 lb tamp. The flavor of the Starbucks shots are slightly better than what you pay for at one of their stores and almost identical at those two settings, but the flavor of the Whole Foods shots shows more subtleties using the finer grind. Regardless of grind, there is only a thin layer of crema and so the shots are good but not great.

As soon as I finish running down the stock of beans that I currently have, I'll be purchasing the Lavazza Crema E Aroma and provide an update (other websites indicate that this bean works well with this set up).

The jury is still out, but early indications are that Baratza Encore is going to be just right for me.



(Posted on 6/8/13)

Happy with my new grinder

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

After shopping locally at Bed, Bath Beyond, Executive Chef and Starbucks I decided to shop online and found Seattle Coffee Gear.
The YouTube video of the owner demo'ing the baratza and showing that it can do a decent espresso grind is what sold me.
Keep up the good work with the videos!

silent b
Honolulu, Hi

(Posted on 5/29/13)

Great product wrong calibration.

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

This is a fabulous grinder for the money. It's my first burr grinder and I can already taste the difference. My only complaint is that it comes calibrated for a coarser grind and I had to take it apart to recalibrate it for a finer espresso grind. It seems to me that people would be buying this for brewing espresso and it only seems right that they should calibrate this appropriately out of the box. Thanks to Seattle Coffee Gear for the video on how to do this. I only hope it didn't invalidate my warranty.

(Posted on 5/5/13)

major leap

Review by
4.33333333333335
Price
Value
Quality

I happily retired my capresso blade grinder and made the Baratza my new workhorse for grinding coffee beans. The blade grinder is now used to grind spices. After experimenting with the right grind for my clever coffee dripper, I finally found the setting I like which gave me a cup that has good body and great coffee flavor. For my 12oz coffee dripper, I use #30 setting, 22 grams bean, 12 oz water, brewtime of 4 minutes. No more bitter coffee.

(Posted on 5/4/13)

Good grinder

Review by
45
Price
Value
Quality

I bought the baratza after lots of research, it seemed to be the best entry level grinder for the price out there.

It's a bit heavier than I expected but is very quiet when grinding. I've seen grinders under $100 in action and they don't compare and I think are a waste of money.

Shipping was very quick and nothing was damaged. I highly recommend scg and baratza.

(Posted on 4/29/13)

bang for the buck

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

For the price point this is an excellent grinder.

(Posted on 4/12/13)

best grinder i have ever owned

Review by
4.66666666666675
Quality
Price
Value

Replaced my Delonghi blade burr grinder that i had for 7 years. that grinder was extremely loud, static-y, inconsistent and durable. it almost always produced an off-center, bitter and sour espresso grind and a medium grind that would sometimes clog the paper filter for our drip machine.

This one, however is very very good. a setting of 5 produces a grind that will make my Breville IKON come nearly to a screeching halt. so 6 is perfect. it also produces a shot that isn't sour or bitter like our old grinder. it now tastes better than almost 90% of the espresso stands out here. ( i live in everett, wa). the problem is, though, that it came to us DOA. Baratza's website is what saved this grinder from an RMA. their instructions made me feel like i finally had some control over fixing my equipment instead of having to send my stuff to an authorized repair facility. well done Baratza!

(Posted on 4/8/13)

Awesome grinder

Review by
55
Quality
Price
Value

I received my Encore earlier today and after some baseline testing for espresso (8), siphon (20) and french press (35) I am very pleased with the grind and consistency no matter what brew method I grind for. My only issues so far is it could be easier to see the grind setting in dim light and it grinds a little slower than I am used to (not necessarily a bad thing).

(Posted on 3/13/13)

dark roasts proceed with caution

Review by
3.33333333333335
Quality
Price
Value

I bought this grinder to go along with my Bonavita coffee maker.

In many ways I am content with the grinder... except one: it has trouble grinding darkly roasted oily beans. This is a drag.

I use different roasts and like to change things up, but every time I get a darker roast, the beans seem to skip above the burrs and not feed into them.

On the Baratza website they show you how to adjust the motor to run slower and this helps somewhat. Unfortunately I still find myself slowly putting dark roasts in (not filling up the hopper because it will clog) and poking down into the beans with a chopstick to keep things moving.

Once the beans are ground everything is great for my needs: drip coffee or french press, the grinder is easy to adjust.

If I had known about the dark bean problem, I would have opted for the next level up.

You get what you pay for and this is a decent affordable machine with one annoying weak point... I live with it... this time.

(Posted on 2/25/13)

Espresso Qualified

Review by
4.66666666666675
Quality
Price
Value

I bought this to go with a Gaggia New Baby, but had trouble getting the grind correct for a good shot. Found the video for calibrating and now get shots that are great. The machine gets me a consistent grind that is plenty fine enough. It is a little noisy, but that is to be expected. For the price, this unit works just fine for espresso.

(Posted on 2/21/13)

Excellent price point

Review by
55
Quality
Price
Value

Have been using it for a week and love this grinder. I was surprised at the difference in the quality of the brewed coffee that a good grinder such as this makes. In terms of the value and quality for this price, this can't be beat!

(Posted on 2/18/13)

great fot the $

Review by
4.66666666666675
Quality
Price
Value

I asked SCG if this would a good but relatively inexpensive grinder for the Via Venezia I had bought from them for my vacation house. They recommended it for this machine. I've had it for a week and it works very well. Started with the setting on 8, but it was a bit too slow, so moved to 9 and it is perfect. Wish it had a timer but for the price can't complain. Definitely recommend if you are using the Via Venezia.

(Posted on 1/28/13)

A static mess!

Review by
35
Price
Value
Quality

This is our second Baratza. The first lasted 10 years and we had no issues. This new one, while supposedly an "upgrade", is about twice as loud, and unfortunately, a real mess to use. The static is so bad using the plastic grind cup that we stopped using it. We have to hold the paper filter under the grind chute instead. This eliminates 85% of the mess, but there is still a mess to clean up afterwards from static charged grounds flying around. The hassle factor of not being able to use the cup is the reason for my low rating; that and the NOISE. Man this thing is so loud that we don't grind coffee until the kids are up for fear of waking them! Overall a great machine with a couple of horrible flaws that didn't exist on the previous version. It may go on craigslist soon.

(Posted on 1/16/13)

A lot of bang for the buck

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

I am more than pleased with the level of performance that this grinder has put out. Sure it has plastic housing, but that is not important when the quality of the guts inside exceeds all other burr grinders in its price range and class. I have not re-calibrated this grinder since I got it, so it is still factory calibrated. On factory calibration, I have the grinder set on setting #6 and this produces consistent grind, very fine espresso grind. I have not tried it, but I would bet that if I set this grinder on its finest setting it would choke my espresso machine. You will not find a better machine in this price range. The next machine that produces consistent espresso grind costs around 220 dollars. If you can get past the fact that it does not look overly pretty on your counter top and realize that the quality of the parts(guts) inside the machine, which actually grinds your coffee beans, are high quality, then you will have no problem discarding the idea of purchasing another burr grinder in this price range. Do not waste your money on any other machine in this price range and class.

(Posted on 12/26/12)

Love it!

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

I upgraded from the $50 burr grinder and was shocked by the difference. I knew that it was going to be better, but I wasn't prepared for what a difference it would make. The evenness of the grounds is pretty stellar. (Using a medium-fine grind for aeropress). I was also surprised by how much quieter it is than my prior. It's still loud, but more of a low rumble than a loud whine. My only wish for this would be to have a timer on it, but it wasn't worth the additional price for the next model. All in all couldn't be happier!

(Posted on 12/24/12)

Baratza Encore - can get fine

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

The Baratza Encore (not Encorn ;)) is my first real grinder - certainly a step up from the previous blade type.
The grinder is great.
I was however a bit concerned as I was hoping to do unpressurized espresso (my next purchase) and as I browsed forums and other internet reviews, folks said that it couldn't quite get fine enough.
Well when I tried it out of the box - kinda true.
I then found a calibration Youtube video and when I followed the easy to do calibration I did learn that my grinder was calibrated to the coarsest setting from the factory.
I then recalibrated it to the finer position and that made a big difference.
**Note to this: There are different calibration position you can get to within the 3 provided positions and after a couple of resets, I actually ground beans to almost a powder - fine enough that I actually made a decent Turkish coffee.
Bottom line: the Encore although doesn't have the fine tuning capabilities or the advanced burr set of the higher price models, will still get you a fine consistent grind for just about any type of coffee that you want to enjoy.

(Posted on 12/11/12)

highly recommend

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

The Baratza Encore is my first "real" quality burr grinder. It is a huge step up from my previous low-quality burr grinder. In a sense I wish I had bought the Encore first before wasting time and money on a cheaper grinder, but then I guess I would not have known how big the difference is when you make the jump to a quality grinder with good consistency like the Encore. I use it mostly in the 8-20 grind setting range, since I don't do much French press anymore. Around setting 8-10 for my de-pressurized Delonghi EC155 espresso machine, and around 20 for pour-over and aeropress.

At first I was a little worried that I might have buyer's remorse since it was a big jump in price for me, but now that I've had it for a little while I can really see the quality difference that I am paying for with this grinder, and it is worth it.

(Posted on 12/10/12)

Got what I needed.

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

I was kind of nervous about buying my first real grinder. After a few months I can confidently say that this thing is performing exactly as expected. Very easy to clean. Even got a couple comments from visitors on how nice it looks.

(Posted on 10/24/12)

Bought on Seattle Coffee Gear Recommendation

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

I made my decision to buy this grinder based on Seattle Coffee Gear's recommendation.
It works fantastic with an Aeropress, and I assume that it works well with other machines as they have stated.
I run the grind on "6" right out of the box, leaving room for it to be a lot more fine if you like.
Absolutely no headaches!!

(Posted on 10/10/12)

Won't be disappointed

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

When you get tired of the uneven grind you get from your little blade grinder, step up to the next level and invest in a burr grinder for great tasting coffee. The Baratza Encore is easy to use, grinds beans to a uniform size and has plenty of settings for whatever brewing method you choose. The price is reasonable for the quality of this grinder. I highly recommend this machine.

(Posted on 10/8/12)

A Definite Must Buy!

Review by
45
Price
Value
Quality

I bought this to replace my entry level Cuisinart burr grinder. I wanted a more consistent grind and low static. I definitely got it! I read many reviews on it and decided to buy it. Because of the design there will be coffee that can fall down after the container is removed. I tap the machine before removing the container and only a minimal amount of grinds fall out. I take the whole machine and brush the "leftovers" into the sink. Cleanup is easy. I just rinse the container out and dry it. Let it air dry for a short time before putting it back in the grinder.I find the grind to be consistent and compliments my fresh home roasted beans as well as my Bunn trifecta MB. Don't own an espresso machine so I haven't tried that grind setting.

(Posted on 9/17/12)

Rate by the price

Review by
55
Value
Quality
Price

Given the price, this is an excellent grinder. Yes, there are more expensive grinders that do a better espresso, but this is close and much less expensive. Note I did not say cheap. This does as well as some more expensive machines though it may not satisfy someone who wants extremely fine grinds. From 0 to 40, I run mine at 5 and get a great tasting espresso.

(Posted on 9/5/12)

GET IT!

Review by
55
Quality
Price
Value

Checked reviews and looked at all machines up to $400. I only do espresso grind. For $129 shipped this machine rocks. I honestly feel that this machine is all that 95% of coffee consumers will need. Excellent quality, quiet, powerful, perfect size, 40 grind settings and Baratza USA warranty and service. SCG also was super responsive and Faaast shipping. It is a no-brainer.

(Posted on 8/1/12)

Excellent, with minor flaws.

Review by
45
Price
Value
Quality

I owned a previous model of this grinder for 10 years before it let go. They are very durable, quality made grinders. This one has added a rubber ring inside the hopper to keep chafe and ground coffee from getting in the nooks and crannies around the burrs, which eventually leads to no good. So this is a plus. I was surprised that this grinder is louder than my last, as I was hoping for the opposite. Maybe not much louder, but a slightly higher pitch that is kind of annoying. The old one was lower pitched and grrrrrr sounding, where this one is more of a reeeee sound at a higher pitch. Make sense? Also, my only other gripe is the static electricity! Jeez what a mess when all the grounds do not come out of the machine due to static, and then they don't all come out of the cup either when you pour it into the filter basket. Oh well, it will probably get better over time. Great grinder, would buy again for sure.

(Posted on 7/15/12)

does what it says it does

Review by
3.33333333333335
Price
Value
Quality

We were using a $90 burr grinder before we bought the Saeco Aroma. The grinder could not grind fine enough for the Aroma even on its finest setting. SCG recommended the Encore as sufficient given the Aroma uses a pressurized portafilter. We are using the Encore on the 2nd finest setting (out of 40). Not much more room for a finer grind! The Encore is quiet and the grind appears uniform. We are not (yet) espresso nerds so the system we have is good enough for the time being. I would like to taste espresso from a higher quality machine and grinder to compare.

(Posted on 7/6/12)

Espresso Taste on a Beer Budget

Review by
55
Price
Value
Quality

In the last year I've become OBSESSED with espresso shots but can't afford the champagne prices of machine, grinder, etc.; so, I've been doing a lot of research to try to acquire skill, machine, coffee bean, grind, tamp, temperature etc. and with the help of Seattle Coffee Gear videos on Youtube, I'm improving! Recently, after purchasing a Hario mini mill hand grinder, I've been getting those espresso shots with great crema and taste but it's exhausting grinding all the time and when friends come over and want espressos, the grinding becomes embarrassing. So after Gail's review, I purchased the Baratza Encore Grinder and combined with my Starbucks Barista SIN006 (unpressurized portafilter) and a good coffee bean, I am able to produce professional coffeehouse quality espresso....ahhhh, it's so nice to finally get it :)

(Posted on 6/25/12)

excellent grinder

Review by
55
Quality
Value
Price

This is our first "real" grinder, having several other cheap burr grinders in the past. I'm amazed at how smooth this grinder sounds and how well it grinds. My wife and I make 2-3 espresso drinks per day and have loved grinding fresh beans for each drink. I debated whether or not to make this purchase when I bought our espresso machine, and have no regrets that I did. Worth every penny.

Pros:
Quiet, Easy To Use

Cons:

(Posted on 5/29/12)

Baratsa Encore Grinder

Review by
45
Quality
Value
Price

This is my first burr grinder. It's great! Quiet, reasonably priced and very easy to use. Love it. I've used Krupps blade grinder for many years, so of course this is a vast improvement. Looks good on my counter next to my Saeco Aroma expresso maker. Doesn't take up too much space.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Great Taste, Simple to operate, Reasonably priced, Easy To Clean

Cons:
None

(Posted on 5/23/12)

Excellent starter grinder

Review by
55
Quality
Value
Price

After watching their youtube review, I decided to take a chance on my first real burr grinder. I have been using a friend's Baratza Maestro plus for over a year, so I was comfortable with the price and quality, as well as the usability. The Encore is just as good as, if not a little better than the Maestro Plus. Although the grind doesn't get quite as fine as Kat & Gail were able to in the video, it almost chokes out my Starbucks Barista with an upressurized portafilter and a nice hard tamp on the lowest setting. After trying out some different roasts, I may recalibrate the grinder to get a few clicks finer.

Amazing purchase overall, great packaging, fast shipping, will definitely be doing business with SCG for years to come.

Pros:
Quiet, Easy To Use, PRICE, Great Taste

Cons:

(Posted on 5/15/12)

great coffee grinder without spending a

Review by
45
Quality
Value
Price

i make espresso 2 or 3 times a day i dont grind lot of coffee at one time instead i grind just enough for 2 espresso

Pros:
Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

Cons:

(Posted on 5/8/12)

Good size control, easy to use

Review by
45
Quality
Value
Price

Used for medium grind french press and fairly fine grind aero press. I haven't tried a very fine grind espresso.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Quiet, Anti static works well, Easy To Clean

Cons:

(Posted on 5/1/12)

Excellent grinder for the price

Review by
55
Quality
Value
Price

I bought an Encore after almost settling on a Maestro Plus (its predecessor) as an entry-level grinder. The Encore supposedly has an upgraded gear box and new burrs (which actually look similar to the burrs from the much pricier Preciso).

I use it primarily for French press and Aeropress coffee, but this grinder also seems capable of grinding fine enough for espresso. Its grind range is fantastic for manual brew methods and French press--it really does go from espresso fine to very coarse. The grind is also surprisingly consistent across the range, and I get very little "fines" in my coarse grind for French press.

Note that because of this wide grind range, the 40 grind steps may not be enough for espresso drinkers who want to precisely dial in a grind.

The Encore is very easy to clean and doesn't look like it will easily clog. I do sometimes have a small amount of grounds stuck in the chute due to static, but a quick shake gets them out (and from what I have read, the Encore retains less grounds than other grinders in this price range). I believe the grounds bin is made of anti-static plastic, which means the grounds don't stick to its walls.

Overall, I think this is currently without a doubt the best grinder in this price range.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Good price value, Easy To Clean, Quiet, Good grind range

Cons:

(Posted on 4/15/12)

Great, affordable grinder.

Review by
45
Quality
Value
Price

I've been looking to get the Virtuoso for some time now, and finally earmarked the money. When I got to the store and got to see this thing, I decided to give it a whirl. So far I'm impressed. The burrs appear to be the same at in the 586 (casual examination, not able to do a side by side.)

The grind is consistent, very easy to adjust, and perfect for my use every morning when I brew a pot of coffee in a Chemex pot. In fact the toggle switch over the timer was a big plus to me, since I weigh my coffee every morning before I grind it. This way the grinder isn't running while it's waiting for the timer, despite being out of grinds.

Only complaint is something that all electric grinders have and that's a bit of grind spray when you remove the grinds container. It's just a fact of life with these.

All told, I've very satisfied with this grinder, and do highly recommend it if you want a good burr grinder for drip coffee, without spending more money for the more attractive stainless steel older brother.

Pros:
Easy To Use, Great Taste

Cons:
Messy

(Posted on 4/10/12)

Write Your Own Review

You're reviewing: Baratza Encore Grinder

  •  
    1 star
    2 stars
    3 stars
    4 stars
    5 stars
    Price
    Value
    Quality

* Required Fields

You may also be interested in the following product(s)

  • concept-art Black Grinder Brush

    concept-art Black Grinder Brush

    $7.99
  • Grindz Burr Grinder Cleaner

    Grindz Burr Grinder Cleaner

    $6.95
  • Baratza Bean Hopper Extension

    Baratza Bean Hopper Extension

    $10.00