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Product Description

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

Additional Information

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

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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
A shopper on Jul 20, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Andi B on Jul 23, 2013
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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!
Nickw on Oct 12, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Scott G on Oct 15, 2013
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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.
Anthony R on Jan 24, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Colman S on Jan 29, 2013
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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.
A shopper on Mar 15, 2014
Best Answer: 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".
Reply · Report · Grady on Mar 17, 2014
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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
Nina O on Mar 20, 2013
Best Answer: 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!
Reply · Report · Brian L on Mar 21, 2013
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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?
A shopper on Feb 19, 2013
Best Answer: 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
Reply · Report · KCat K on Feb 19, 2013
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Will this grinder work well with the Chemex?I like a fine grind and a stout brew.

Bob
Bob C on Dec 14, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · John C on Dec 16, 2013
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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?
Marty M on Oct 24, 2012
Best Answer: 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
Reply · Report · John F on Oct 30, 2012
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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
Andi B on Jan 1, 2014
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Karl N on Jan 2, 2014
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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?
kathy h on Jun 25, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Shannon M on Jun 25, 2013
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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?
Barrett Hall on Sep 1, 2013
Best Answer: 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!
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What setting should I use for french press? Which Is best? 26?
Barrett Hall on Aug 13, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Elias B on Aug 13, 2013
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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?
Andi B on Jul 17, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Doug R on Jul 17, 2013
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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
A shopper on Jul 28, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Linda R on Jul 29, 2013
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Without calibrating the grinder, what setting Is best for Auto-Drip? I use light roast coffee beans by the way.
Barrett Hall on Jul 12, 2013
Best Answer: 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
Reply · Report · Gary B on Jul 15, 2013
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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
Robert B on Feb 3, 2013
Best Answer: 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
Reply · Report · peter g on Feb 5, 2013
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What grind would you recommend for the bonavita with brown #4filters?
A shopper on Dec 8, 2014
Best Answer: We would recommend starting somewhere around a 20-25, then adjusting your dosing and fineness/coarseness to suit your desired flavor. This will vary depending on your beans too, so you will definitely want to experiment!
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 9, 2014
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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.
DeAngelo C on Jan 22, 2014
Best Answer: 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
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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.
KCat K on Jul 19, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply · Report · Walter O on Jul 30, 2013
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Would this be an appropriate grinder for a Ponte Vecchio expresso machine, i.e., would it be able to grind beans at the required level for the Ponte Vecchio?

Thank you,
Eeeek on Dec 28, 2014
Best Answer: I don't know the Ponte Vecchio. I am using very dark roast from a local custom roaster. I have found the beans are often so oily that they stick in the base of the hopper and don't drop. I either: poke at them with a wooden chop stick, trying not to push it down into the grinding mechanism; or I mix in medium dark roast with the super dark. Both techniques work. A slight inconvenience. I have not used other grinders. Otherwise it works great. Clean it once a month.
Reply · Report · David H on Jan 1, 2015
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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
Robert on Oct 20, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
Reply (1) · Report · Colman S on Oct 22, 2013
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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!
Dan A on Jul 14, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
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I can't find my original question? (Trying to get the right grind...) this is a reply to your answer. I think im starting to hit a sweet spot with this machine. While i do prefer a lighter roast, I did use a darker roast than i started with and find that with 80 grams at a 24 grind (Baratza Encore) it brews a pretty darn good cup of coffee. I start with the basket closed for 30 seconds, open it all the way and the go half once most of what's in the filter from the initial bloom has gone through so as not to overflow the basket. Really good and well liked by the whole office. Thanks!
Seth O on Aug 11, 2015
Baratza Encore Grinder
Baratza Encore Grinder
Technivorm Moccamaster Grand Coffee Brewer CD - Polished Silver
Technivorm Moccamaster Grand Coffee Brewer CD - Polished Silver
Best Answer: Glad you're enjoying your coffee!
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Aug 11, 2015
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Does the Baratza Encore grind finely enough for a Gaggia Old White Coffee? Also, does it come with the plastic portafilter holder or is that only available as an accessory?
A shopper on Jun 4, 2015
Best Answer: The Baratza Encore does not go fine enough for espresso. The plastic portafilter holder is only available as an accessory
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Aug 3, 2015
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What is the best way to clear a clog in the coffee chute? I think a pipe cleaner will work, but I'm wondering if there is an even better suited tool than that. Any recommendations?
Batman on May 28, 2015
Best Answer: A pipe cleaner would work. I also suggest checking on www.baratza.com as they have some great troubleshooting tips!
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Jun 17, 2015
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On the quick set up card that came with the grinder Step 3 says to set up the grinder by rotating the hopper to your desired setting also indicating that these are starting points and you will need to dial in the grind to your preferences. Step 4 in bold indicates Any grind adjustment to the grind setting should be made while grinding beans.
Which is it? Rotate the hopper when the machine is stopped or running?
David H on Mar 25, 2015
Best Answer: For your first time using the machine, rotate your hopper to your desired setting while it is stopped. Once you have introduced beans into your grinder, you can adjust the grind to a COARSER setting while it is stopped, but if you are ever wanting to go down to a FINER setting, then you'll need to so while the grinder is grinding to prevent a clog from happening.
Reply · Report · Randee SStaff on Mar 31, 2015
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Is their a difference in quality/reliability/gear box between the Encore and Virtuoso? I'm buying only for drip coffee (Melita #4 paper filter), so Espresso fineness doesn't matter to me. I don't want to step up to the Virtuoso if if all it gets me is more grind settings. I would do it if the machine is built better however.
A shopper on Jan 31, 2015
Baratza Encore Grinder
Baratza Encore Grinder
Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
Best Answer: You can expect about the same lifespan from either machine of about 3-5 years if you properly maintain it. The biggest differences between the two will be in their range and number of settings - the Virtuoso can go finer, but also in the Virtuoso's consistency in that finer range, as the pieces will be uniform when you get to that finer espresso range. If you will only be using the grinder for pour overs, then the Encore will probably do just fine for you, but if you think you might want to brew for other methods sometimes too, like french press on the coarse end or espresso on the fine end, the the Virtuoso is the better grinder for your needs.
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is the baratza encore a burr grinders?
A shopper on Jan 6, 2015
Best Answer: Yes it is. It has a nice range and consistency that can handle from a coarse drip setting to a coarse espresso setting, so it works well if you're doing drip, pour over, or even espresso if you're only using a pressurized portafilter or basket.
Reply · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Jan 6, 2015
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I see many ads for the Encore grinder. About half identify the product as the Baratza Encore, but the other half say Baratza Encore 485. Usually, when offered at a lower price, it's always the 485. Are there two different models of the Encore? If so, what's the difference?

Pat
Victor C on Dec 13, 2014
Best Answer: I don't believe that there are two models. The Encore is the 485 model number, but most simply refer to it as the Encore. If you have further questions, you might try Baratza directly: 877-701-2021.
Reply (1) · Report · Stephanie AStaff on Dec 15, 2014
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I would like to use this grinder for both AeroPress & French Press.
Is this a good choice for those 2 grind sizes?
Would the Encore also be an adequate choice.
Thanks
A shopper on Nov 10, 2014
Baratza Encore Grinder
Baratza Encore Grinder
Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
Baratza Virtuoso Burr Espresso Grinder V2
Best Answer: Yes, you could use either the Baratza Encore or Virtuoso for Aeropress and French Press grinding, but the Virtuoso gets slightly finer, while the range of the Encore is slightly coarser. If you're not planning on grinding for espresso, I would go with the Encore.
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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.
Esther Lee on May 9, 2014
Best Answer: This grinder is rated only for 110V, so I would not recommend using the Baratza Encore in Korea on a 220V system.
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I tried to avoid all products made from China. Is this assembled there or made there?
A shopper on Nov 29, 2013
Best Answer: The Baratza Encore is made in Taiwan.
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where is the grinder made?
A shopper on Nov 18, 2013
Best Answer: This Baratza Encore grinder is made in Taiwan.
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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
A shopper on Jul 29, 2013
Best Answer: 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.
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Is the Baratza Encore grinder suitable for using with a Bialetti stove-top coffee maker?
A shopper on Jul 18, 2012
Best Answer: Yes, you can certainly use the Baratza Encore for your stovetop espresso machine.
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Resources

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

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How-To: Recalibrating the Baratza Encore

Reviews

Awful!Review by Chip
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Noisy and messy. Takes longer to clean up the kitchen after grinding the coffee beans than it does to make the coffee. (Posted on 3/26/2015)
Solid, but a little messyReview by Kurt
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Can't see anything better for the home brewer, especially if pulling shots is not the first priority. (Posted on 3/9/2015)
Excellent GrinderReview by LRoylance
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We had a Solis that I had replaced the grinder/gear and white spinner thing on, that lasted a long time... it died or was really on life support. Did my research and watched the videos here on SCG and bought the Baratza Encore Grinder.

We have an Aroma espresso maker and this is a perfect match. There are more and less expensive grinders, I needed to simply match the grinder to the maker. Yes I could have bought the next one up and on a good day maybe tasted the difference.

The Baratza Encore Grinder is so much better than the Solis, we are very pleased. Buy it, use it and if it lasts half as long as our old Solis did I will be really happy. (Posted on 2/12/2015)
Performs consistently great job without a messReview by shoefreak
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Forget the messy grind/brew combo. You need to get this grinder and then a separate brewer if you want no mess and consistently ground coffee. It is a terrific product. (Posted on 1/26/2015)
Quiet and sturdyReview by Spinner
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I have used the Encore for a week now. I grind for a drip coffee maker. The grinder is quiet compared to a Breville I use at another location (I think it runs at a lower RPM). It replaced a Capresso flat burr grinder that really wasn't producing an acceptable grind. The Encore grind is very uniform. If you want a quality and sturdy grinder for what I consider a reasonable price, this one may be for you. The Breville has nice features, but costs quite a bit more. (Posted on 12/4/2014)
I am very satisfied.Review by Thomas
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I do not have an issue with "mess" or "static" at all, as I have read in some of the reviews. The Encore works quite well on grind setting #11 for my Aeropress. It Will grind fine enough for espresso, however, it is slow to "feed" on a setting of #8 or less. For me the standard hopper is large enough, as I grind fresh each brew and I do not store beans in the hopper. ( I have my Airscape for that ). I would recommend this to a friend. (Posted on 11/26/2014)
excellent grind Review by Jason R
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Purchased this grinder as a recommendation from a friend that is quite the coffee snob. I do love a great cup of coffee and this grinder is perfect. Easy to clean. It is a bit loud, but not owning a grinder previously no comparison just an observation.

Love the taste of fresh ground coffee, do not know why I stayed with pre-ground coffee for so long. Much better taste, now getting into all kinds of different coffee... (the beginnings of a coffee snob :) :)
(Posted on 11/15/2014)
Bravo for BaratzaReview by Julie
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I had an old grinder I purchased probably 10 years ago that I was still using today. While Baratza Encore is considered an "entry level" grinder, it is FAR superior to my old grinder and I just love it. I purchased the hopper extender and that is a real bonus because the regular hopper is small.

Be aware that (unlike my old grinder where I could set the time for how long it would grind) this grinder just turns on and off. There is no way to crank the dial for it to grind a certain amount of coffee or for a certain amount of time. That has taken a little getting used to and the lack of that ability is probably one of the reasons it is considered "entry" level but the end result, the whole reason to buy a grinder is the quality of the grind and the grind of the coffee on this machine is wonderful. A little more on the flaked side than a grinding, but then again, I'm exclusively 100% pourover in my house. I have a coffee maker and an espresso machine SOMEWHERE in the house but only God knows where they are.

Bottom line: I personally don't need a super fancy grinder, especially since I only do pourover, so I'm not worried about pulling shots and the how the grind of the bean affects the shot so I think this is a GREAT machine for me. Do splurge and get the hopper extender, you will be really happy you did. (Posted on 11/13/2014)
good value for the priceReview by cj
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Does fine grind and is easy to clean (Posted on 10/26/2014)
Happy to have it !Review by Maureen
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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 9/15/2014)
ExcellantReview by Spider
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Very pleased with grinder and the service at the local dealer . Thank You (Posted on 8/20/2014)
Perfect entry levelReview by Glenn
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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 8/10/2014)
excellent. grind but messyReview by kilosam
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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 8/2/2014)
Not made for espresso ?Review by Daniel John
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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 7/29/2014)
Great, but where's the timer?Review by Two Sheds
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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 6/7/2014)
I'm thrilled with this - why did I wait so long to get it?Review by VS
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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 6/3/2014)
Time is not on our sideReview by Brady
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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 5/19/2014)
Pleased with it so far.Review by Rik
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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 5/19/2014)
Great grinderReview by MBP
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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 5/18/2014)
Great grinderReview by MBP
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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 5/18/2014)
Awesome Grinder!Review by cofetym
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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 4/19/2014)
greatReview by rdi
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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 3/22/2014)
Stopped Working after 10 grindsReview by Ken
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I only had this since November, have used it probably less than 10 times and now it's stopped working (Posted on 3/22/2014)
NICE - Research Paid Off!Review by desertvisitor
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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 3/3/2014)
Exceptional Performance For The MoneyReview by coffeehead01
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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 2/22/2014)
Does what it was advertised to do. Review by Chas
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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 2/16/2014)
Great price and a nice first burr grinder!Review by Sherrie
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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 2/1/2014)
Great grinder!Review by Minerva
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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 1/14/2014)
Excellent Grinder ValueReview by Chuck
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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 11/28/2013)
Good for what we needReview by Pam
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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 10/26/2013)
Best Bang For The BuckReview by robert
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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 10/10/2013)
Great grinder for the priceReview by Kevin
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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 10/8/2013)
Don't make this mistake.Review by Terry
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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 10/5/2013)
Slave to the GrindReview by Brian M
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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 9/13/2013)
great grinderReview by Nancy
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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 9/3/2013)
Very Good!Review by Edward W
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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 8/26/2013)
Good value for moneyReview by Matthew
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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 8/9/2013)
It worksReview by jcw
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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 8/7/2013)
Purrs like a kitten.Review by Genius
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Buy this grinder. (Posted on 7/17/2013)
very happy with great grinderReview by Eddie
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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 6/28/2013)
Great Bang for the BuckReview by bforehand
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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 6/11/2013)
Excellent entry level burr grinderReview by Nana Linda
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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 6/9/2013)
Jury is still out, but looking goodReview by DanFromRioRancho
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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 6/8/2013)
Happy with my new grinderReview by silent b
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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 5/29/2013)
Great product wrong calibration. Review by Blbogue
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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 5/5/2013)
major leapReview by claire
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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 5/4/2013)
Good grinderReview by mark
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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 4/29/2013)
bang for the buckReview by psdavi01
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For the price point this is an excellent grinder. (Posted on 4/12/2013)
best grinder i have ever ownedReview by mattio79
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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 4/8/2013)
Awesome grinderReview by chucku
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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 3/13/2013)
dark roasts proceed with cautionReview by Baltimore Buzz
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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 2/25/2013)
Espresso QualifiedReview by Matt
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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 2/21/2013)
Excellent price pointReview by Larry
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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 2/18/2013)
great fot the $Review by Sharon S
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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 1/28/2013)
A static mess!Review by Ron
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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 1/16/2013)
A lot of bang for the buckReview by Chris1986
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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 12/26/2012)
Love it!Review by Eli
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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 12/24/2012)
Baratza Encore - can get fineReview by cdrross
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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 12/11/2012)
highly recommendReview by Benjamin
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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 12/10/2012)
Got what I needed.Review by RyanJ
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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 10/24/2012)
Bought on Seattle Coffee Gear RecommendationReview by New Barista
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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 10/10/2012)
Won't be disappointedReview by Beck-O
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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 10/8/2012)
A Definite Must Buy!Review by Col
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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 9/17/2012)
Rate by the priceReview by Clint
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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 9/5/2012)
GET IT!Review by PDXxprso
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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 8/1/2012)
Excellent, with minor flaws.Review by Cuppa Joe
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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 7/15/2012)
does what it says it doesReview by taste of minnesota
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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 7/6/2012)
Espresso Taste on a Beer BudgetReview by Snow
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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 6/25/2012)
excellent grinderReview by happycamper
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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.

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Quiet, Easy To Use

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(Posted on 5/29/2012)
Baratsa Encore GrinderReview by Judy The Fluting Bikerider
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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.

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

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None (Posted on 5/23/2012)
Excellent starter grinderReview by Freaky Friday
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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.

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Quiet, Easy To Use, PRICE, Great Taste

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(Posted on 5/15/2012)
great coffee grinder without spending aReview by me and espresso
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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

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 5/8/2012)
Good size control, easy to useReview by GJM
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Used for medium grind french press and fairly fine grind aero press. I haven't tried a very fine grind espresso.

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

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(Posted on 5/1/2012)
Excellent grinder for the priceReview by Jerry the Race Car Driver
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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.

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

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(Posted on 4/15/2012)
Great, affordable grinder.Review by Robin
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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.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste

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Messy (Posted on 4/10/2012)

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