Named best commercial product at SCAA 2013, the Baratza Forte AP Grinder deftly transitions from coarser drip grinds to fine espresso grinds with precision. The Forte AP offers an upgraded motor with 70% more power and an improved touch screen display, all housed in a sleek metal case. And, with 10 macro settings and 26 micro settings, the Forte ensures you can dial in even the most finicky of shots.
This commercial grade machine is perfect for the coffee enthusiast or cafe that can't commit to just one prep. From espresso to pour overs, with the option to grind into a container or use the portaholder, the Forte AP has all your caffeine desires covered.
Features & Functionality of the Baratza Forte AP All Purpose Grinder
- 54mm Ceramic Flat Burrs: These burrs are built to last. Ceramic burrs have a longer shelf life than metal burrs and prevent heat transfer, which can damage a bean's flavor profile.
- Weight Based Dosing: Set the weight of your desired ground coffee to more or less than 0.2g and the Forte AP will weigh the ground coffee while grinding, then stop automatically when it reaches your desired weight.
- Backlit Screen: The touch LCD display is easy to read and intuitive to program.
- Programming: Features three, user-programmable settings based on weight (+/- .1 gram) or time (+/- .1 sec).
- Strong and Silent Motor: The high-torque motor is 70% more powerful than the Vario's while rotating more slowly to prevent heat transfer to the grounds. The circuitry is equipped with an automatic reset thermal switch.
- Portafilter Holder: This model comes equipped with a portafilter holder for hands free grinding. The Forte AP also includes an 8 oz grounds bin.
|Ease of Care and Maintenance||3|
|Ease of Use||3|
|Overall Value for the Money||4|
|How Does it Compare?||The Forte is Baratza's beefiest grinder to date - 230 programmable settings, built-in dosing by weight or time, and an improved hopper make it a smart choice for cafes and discerning home users. Available with flat steel or ceramic burrs.|
|Tips and Tricks||When cleaning the Forte Grinder, we do not recommend turing this grinder upside down to knock out loose grinds. Turning the Forte grinder upside down may upset the calibration, resulting in a broken grinder.|
|Suitable Applications||Coffee Press, Drip Coffee, Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over|
|Model Number||Forte - Ceramic Burr|
|Height||14.2 inches with hopper|
|Product Weight (lbs.)||13.0000|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel/Plastic|
|Bean Hopper Capacity||10 oz.|
|Dosing Options||Programmable Dosing Functionality|
|Grinder Style||Burr - Flat Ceramic|
|Burr Diameter||54 mm|
|Timer or On/Off Switch||Both Timer & On/Off Switch|
|Material||Metal and Plastic|
Ask a Question
I'm guessing that the AP model would best fit my needs if I want to go from course to espresso grinds but at almost $900 it is a heck of a lot of money to spend. However, if it's the best and will last me my lifetime, maybe it's worth it?
The adjustments are very good, but the levers move sort of hard. Sometimes, you overshoot and have to work at it to get to just the right point.
We use the tared container to grind a set weight for morning drip coffee. Very easy and much less messy than other grinders we've had.
For espresso, we use the portafilter holder. This works nicely.
NOTE: when you clean the burrs, DO NOT INVERT THE GRINDER! This puts things severely out of alignment. Instead, vacuum out the top chamber after removing the top burr.
Baratza support is very friendly and willing to help. They are still developing how to's for this grinder.
If you're looking for the most consistency from your shots, certainly declumping will improve that, but just keep in mind that if you choose to declump, you may have to adjust your grind fineness to suit the timing/flavor that you're looking for. If you'd like to see our test on declumping in action, here's a fun video for you: http://blog.seattlecoffeegear.com/2011/03/02/clump-testing-on-the-rancilio-rocky/ Hope this helps!
Doesn't your portafilter stay in its holder? I do not have to hold mine. You can adjust the fit of the arms via the screw on the backside of the portafilter holder module.
I just put the palm of one hand on the hopper lid and adjust lever with the other hand. But the macro side never seems to need to be changed for espresso on mine. All the variations for different varieties and differing freshness are handled by the micro side.
But what about if compared to the Baratza forte AP?
I am interested for the ceramic burs on forte & all of those futures..
But, I am searching for high end usage for home & 100% on espresso drink only.. & I dont want to do any more grinder upgrade, So I want to have a last long grinder..
What do you recommend for me? this grinder? or Baratza Forte will be best for me?
Really, I think it will be about how you'd like to use it, both will be lasting you a long time, and are pretty easy to maintain.
Is this product only works with 110V? , I live in another country where 220V voltage is the standart. I could not find this here and I will be on a business trip soon to Seattle.
Warranty Information for the Baratza Forte AP All Purpose Grinder
|What it Covers:||
|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 Forte AP All Purpose 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.
- none betterReview by rcpmac
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- Good Espresso GrindReview by Matt
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The only negative is the portafilter holder isn't fully adjustable and while it does hold the porta-filter that came with the Breville... it isn't tight and I usually don't let it go while grinding into the portafilter. Anyway this is the only way I grind... right into the portafilter and right before I brew espresso. So for me it doesn't really make a difference - those 6 seconds can be used to fill my espresso cup with hot water to preheat... or just spent smelling the freshly ground beans. (Posted on 1/13/2015)
- Horrible experienceReview by Mark J.
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- Well built, versatile, quiet, and attractiveReview by Marty
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For drip, I love the by-weight grinding feature: when I change beans, I don't have to guess how long to grind to get the right amount. I was expecting it to be gimmicky but it's actually awesome! And it does it FAST - enough for a full pot on my Technivorm takes less than 20 seconds. Lastly, the machine is very heavy and seems extremely well built - heavy duty belt drive motor, etc. I highly recommend the Forte, if you're willing to shell out the cash. You won't regret it. (Posted on 2/22/2014)