Baratza Forte BG Brew Grinder - Metal Burr


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  • – Stepped Macro- and Micro-adjustments
  • – Flat Steel Burrs
  • – Weight- or Time-based Dosing
  • – Metal Case
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Have a passion for pour over? The Forte BG Brew Grinder is Baratza's latest addition to its grinder line-up, specially crafted for multiple prep methods! Named best commercial product at SCAA 2013, the Forte BG is a commercial flat burr grinder dedicated to perfecting medium to coarse grinds.

A sleek metal casing houses 54mm flat steel burrs, a high-torque DC motor, and precision weight control. Designed with commercial brew bars in mind, the Forte BG packs a ton of functionality into a tiny footprint. Line up multiples on your brew bar for a grinding power house or bring one home to take your pour over to a whole new level.

Features and Functionality

  • 54mm Flat Steel Burrs - These burrs produce accurate grinding and high throughput for medium to coarse grinds.
  • Weight-Based - Set the weight of your desired ground coffee to more or less than 0.2g and the Forte BG will weigh the ground coffee while grinding, then stop automatically when it reaches your desired weight.
  • Digital Display - A backlit LCD touch screen is intuitive and easy to read, allowing you to dose by real-weight or by time.
  • Integrated Stopper Hopper - A newly designed removable hopper can prevent beans from falling down the grinder chute, making switching beans a snap. Features 30% larger capacity than other Baratza hoppers at 10.5 oz.
  • Programmability - Program three buttons with desired weights ( +/- .1 gram) or by time ( +/- .1 sec).
  • Removable Burrs - Use the included cast zinc tool to remove burrs for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Powerful Motor - The new high-torque motor has 70% more power than the current Vario model and grinds twice as long.
  • Commercial-Grade Juice - A new DC motor with 70% more power than the Vario-W stands up to the toughest commercial environments.
  • Stopper Hopper Standard - Swap out beans seamlessly and with no mess using the removable hopper. Add extensions to attain your desired hopper volume.
  • Zinc Burr Removal Tool - This high quality tool makes quick work of burr removal for regular maintenance.
  • Too Much Goodness - A score of grinding options can equal frustration when changing grinds for a new batch of beans.
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, Fine Drip / Pour Over


Manufacturer Baratza
Width 5.5 inches
Depth 5.0 inches
Height 14.2 inches with hopper
Product Weight (lbs.) 13.0000
Watts 240W
Volts 110V
RPM of Burrs 1950
Case Material Stainless Steel/Plastic
NSF Certified No
Bean Hopper Capacity 10.5 oz.
Dosing Options Programmable Dosing Functionality
Grinder Style Burr - Flat Steel
Burr Diameter 54 mm
Anti-Static Coating Yes
Timer or On/Off Switch Both Timer & On/Off Switch
Material Metal and Plastic


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Is this a good grinder for making expresso's?
A shopper on Dec 23, 2016
Best Answer: The Forte AP would be a better choice!

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Jan 15, 2017
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Why is the BG more expensive than the AP if it is does less?
Jauna D on Feb 17, 2016
Best Answer: I would look at this grinder as more of a specialty tool. If what you mainly do is pour-over, then it excels at that. I get an extremely uniform grind for Hario V60 or Kalita Wave filters. That said, it can grind pretty finely as well. If you have an espresso machine and you're looking for a grinder to match, I think you could be better served by another Baratza grinder. That said, if your main focus is pour-over, this is it. Look no further
Reply · Report · Vincent H on Feb 18, 2016
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is there a hopper extension for the baratza forte bg?
cafebrio on Oct 13, 2015
Best Answer: No
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Nov 6, 2015
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Can the portafilter holder be put into this if bought separately? Also, are there replacement burrs available?
iris n on Oct 10, 2015
Best Answer: The Forte comes with both the closed container and the portaholder, so you can switch between depending on what you need to grind for! Replacement burrs can be found at
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Oct 10, 2015
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What's included in standart Forte BG bundle?
Does it have Grindz and ceramic burrs along with steel burrs?
Oleksandr D on Sep 19, 2014
Best Answer: We are currently offering a box of Grindz with the Forte, but our marketing team does change this from time to time. The Baratza Forte BG has steel burrs and does not offer ceramic burrs. If you are looking for ceramic burrs then the Forte AP would be the grinder to chose, and unfortunately the burrs between the AP and BG are not interchangeable.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Sep 19, 2014
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Baratza brochure says it could be use on 230V walll socket as well. Can you confirm that?
Oleksandr D on Aug 23, 2014
Best Answer: We only stock the Baratza Forte in 110V, so you may need to contact Baratza directly at for a 230V version.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Aug 25, 2014
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How long would this last in a home setting? Is a replacement touchscreen available?
A shopper on Jul 24, 2014
Best Answer: There is not a particular timeframe that I can say that this Baratza Forte will last for, unfortunately, as it is a newer model and so we don't know it's track record just yet! Baratza may have replacement screens available, but this is not a part we offer. They can be contacted via the information below:

8:00am to 5:00 PST
Monday thru Friday
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jul 25, 2014
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I do not understand what the difference between the AP and BG?
tell me in short words?
Daniel Ramos on Jun 15, 2014
Best Answer: The Forte AP (all purpose) has flat ceramic burrs that transfer less heat to the beans and offer consistent grinding at the very finest settings, making the AP the version to choose if you are grinding for multiple applications including espresso. The Forte BG (brew grinder) has flat steel burrs that are ideal for consistent coarse grinding for all other brewing methods with the exception of espresso. Hope this clarifies!
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Jun 16, 2014
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Probably the best grinder for home use.Review by acg
This grinder is really good looking. It is also with a small footprint, perfect for home use. I was thinking about getting a Mazzer mini but am glad that I bought this one instead. It is very convenient to grind by time or by weight, and with fine tuning. The grind is also very consistent and works really well with the Breville 920XL I have at home. (Posted on 2/28/2016)
Love this grinder; worth the investment!Review by Brian from Walla Walla
Love this grinder! Have used it for two months and continue to be VERY pleased with its performance. I particularly appreciate the scale -- the perfect way to determine how much to grind. (Posted on 2/4/2016)
Very BEST grinder you can own!Review by Sydney
i'm so happy I invested in this beautiful grinder... it is solid ...always grinds perfectly and gets the very best out of every bean!!! I'm so fortunate to have this on my counter and use it every morning for my pot of mocha Java in my moccamaster by technivorm. Can NOT beat this combination in my opinion (Posted on 8/1/2015)
Awesome coffee Bean grinder!!!Review by Blue moon
This is the very best commercial grinder available today and I just love owning it and using it on a daily basis. It just really brings out the freshness and flavorful undertones of the bean! (Posted on 5/3/2014)
Excellent Brew GrinderReview by ThePerfectGrind
This grinder does well as a dedicated brew grinder. Grinds precisely, effortlessly and reliably thus far...20 pounds and counting. It's a well built machine, nice touch screen, relatively silently during grinding and bin has remained secured and intact through all grind sessions. Based on current report card, I'd buy another.

TPG (Posted on 3/23/2014)
Excellent grinderReview by utahpow
Love this grinder. Very solidly built. grinds fast and consistent. Perfect for french press and reg drip. Touch screen is high quality and really like the weight and time options. Best grinder I have had. Highly recommend (Posted on 3/12/2014)
Fantastic Grinder!Review by Todd
I've had several grinders over the years. Nothing beats Baratza! The Vario is a geat grinder. Just like the Vario, it actually brings out the undertones of the coffee. Paired with the Technivorm, and you've got a golden cup of coffee! (Posted on 12/19/2013)

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Warranty Information

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 repair services

Care and Maintenance

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.


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