Encore Coffee Grinder by Baratza
Building on the success of the Maestro Plus Grinder, Baratza created the Encore Grinder, which features upgraded conical burrs, 40 accurate and repeatable grind settings, and a new, quieter and better-wearing gearbox. A great all-around grinder for your home, the Encore offers a range of grinds from coarse to fine to suit all the popular brew methods.
Precise, commercial-quality burrs are manufactured in Italy and made for durability.
Convenient front-mounted pulse button allows you to grind directly into your espresso brew basket if desired.
Large 8-oz. bean hopper
5-oz removable anti static ground coffee bin
Durable, precision mounted 40 mm conical burrs produce a consistent grind for any style of coffee.
40 different grind settings accommodate a range of coffee brewing methods.
Innovative burr calibration system ensures that each grinder has the full range of grind.
High torque yet quiet DC motor effortlessly drives the burrs and permits long grinding duty-cycles.
Automatic reset/thermal cutoff switch
Speed control feature slows the spinning of the burr to 450 rpm to reduce heat, noise and static generation in the grinder.
- Dimensions: 4" W x 6.3"D x 13.8"H
- Bean Hopper Capacity: 8 oz
- Speed to Grind: .8 to 1.1 g/sec.
- Weight: 7 pounds
- Construction: Metal, Plastic
- 1-year warranty
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Reviewed by 6 customers
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Great in all respects, especially for the price. Slight points off for:
1) quite loud (considerably louder than our little blade grinder, more like a pretty loud blender), although you'd have to go up a couple hundred dollars in price to find something much quieter,
2) the on/off switch is - circular? so there are four points around the circle - on-off-on-off. Simple, I guess but it seems like there could have just been one on and off, I don't get it.
After 10 years of using a blade grinder, I was tired of getting different espresso shot results (and inconsistent taste and shot quality) and decided to buy a decent burr grinder. I purchased the Baratza Encore from Starbucks.com and received it in about one week. I have had the product for about a week now, and I use it every morning to pull 2 double-shots of espresso for my wife and myself. I grind directly into the porta-filter.
I dialed in a grind in just three tries that works for 2 different kinds of beans, and it is fine, consistent, and works perfect in my machine. It can go even finer for higher end machines.
I am so happy with this grinder, I am kicking myself for not buying in several years ago.
It's a lovely grinder, and it gets the coffee really truly finely ground! The price was right and I'm very please with it. Especially with the non-static cling grounds holder. The manual shut off isn't that big of a problem from me, but it's the only thing I would take one star off for. Another added bonus is that if something breaks (like you drop the grounds holder) you can order the parts directly from the company.
My husband bought me an earlier model of this grinder as a Christmas gift 5 years ago from Starbucks. It is used at least twice a day for making espresso. A couple of weeks ago it quit grinding even though the motor sounded like it was working. Rather than toss it, I took it to Home Espresso Repair in Seattle. William (the extremely knowledgeable owner) looked at it, told me what he thought was wrong (the cog), and gave me the info to contact Baratza in Bellevue. I called Baratza, drove it over to their office in Bellevue, and they fixed it for me at no cost (which they do for locals). They showed me how it was designed for easy, low-cost repair in case stones (sometimes present) or the occasional green coffee beans (hard as stones) damage the cog (it was the cog that was damaged on mine). They also reserviced my grinder for free during the 20 minute visit. They expect that it should last at least another 5 more years, if not longer. I highly recommend this coffee grinder as it works worlds better than my handheld grinder for an espresso quality grind and the company made it so easy for me to get it repaired. If I hadn't been able to repair my grinder, I would have replaced it with this model. Because getting it repaired was so easy and it will last for years, I felt compelled to write this review.
It's much better than my $15 "whirly-blade" grinder, but doesn't produce the grind uniformity that I expected from a $130 machine.
Also, it's a bit messy - for some reason all the grinds don't fall directly into the receptacle, somehow they get behind and underneath it. Looks like a bit of a design flaw (perhaps the discharge chamber does not line up or seal well enough to prevent finer grounds from blowing into unintended areas). It's not a big deal, but again at this price I expected better.
I've been wanting to upgrade to a burr grinder from my little blade grinder for a while, and I finally bit the bullet and did. This one seemed like the best option for my price range, and so far I've been happy.
I've only used it a couple times, but the noise was about what I expected (not that different than my blade grinder, but quieter than the industrial grinders you hear in coffee shops (I'm a partner, I know how loud those are)), and the grind was consistent (I brew mostly with an Aeropress or French Press). the grind time was a little lengthy, but it's not out of this world, especially if you grind per use. I don't care about a lack of a timer, since I weigh my beans.
I took the hopper and burrs apart, mostly to see how they go back together. Getting the pieces back together takes a little finessing, but I think that will become second nature as I get used to the machine. I will mention that one of the selling features for me is that Encore makes replaceable parts for almost all their pieces, if case something breaks, instead of having to scrap it and get a new grinder.
Overall, very happy, but I'm still a new user, so we'll see how it wears over time.