The Baratza Encore conical burr coffee grinder features simple controls for fast and easy grinding. Instead of the timer dial which was present on the Encore's now discontinued predecessor, the Maestro Plus, Baratza went with an On/Off knob for automatic grinding this time around. If you need just a bit more grounds or are grinding directly into a portafilter, the manual pulse grinding button on the front is the way to go. This allows you to grind in short bursts for as long as the button is depressed.
Baratza upgraded the conical burrs formerly on the Maestro Plus, extending the Encore's grinding range into a greater degree of fineness. With the improved burrs, users can now have grinds fine enough for pressurized and for some, non-pressurized portafilters. For just an entry-level grinder, the Baratza Encore conical burr coffee grinder has been known to work well with some traditional espresso machines with non-pressurized portafilters, but results may vary. For serious espresso enthusiasts, a Baratza Grinder more dedicated to espresso may be suitable. The 40 mm burrs are precision manufactured in Europe and hardened into the cone shaped grinding wheel assembly. Conical burr grinders, in additional to being tougher and longer lasting than other types of grinders, are exceptional at producing consistent grinds from very fine to very coarse.
With 40 grind settings from coarse for French presses to a fine powder for espresso, the Baratza Encore has more than enough versatility to grind for any application you could desire. The burrs will consistently transform your coffee beans into a new grainy state, relieving you the annoyance of clumping grounds. A new triple-supported seating structure with a redesigned base for stability allows for ultimate grinding precision at any setting. When you need to adjust the grind size, simply twist the extra-large 8 oz bean hopper into the desired fineness setting.
Static build-up and a lack of containment in the grinding chamber are the usual suspects when it comes to excessive grinds. No matter how tidy your grinding method, it seems like coffee grounds always wind up where you don't want them: on the counter, on the floor, or - what's worse - inside the grinder's sensitive components. The improved tightly sealed grinding delivery assembly ensures that coffee grounds go where they are supposed to: into the grounds collection container. Additionally, the collection container itself is made of an anti-static material.
Another favorite feature of the Encore is the option to grind into the coffee bin OR directly into your portafilter if you're using a pump espresso machine. The Encore was actually designed with these such machines in mind. The ground coffee collection bin removes easily to reveal a curved portafilter access area. Grind directly into the portafilter from the anti-static grinding chute.
Baratza has updated their gearbox as well, increasing the strength and durability of the drive transmission which in turn decreases the noise. Along with the newer drive shaft, Baratza added a new motor plate, bushings, and a drive gear made of 15% glass filled thermo plastic. This change reduces noise compared to the previous metal gear, wears better, and is more shock resistant.
The Baratza Encore grinder contains a DC converter to power a potent 240 watt DC motor, grinding at just 450 RPM. The slower grinder delivers the quietest, coolest grind in its class, thanks to the special gear reduction which keeps it from seizing on extra fine grinds while protecting the flavor of your coffee. The new circuitry also incorporates an automatically resetting thermal cut-off switch for optimal performance.
The Baratza Encore grinder comes with a one year manufacturer's warranty. If the grinder has a problem, Baratza offers technical support by phone or email. They will promptly send a replacement grinder and a prepaid shipping label for return of the old grinder if the grinder is defective. You don't pay for the repair! The Baratza Encore is also backed by J.L. Hufford's 30 Day Satisfaction Policy.
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My new Baratza Encore grinder has been working great. A real pleasure to have consistent grinds after using less expensive and less capable grinders. I had some trouble getting the bean hopper to install initially; maybe some slight imperfection in the manufacturing of the plastic hopper. But all is working well now. I was also a pleasure dealing with J.L. Hufford. You website was easy to use and the ordering process efficient. Order tracking was appreciated. The grinder was well packed and arrived in great shape.
This was a tiny bit tricky to assemble but it produces a wide variety of very even grounds quietly and efficiently. The only negative thing is that the "quick start guide" doesn't tell how to clean it so you need to go to the Baratza website to find the operations manual.
We had the mystro plus which was discontinued and this one replaced it. The platinum decor on bottom and the off and on knob only thing that seems to have changed. I don’t think this expensive of a grinder should have broken...a motor mount broke and would not turn on. We had for over five years probably like 8 and used it every morning and it worked great so we got another one. Full disclosure, hubby had never taken apart and cleaned with the brushes.
Overall a good grinder. I wish I would have went with a virtuoso or Breville smart grind pro. The encore seems slow and loud. The virtuoso is about twice as fast, quieter and goes finer. The Breville also has a wider range. I mostly do drip, French press and Aeropress. When using the prismo along with the Aeropress the finest setting on the encore isn’t close to being fine enough and that’s depressing but that’s what you get when you get the entry level grinder. If all your going to do is French press, pour over and drip it’s hard to beat the price for the consistency you get with this grinder.
After searching for a new grinder and reading other reviewers, we decided on this for a good home grinder. I highly recommend this grinder as a daily grinder. We use it for pour over and drip maker. I do not make espresso so I do not have any view on it's function for that grind.