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Baratza Encore Review

Last Updated: August 2017

If you take your coffee seriously, then you know that getting the best, freshest taste all starts with grinding choice beans at home and on demand. The Baratza Encore coffee grinder is the go-to grinder for those seeking an easy-to-use, entry-level product that gets the job done.

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Features and Specifications

  • This grinder works well for providing the perfect consistency for manual and drip brews.
  • It is capable of grinding beans fine enough for making espresso.
  • It comes with 40 different grind settings ranging from the finest of fine to very coarse.
  • The DC motor is highly efficient and keeps your beans cool through the grinding process.
  • A front-mounted pulse button allows you to manually grind directly into your brew basket.
  • The hopper holds eight ounces of beans and the grounds bin holds up to five ounces.
  • The Baratza Encore utilizes innovative technologies to minimize the amount of ground coffee left behind after each grinding.

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Design

Aesthetically, the Baratza Encore is quite stunning with its simple, yet sleek design. It weighs just seven pounds, which makes it quite light for machines of this caliber. What’s more, despite its small size, it is quite the workhorse. It is quite simple to use; simply choose your grind level and press the button. The Baratza Encore coffee grinder does not have a built-in timer, but it is possible to purchase this and other upgrades directly from Baratza’s website.

Performance

The Baratza Encore is quite capable of producing just the right grind for a variety of coffee types, and it does so without the noise and “mess” of some other grinders at this price point. Although the machine may produce a few fine particles on coarse settings and vice-versa, the machine can be calibrated at home to help resolve this issue and provide just the right grind each and every time.

Durability

The DC motor inside the grinder is highly efficient and quiet at the same time, and because it stays cooler than motors in other grinders, the moving parts tend to last longer. Much of the grinder is composed of plastic, as well, and while this may not be as durable as other materials, it helps make the machine lightweight and eye-appealing. The manufacturer includes a small brush to remove grinds left behind in the chute after brewing.

Price

This is not a luxury-model coffee grinder, and that is reflected in the price which falls between $100 and $150. Nonetheless, it is a great starting point for anyone who is new to the idea of automatically grinding beans at home to create some of the best coffee they will ever taste. It is a great value for the price, and despite its limited features, it continues to be a favorite – even among self-proclaimed coffee connoisseurs.

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Consumer Thoughts

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4.6

Summary

It works well with any type of brewing system, whether you use an automatic coffee maker, a French press, an espresso machine, or even a percolator.

Overall, the majority of the consumers who purchase this product are incredibly pleased. They appreciate the quality at such a low price point, and they often claim that this quality is certainly noticeable in every cup of coffee they brew. Many purchasers did note that this machine seems to lack some of the aesthetic properties of high-end coffee grinders, but this is easily overlooked since it produces a great grind every single time.

One of the biggest complaints about this particular model from Baratza is that it does not come with a built-in timer. Consumers who were used to setting a “grind time” on other models found that manually timing the process was a bit tricky. Fortunately, those who prefer an automatic timer can find one specifically for the Baratza Encore online at the Baratza website. This timer was specially designed for use with this machine, but it is not a standard option for the price.

Some buyers mentioned that the DC motor does generate some static, which can make a bit of a mess when grinding fine coffee. This seems to be a rare occurrence, though, as the majority of users claim that this machine is virtually static-free. Some reviewers noted that they needed to gently “shake” or “bump” the machine against the counter in order to release grounds trapped in the chute. However, Baratza provides a special brush for this purpose.

Finally, there were a few consumers who claimed to have issues with the machine after a few months of grinding particularly dark, oily coffee beans. These particular beans contain natural oils that can build up on the blades and mechanisms over time. The best way to prevent this is to clean your grinder regularly, and even more often than usual if you prefer these particularly dark coffees.

Our Verdict

Design9.5
Performance9
Durability9
Price9.5

We recommend this product to anyone who wants to take the first step in preparing better coffee at home. It works well with any type of brewing system, whether you use an automatic coffee maker, a French press, an espresso machine, or even a percolator. With 40 unique settings, you can get a variety of grinds right out of the box. If you want a more personalized experience, you can calibrate the Baratza Encore to your liking.

While this is not a high-end coffee grinder by any means, and while its simple aesthetic design is certainly low-key, this machine delivers outstanding performance and a completely customizable grind at an affordable price.

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Sam Fox

With 9 years experience in making coffee, now owner of a London based Café, founder & writer of House of Baristas website. I have a passion for coffee, photography & travelling.

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