Last Updated: August 2017
The Baratza Encore and the Capresso 565 coffee grinders fall within the same price point, and they offer many similar features and capabilities. Nonetheless, their differences are quite noticeable among consumers who have purchased them. The information below can help you make the best choice for your unique needs based on four important categories – design, performance, durability, and price.
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Baratza Encore Features
The Baratza Encore comes with several features designed to make grinding your coffee simpler and more effective. They include:
- A customizable speed control, which uses electronic and gear speed reduction to control how fast the burr rotates – up to 450 RPMs.
- A large and easy to use on/off switch.
- The ability to create ground coffee for multiple brewing methods, whether you prefer French press, manual brew, or even espresso.
- An eight-ounce hopper capacity.
- 40 unique settings for obtaining the perfect grind.
- Easily removable burrs for quick cleaning without the need for tools.
Capresso 565 Features
Like the Baratza Encore, the Capresso 565 also comes with a variety of features designed to make it one of the best grinders in this particular price point. They include:
- A hopper that holds 8.5 ounces of beans and a grounds container that holds up to four ounces of grounds.
- Commercial-grade conical burrs to ensure a perfect grind and a great taste every time.
- 16 settings for obtaining a variety of grinds, whether you prefer Espresso or even Turkish coffee.
- An easily-removable bean container and upper burr for simple cleaning without tools.
- A built-in timer that allows you to set the grind and walk away without fear of overgrinding.
Consumers who are concerned about the way their coffee grinders look on the outside will find that there are many differences between the Baratza Encore and the Capresso 565.
- The Baratza Encore is made of black plastic and the hopper is a translucent gray plastic. All in all, it is a plain looking machine that will not add much to your countertop if you choose to display it. It does not come with a timer, so users must hold the button down on the machine to finish their grinds.
- Conversely, the Capresso 565 offers several finishes from which you can choose. It is available in black, brushed silver, and stainless steel to perfectly compliment your kitchen. The hopper and window through which users view the grounds are both constructed of clear plastic. The Capresso 565 allows users to set a timer for between five and 60 seconds, allowing them to walk away and multitask in the kitchen.
Most consumers place more focus on the way the coffee grinder performs than the way it looks, and both of these options do a nice job for the price point.
- The Baratza Encore has 40 different settings to help consumers find the perfect grind, but when put through the paces, most consumers found that the granularity varied quite a bit with this machine. When consumers set the machine for course grinds, they ended up with more fine powder than they would have liked. Users did note, though, that there is very little if any static when grinding fine coffee, and that the coffee was fine enough for a great shot of espresso.
- The Capresso 565 does a great job of grinding the beans to the desired consistency, but consumers note that it tends to leave many grinds behind in the chamber. What’s more, users noted that the machine produces a lot of static when creating fine grounds for espresso. Others noted that even on the finest settings available on the Capresso, they were unable to produce grounds that were fine enough.
A good coffee grinder should continue to provide the same performance grind after grind with nothing more than routine maintenance. Although a few issues were reported by buyers of both machines, for the most part, they offer all of the durability you should expect at this price point.
- A few consumers who purchased the Baratza Encore noted that it jammed after only a few uses. After contacting support, they were told to disassemble the machine, clean it out, and recalibrate it. Only a few of these users were able to get the machine to work after doing so. This scenario was incredibly rare. A few other users noted that the gears stripped on the machine after a few months of use. This resulted in loud noise with no grinding.
- Those who purchased the Capresso 565 say that while it is incredibly durable and they rarely have to perform any maintenance, it tends to clog easily. However, as long as they were able to clean the machine after every use, it continued to serve them well – even a year after their purchases.
Both of these machines are considered middle-of-the-road in terms of price; they fall within the $100 to $150 price range. They come in above cheaper manual grinders and budget electric models because they offer better design, more settings, and better quality craftsmanship. However, they do not offer many of the same features as high-end grinders, such as a scale for precise measuring or a timer to perfect the grounds.
These two coffee grinders appear neck-and-neck at this price point. They each offer plenty of flexibility in terms of grinding, and their features are relatively similar here.
- Design – The Capresso 565 wins in the design category because it comes in a variety of colors to suit your personal décor, whether you prefer black, brushed silver, or stainless steel. The Baratza Encore comes only in flat black. What’s more, the Capresso 565 offers a timer.
- Performance – The Baratza Encore wins in the performance category because it is capable of producing grounds fine enough for espresso without the static produced by the Capresso 565.
- Durability – Although some consumers did experience issues with the Baratza Encore, most were able to solve them with some calibration. The Capresso 565 is the more durable of the two; no one who reviewed the machine claimed that the gears stripped over time.
- Price – The Capresso 565 costs just a little more than the Baratza Encore, which we felt was justified since there are more design options from which to choose.
Which is best?
If you are deciding between these two coffee grinders, the Capresso 565 is the best choice for several different reasons. Not only can buyers choose the color and finish of their machines, but they can also enjoy the timer feature which makes grinding beans on the go a snap. Although this machine did tend to produce more static than the Baratza Encore, most users were not bothered by this. What’s more, the Capresso 565 is the more durable of the two, with several reviewers claiming that they used their machine for more than a year without issue.
When it comes down to price, both machines are about the same. If you want to get the most for your money, we recommend the Capresso 565. It offers a simple but beautiful design and plenty of grind settings and features to make things simple. Most reviewers note that it produces a great cup of coffee every time, and while some users would prefer a finer espresso grind, most are quite pleased with this machine.