Coffee lovers all over the world who have used Baratza’s Maestro Plus coffee grinder, will love the Encore grinder. It’s similar to the Maestro Plus, but with new and improved features. One of the best features is the upgraded burrs and gearbox. It provides grind sizes that are ideal for drip/manual coffee brewers and can even grind fine enough for espresso.
40 Grind Settings
With 40 different grind settings, users have plenty of options for a wide range of coffee types and flavor preferences. Unlike stepless grinders, the individual grind settings allow users to have a repeatable grind experience for consistent flavor for each grind size you like. Whether you preferred brew method is Siphon, Chemex, Aeropress, or pour over, the Encore grinder by Baratza has a setting for you. The precisely engineered burrs provide consistent grind size with each setting. Grind range is from 250 to 1200 microns.
DC Motor with Burr Speed of 450 RPM
Like all Baratza products, the Encore is built with high quality parts that provide a reliable user experience. The grinder has a series of gear speed reducers to slow the speed of the burr down to 450 RPM, which allows for a less noisy operating experience and less flavor altering heat build-up. The burrs are driven by a DC motor with a lot of power and torque. The slow turning motor that can operate for long periods of time without overheating.
The Encore is equipped with 40mm conical burrs that allow you to produce coffee grounds in a variety of sizes for a wide range of different coffee styles. They are manufactured in Europe and designed for durability and lasting sharpness.
Second Generation Gearbox
Introduced as recently as 2012, the Gearbox 2.0 is designed to reduce noise and provide enhanced strength and durability. Improvements include a new drive shaft, a new drive gear, motor mounting plate, and brushings. The new drive gear is made of glass filled thermo plastic, making it quieter than metal gears, with less wear. The machine has a thermal cutout feature that helps protect the gears from damage relating to foreign objects or overheating.
Minimal Grind Build Up
To maintain fresh flavor of your coffee, the Baratza Encore minimizes the amount of ground coffee left in the grinding chamber.
If needed the grinder can be calibrated by the user through a burr calibration system.
Electronic Speed Controller
One of the great features on the Encore is the ability to adjust burr speed with an RPM range between 405 and 495. The slow speed of the burrs allows beans to feed into the burrs without jamming.
Cleaning the Encore is easy! Remove the burrs and clean without even using tools.
Comparison of Grinder Models Video
- Speed to Grind: .8 to 1.1 g/sec.
- Bean Hopper Capacity: 8 oz. (227 g)
- Grounds Bin Capacity: 5 oz. (142 g)
- Weight: 7 lbs. (3.1kg)
- Dimensions: WxHxD cm 12x35x16 cm
- Power Rating (North America): 110 V AC 50/60 Hz. 1 Amp
- Power Rating (Other): 230 V AC 50/60 Hz. .5 Amps
- Safety Listing: UL/CSA/CE/EK
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So far, I find this a solid little machine for home use!
Approximate Time Owned 3 years Rating Overall 5/5 Reliability Rating 5/5 Value for the Price 5/5 Usability Rating 5/5 Aesthetics Rating 5/5 Detailed Review This grinder is a must for the weekend warrior to the barista. The grind is always consistent. For the cost, you can't beat it! One thing to note is the espresso grind isn't the greatest if that is the primary use you may want to step it up.
Approximate Time Owned 2 years Rating Overall 5/5 Reliability Rating 5/5 Value for the Price 5/5 Usability Rating 5/5 Aesthetics Rating 4/5 Detailed Review I've been using the Encore for several years as an all purpose grinder (including espresso) and I've been really impressed by the performance of this machine. Firstly, it is not designed for espresso but it CAN pull a decent shot and has a few steps of leeway for different beans. Darker or denser beans might have me going down to one click away from minimum grind size, but I've never had to go all the way to the smallest size (paired with a Rancilio Silvia). It's really easy to use and I like the simplicity of an on off switch - no timers here but I've come to know the grinder well and can usually switch off almost like a timer myself at the exact right dose. Be careful to also take good care of the grinder. You will need to use a grinder cleaner every few months depending on how far you like your coffee - I like a city roast so I use cleaner powder every 2 months. Great machine. Maybe pushing it a little for espresso and you should probably invest in a better machine for that, but as my first coffee grinder I would say that this has been a very reliable machine.
Approximate Time Owned 12 years Rating Overall 5/5 Reliability Rating 5/5 Value for the Price 5/5 Usability Rating 5/5 Aesthetics Rating 3/5 Detailed Review This is my workhorse. The grinder was gifted to me by my manager at Starbucks when I moved away. I have used it at least once a day since 2005. I haven't been the best at cleaning it as often as I should. I actually didn't know I could take it apart to clean it until a couple of years ago. This thing is battered and bruised but it grinds my coffee just right every single time. I mainly do pour over, so I don't need to be super picky with grind size. That being said, it grinds the same every time. It's not terribly loud. It doesn't make much of a mess. It's size is good for a small kitchen. I really can't say anything negative about it. It does have oil build up on the plastic hopper and in the grounds catcher, but after all these years, it should. Do I wish it had more bells and whistles, yes I do. But it gets the job done. I haven't had any other appliances that have lasted this long or worked as easily and reliably as this little grinder. Only this year did I discover that it is really a Baratza Encore with Starbucks branding. I can actually get it a new set of burrs in an upgrade kit if I want. But it's a champ, so why mess with it. I want a new grinder, but haven't gotten one yet because this one is still so good at its job. The only reason I want a new one is because there are now so many fun options out there.