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The Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder has some big shoes to fill. For the past few years, the Baratza Maestro and Baratza Maestro Plus have set the bar for quality coffee grinding at home. The Baratza Encore has evolved out of the Maestro and Maestro Plus to bring about even greater grinding capabilities at the same affordable price. With updated hardened steel burrs and a new gear box, the Encore grinder brings the capability of grinding for espresso to Baratza's introductory model. The Encore has retained the front pulse button featured on the Maestro Plus to allow for easy on-demand grinding, and reverted the side on/off switch to a multi-directional on/off rather than the previous timer knob. With the improvements of the updated burrs and Baratza's Gearbox 2.0, Baratza has once again provided an unprecedented combination of quality and affordability for home coffee drinkers everywhere.


  • Burrs: Updated 40mm hardened steel conical burrs
  • Grind Adjustment: 40 settings from fine to coarse allows a grind range of 250 to 1200 microns
  • Motor: A 450 RPM DC motor with gear speed reducer helps keep the beans cool while grinding. Gear speed reducer also reduces noise as well as heat and static build up. The circuitry is equipped with an automatically resetting thermal cutoff switch.
  • Gearbox 2.0: Adds increased strength and durability of the drive transmission, all the while decreasing the noise output. The new gearbox includes a new drive shaft, motor mounting plate and bushings, as well as a new drive gear made of 15% glass filled thermo plastic. This thermo plastic is quieter than the prior metal gear, wears better, and is more shock resistant. During Baratza's testing of the Encore, stainless steel screws were thrown into the burrs, and in every case the motor/gear/burrs stopped immediately due to the thermal cutout, helping preserve the gears. The gearbox is automatically-resettable if this were to happen.
  • On-Demand Grinding: Front-mounted pulse button allows for easy, on-demand grinding, helpful for when you're grinding directly into a brew basket.
  • Hopper Capacity: 8oz (227 g)
  • Grounds Bin Capacity: 5oz (142 g)
  • Dimensions: 4.7" x 13.8" x 6.3"
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Power Rating: 110V AC 50/60Hz 1 Amp
  • Safety Listing: UL/CSA/CE/EK
  • Warranty: One year
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Baratza is the company at the forefront of home coffee grinding innovation. Before Baratza entered the coffee manufacturing scene, one was hard pressed to find an affordable burr coffee grinder. Now, home baristas and cafes alike have multiple affordable burr grinders to choose from courtesy of the U.S. based company. Baratza currently offers five different burr grinders: Baratza Maestro Plus, Baratza Virtuoso, Baratza Virtuoso Preciso, Baratza Vario, and the weight based grinding Baratza Vario-W. In addition to this lineup, Baratza has also released a weight based grinding attachment for their grinders, the Baratza Esatto. One popular mantra from the coffee world is: the biggest investment a coffee fan can make is in a high quality grinder. Baratza has made the "investment" part of that coffee truism a lot more attainable.
Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is rated 4.739130434782608 out of 5 by 46.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Encore vs Solis We've had two Baratza Solis grinders for years, one at our cottage in Canada and the other at our home in Florida. The timer switch broke on one and we decided to purchase the updated grinder, the Encore. The first thing that we found is that it didn't grind fine enough (we like an espresso grind) but Prima sent us a Youtube video showing how to open the unit and make the adjustment (great service from Prima). We do find that the Encore is slower than the Solis; likely due to different gearing. The other significant difference is that the switch is on/off, rather than a timer. My wife likes the timer; I actually prefer on/off.
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made the move... Moved up to the Encore after years using a blade grinder. Can you taste the difference in the coffee between a blade v burr...absolutely. After researching entry-level burr grinders (including Capresso & Bodum) til blue in the face, pulled the trigger on the Baratza Encore. Decision was made on the following (1) Prima Coffee customer service-excellent, (2) Baratza customer service-excellent, and (3) full replacement for 1-yr with pretty much all parts replaceable through Baratza after that. Surprised at the good weight of the unit. Will be used for drip & periodically french press. Can't speak to quality of grind for expresso or durability since just recently purchased. All's good at present.
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for Pour-overs Buying an Aeropress, Chemex, V-60, or other pour-over? Want to move up from your electric blade grinder? Don't want a manual grinder? Don't want to break the bank? Tired of questions? This is the grinder for you! Coarse espresso to fine drip to coarse drip is where this machine shines. The drawbacks are that it's not optimal for espresso (though I've read you can make some modifications) and french press, as it is not consistent enough and will produce too many fines (though if a blade grinder is the alternative, this is 150% better). Control over grind size could be improved with more steps and better consistency, but all this to say that for a $129 grinder, this is the best in it's price range.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First burr grinder I have had this 2 weeks. It is my first burr grinder. My primary purpose was for a French press. I used it on the 30 setting as recommended and it works great. Have not tried any other settings. Had a blade grinder before this and went through 3 French presses thinking they were the problem. After doing research realized it was the inconsistent grind that came with the blade grinder. I get a very consistent grind out of this not sure why I would get a more expensive model when this works so well. I just leave the whole beans in the hopper and grind as needed. It is not air tight but I'm not as picky as others when it comes to a perfect cup.
Date published: 2016-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Grinder for Price This is the first electric non-blade grinder I've purchased (I've also used the Hario Skerton & Mini Mill in the past). I use it primarily for my Mypressi Twist and Clever. I'm no espresso calibrating genius, but I've found it to easily grind for the Mypressi. In fact, I have to have it a few notches up from the finest grind or it will choke it out. So far I've been using it for around 7 months and there are no signs of slowing down. The Encore is almost entirely plastic, but if you don't toss it around, I don't see why it wouldn't last for a long time. It appears to be well built. When compared to the price, I think this is about the most cost-effective and versatile grinder you can get. If you have the budget or have a real pro machine it's worth it to spend the extra, but this has proven to be an excellent starter grinder for me.
Date published: 2013-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic for everything but espresso! I've been using a Porlex hand grinder. One obvious upgrade is that it's way more convenient to drop beans in the hopper and flip a switch rather than crank the grinder by hand for two minutes. The grind consistency is WAY better than the hand grinder, making the cups I make through Aeropress, French Press, and Hario V60 a lot better. It's not a perfect grind consistency, and if you have the funds for a Virtuoso, maybe go for it. But this is definitely a wonderful grinder.
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Encore! I upgraded from the Hario Skerton to this grinder. The difference it made in my daily brewing has been massive. For any method of drip or immersion brewing, this grinder is adept and achieves consistent results from cup to cup. It is easy to operate and clean. It's also very quiet. In the realm of "entry level" grinders, the Encore reigns supreme.
Date published: 2013-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Nice Very nice burr grinder at a nice price. This was recommended to me by my son whose coffee is outstanding. It's easy to take care of and does an excellent job of grinding coffee beans, You can choose from a multitude of settings. This is pretty much a no-brainer. If you enjoy a great cup of coffee, do yourself a favor and grind only what you're going to use right now. This machine will make it easy for you.
Date published: 2014-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Burr Grinder at last I bought this grinder about a month ago and have been totally satisfied to this point . The complaints of static that I've heard about our almost nonexistent.
Date published: 2013-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious Coffee! I've been using a cheap blade grinder with a coffee press for about a year now. It worked fine, but I wanted to upgrade since I have coffee consistently. I have to say I haven't noticed a huge difference in the taste (but I'm no connoisseur). I have noticed the very consistent grind this grinder gives. The coffee grounds are quite similar in size. It's easy to use and adjust once you assemble it (also not difficult). The grounds can get stuck in the machine so you have to tap the sides to get all of it into the receiver - no big deal. Perfect for daily grinding needs as well as large amouints.
Date published: 2015-07-30
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We have this grinder at our office and every time we grind, there's small particles EVERYWHERE after we pull out the plastic case. Are we doing something wrong?

Asked by: Tuna
I found that if I gently tap both sides grinder next to the plastic container holding the grounds it significantly reduces the grounds left on the counter after removing. There still are a few grounds but it is less and wiping what remains, periodically, is pretty easy and a small price to pay for great coffee. I am vey pleased with the grinder.
Answered by: Stevo
Date published: 2015-12-30

Are all the plastics on the machine BPA free?

Asked by: spovegasboy
No. None of the plastics in Baratza grinders are BPA free.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-10-19

Will burr grinders grind spices, nuts, or corn. I need a new grinder now and can't find the answer to this question anywhere. Thanks

Asked by: Chig
These grinders were not designed for anything other than Coffee, and any damage caused by foreign materials would void the warranty. That's not to say it wouldn't work, but we haven't tried.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-06-29

How do I adjust machine for the amount of coffee I wish to brew? also need dimensions of the grinder - will it fit under y cabinet, which is 14.5" above counter?

Asked by: elaine17
This grinder doesn't feature a timed grinding function, so you can either pre-weigh your beans or use the pulse button to grind until you've reached the desired dose. Dimensions are as follows: 4.7" x 13.8" x 6.3"
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-06-18

i just took part my grinder to wash it however i forgot how to put it back togther where does the plastic seal go

Asked by: madben
I'm going to email you a video resource that should clearly answer this question!
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-05-19

Would you consider this grinder to be superior to Wilfa Svart WSCG 2, or in the same league?

Asked by: DanishCoffeeCup
We consider the Baratza Encore to be in the top of its class. Although we do not have experience using the Wilfa Svart WSCG 2, we can vouch, with confidence, for the quality of the Encore.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-04-20

Hi, what is the best grind setting for the hand pour, V60? Thanks.

Asked by: hutjoyce
It greatly depends on the size of your dose, but generally speaking, a normal 8-12oz brew in a V60 requires a table salt grind. Start there and adjust to taste!
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-07-22

Do you sell these with non-US power supplies? (i.e. 230/240 Volt?)

Asked by: nickm
Unfortunately we do not. Please contact Baratza directly for information on international dealers.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-07-15

From your guy's experience, how good is theBaratza Encore Grinder for manual brewing methods (i.e. V60, Chemex, Clever)?

Asked by: Nazzo28
It's the perfect beginners grinder. It's a big step up from most hand grinders and electric blade grinders, but doesn't necessarily produce the particle uniformity of larger and more powerful grinders. If you're just getting into pour over coffee, it's a great buy.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-05-05

Do you sell the international (230v) variant?

Asked by: bennyp
We do not. You'll want to contact Baratza directly for more information on that option.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-03-17
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