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Baratza's back with another mechanical masterpiece: the Forté. It's their first take on a commercial coffee grinder and it's already one of the most celebrated products of 2013. So what makes the Forté so special?

Versatility. The Forté is available with either steel or ceramic 54mm burrs, offering viable solutions for both brewed coffee and espresso grinding. Cafes that need a small grinder for decaf, single origin espresso, brew bar, or a backup should end their search here. Brewing at home? One of these Fortes is right for you.

Precision. Its muscly interior is operated by a touch-screen interface and 260 stepped adjustments, offering accurate and intuitive control of grind setting and, thereby, coffee extraction and flavor. Time- and weight-based programmable dosing allow for quick, repeatable results, so using the Forté in your shop won't slow you down.

Durability. This baby behemoth is built to last. The Forte's adjustment switches, portafilter holder, and entire enclosure are metal, so it feels sturdier than any of its predecessors — and it'll last longer, too. It's a true commercial-grade machine that won't disappoint in a café setting.

So how do Baratza's grinders stack up?


  • Burrs: 54mm steel or ceramic flat burrs
  • Grind adjustment: stepped, featuring 10 macro and 26 micro; 260 in total
  • Grind range: 230 to 1,150 microns (ceramic); 500 to 1,150 (steel)
  • Steel burr grind speed: 2.1 grams per second at 800 microns
  • Ceramic burr grind speed: 2.0 grams/second (fine) or 3.5 grams/second (coarse)
  • Motor: high-torque DC motor; 70% more power than current Vario, with half the run time
  • Hopper capacity: 10 ounces (300 grams)
  • Grounds bin capacity: 8 ounces (250 grams)
  • Dimensions: 5.1"W x 14.2"H x 7.1"D
  • Weight: 13 pounds
  • Power rating: 110 V AC, 50/60 Hz, 2.3 amp
  • Safety listing: UL/CSA/CE/EK
  • Warranty: 1 year

Includes: Forté grinder, removable hopper with bean stopper, grounds bin, portafilter holder (not included with "Forté BG"), calibration wrench, and burr-removal tool.


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 Fort Flat Burr Coffee and Espresso Grinder is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've never had better coffee thanks to the Forte I'm a pour over drinker - Hario V-60, Bonavita dripper, Chemex, etc... And I've always wanted something I could use for each method with ease. I have a Baratza Maestro, and it's a real trooper, but I've always found that the fines it creates end up clogging my Chemex. Not with this grinder. Once I dialed it in, I've gotten consistently great Chemex brews. My V-60's have been superb, and everything I've put through it has come out remarkably delicious and consistent. Also, this is super quiet and built extremely well. I feel like I've upgraded from a Camaro to a Ferrari. This should be the last grinder I'll ever have to buy. It's a really great grinder.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Game changer I bought this so I could make my espresso and my wife could also make her drip coffee without having to make a ton of adjustments or special knowledge. It works perfectly. The recommended settings from Baratza are even perfect! Great pours, this has really changed my coffee-making game.
Date published: 2014-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like to give it a 4.5 One month and 100 grinds later no issues. Nitpicky, but top is cheaply made. Features excellent and scale very accurate. I use it 90% for espresso and I've been disappointed that it's cranked nearly to the finest grind to control shot times.
Date published: 2016-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Baratza Forte! I should probably be reviewing this in a year or two, but for the month we have had this grinder we have been very pleased. We have a small gourmet coffee bar and this Baratza is the perfect tiny workhorse we needed.
Date published: 2014-04-18
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Is there an upgrade or new model planned for this grinder in the near future?

Asked by: Sarcastic Coffee
You might want to try contacting Baratza for the answer to this question.
Answered by: ZZtop
Date published: 2016-06-01

Is the Forte belt drive, like the Vario? I have had 3 belts fail on my Vario over 6-7 years. If belt driven how have they addressed the durability issue?

Asked by: BrianinAZ
According to Baratza, "The Forte belt drive is quite a bit beefier, we have never seen one strip."
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-12-29

Before I order this grinder, please can you confirm the power voltage, as I require 220V. Thanks

Asked by: Richard
No. Only 110v versions are available in the United States. Please contact Baratza directly for information on international dealers.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-09-14

I just received my Forte BG, based on your recommendation. I have the coffee machine at the link below. What grind setting would you suggest for the BG?

Asked by: Warrenjadams
Grind size is highly dependent upon dosage - especially with automatic brewers that pump water at the same rate regardless of the water input (small amounts of water = short brew times and vise versa) With that in mind, brewing the full 10 cups will take the longest, and therefore require the coarsest grind setting to stand up to the longer brew times. Start with a setting 8 and adjust to taste from there. If brewing half capacity i'd start around around 4 and fine tune from there.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2015-03-17

Greeting, Sir or Madam.I am owner of small coffee cafe, and am very interested in your products. For the Burr. you provide 2 type,54mm steel or ceramic flat burrs.Can you tell me the detail of difference and what's the recommendable one for commercial

Asked by: NewKog
Baratza recommends ceramic burrs for espresso because of their ability to grind finer. Steel burrs create more uniformly sized particles, and are better for filter coffee.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-10-28

Why is this model much more expensive if it has flat burrs? Arent conical burrs better? What do you recommend for grinding for chemex, hario drip....?

Asked by: alwiemer
Conical burrs aren't necessarily better than Flat. There's a lot of debate over the coffee each produces, but one does not clearly benefit over the other in terms of flavor. Conical burrs are nice to have on high-powered espresso grinders because they are more efficient. They can spin slower, keep the internal temperature low because of reduced friction, and still grind faster than a flat burr at the same RPM. Any grinder in the Baratza line will serve you well for pour over brewing, and the Forte is certainly at the top of the list.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-05-15

i'd like a multipurpose grinder (espresso & pour over) . thus, is the forte espresso recommended ? i'm just concerned what i'm giving up on the pour over side if its geared to espresso.

Asked by: carral
Hey, Carral. The steel burred Forte (BG) model can easily be calibrated for espresso, and will retain better particle uniformity than the ceramic, which is an important factor in filter coffee. If you can afford the Forte, then fantastic - It's an incredible grinder.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2014-05-05

can i use a 220v power with thisBaratza Fort?

Asked by: Lydia
Hi, Lydia Baratza grinders sold in the United States are for 110v only. By running it at 220v, you'd risk seriously damaging your machine.
Answered by: Rfelb
Date published: 2013-12-12

What is the warranty on this grinder?

Asked by: Ryan
This comes with Baratza's standard one year warranty. They have a great customer service team as well!
Answered by: RossPC
Date published: 2013-09-11
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