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So you want to buy a coffee grinder -- why not just grab any old thing on the shelf at the big box store? In this guide, we cover why grinding fresh is important for your coffee's flavor, what makes burr grinders more desirable, and how to select the right grinder for you.
If you’ve perused our blog before or spent any time scrolling through our social media feeds, you can probably tell: we’re huge grinder nerds here at Prima. It’s true, of all the equipment we test out and use in our day to day, grinders are probably the most exciting (Hello, Baratza Sette!). And that’s mainly because grinder technology is in a bit of a Renaissance right now - we’re seeing better burrs in more places, more attention paid to grind
When you come across rules like these, do you ever find yourself asking, "Says who?" From water temperature ("off boil") to tamping pressure (30 pounds), these fuzzy standards are everywhere, yet widely accepted.
April has been a busy month for the coffee industry and we wanted to give you a quick summary:
The Virtuoso is a classic grinder for at-home coffee enthusiasts who desire a simple, solid start to making their own brews. Its 40mm conical burrs give it an edge in the grinding game, with the capability of producing a more uniform grind at a faster pace than Baratza’s Encore, so you can enjoy a wider range of brewing styles. Simple grind adjustment, timed dosing, and Baratza’s unparalleled durability cap off the features of the Virtuoso, and make it a fantastic addition to any at-home coffee collection.
If you crave great coffee and need a convenient way to make it, this bundle is for you. Combine a Bonavita automatic brewer, Baratza burr grinder, and your very own Prima Coffee mug and you'll be looking at the simplest specialty coffee set-up around. When you buy this gear together, you're saving over $30 – and that's a lot of coffee.
The Baratza Forté is the newest coffee and espresso grinder on the planet – what in the world is it all about? We've pitted it against some classics and peeked under the hood to help get the word out: this grinder's got guts!
It's quite the claim, but we say "yes!" In this review, we investigate Baratza's promise and see if an espresso grinder can actually be bought for this astounding price.
Coffee Fest is back in Chicago — are you ready? This is one of the most fun weekends in the coffee world and we hope that you'll come play. Read on to see where we'll be.
The Encore comes on the heels of Baratza’s popular Maestro and Maestro Plus, and has quickly set the bar for entry level coffee grinders. With its intuitive controls, diverse grind range, and classic Baratza durability, the Encore has joined the ranks of top at-home grinders, while still maintaining another noteworthy attribute: affordability. Get to know the Encore inside and out as Chris explores the features of this versatile grinder.
The new Sette 270W brings fresh innovation and further usability to the home grinding game. It features a unique new grinding mechanism for less retained grounds, 30 macro grind settings plus stepless micro grind adjustment to meet a range of brewing needs, and weight-based dosing with programmable presets so you can create and store your favorite doses. Explore all there is to know about the new Sette 270W in this video, as Steve highlights the features that position it to become the new star of Baratza’s grinder lineup.
With over 16 years of experience in Gourmet coffee grinding and brewing equipment, Baratza sets the standard for home grinders. The Vario is Baratza's entry to the mezzo class of grinders, which fill the niche between large professional grinders and home grinders. The Vario's small footprint, full grind range from espresso to press, repeatable micro-grind adjustment, and quick grinding speed place it at the top of its class. The new 886 model now includes an all-metal portaholder for added stability when dosing directly into your portafilter.
Go from grinding for espresso to grinding for auto drip in under a minute with Baratza’s Sette Coarse Burr for Sette 270 and Sette 270W grinders. Designed to excel in the medium-to-coarse range, the Sette Coarse Burr offers top-notch performance and better uniformity of grind, from drip to french press. Ready to see it in action? Watch along as Steve examines the Sette Coarse Burr and demonstrates the quick, simple burr swap.
All good things must come to an end. At least that’s what Chaucer said. And sadly, that is true for the 2018 Specialty Coffee Expo. But melancholy aside, this year’s Expo was definitely a success. We saw a bunch of new products, exchanged numerous business cards, recorded hours of video, watch baristas compete, drank too much coffee, had too little sleep, and had a lot of fun!
Buying a new burr grinder can seem like an intimidating task, but it shouldn't be! Follow our three tips to simplify your choices and help you pick the right grinder for your needs.
Another year has passed, and once again the big SCAA Event is upon us! In just over a week, our team will be headed to Atlanta to take part in the largest coffee industry event in the US, and we'll be packing a whole lot of awesome along for the ride. Want to know what's up with the Event this year? You know we've got you covered!
Fresh from the vaults of innovation, the Forté has arrived. So what's the chatter about? This review will get you close and cozy with Baratza's newest grinder, where you'll find out if it's really hot stuff — or all hype.
Baratza has announced the release of their newest entry-level home coffee grinder. The Baratza Encore (more on this in a bit) has taken the Maestro Plus’s spot as the baddest entry-level home grinder on the planet. This announcement is bittersweet for me, as this means saying goodbye to the Maestro name. I (Matt) have been the proud owner of a Baratza Maestro for almost two and a half years now. It has been the best coffee investment I’ve made (or rather my wife made on my behalf when she gave it to me as a Christmas present). It has been the perfect home coffee grinder for the ridiculous variety of manual brewing devices I own. For someone who didn’t need a grinder for espresso, the Maestro has been perfect.
Now that we've covered the basics of buying a burr grinder, what comes next? Whether you are looking to upgrade from your current grinder, or you'd rather jump a few rungs up the ladder for your first grinder, your options are myriad.
The latest from Baratza is a sight for sore eyes. The Forté boasts 54-millimeter steel or ceramic burrs, 260 steps of grind adjustment, and weight-based dosing via a touch-screen interface. Perfect for the home or cafe, the Forté is for anyone who needs commercial quality in a professional package with an easy-to-use interface.
Baratza’s newest line of grinders - the Sette series - were first announced about a year ago now to much excitement and fanfare. They promised speedy grinding with a brand new drive mechanism, stepless micro adjustment, and a whole new way to grind by weight. We’ve long known Baratza to produce great value grinders for the consumer side of the coffee world, and stand by them with equally excellent support.
Eleven days and a thousand miles separate me from my last morning in Boston. Swag sorted, coffee stashed, and sleep recovered, I'm back to normal life in Louisville. Back to writing at a desk, breathing warm, Kentucky air and sleeping in my own bed. Back to wishing I was in Boston.
The Baratza Sette 270 raises the bar for home grinders by bringing more to the table than ever before. It boasts nearly 300 grind settings, an innovative conical burr set, and a pass-through grinding system, to meet a range of brewing needs without the hassle of retained grounds. Discover the ins and outs the Sette 270, as Steve highlights the features that make it a game-changing grinder.