I always applaud those manufacturers who stay close to their product consumers and listen to feedback and suggestions on how to improve or enhance their offerings and communicate with customers as if they are talking to a friend. Too many times I have witnessed products that seem to have a great promise or purpose fail in the marketplace because the maker doesn’t communicate with the user and follow-up and correct or remake the product to fit the needs of the consumer. That is why I am genuinely happy that Whole Latte Love carries the outstanding line of coffee grinders from the Baratza Company of Bellevue, Washington. This American design and engineering company is focused on making affordable coffee grinders for home-baristas that have professional grade characteristics. Kyra Kennedy and Kyle Anderson, co-founders, have surrounded themselves with a team of employees that is an extension of their collective vision of continuous product improvement and innovation, world-class service, and focus on listening to customers. They have created a socially responsible company that fulfills its corporate citizenship role passionately. While providing outstanding product support, they have continued to listen to users and have enjoyed phenomenal success as a result. For example, they introduced an affordable home-use burr grinder, the Maestro in 2001. They continuously analyzed customer feedback, and made changes and improvements to the Maestro grinders in 2003, 2007 and 2010. This pattern of continuous improvement and listening to users is the rock-solid key to product success and market dominance. This month Whole Latte Love is participating in launching the Baratza Encore which is the next generation of coffee grinder replacing the Maestro series. It is very apparent that they have retained all of the best operating characteristics of the Maestro series, while introducing improvements in under-the-hood design, engineered materials and precision manufacturing methods from around the globe. The grinder is designed and engineered in USA, the burrs are precision machined in Liechtenstein, and more parts are manufactured in Taiwan along with final assembly of the grinder. The major changes included in the Encore include: An improved conical burr that produces a greater degree of fineness for brewing espresso while still being adjustable in 40 increments all the way to a coarse French press grind A simpler on/off switch vs. a timer switch and a pulse button on the front, And a revamped gearbox that has a drive transmission with decreased noise and significantly increased strength and durability. In addition to a new drive shaft, motor mounting plate and bushings, the gearbox includes a new drive gear made of 15% glass-filled thermo plastic which is quieter than the prior metal gear, wears better and is more shock resistant. The shape and appearance of the Encore is barely changed from the Maestro, and the popular existing accessory enhancements like the Baratza Portafilter holder and the Baratza Esatto grind control scales will also fit the Encore. Important features that migrated to the new design unchanged include a weighted base, 40-step grind settings (although they grind finer at the low end), and an efficient DC motor that still rotates the burrs at a slow 450 RPM for cool static-free grinding. Perhaps the aspect that will be most appreciated is that even with all of the changes and enhancements the price of the Encore is still the same as the Maestro. I am confident that those who purchase the new Encore will be very satisifed with the performance of the grinder, and pleased with the Baratza company culture and customer interface.
OverviewBack to Top
The American designed and engineered Baratza Maestro grinders have been proving themselves in coffee lovers’ kitchens since 2001. And since its introduction Baratza listened to feedback from its users and improved the Maestro with significant changes in 2003, 2007, and 2010.
Now, with the introduction of modern engineered materials and precision manufacturing methods, Baratza has designed the all new Encore grinder incorporating all of the great features and qualities of the Maestro series along with the feedback from users and new materials to make it an even better, quieter, and more efficient coffee grinder with an enhanced range of grind fineness.
Features like a weighted base, 40 individual grind settings, a new 2nd generation gearbox (GB2.0), efficient DC motor, and a combination of electric and gear speed reducers to slow the burr revolutions to 450 RPM keeping the grounds cool and avoiding static build up, make the Encore a wise choice for the at-home Barista. Oh, and the price is still the best in its category for a true burr type espresso grinder that can produce drip grind and French press grind! The Encore is a truly versatile all-around grinder for the coffee lover.
FeaturesBack to Top
The Encore also features the next generation of gearbox design that along with a redesigned drive shaft and motor mounting plate and bushings incorporates a new drive gear made of 15% glass filled thermo plastic which is quieter than the prior metal gear, wears better and is more shock resistant. This creates a very robust yet quieter grinding performance. The new design includes safety features stopping the grinder and triggering the automatically-resettable thermal cutout if foreign objects enter the burrs.
The Encore is equipped with a new design of durable 40mm conical burrs precision manufactured in Liechtenstein. The burrs are held in place with a precision mounting system to provide a steady platform for accurate grinding. The Encore now grinds fine enough for espresso and is adjustable for all other brewing needs all the way to a coarse French press grind. The new burrs are so efficient that even at the low rotating speed of 450rpm, they grind a typical espresso dose in 7 seconds. The burrs are removable with no tools, making cleaning very easy.
Bean Hopper and Grounds Container
This Baratza model has an 8-ounce bean hopper and a 5-ounce anti-static grounds container. Both are tinted to reduce light exposure.
The Baratza Encore has 40 stepped grind adjustments from fine for espresso to coarse for French Press. Alternating between the different grind settings is easy; simply turn the bean hopper. The grind range is from 250 to 1200 microns.
An innovative burr calibration system ensures that each grinder has the full range of grind. If necessary, the Encore can be user calibrated.
The high-torque, direct-current motor results in seamless operation; since the burrs are operated at about 450 RPM, heat transfer and static are kept to a minimum. In addition to heat and static reduction, the low RPM lets the grinder remain quiet and unobtrusive. The motor also features an automatically resetting, thermal cut-off switch for safe operation.
Grinds Left in Grinder
To maximize freshness, the Encore minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder.
- Speed to Grind: .8 to 1.1g/sec.
- Bean Hopper Capacity: 8 oz (227g)
- Grounds Bin Capacity: 5 oz. (142 g)
- Weight: 7 lbs. (3.1kg)
- Dimensions WxHxD inches: 4.7 x 13.8 x 6.3 (cm: 12x35x16)
- Power Rating: 110 V AC 50/60 Hz. 1 Amp
- Safety Listing:UL/CSA/CE/EK
- Designed & Engineered: Seattle, WA, USA
- Conical 40mm Burr Manufactured: Liechtenstein
- Grinder Manufactured and Assembled: Taiwan
With unique speed control, the Encore uses a combination of gear and electronic speed reduction to control the rotation of the burr to 450 RPM. The electronic speed controller is adjustable from 405 to 495 RPM in the event that specific user conditions require modification of the speed. This slow speed reduces heat, noise, and static generation in the grinder. It also ensures that the beans feed smoothly into the burrs.
Baratza Esatto grind control scales
Esatto: An accessory that transforms your Encore into a grind by weight grinder. Set the weight you want, the Esatto does the rest, weighing the ground coffee to within +/- 0.2g, while grinding, and stopping automatically.
Baratza Portafilter holder
The Baratza Maestro PortaHolder gives your arm a little rest when making espresso by eliminating the need to stand and hold a portafilter in place throughout the grinding process. Simply insert the PortaHolder™ into the grounds bin slot, insert a portafilter and operate the grinder.
I have the Baratza Encore Burr coffee grinder. I really like the grinder except for the static electricity that causes grinds to cling to the hopper and side of the machine. What can be done about this?
In general, there isn't too much that can be done to reduce static charge than "simply" upgrading to a higher-tier grinder. While the Encore may produce an excellent and consistent grind, it maintains its reasonable price by not having some of the features of its up-market kin, like anti-static screens.
The beans will not pass through my Encore until I get to a minimum of setting 10. I am trying to find my best espresso setting. Anyone else have this problem?
Are your beans oily?
No. I am using Starbucks Espresso beans.
Starbucks espresso beans are very oily. The oily surface causes the beans to be slippery. The small auger can not pull the beans in and force them down between the grinder burrs. When the grinder is on a fine setting the burrs are close together. Oily beans will slip out and not grind.
I've been using this grinder for about five years both to grind espresso and brewed coffee. Then today it suddenly stopped working properly.
It's making an uneven, unusual noise, and grinding very finely. The grind isn't dropping into the hopper, but staying in burrs, then finally drops out in clumps. I've cleaned it, but no difference. Any thoughts?
I am sorry about your grinder. It may be a few things such as a broken adjustment collar, needs cleaning or may need a new drive gear. Check here to do a more complete troubleshooting and how to fix it. https://www.baratza.com/troubleshooting/
I like to make cold brew coffee with a coarse grind. I use a $20.00 krups grinder and the consistency of the coffee grinded is lacking. Would the Baratza give me consistency through out the whole grinded coffee? Would this be overkill and something less expensive would also serve this purpose?
This grinder would certainly be an upgrade and give you a very consistent grind. I would not consider it overkill as it would prove to be a good investment. If You are looking for something less expensive you may want to look at the Capresso Infinity Burr grinder. But I do think the Encore will make you happy for your ground coffee needs.
SpecsBack to Top
|Dimension - Width (Inches):||4.72|
|Dimension - Height (Inches):||13.7|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches):||6.3|
|Grind Selection:||French press to light espresso|
|Drive System:||Gear Reduction|
|Burr Material:||High-Grade Steel Stainless Steel|
|Burr Size (Millimeter):||40|
|Clearance Height for Portafilter (Inches):||2.5|
|Housing Materials:||Steel/ Plastic|
|Bean Hopper Material:||Tinted Plastic|
|Ground Coffee Container Material:||Tinted Plastic|
|Bean Hopper Capacity (Oz):||8|
|Ground Coffee Container (Oz):||5 Stars|
|Dosing Options:||Container or Doserless|
|Number Of Grind Settings:||40|
|Grind Setting Controls:||Stepped|
|Easy Access To Burrs:||Yes|
|Cleaning Products For Burrs:||Urnex Grindz|
|Country Of Manufacture:||Taiwan|