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Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder

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Overview

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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.

Features

Gearbox

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.

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.

Grinder Adjustments

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.

Calibration

An innovative burr calibration system ensures that each grinder has the full range of grind. If necessary, the Encore can be user calibrated.

Motor

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.

Technical Specs

  • 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

Speed Control

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.

Accessories

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.

Specifications

Misc Data
Manufacturer: Baratza
Model: 485
Specifications
Dimension - Width (Inches): 4.72
Dimension - Height (Inches): 13.7
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 6.3
Weight (lbs): 7
Watts: 240
Volts: 120
Usage
Grind Selection: French press to light espresso
Recommended Applications: Home
Components
Grinding Method: Burr
Drive System: Gear Reduction
Burr Type: Conical
Burr Material: High-Grade Steel Stainless Steel
Burr Size (Millimeter): 40
Housing
Clearance Height for Portafilter (Inches): 2.5
Built-In Tamper: No
Housing Materials: Steel/ Plastic
Bean Hopper Material: Tinted Plastic
Removable Hopper: Yes
Ground Coffee Container Material: Tinted Plastic
Frame: Steel
Capacity
Bean Hopper Capacity (Oz): 8
Ground Coffee Container (Oz): 5 Stars
Dispensing
Dosing Options: Container or Doserless
Portafilter Compatibility: All
Controls
Number Of Grind Settings: 40
Programmable Grinding: No
Programmability type: Manual
Controls: Timer Knob
Grind Setting Controls: Stepped
Performance
RPM (Burrs): 450
Maintenance
Easy Access To Burrs: Yes
Cleaning Products For Burrs: Urnex Grindz
Details
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Taiwan
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home
Service provided
Repairs By: Baratza
Contact Number: 877-701-2021

Questions

Robert asked:

Is the Encore grinder good enough to work with the Rancillo Silvia Espresso machine?  I ask because many say that one needs a very expensive grinder for the Silvia.  But the Encore gets rave reviews. I already have an Encore with an EC 155, but am looking to upgrade the espresso machine.

 

 

 

Answer by Sanfam:

While it's able to be used with many of the machines featuring pressurized portafilters or baskets, the Encore is simply not able to produce a consistent enough grind for use with the Silvia.  I would consider the Rancilio Rocky or Baratza Preciso (formerly Virtuoso Preciso and not to be mistaken for the Virtuoso with Preciso Burrs)  your bare minimum point-of-entry.

Answer by Robert:

As a follow up to my original question about using the Encore with the Silvia: I purchased the Breville Infusor (840XL) instead because of the Encore grinder ( I already had one), and other reasons ( price, PID, programmed shot). Of course it works fine with the pressurized portafilters. Confident, then I tried the unpressurized baskets provided , with a setting of '4' on the Encore. Worked absolutely fine! The pressure gauge  was in a perfect range (mid to high) for the double shot basket . Smooth shot and perfect creme  

Very happy and not unhappy that I didn't go with the Silvia either. If I dial down the Encore further the ground is too fine, like flour that easily cakes between my fingers.  Just for your info and for others.

 

 

Linda asked:

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?

Answer by Sanfam:

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.  

Randy asked:

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?

Answer by techkathy:

Are your beans oily?

Answer by Randy:

No. I am using Starbucks Espresso beans.

Answer by techkathy:

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.

Mitchell asked:

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?

Answer by mjackson:

Mitchell,
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/

darin asked:

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?

Answer by mjackson:

Darin,
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.

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