If you don't want to spend a lot of money on a coffee grinder but still want quality results, the Baratza Encore is a great choice. With 40 grind settings, you can find the perfect grind for your needs.
The Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder retails for $169.95, but you can often find it on sale for around $135.00.
At this price point, it’s one of the more affordable high-end coffee grinders on the market.
Low Grind Retention
Thanks to its design, the Encore has a low grind retention, so you won’t have to worry about tainting your coffee with old grinds or wasting your precious coffee beans. Many have noted that the grinder only retains about 0.2 grams of coffee.
The Baratza Encore has a small footprint and doesn’t take up too much counter space. It’s also quite lightweight, so it’s easy to move around when necessary.
Easy to Use
The Encore couldn’t be simpler to use. Push the pulse grind button for short bursts or activate the on/off switch for continuous grinding. Burr grinders can sometimes be daunting, but the Encore’s straightforward design makes it easy for anyone to use.
40 Grind Settings
The Baratza Encore has 40 grind settings, so you’ll be able to brew a wide variety of methods like French Press, Chemex, Hario v60, etc., with this one conical burr grinder.
The Encore produces very consistent grinds, thanks to its 40mm steel conical burrs. This is important because inconsistent grinds can lead to an uneven extraction, which will ruin your cup of coffee.
Bean Hopper Capacity
The Encore’s hopper holds 8 ounces of coffee beans, so you’ll have enough for multiple brews if you’re entertaining guests.
Baratza designed the hopper to be removed with ease, so you can quickly swap out your coffee beans for another roast.
The Baratza Encore has a 40mm conical burr set that spins at 550rpm, which is slow enough to minimize heat buildup and static cling. This results in a tastier grind with less clumping.
It’s designed for home use, so it doesn’t have the same speed and power as a commercial grinder, but despite that, it’s still able to grind about 1 gram of coffee per second, which will be fast enough for most users.
Cleaning the Baratza Encore
The cleaning procedure is pretty straightforward. You can access the burrs by removing the bean hopper. The top burr comes right out and you can use the included brush to clean everything out.
World Class Support
Baratza is well-known for their world-class customer support. The Encore is backed by a one year warranty, but I’ve heard of Baratza helping their customers even years beyond the warranty window, which is pretty impressive.
If you have any problems with your coffee grinder, they will help you troubleshoot and get it back up and running in no time.
If you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty, they also offer a repair and calibration service for a reasonable fee.
First Impressions on the Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder
The Encore currently retails for $169.95, which isn’t the cheapest in the lineup of entry-level grinders.
Consider though that a quality burr grinder will outlast a cheaper grinder by years, so it’s worth an extra $70.
Adjusting the Grind
There are 40 grind settings to choose from and they’re adjusted by turning the hopper. Baratza has included a grind size chart which references markings on the grinder for various brew methods—anything from AeroPress to French Press.
This aids as a good starting point, but finding the optimum grind size will really depend on many other factors, including the type of bean, brewing method, quantity you’re brewing, etc. Just know you’ll need to experiment a bit to get it just right.
The Baratza Encore is a great all-around grinder but lacks a few features typically found on more expensive burr grinders, like a timer or other method of dosage control.
If you’re looking for a Baratza grinder with the extras, check out the Virtuoso+ instead. It features a 40 second digital timer accurate to a tenth of a second.
The Encore uses 40mm steel conical burrs. These are durable and will stay sharp for many years with proper care.
The burrs produce a very consistent grind, which is vital for getting an even extraction and preventing bitter coffee.
One of the main selling points about a Baratza grinder is that they designed the burrs so they’re easy to clean and swap out when they eventually need to be replaced.
Using the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
I’ve been using the Baratza Encore coffee grinder for a little over three months now, and I have to say, I'm kind of impressed!
This affordable conical burr grinder has allowed me to craft an excellent cup of coffee at home with ease.
To follow are a couple of things that stood out to me:
It’s an entry-level coffee grinder, but the grind consistency it produces is on par with some high-end, more expensive models. No matter what grind setting I choose, I always get an even extraction, resulting in a well-balanced cup of coffee.
Ease of Use
Baratza Encore is really easy to use and adjust. It’s intuitive and self-explanatory, which is nice.
It’s easy to dial in the perfect grind size and once you find that sweet spot, and easy to replicate it grind after grind.
Ease of Cleaning
It’s very easy to remove the hopper and top burr for a thorough cleaning. The Encore comes with a stiff brush to break up any ground coffee that’s stuck in the burrs.
The grinds bin is easy to remove and wash with soapy water as well.
Tip: Compressed air also does a great job of removing any grinds that are lingering in the grinder. If you must use water to wash the top burr, just make sure it’s absolutely dry before you put it back in the grinder.
All in all, the entire process shouldn’t take you more than 10 minutes.
The frequency with which you clean the burrs depends on usage. If you’re using your Baratza Encore coffee grinder daily, it’s a good idea to clean it once a week. If you only use it once a week or less, you can get away with cleaning it once a month.
As far as burr grinders are concerned, this conical burr grinder is pretty compact. It’s about 13.75" tall, 4.75" wide, & 6" deep (35cm / 12cm / 16cm). It’s takes up less space than the base of my gooseneck kettle and is just a little taller than my French Press.
I don’t have a lot of counter space left on my coffee bar due to GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), so I really appreciate that the Baratza Encore doesn’t take up a lot of room.
On/Off Switch and Pulse Button
The on/off switch is on the right side of the grinder. It’s easy enough to access, but you may have to tweak your specific setup a bit to accommodate it.
The pulse button is on the front of the grinder, and it works like you’d expect. This is a nice-to-have feature if you’re grinding coffee for a finicky pour over and need a tad bit more ground coffee to reach your intended dose.
Will It Espresso?
The Baratza Encore can produce an espresso grind, but it lacks the finer adjustments in the espresso range to really dial your beverage in. This isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, but it’s something to keep in mind if your primary focus is to brew espresso.
Using this coffee grinder now for around 3 months, I can say the Baratza Encore is definitely worth the price, especially considering its performance and grind consistency it produces.
Even at full price, the Encore is a great value. It’s well-built, designed to last (and repairable), and comes with a one-year warranty.
Also, with Baratza’s world-class support team, you can be confident that you’re getting a quality product.
Overall, I really like this little grinder and would recommend it to anyone who might be on a budget, or just starting out. It’s a great entry-level grinder that will grow with you as your coffee knowledge and experience expands.
It will last you for years to come, especially considering it’s so easy to replace parts on.
Plus, with the one-year warranty and Baratza’s stellar customer service, your investment is protected. For me, it’s made brewing coffee at home even more enjoyable.
And with that, a few words on why the Baratza Encore might NOT be for you:
Don’t buy the Baratza Encore coffee grinder if:
You’re really looking for a grinder that specializes in espresso. The Encore is great for a lot of different brewing methods, but it won’t have the same finesse as a dedicated espresso grinder.
You’re looking for something with a ton of features. The Encore is a great basic grinder, but it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles.
You’re looking for a grinder with more of a “wow” factor, look elsewhere
The Baratza Encore grinder is for you if:
You’re looking for an affordable, entry-level grinder backed by an outstanding company.
You want an exceptional grinder that will last for years to come.
You want a coffee grinder that’s easy to use and maintain.
You’re looking for a grinder with many grind settings that can handle just about any brewing method.
You want a grinder with an amazing grind consistency.
From a very young "growth-stunting" age, Clint Doerfler has had a deep-rooted love for coffee. As a result, he founded Coffee Gear Gurus® to share his passion for incredible home brewed coffee with others. When he's not watching true crime shows with family or playing music, he's devoted to helping fellow coffee feins make amazing coffee at home - regardless of their experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should a burr grinder last?
With proper care and maintenance, a quality conical burr grinder will last for many years. Sometimes, upwards of ten years or more. The consensus is you should invest wisely upfront in a quality grinder, as it will save you money in the long run.
How do I know if my burrs are worn out?
If the burr edges feel dull or jagged, it’s time for a replacement. You may also notice that your grind consistency is suffering or that it takes longer to grind the same amount of coffee.
Another telltale sign that your burrs are worn is consistently having to grind finer. This is because the dull burrs struggle to cut through the beans, so you need to compensate by grinding finer.
How long do Baratza Encore burrs last?
Baratza has rated the Encore’s steel burrs to grind around 500lbs of coffee beans before replacing is necessary.
That means if you grind around 1 pound of coffee beans per week, your burrs will last you roughly 9.6 years.
If your machine is around 10 years old, it’s probably time for a new set of burrs, regardless!
Can you use a blender as a coffee grinder?
We do not recommend using a blender as a coffee grinder. Blenders are designed to chop (much like a blade grinder) whereas burr coffee grinders crush the coffee beans into a consistent grind and specific size.