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Baratza Encore Electric Burr Coffee Grinder

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The DC motor keeps your beans cool while the gear speed reducers slow the burr to 550 RPM for less noise and smoother bean feeding. It looks nicer, and with the handle folded down, the C2 is easier to fit between items on your countertop or in a drawer—and is a lot harder to knock over accidentally. The catch bin collects most loose grounds, although some users have noticed that static causes the grounds to stick to the inside and make a mess when you try to clean out the grinder. We also feel duty bound to address the fact that the Encore is not one of the most cutting edge in terms of external design, which is a bit of a bummer.

The Encore is lauded by coffee experts as THE go-to entry level grinder for those brewing coffee at home. In addition to a new drive shaft, motor mounting plate and bushings, this change 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 efficient DC motor keeps your beans cool, even during extended grind times, while a combination of electric and gear speed reducers slow the burr to 450 RPM, ensuring a smooth bean feed and reducing noise, heat and static buildup. Most reviewers like to refer to the Encore as Baratza’s entry-level grinder, but we think that’s selling it short. To find the right grind setting on each machine for a taste test, and to test for grind-size consistency, we used the Kruve coffee sifter and guide.

You will have to put the burrs and a rubber gasket in place before you use the machine for the first time, as well as take them back out to clean the machine when that time comes. For even more in-depth expertise, we worked with or spoke to a range of experts, like the folks who ran the New York City training center of Counter Culture Coffee, the founder of the professional education program at Coffee Project NY, and the product manager who evaluates grinders for a large American coffee equipment distributor. Burrs: Manufactured in Europe, the Encore’s 40 mm conical burrs will grind for many styles of coffee. Timemore also makes the newer C3, which has the same body with a new burr set that it says is better designed, and based on the one in its higher-end models.

The Encore has an accurate medium to coarse grind for the increasingly popular manual brew methods such as pour-over, Aeropress, Siphon and Chemex. With most coffees, the C2’s handle spins with almost no resistance, making this model almost a pleasure to use, after trying the other manual grinders. And some grinders come with an integrated scale, so you can weigh out the beans before you grind them.

Beyond a great coffee-making experience, the Encore lets you explore new coffee flavours – With 40 individual grind settings, you can find the perfect grind size for all brewing methods. You can also choose a traditional barrel grinder or one with a removable cup that lets you wash the blade and the grinds cup. Unlike the Encore, this grinder has a precise, 60-second digital timer that allows you to grind a set amount of beans from the hopper—meaning you don’t have to measure them each time you make coffee.

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