The Encore boasts a ton of great features that will please everyone from the coffee connoisseur to the average person stumbling through their morning in search of a caffeine pickmeup. Its conical burr grinding system has 40 individual grind settings, which means it can precisely grind your beans to any texture, from super fine all the way to coarse. (This matters because different types of coffee require a different grinds consistency. You’ll want finer grinds for espresso, for example, and coarser grinds for your press coffee.)
The Encore couldn’t be easier to use. There’s an on/off switch on the side, a front-mounted pulse button that grinds on demand, and a beans hopper up top that turns side-to-side to adjust the grinds setting. It’s simple to clean—no tools needed to remove the burrs and no special brushes required to clean them—as well as being fairly quiet to run so you won’t wake up the entire house when you’re grinding. And at less than five inches wide, this grinder won’t take up a ton of room on your counter.
But best of all? The Encore is consistent, reliable, and effective. Customers rave about this grinder’s powerful motor, perfectly ground beans, and affordable price point, and have similarly glowing things to say about Baratza’s customer service.
Amazon customer says:
“I received a Baratza Encore for Christmas. Wow, what a difference. Beautiful grind from the stainless grinders – consistent and can go finer than I want, much quieter and the coffee tastes great again. Oh – and it’s easier to use…1. This Baratza grinder is relatively quiet, I can use it in the mornings without waking the whole family up. 2. The grind is consistent. From coarse to very fine for an espresso machine. On setting 10 it’s just right for a press. 3. I like the stainless conical burr grinders, and the container for the grounds slides in and out easily. I’m loving this grinder!”
“I seldom write reviews (because I am too lazy) but in this case I felt that I must review it. First of all, the grinder itself does an excellent job in grinding coffee. But I am giving it 5 stars not for the product itself but for the excellent customer service. The grinder worked flawlessly for over a year and then it broke 2 weeks ago. The unit was 2 months out of warranty. I checked Baratza’s website and they have a repair program. The price for reasonable ($45 for repair.) I figure it was worth the repair since a new one is more expensive one year later. I shipped it to the service center with the payment enclosed and I got it back 10 days later. They fixed it by replacing the broken motor and re-calibrate the unit. Not only was the turnaround quick, but they also didn’t charge me for the repair (void check returned.)”