Amanda Norcross • June 24, 2021
When asked about the best type of grinder for coffee beans, we'll always say burr. And when asked about the best burr grinder, many of us at Bean Box will say the Baratza Encore (as will many baristas and other coffee experts you meet).
Read on to see our Baratza Encore review—and why we believe it's one of the best burr coffee grinders, especially for beginners. You'll also find other helpful information about this conical burr grinder, from how to clean it to how much it costs.
The Baratza Encore is a burr coffee grinder, which means it pulverizes coffee beans between two burrs, typically made of ceramic or stainless steel. Burr grinders are known for their consistent grind, yielding a more balanced cup than you're likely to experience with a blade grinder (though there are plenty of great blade grinders on the market).
The Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder can be purchased at Crate and Barrel and on Amazon. Many roasters also sell the Baratza Encore with free shipping. It costs roughly $140.
Start with these grind settings, as suggested by Baratza:
Your favored settings may change based on personal preference and as the burrs age and are are taken apart and put back together. Start at a predicted grind size or factory suggestion and then move one tick higher (coarser) or lower (finer) to find your optimal setting.
Step 1: Turn the Baratza Encore on using the On/Off switch.
Step 2: Turn the base of the hopper to the desired setting on the dial, located below the hopper.
Step 3: Pour your beans into the hopper and grind.
Wondering how much coffee you need? Use our coffee calculator to figure out the best coffee-to-water ratio.
The Baratza Encore comes with a small wire brush for cleaning. Baratza recommends using the brush to clean these parts of the grinder:
Alternatively, you can use cleaning pellets.
Many Baratza Encore users complain of static and the mess it creates (a result of the burrs grinding), but here's a simple hack: "Take a metal spoon with just a drop of water on it, and stir the beans really well," suggests Chris Clemens, a coffee enthusiast and travel writer. "You don't want to use too much water because your grinds will come out wet, but use just enough to dampen them. It makes a huge difference." Coffee connoisseur, James Hoffman, recommends something similar, but instead uses the handle of the spoon, putting it under water for just a second before stirring the coffee beans.
Although the Baratza Encore and Baratza Virtuoso are quite similar, there are still a few key differences: