Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder
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Over the years, our Maestro Plus™ has come to be lauded
by coffee experts as THE go-to grinder for those who love both drip-coffee
and manual brews. Building on that platform, we have developed the Encore™,
with upgraded the burrs to give a great grind for drip/manual brew and also
fine enough for espresso. The Encore also has a completely new gearbox.
Featuring 40 individual grind settings, from fine to coarse, the Encore can
please any palate with its gamut of accurate and repeatable grind settings.
The Encore has the accurate coarse grind for the increasingly popular manual
brew methods such as pour-over, Aeropress, Siphon and Chemex. The specially
designed burrs give a precise grind with minimal fines for a flavorful, balanced
extraction when making espresso.
And, of course, the Encore is built with the quality Baratza parts you’ve
come to trust. 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.
Beyond a great coffee-drinking experience, the Encore makes for a great coffee-making
experience. A convenient, front-mounted pulse button makes it easy to grind
on demand into your brew basket. Whether you are looking for an espresso grinder
or a grinder to help you explore that extensive range of brew methods, the
Encore is a great all around home grinder.
Burrs: Manufactured in Europe, the Encore’s 40 mm conical
burrs will grind for many styles of coffee. Conical burr grinders are exceptional
at producing consistent grinds from very fine to very coarse as well as being
durable and will remain sharp for many years.
Gearbox: In 2012, Baratza introduced the second generation
Gearbox (GB 2.0). With GB 2.0, Baratza has significantly increased the strength
and durability of the drive transmission while decreasing noise. 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. During
the Encore’s rigorous testing process, stainless steel screws were thrown
into the burrs, and in every case the motor/gear/burrs stopped immediately,
the (automatically-resettable) thermal cutout was triggered, and the gears
Grind Adjustment: Turn the hopper and with
40 settings you can quickly adjust from fine for espresso to coarse for French
Press. The grind range is from 250 to 1200 microns.
Grinds Left in Grinder: To maximize freshness, the Encore
minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder.
Brewing Methods: The Encore is a great grinder for manual
brewing and espresso.
Motor: A powerful, high torque DC motor effortlessly drives
the burrs. This motor turns slowly resulting in cool, quiet operation and
permits long grinding duty-cycles. The circuitry is equipped with an automatically
resetting, thermal cutoff switch.
Calibration: An innovative burr calibration system ensures
that each grinder has the full range of grind. If necessary, the grinders
can be user calibrated.
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.
On-off Switch: The Encore has an easy on-off switch.
Cleaning: Burrs are easily removable with no tools, making
cleaning very easy.
Accessories (which may be purchased separately): 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.
Hopper extender: An extension that can add 9 oz. of capacity to the existing
8 oz. bean hopper. Several extenders can be added to get to the capacity you
The following is from the Baratza.com
Baratza released the new ENCORE burr grinder on March 19, 2012,
in response to requests from retailers and consumers for an affordable home
grinder that works for any style of coffee, including espresso. This grinder
replaces the Maestro Plus. The Maestro Plus has been re engineered into the
Encore by building it with an improved burr that will allow a greater degree
of fineness, as well as the new 2nd generation Gearbox (GB2.0). Key details:
• New Encore burr grinds fine enough for espresso and
also good for the increasingly popular manual brew methods.
• With GB 2.0, Baratza has significantly increased the
strength and durability of the drive transmission while decreasing noise.
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.
We tested it by throwing stainless screws into the burrs, and in every case
the motor/gear/burrs stopped dead and the (automatically-resettable) thermal
cutout was triggered and the gears were fine. (All of Baratza’s conical
burr grinders manufactured after January 2012 will also have the GB 2.0.)
• We have replaced the timer switch with an on/off switch.
• The Encore has the weighted base.
• The Encore replaces the Maestro Plus and will be priced
at the same high-value point.
The first shipment of Encore sold out within days of release.
The next shipment is due April 10.