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Posted Wed Jul 10, 2013, 7:10pm
Subject: Baratza Encore settings?
 

I'm planning to the buy the Baratza Encore grinder for $130 looks good for what I need. Does anyone have this grinder? I want to know what settings you use for Auto-Drip, French press, pour over and espresso. This Is for the normal out of the box version, nothing with calibrations or such. I mainly want to know what settings are best for Auto-drip because I use that more than anything. Thanks!

 
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Posted Thu Jul 11, 2013, 1:44am
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Excellent choice of grinder. In some cases you'll have to calibrate the burrs closer in order to grind fine enough for espresso, but it's easy to do.

As for the settings, the starting points are in the manual. But keep in mind that each different bean at different times of its shelf life needs a different setting, in addition to this, the setting would also depend on moisture levels and other environmental variables.

 
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Posted Thu Jul 11, 2013, 10:10am
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Not to mention that even when you do zero the grinder, every grinder grinds differently, well when you get to geek status they do, thus the settings in the owners manual are as good as any to get you started. From there, you need to adjust the grinder to get the result in the brew process and cup that you are looking for.

 
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 7:20am
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My understanding is the factory settings vary a little on the Baratzas from grinder to grinder.  At least I know that is true of the Virtuoso and Preciso.  Additionally, I do not think that you will get a great espresso grind without recalibration, as previously mentioned.  But this would probably mean you will no longer be able to get coarse enough for French Press.
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 8:29am
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I was thinking of using the grinder for french press too, but I don't think I'll actually use It for espresso. So that means I won't need to re-calibrate It.

 
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Posted Sat Jul 13, 2013, 11:24am
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Thecoffeenerd Said:

I was thinking of using the grinder for french press too, but I don't think I'll actually use It for espresso. So that means I won't need to re-calibrate It.

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It should work great for that.
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Posted Sun Jul 14, 2013, 8:16am
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Any good settings for french press on that grinder? I mean like one's you use?

 
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Posted Sun Jul 14, 2013, 9:26am
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You can use the factory settings for espresso - french press.  If you are using light coffee for espresso then you may need to re calibrate.  I have ground and pulled nice shots on setting #5 with a FC roast and obviously you have no issue out of the box with drip and press.  If you re-calibrate you can still use press you would just not immerse the coffee in water for as long.
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Posted Tue Jul 16, 2013, 2:03pm
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Thecoffeenerd Said:

Any good settings for french press on that grinder? I mean like one's you use?

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I would recommend starting a few settings (3 or 4) from the coarsest and then adjusting as needed.  As a general rule, I think you want to go as fine as you can without getting too dirty a cup of coffee (which is a matter of preference).  Just buy the cheapest whole bean coffee you can get and experiment with it until you get the right grind and then try it out on your good stuff.

Burner0000 Said:

You can use the factory settings for espresso - french press.  If you are using light coffee for espresso then you may need to re calibrate.  I have ground and pulled nice shots on setting #5 with a FC roast and obviously you have no issue out of the box with drip and press.  If you re-calibrate you can still use press you would just not immerse the coffee in water for as long.

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I think the coarseness has less to do with extraction and more to do with not wanting a dirty cup, in which case going finer is never really a good option.  Netphilosopher has a pretty good explanation for why it's nearly impossible to overextract in immersion brewing methods like FP.
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Posted Wed Jul 17, 2013, 9:29am
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Well, I do own the grinder but I've only used it for French Press and Auto drip (gold filter). Personally I use 29-31 for the FP and I usually stick around 18-20 for my auto drip. It varies a little bit depending on the bean just on how it appears to grind.

Of course it will vary based upon your own resluts and how it tastes for you
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