This is the first of several Baratza products we're listing. This makes the list because it is the least-expensive electric grinder I feel confident to recommend: Baratza's entry level Encore grinder.
This is the re-engineered and redesigned "Maestro" Grinder from Baratza to fix one of the Maestro's biggest drawbacks - it could not grind fine enough for espresso. The Encore fixes that with a completely redesigned burr group assembly that brings the 40-click selection of other Baratza models, giving you the ability to grind coffee between 200 and 1200 microns, the range needed for espresso on up to press pot coffee.
This grinder is also fully compatible with Baratza's Esatto attachment, which can turn it into a weight-dosing grinder. It does not come with a Portaholder, but one can be bought separately and used with the Encore.The 40mm burrs are the same found in the Virtuoso grinder. The construction of the grinder is also upgraded from the old Maestro, and the front "pulse" button makes a return for one handed operation while using a portafilter.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.