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Baratza Encore - Joshua McKenzie's Review
Posted: January 5, 2015, 10:26am
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Elly Kenny 10.00
P Rob 9.00
Bob Adney 9.00
Joshua McKenzie 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Baratza LLC Quality: 8
Average Price: $130.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $150.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Conscious Cup Roasters Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Pro Barista Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: This is a great grinder, and it has good consistency and strong motor that can grind for up to two minutes on espresso sized particles.
Positive Product Points

-Easy to set grind
-Has pulse button for on demand espresso grinding
-Has accessories available online (portafilter holder)
-Low static
-Consistent particle size

Negative Product Points

-Grinding is not the fastest on the finer grind settings (about 1g/s on pour over size)
-It's a little noisy (but hey what burr grinder isn't)
-Burrs had imperfections from the time I bought it
- Instruction manual was not detailed, so I had to go to the full one online at baratza.com

Detailed Commentary

I've had this grinder about a month now, and I'm getting really good use out of it. It's fairly simple to use. It has a knob switch for on/off and also a pulse button for on demand grinding. I really find that a useful feature because I can grind for my espresso machine. I've pulled some great shots from it, so I'm happy. When I received it, I noticed that the burrs had some tiny dents in them. It hasn't seemed to affect my grind consistency, but regardless it still kind of annoyed me. Some people have said that they had rust on their burrs when they first bought it. I did not have that problem, but for anyone who does, it's not a big deal. If you receive your grinder and there's rust on the burrs, it's because the burrs are made of high-carbon steel, not stainless steel, and the humidity may have caused that to happen. When you run coffee beans through it, the oils from the beans will actually lubricate and remove any rust. It only takes a couple ounces of coffee to get it off. On the contrary, I do love this grinder. I used to have a Mr. Coffee blade grinder which was terrible. The consistency was never even close to being good, but now I can finally enjoy good fresh ground coffee. I've checked everywhere from fine espresso to coarse for French press, and the results are pretty good. It is definitely worth the extra money to get a decent burr grinder, and this one is among the cheaper ones in its class. The burrs are conical if I did not mention that before. Also, this thing can grind for a long time without getting overheated! One of it's functions is an automatic shutoff switch if the motor gets too hot, and it hasn't had to shutoff even after two minutes of grinding espresso sized particles. Overall though, a great choice of grinder and I hope you think the same!

Buying Experience

I bought it at a local roasting and brewing store called Conscious Cup. They mark up their items (which I found out later) so if I had to buy it again I would buy it online. The price online is $130.00.

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