When people ask us how to brew better coffee at home, we tell them the most important investment you can make is in a quality burr grinder. The Encore by Baratza is our favorite. teat
Featuring 40 individual grind settings, from fine to coarse, the Encore can please any palate with its range of accurate and repeatable grind settings. The Encore has an accurate medium to coarse grind for perfect for pour-over, Aeropress, Siphon, and Chemex. Additionally, the specially designed burrs give a precise fine grind, perfect for flavorful, balanced extraction when making espresso.
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.
What's a burr grinder? And why are burr grinders better?
Before we switched to using the Encore at home, we used a basic blade grinder—the kind you can get for $12 at any box store. When we finally leveled up and made the switch to a burr grinder, we couldn't believe it had taken us so long.
As opposed to blade grinders, which "chop" or "slice" the beans and heat them up in the process, the action of burr grinders is better described as "crushing" the beans. The way they're built enables only grinds of a certain size to pass through the burrs to the coffee bin below. This is why burr grinders are such a game-changer. Instead of brewing coffee grinds of all sizes (fine, medium, and coarsely chopped) the burr grinder produces consistently sized beans which enables you to make a smooth, balanced cup of coffee.
Long story short, it's literally impossible to make a better cup of coffee with a blade grinder than a burr grinder. That doesn't mean you can't make a decent cup with a blade grinder (we're not coffee snobs!), it's just that it will never taste quite as good!
Our Encore grinders ship directly from the manufacturer, Baratza, in Washington, via UPS Ground. This ensures we never run out of grinders and helps keep our carbon footprint low! Feel free to add the grinder in with your cart, and we will handle everything from there :)