This is a review of the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder 110 Watt
Coffee will never taste as good as it can if it’s not freshly grounded to the right coarse or fineness that drink requires. As simple as it is to use high quality beans, it’s also a simple fact that a high quality grinder will make a whole world of difference.
The conical burr grinder is good quality and this machine has forty grind settings, easily enough for even the most varied coffee tastes. Reasonable fine grounds for espresso or coarser grounds for French Press are both easy to achieve and the machine can handle any type of bean.
It can be difficult to see how much ground coffee there is in the catch box and without a timer or a scale this could lead to too many beans being ground and waster coffee (you don’t want to use grounds that have been hanging around for hours). This is a simple, entry-level machine and it’s just a compromise.
Good grind range
This Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder 110 Watt has a grind range (in microns) of 250-1200, which is very reasonable and should cover your coffee needs. The upper grind per second is 1.1g, less than half than that of Baratza’s next grinder up in range and of others of slightly better quality but still, it’s a compromise.
The grounds box capacity is a decent 142g, less than many others but I don’t see this as a problem unless you’re making coffee for a lot of people. For just one or two people, this size is perfectly adequate. The bean hopper can hold 227g of beans, again, perfectly good.
At a dash of 3kg, this machine isn’t too unwieldy and can be moved around the kitchen with ease or brought out whenever you need it. The build quality is good, it doesn’t have a luxury feel to it and, if anything, is a bit plasticky. But you’re paying for nicely ground beans here, not a show home.
Overall, this is a good quality entry-level machine that allows you to choose between forty different grind settings. It should last you for years if looked after properly and Baratza have a great reputation in the budget grinder world.
If you’re looking for one of the best grinders on the market then this isn’t it, but if you just want freshly ground coffee to make delicious drinks without forking out tons then this will do a stand up job.