The Baratza Encore is a well-rounded grinder equipped with 40 grind settings, all of which perform equally well. Unfortunately, this grinder can't make full use of its capacity or grind oily beans because it clogs too easily.
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Pro Good option for advanced users
You can fully adjust any of the 40 grind settings. This is the only grinder at its price that can be calibrated.
Pro Easy to clean
This grinder is easy to disassemble, simplifying the process of cleaning out all the excess grounds.
Pro Cheap to repair
The replacement parts for this grinder are very cheap, which allows you to save money on repairs. Most grinders are very expensive to repair or need to be replaced entirely.
Pro Very simple to use
You simply have to adjust the grind settings and turn the grinder on or off. There is no timer or automatic dosing mechanism to complicate the process.
Pro Excellent option if you like to use various brewing methods
This grinder retains good consistency across all of its 40 grind settings, which means you won't need any other specialized grinders.
Con Clogs easily
Pouring in too many beans in the hopper can cause clogging when grinding, which makes its capacity a detriment. You should also avoid oily beans, which will immediately cause clogging. Even with careful use, it will still clog after a certain time.
Con Bad option for espresso enthusiasts
The fine settings are too far apart in their fineness and require extensive calibration to achieve the precision espresso enthusiasts strive for.