BARATZA VIRTUOSO VS ENCORE – Coffee Burr Grinder Review

The Baratza Virtuoso is a wonderful coffee burr grinder for anyone looking to step up their coffee brewing game, or even dabble in a little bit of espresso at home. A quality, consistent coffee grinder is the most important element to making the best pour over, french press, chemex, drip, or espresso coffee at home. Both the Virtuoso and Encore are great picks for entry level to mid level coffee grinding, but if you’ve got a tight budget, we recommend the Bodum Bistro for those looking to get great coffee grinding under $100.

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With the Virtuoso, the look goes beyond merely functional. A sculptured metal top and base give this grinder an expensive, elegant image that adds a sense of class and quality to kitchen counters and coffee shop work spaces alike. When you want it all, the Virtuoso is the grinder that will get you there with function, elegance, and style.

A convenient front-mounted pulse button allows for grinding directly into an espresso filter basket, while a 60-second timer means that it’s easy to adjust and replicate the ideal grind time.

Featuring 40 individual grind settings, from fine to coarse, the Virtuoso has an average grind of 2g/sec. The Virtuoso has an accurate medium to coarse grind for the popular manual brew methods such as Aeropress, Hario V60, and Chemex. 40 mm quality high-carbon steel burrs, engineered in Lichenstein, Europe, consistently produce the quality grind that is going to make the key difference to the taste in your cup. The secret to the Virtuoso’s consistent, smooth grind is two-fold: an 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.

With its small footprint, the Virtuoso fits nicely under most kitchen cabinets. The hopper can hold 10 ounces of whole beans. The quality engineering and build will give you years of grinding pleasure. Additional resources and parts are available as needed to ensure value for your investment.

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