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Baratza Virtuoso Or Encore? Which Is The Best Choice For You?

Conical Burr Grinders Mar 12, 2015

Features of Baratza Virtuoso:

Baratza Virtuoso - Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
  • Professional grade conical burr grinder
  • 40mm conical burrs offer consistent grinds every time.
  • 40 grind settings from coarse for french press to fine of espresso brewing.
  • Grind range goes from 250 to 1200 microns.
  • Built-in 60 second timer.
  • Bean hopper capacity: 8 oz.
  • Bin capacity 5 oz.
  • Speed control allows you to use a combination of gear and electronic speed reduction to control the speed of the burrs, up to 500 RPM.

Features of the Baratza Encore:

Baratza Encore - Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
  • An entry-level conical burr grinder perfect for home use.
  • 40 grind settings from coarse to fine. Perfect for all brewing methods.
  • Bean hopper capacity: 8 oz.
  • Ground bin capacity: 5 oz.
  • Speed control, control the rotation of the burr to 450 RPM.



What Is The Difference Between Virtuoso and Encore?

Basic Features:

  • Both grinders have the same basic features of 40 grind settings as well as the same hopper and bin capacity.

Speed Control:

  • The Virtuoso offers speed rotation control to 500 RPM.
  • The Encore offers speed rotation control to 450 RPM.

Other Features:

  • The Virtuoso features a 60 sec. timer that the Encore doesn’t have.

Which One Should You Buy?

Both the Virtuoso and Encore are quite similar in features that it makes it hard to choose between the two. Truth is, you won’t find a lot of difference between the two grinders apart from the fact that the Virtuoso features stainless steel accents that give it a more expensive feel. When in operation, the Virtuoso produces a lot LESS noise than the Encore. While that doesn’t affect the grind produced, it does affect your experience. Watch the videos below to see the difference.

Watch a Video Review of the Baratza Encore:

Virtuoso vs. Encore Video: