Baratza Virtuoso Or Encore? Which Is The Best Choice For You?
Features of Baratza Virtuoso:
- 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:
- 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?
Image Title Baratza Encore - Conical Burr Coffee Grinder (with Bin) Baratza Virtuoso - Conical Burr Coffee Grinder (with Bin) Feature The Encore is lauded by coffee experts as THE go-to entry level grinder for those brewing coffee at home. The Encore gives a great grind for drip/manual brew and also grinds fine enough for espresso.
Featuring 40 individual grind settings, from fine to coarse, the Encore can please any palate with its gamut of accurate and repeatable grind settings.
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.
A convenient, front-mounted pulse button makes it easy to grind on demand into your brew basket. Whether you are looking for an espresso grinder or a grinder to help you explore that extensive range of brew methods, the Encore is a great all around home grinder.
Speed to Grind: .8 to 1.1g/sec.; Bean Hopper Capacity: 8 oz (227g); Grounds Bin Capacity: 5 oz. (142 g); Weight: 7 lbs. (3.1kg); Dimensions WxHxD cm: 12x35x16 cm; Power Rating (North America): 110 V AC 50/60 Hz. 1 Amp; Power Rating (Other): 230 V AC 50/60 Hz. .5 Amps; Safety Listing: UL/CSA/CE/EK; Designed & Engineered: Seattle, WA, USA
Let the Virtuoso's professional-grade 40mm conical burrs perform their magic for a consistent, fine grind. How about a French Press? The Virtuoso can handle that too, with a particle size uniformity that gives you consistency from cup to cup. In fact, the Virtuoso is so consistent at both the coarse and fine ends of the grind range that we consider it to be in a class all by itself - and so do many of the micro- and specialty-roasters who swear by it.
The secret to the Virtuoso's consistent, smooth grind is: 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.
The Virtuoso's exterior is just as finely tuned as its interior - 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 replicate the ideal grind time. 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 workspaces alike.
Speed to Grind: 1.5 to 2.4 g/sec.; Bean Hopper Capacity: 8 oz (227g); Grounds Bin Capacity: 5 oz. (142 g); Weight: 8 lbs. (3.6kg); Dimensions WxHxD cm: 12x35x16 cm; Power Rating (North America): 110 V AC 50/60 Hz. 1 Amp; Power Rating (Other): 230 V AC 50/60 Hz. .5 Amps; Safety Listing: UL/CSA/CE/EK; Designed & Engineered: Seattle, WA, USA
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- Both grinders have the same basic features of 40 grind settings as well as the same hopper and bin capacity.
- The Virtuoso offers speed rotation control to 500 RPM.
- The Encore offers speed rotation control to 450 RPM.
- 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.
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