Baratza Encore




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Streamed live on Jul 1, 2014

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"I was told by a coffee company in Jackson Mississippi that the Baratza was the best coffee grinder to buy for home use. It is indeed a great machine. My coffee is consistent and it is very easy to use. I would say it's a good investment that I will enjoy for several years"

Is the Baratza 985 worth the money -
"You, like me, are probably obsessed with it, pursuing the best cup possible like some coffee-crazed Ahab hunting his Moby. Let's face it, you'd have to be obsessed to even THINK about dropping more than half a grand on a grinder, an appliance that can also be bought for less than twenty bucks.

Here are the reasons, roughly in priority order, that I felt the Baratza Vario-W was well worth its purchase price FOR ME:

1) Automatic, programmable weight-based grinding with pre-sets. I'd call it the Holy Grail of Grinding, but that might sound like hype. Hmmmmm... how else can I describe it? No, sorry, I'm going to have to stick with Holy Grail... this innovation is really that good. If you weigh your coffee for consistent brewing (and if you don't, you should!) I guarantee this will bring a smile to your face every time you use it. No more weighing out your beans on a separate digital scale before you grind. Once you (easily) program the three preset buttons with three different weights, you simply press the preset you want, press start, and the Vario-W will grind exactly that weight into its lower hopper. (And yes, you can easily change those preset weights on the fly, at any time.) It has operated flawlessly for me, with repeated accuracy within 0.2 grams. If I haven't been absolutely clear about it yet, this feature is an absolute game changer in coffee preparation. And only the Vario-W has it.

2) Grind quality. The ceramic, Swiss-made Mahlkonig burrs in the Vario-W are considered by many to be the best made. And there's a top-quality motor that's turning them. Once you dial-in the grind you want (from over 200 possible settings)--you get a consistent and gorgeous grind that yields, most importantly, GREAT FLAVOR! Plus, because the burrs are ceramic, they'll last about twice as long as the best steel burrs. When you consider the high cost for replacement burrs in quality grinders ($100 or more is not uncommon), the long life of the Mahlkonigs will save you money down the road. However... all that being said... you can get great grind quality from grinders that cost much less, even other Baratzas, And while the Vario-W does allow you to easily choose from 230 grind settings (as does the plain Vario), this amount seems pointless to me beyond the marketing value. A small fraction of that amount, which is what you find on most high-quality grinders, would definitely suffice.

3) Build quality and design. The build, fit and finish of the Vario-W just ooze high quality and its a really handsome appliance on the counter. It LOOKS and FEELS like an expensive, precision instrument, which makes it an added joy to use everyday. Since I have a typically small NYC kitchen, with little counter space, I was pleasantly surprised by the relatively small footprint of this grinder, and an overall size that wasn't nearly as imposing as I feared it would be.

AND SO... that brings us back to the big question... is the Vario-W really worth $549? Well, unless you're as jazzed as I am about automatic, weight-based grinding, I'd say it's a definitive "No." You have many choices in lower cost grinders out there that will still give you a great grind. It's also a definite "No" for anyone who wants to grind directly into a portafilter, since there is no way to do that on the Vario-W. But if you're not in either of those two groups, then this is a grinder that will change your coffee-loving life on a daily basis, a purchase that will pay you happiness dividends every day for years to come.

When you consider the high quality of its build and parts, the beauty of its design, its innovative features and the brilliant execution of them, I feel the Vario-W easily justifies its price tag. Oh, and the joy it will bring to your daily coffee ritual? Ah, that's priceless!

Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it helpful in making your buying decision!"


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