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We have calls all the time from coffee enthusiasts wanting to figure out which grinder they should choose, especially if they are taking their first steps to burr grinders! Below we’ve layed out the full range of grinders and their unique benefits and uses. We encourage you to use this as a starting point and then delve into our product pages for more information.

Conical Burr Grinders

Home Grinders

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Encore

Baratza’s entry-level all-purpose grinder


  • 40 steps of adjustment for a consistent grind for any style of coffee
  • Grinds for French Press, automatic coffee brewer, manual brew (Aeropress, Clever Dripper, V60), and espresso

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Virtuoso

Perfect for your manual brewing journey


  • High performance burr set reduces the fines in all levels of grind which gives a clean (café quality) taste in the cup. 
  • 40 steps of adjustment for any style of coffee.
  • Grinds for French Press, automatic coffee brewer, manual brew (Aeropress, Clever Dripper, V60), and espresso.

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Preciso

The ideal grinder for your single boiler espresso machine


  • 40 steps to quickly adjust for any style of coffee.
  • Micro adjust to dial-in the perfect espresso – 400 total steps of adjustment.
  • High performance burr set reduces the fines in all levels of grind which gives a clean (café quality) taste in the cup.

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Flat Burr Grinders


Prosumer Grinders


Commercial Grinders

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Vario

An excellent grinder for your double boiler espresso machine.


  • 230 steps of adjustment for dialing in espresso and all brewing styles.
  • Exceptional cup quality for home, office and business.
  • Accurate dosing using digital timer and programmable buttons
  • Sturdy metal PortaHolder, grind direct into portafilter.

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Vario-W

Grind by weight, great for brew bar and home


  • 230 steps of adjustment for all brewing styles.
  • Built in electronic scale for accurate grind weights.
  • Increased efficiency on brew bar.
  • Great cup tasting quality

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Forté AP

Grind by weight or time, all around great grinder


  • Ceramic burr for accurate grind for any style of coffee
  • Complex cup flavors, usually with more body and mouth feel in comparison to steel burrs
  • 10 macro/26 micro for 260 steps of adjustments.
  • All metal construction, small footprint, intuitive control panel.
  • Increased efficiency on brew bar
  • Good fit for low-volume, single origin/decaf espresso coffee grinder.

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Forté BG

Grind by weight, all-metal construction, all-star efficiency


  • Steel burrs engineered to produce a more even particle distribution and less fines
  • 10 macro/26 micro for 260 steps of adjustments for all brewing styles.
  • Built in electronic scale for accurate grind weights.
  • Increased efficiency on brew bar – excellent opportunity to showcase multiple coffees
  • Ideal for pour-over, batch, or home brewers

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Use this table to compare which brewing methods are best suited for each grinder model we offer.

Manual Brewing = Siphon, Aeropress, Hario, Basket Brewer, Chemex, French Press

G = Good | VG = Very Good | VG-D = Very Good with Dial-in


Brew Method Encore Virtuoso Preciso Vario Vario-W Forté AP Forté BG
Manual Brewing G VG VG G G G VG
Espresso G VG VG-D VG-D VG-D VG-D VG-D



There are many things to think about as you choose which Baratza grinder would work best for you, and your coffee needs! Here are some blog pieces that we feel offer good overviews of our range of grinders, and the things to consider when buying any grinder. We hope they may help you during your decision making process!