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Baratza launches ENCORE grinder!

March 22nd, 2012 By joyce | Comments: no responses

Baratza released the new ENCORE burr grinder on March 19, 2012, in response to requests from retailers and consumers for an affordable home grinder that works for any style of coffee, including espresso. This grinder replaces the Maestro Plus. The Maestro Plus has been re engineered into the Encore by building it with an improved burr that will allow a greater degree of fineness, as well as the new 2nd generation Gearbox (GB2.0). Key details: • New Encore burr grinds fine enough for espresso and also good for the increasingly popular manual brew methods. • With GB 2.0, Baratza has significantly increased the strength and durability of the drive transmission while decreasing noise. In addition to a new drive shaft, motor mounting plate and bushings, this change includes a new drive gear made of 15% glass filled thermo plastic which is quieter than the prior metal gear, wears better and is more shock resistant. We tested it by throwing stainless screws into the burrs, and in every case the motor/gear/burrs stopped dead and the (automatically-resettable) thermal cutout was triggered and the gears were fine. (All of Baratza’s conical burr grinders manufactured after January 2012 will also have the GB 2.0.) • We have replaced the timer switch with an on/off switch. • The Encore has the weighted base. • The Encore replaces the Maestro Plus and will be priced at the same high-value point. The first shipment of Encore sold out within days of release. The next shipment is due April 10. More information on the background to this grinder can be found on our blog.