The Virtuoso is an excellent grinder choice for the home brewer who loves to hand brew with multiple methods. It has 40mm conical burrs that are configurable in 40 different settings. The grinder is a step up from the Encore, as it has a slower motor speed, reducing the amount of heat and static build up on the coffee. This results in a precise grind size distribution.
Do you also love to make espresso at home? If so, consider the Preciso – it’s the same grinder with even more fine grind adjustment and a portafilter holder.
The Encore is a fantastic entry-level burr grinder. It is ideal for the home brewer looking to get more quality out of his/her drip brewer or french press. It’s 40mm conical burrs are a huge step up from a blade grinder in terms of consistency.
If you’re looking to grinder for a variety of hand-brew methods, consider the Baratza Virtuoso.