July 18, 2012
I’ve written about Baratza before. I love their grinders, I love how helpful they are, and I love how collaborative and encouraging they are. I’ve had the privilege of owning three different Baratza grinders—the Maestro, the Encore (Encorn, to some), and the Virtuoso. Each performing amazing.
Having a consistent grind is key to making great coffee. If you’re anything like me, you started getting more serious about coffee by grinding your own beans with a blade grinder—I’ll always remember blade grinders by the high-pitched “whizzing” sound they make as they brutally chop up the coffee. While the heart behind grinding your own beans is great, this shotgun approach to blade grinding only allows for randomness and inconsistency in your grind.
The thing that sets Baratza apart begins with their use of quality conical burrs. “Burr coffee grinders are designed to create a very consistent grind size by crushing the coffee beans between a rotating burr and a stationary surface. This gives you grounds that are uniform in size and shape, from which the sweet, smooth flavors of the bean can be extracted reliably.” -clivecoffee.com
I’m no expert, but one thing I have noticed is the difference a good grinder makes. Its night and day. If you’re just starting to venture down the path of brewing quality coffee at home, one of the first places to start is with a quality burr grinder. Although it’s a bit of an investment, the quality grind and resulting coffee that a well-made grinder will give you pays for itself.
I love my Baratza grinders, everytime I make coffee, it goes through my Baratza. Anything less is a disappointment and it shows in the cup.