The Baratza Encore is the ultimate entry-level grinder and the first step to bringing professional quality coffee to your home. A quality grinder is the most cost-effective way to improve coffee quality. In our experience, there are only 3 grind options you should consider for grinding at home: a Baratza grinder, a hand grinder, or have us grind it for you. Blade grinders and cheap burr grinders tend to be far too inconsistent in particle size to achieve optimal extraction. Before your invest in scales, kettles, and fancy coffee brewers, make sure you have a good grinder in your arsenal. Like this one.