For people who really care a great deal about the flavor of their coffee, it’s important to have their own (good) coffee bean grinder. The idea here is that the beans only get ground right before they’re needed for the coffee making process. This should give the best possible taste that the beans have to offer.
Now, there are a lot of grinders out there, and some of them are not anywhere near affordable for most people. But the good news is that there are a number of models that won’t break the bank, but can still do a great job of grinding for a wide variety of coffee preparation methods. As far as specific models go, two which stand out are the Baratza Encore and the Bodum Bistro.
Baratza is a company that was founded in 1999, and one that focuses on coffee grinding products. The Encore is one of the jewels in its crown.
Bodum, on the other hand, has been around for much longer, since it’s inception in 1944. It has a product range that is more expansive, including coffee makers, water kettles and other similar items.
One thing to keep in mind is that the Baratza Encore and Bodum Bistro do have their similarities. Both are relatively affordable. The Encore can be found for around $140, while the Bistro is available for a bit over $100. Click for exact pricing.
Both of these products also make use of conical burrs which crush the beans, as opposed to chopping them up. This crushing motion is supposed to allow the resulting grind to maintain the taste and scent of the beans. This design also allows the products to do their jobs, without requiring sharpening for a long time.
Moving to their differences, an area where the Encore has the edge is in terms of greater control over the fineness or coarseness of the grind. While the Bistro boasts of 14 steps when setting the grind from the most fine grind to the most coarse, the Encore tops this by offering a total of 40 steps between its most coarse setting to its most fine.
This greater control is important because it allows coffee lovers to make more precise adjustments, as they search for just the right kind of grind for their drip coffee, espresso or other coffee creation. This also allows for greater “repeatability” so that once the user has found a setting that she likes, she can take note of it and keep on going back to it for future cups.
When it comes to capacity, it’s the Bistro which has the advantage. Now, there isn’t as much of a gap when considering the bean hopper sizes. Here, the Encore has a capacity of 227 grams while the Bistro can handle 220 grams. But when looking at the grounds bin storage, the Encore can store up to 142 grams, while the Bistro can handle 11 ounces or around 311 grams. So there’s a large difference here, which can matter a great deal if the owner often prepares coffee for larger groups.
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