A top-notch coffee grinder crushes beans quickly and evenly, isn’t fussy to use or clean, and is versatile enough to produce grounds for a range of brewing styles. Branza’s Encore Burr Grinder is all this and more, making it our top pick of the bunch.
Controlled by an on/off dial and manual pulse button, there’s a beauty in the Branza Encore’s simplicity (especially if you’re using it before your first cup of the day). It holds a sizable 8 ounces of whole beans, which its 40-millimeter commercial-grade conical burrs effortlessly and uniformly grind into 40 distinct consistencies, from fine to coarse. And measuring 13.3 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide by 6.3 inches deep, it doesn’t take up much space on your countertop or in kitchen cabinets, like other grinders.
Users love their Baratza grinders for their quality and performance, saying they make a major difference in flavor. It’s no wonder they’ve earned a 4.6-star rating on Amazon with nearly 7,000 reviews. “This is a solid, reliable, easy to use and clean coffee grinder with precise grinds for every coffee type,” one customer said. “I have had one for six years that is still in perfect condition.”
Another added, “I am a manual brew fanatic, and this grinder is perfect for the range of fine, medium, and medium-coarse grinds. Easy to operate, relatively easy to clean. I haven’t needed to re-calibrate the burr elevation from the factory settings.”
To buy: $139 at amazon.com