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Baratza Encore, Virtuoso + Grind Size Settings for French Press, Aeropress, Chemex, Hario V60, Espresso

Baratza Encore, Virtuoso + Grind Size Settings for French Press, Aeropress, Chemex, Hario V60, Espresso

So you have your beautiful, brand new Baratza Encore or Virtuoso + Coffee Grinder, and you’re ready to make the best at-home cup of coffee you’ve ever had. You unbox your new baratza coffee grinder, take out your favorite beans from the pantry, and grab a mug. But now what? How do you actually grind your coffee using the Baratza Encore or Virtuoso Plus?

VIDEO: Baratza Encore Settings and Grind Size (for French Press, Aeropress, Chemex, Hario V60, Espresso)

The first thing to pay attention to is the timer on the front of the Baratza grinder. On top of the grinder is the plastic hopper, which you turn in either direction to set your grind level. Just beneath the hopper, you’ll see numbers 40-0. 

These are what you’ll set to adjust your grind. The larger the number, the coarser the grind. The smaller the number, the finer the grind. Just turn the hopper and line up the white line to the number you want.

How do I choose my Baratza grind size settings?

Brew Method

Grind Setting

Extraction Time

French Press

28

~4 mins

Chemex

20

~3-5 mins

Automatic brewer

18

~3-5 mins

Hario V60

15

~2:20-2:45 mins

Aeropress

12

~1:30-1:45 mins

Espresso 

8

~25-30 sec

Other Helpful Tips for Using Your Baratza Encore and Virtuoso Plus Grinder:

  1. If you need to make an adjustment to your grind settings after tasting your coffee, make sure you’re making small changes. A little goes a long way with the Virtuoso +!
  2. You can make small adjustments to the grind setting (coarser or finer), or you can adjust your extraction time using the table above.
  3. For the best tasting coffee, grind your whole beans right before you brew!
  4. We recommend leaving the hopper empty when you’re making an adjustment to the grind size. If you have to make an adjustment in the middle of your brewing process and can’t empty the hopper, make an adjustment while the grinder is running.

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