Baratza Forte AP Coffee Grinder, Ceramic Burr
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Baratza designed the Forté AP with small, local cafes in mind. This powerhouse grinder has a high-power motor, espresso dosing, intuitive touch-screen interface, dose by weight or time, a grind range larger than previous Baratza grinders, and many other important features.
One of the most notable features of the Baratza Forte AP coffee grinder is the interchangeable ability to either dose by time or weight. Controlled by using the LED touchscreen, setting the dose by time or weight is a simple and quick process. If you’re using the Forte AP in a coffee shop, you’ll be able to program up to three settings and grind espresso extremely quickly one after the other with accurate yielding every time.
Another important feature to notice is the Forté’s high-powered motor. The Forté AP’s motor is approximately 70% more powerful than any Baratza burr grinder, including the Baratza Vario. This powerful motor works twice as fast as most standard grinder motors and has incredible heat maintenance.
The Baratza Forté AP comes with a total of 260 grind settings, making it one of Baratza’s most versatile and accurate grinders on the market. You can choose from 10 macro settings (labeled 1-10) and 26 different micro settings (labeled A-Z). Combined, you’ll have 260 options to ensure consistency and precision each time you brew your coffee.
The high torque DC motor inside the Baratza Forté AP is 70% more powerful than most other Baratza grinders. It’s not only more powerful as a grinder like the Baratza Vario, but it can run for twice the amount of time. The motor is steady and consistent, grinding very quickly but turning slowly enough to maintain temperature. Some grinders on the market are known for heating up to quickly and causing problems, but the Forté AP is built to last. The motor also comes with a “thermal cut-off” switch, which automatically turns off if the grinder begins to overheat.
260 Grind Settings
One of the reasons we love Baratza so much is their famously wide range of grind sizes on their products. With the Baratza Forté AP, you’ll have the extensive selection of 260 different grind settings to choose from every time. The reason for such a wide range is the balance between macro and micro settings. On the right side of the grinder, you’ll be able to move the vertical switch from 1 to 10. On the left side of the grinder, you’ll simultaneously be able to move the vertical switch from A to Z. In total this gives us 260 settings to select that you can use with anything from cold brew to espresso! It may also benefit you to keep track of your favorite settings so you can select them next time.
54mm Flat Ceramic Burrs
Ceramic flat burrs are the best you can purchase on the market. Although many grinders come with stainless steel conical burrs, and these are excellent as well, the ceramic material and flat shape is the most durable combination. Conical burrs are common in many of Baratza’s at-home grinders. The cone shape is accurate and lasts a fairly long time, but after a while the stainless steel will begin to dull the shape. Ceramic is a step up from steel because it will last longer without dulling, and it won’t lead to overheating. Sometimes the friction of stainless steel conical burrs can cause grinders to overheat. You won’t have to worry about this issue with the Baratza Forté AP burrs.
Time and Weight-Based Dosing
Many standard automatic grinders have some sort of time-based or weight-based dosing system, but the Baratza Forté AP comes with both. Time-based dosing allows you to program a setting based on the amount of time you want the grinder to grind your coffee beans. Baratza has also introduced weight-based dosing, which you can also find in the Baratza Vario and Sette series. Grind by weight dosing is an intelligent feature that uses a built-in scale to start and stop based on weight, not time. This feature is especially helpful for commercial grinders used in cafes because it allows the user to quickly grind without measuring.
Programming and setting your controls with the Baratza Forté AP is easier than ever before with the LED touchscreen panel. You can use the touch activation to turn on your grinder, as well as set your time or weight for dosing. You can also use the touchscreen to program up to three doses, which allows you to quickly brew coffee if you’re using it in a cafe setting.