bigbells wrote: This $129 grinder, with free shipping, definitely seems like a lot of bang for the buck comparatively. If it's not as good for espresso as machines that cost 4 times as much I may never know, but it sure does improve my auto-drip grind. Plus, the noise the Encore makes is much less and it's a more pleasant sound.
It's pretty nice, isn't it? I doesn't have much "dial-in" range for Espresso but still is useable for Espresso. It is a quiet grinder and produces VERY little dust. This means the burrs are actually working-- shaving the beans rather than crushing them. The cheap burr mills are dull and they crush the beans and that's where the dust comes from.
The only complaint is that it shaves off the remaining chaff really well and the centripetal force throws the chaff out of the collection chamber cup. Over time it gets into the inside of the grinder and it's worthwhile to take it apart to clean it out.
But it's a great deal for $129. I imagine that some day I will buy a "micro-adjustable" grinder just for Espresso also, but then use the Encore for everything else.