This is the entry-level burr grinder for anyone ready to make the step up from buying pre-ground coffee or using a blade grinder. The Encore will get the job done. Burrs are adjustable grinding pieces that crush and fillet the coffee beans into a specific size particles. The better the grinder, the more consistent the grind particle size. This is a million times better than a blade grinder, but not nearly as good as the Virtuoso
. In my early days of learning coffee, the step up to a burr grinder was one of the significant breakthroughs I made. You cannot make great coffee unless you are using a burr grinder - and don't even try making a french press with a blade grinder.