Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder
A Good Conical Burr Grinder At Affordable Price
Capresso Infinity is an inexpensive conical burr grinder that has very good reviews. We will have a look at what the owners think about their grinder in just a minute. But first, let's talk a bit about the product itself.
This grinder has 16 grind settings: 4 coarse, 4 regular, 4 fine and 4 extra fine. To set the fineness you just turn the hopper to the appropriate location. You can hear a clear click every time you change the settings. To start the grinding, you just need to set the timer which can be set in 5 seconds interval - anywhere from 5 to 60 seconds. If you want to stop grinding before the timer finished counting, you can just turn the bean hopper so that it does not point to any grind.
The Infinity grinder is using a gear reduction mechanism. What this means is that there is a high-speed motor that is slowed down by a set of gears. Higher end burr grinders use a low speed motor, which is considerably more expensive - you cannot really expect that on a grinder that you get for under $100. In the case of Capresso Infinity, the gears slow the motor down to less than 450rpm - pretty good for such an inexpensive grinder.
This low speed along with commercial grade steel burrs is what really makes the Infinity stand out. The low speed reduces the heat that builds up during the grinding. This translates to loosing less flavor and aroma and to creating less static during the process.
One of the common questions people have is if the grind is fine enough for espresso. Well, the extra fine settings grind fine enough for espresso - in fact the finest setting can choke an espresso machine. However, the problem is that there is simply not enough of the different settings. So, one setting may be too fine while the next one may be too coarse. This makes it quite difficult to tweak your shots to follow the golden rule. Having said that, many people are perfectly happy with using Infinity for their espresso machine.
Capresso Infinity burr grinder is available in several finishes. The cheapest version is in black plastic while the higher end versions are either in brushed chrome or in polished chrome. The grinder does look pretty stylish and has a clear view so that you can see the whole grinding cycle.
What do owners think about Capresso Infinity
Most users are very happy with this conical burr grinder.Here are the good points:
- Consistent grind
This Capresso grinder grinds coffee very consistently. There are only very few users who complain about coffee dust.
Capresso Infinity is probably the cheapest decent conical burr grinder that you can get.
Most users really like the design of this grinder.
- Lack of noise
The grinder is relatively quiet and there are not many reviews that would complain about noise.
- Ease of use
Customers find the grinder very easy to use.
- Flavor and aroma
Most owners rave about the difference this grinder made in the taste of their coffee. If you have previously used a blade grinder or a very cheap burr grinder, you are likely to notice that your coffee has much better flavor and aroma.
- Amount of coffee wasted
Probably the most common complaint about Capresso Infinity is the amount of coffee that stays in the grinding chamber after each grind. This means that you get the next time you grind your coffee you get some of the old grinds. Not that much of an issue if you use the grinder several times a day at the same settings - but if you grind coffee only infrequently, you really have to clean the grinder after every use. That gets quite annoying.
This really follows from the previous point. Some people find the cleaning easy while others find that they need to spend excessive amount of time cleaning the machine.
Some users complain about the static charge build up. The container for the ground coffee is plastic which means that static can really be a problem especially if you have low humidity in you home. It should be said that many users also comment that they do not have any problem with static.
As mentioned earlier, this Capresso grinder just does not have enough grind setting to satisfy an espresso enthusiast. However, some people work around this issue by turning the hopper in between the grind settings - it is not very precise, but you can get good results using this method.
- Container for grounds
Several owners found that after several months of use, the container for grounds does not fit in as snuggly as it should.
- Customer service
While most users never had any problems with their grinder, some of those who did were very frustrated in the difficulty to talk to customer service to have their problems fixed.
Don't let the negative points detract you from the fact that the vast majority of customer reviews for this Capresso grinder are very positive.
All in all, Capresso Infinity burr grinder is an excellent value - a better grinder would cost you much more money.***readmore*** Espresso Grinder
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