The Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder (Model number 560.01)
(Syracuse, New York)
Coffee is an important beverage in my household and my husband and I have been lovingly referred to as "coffee snobs" on more than one occasion by family and friends, so it only made sense for us to start grinding our own beans and finally become true coffee connoisseurs. A year or so ago after a friend recommended a few different grinders we settled on the incredibly reasonably priced, on sale for just under $100, Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder.
This model by Capresso features 16 grind settings in four different categories, coarse, regular, fine, and extra fine and holds 8.5 ounces of coffee beans and just under half that amount in grounds. The only difficulty I ever had with this machine was figuring out the best grind settings for the hot beverage we wanted. The extra fine setting proved to be just a bit too fine for our drip coffee maker, but fine has worked very well thus far. If you happen to enjoy Turkish coffee, the extra fine setting would be ideal.
The grinder's burr is made from commercial grade steel and in the nearly two years we've used it regularly, consistently grinds coffee beans just as good as it did the first day. Perhaps that's because the machine is so simple to clean, making it hard to "forget," since both the upper burr and the bean container lift right off and Capresso included a small brush for cleaning inside the grinding chamber.
There are small amounts of static in the drawer, but nowhere near as much as I've seen with other machines, and this Capresso grinder is definitely quieter than others of similar size. I really like that it doesn't take up much room on my already crowded kitchen counters measuring in at just over 7 by 5 by 10 inches. The Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder also includes a timer with grind settings ranging from five to 60 seconds for even more convenience.Editor's note
When it comes to value for money, the Capresso Infinity is probably the best burr coffee grinder around. It is a good grinder with good customer reviews and most users really like it.
Is the Infinity grinder good enough for espresso? There is no clearcut answer to this question. There is really not enough fine settings on this grinder, so one setting may be too coarse while the next one may be too fine. Some users work around this by turning the hopper in between the grind settings, which apparently gives decent results. Having said this, many people find that they do not need to do this and that Capresso Infinity gives them just the right grind for their espresso machine.
For full discussion of the various pros and cons, please read my article about Capresso Infinity conical burr grinder.