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Capresso Infinity - John America's Review
Posted: May 26, 2008, 6:03pm
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Capresso Infinity Grinder
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Arrow The Capresso Infinity has 67 Reviews
Arrow The Capresso Infinity has been rated 7.70 overall by our member reviewers
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Dan Hamilton 10.00
Stephanie & Marie Eeckhout/Bissonnette 9.00
Tim Cashin 9.00
C Becker 8.67
QK Law 8.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.0
Product Reviewed: Infinity
Manufacturer: Capresso Quality: 6
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $89.95 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Decent budget grinder, but far from best in class
Positive Product Points

Good value, consistent grind, solid grind mechanism, very easy to use

Negative Product Points

A fair bit of excess grounds left in grinder, made of plastic, not good for super fine grinds

Detailed Commentary

Overall, it's probably the best of the budget grinders. The build quality isn't great, as it is made entirely out of plastic, and not the heaviest plastic at that. However, you definitely get your money's worth with the grind mechanism. They didn't use some junky conical burr unit in the Infinity and as a result, you get a much better grind for your money than the competition offers. While it's not quite good enough for the finest grinds, everything else is very nice and very consistent. Static isn't usually an issue, but it depends upon the coffee. Oilier coffee won't stick to the plastic or clump up, though some drier coffees occasionally do. It's no Rancilio or Mazzer, but for the money, it's worth buying over the more expensive, arguably inferior Solis Maestro. It's a simple grinder, but it works very well. For those looking for an inexpensive grinder, the Capresso Infinity is definitely recommended.

Buying Experience

Amazon had it in stock for the lowest price on the net ($89.95), the same as several other good retailers, but it qualifies for free shipping, so I went with Amazon.

Three Month Followup

This is a 1 year followup, since I purchased the grinder back in Dec 2007.

After using the Infinity extensively over the last year and using it for more than just drip coffee, it has become apparent that there are several significant flaws with this grinder. My two biggest complaints are the amount of static that result from the plastic body and burr carrier, and the amount of dust created at all grind settings. Anything short of an oily dark roast will cling to not only the grounds container, but also the inside of the plastic body and as you pull the grounds container out of the machine this static charged coffee climbs up the front of the machine. This combined with the amount of coffee left in the grinder itself, and you lose quite a bit of coffee. Several grams at least. The result is terribly messy.

And then there's the dust. No matter how coarse you grind your coffee, the Infinity produces a large amount of dust so fine that it will inevitably end up in your cup if you're trying to brew with a french press. Quite a lot of it. Sludge is unavoidable in press coffee, but this is just excessive.

And these days there are better grinders for the same or not much more than the Infinity sells for. Capresso's competition has gotten significantly better but the Infinity has not. In retrospect, I would not buy this grinder again because there are other better options these days.

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