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Capresso Infinity - Mark Robbins's Review
Posted: June 7, 2008, 11:07am
review rating: 7.5
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Capresso Infinity Grinder
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Arrow The Capresso Infinity has 67 Reviews
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Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
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: 7.4
Product Reviewed: Infinity Metal Body
Manufacturer: Capresso Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 5
Price Paid: $105.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: ebay private auction Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 1 month Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: blade grinder
Bottom Line: great first real grinder, but not for espresso
Positive Product Points

easy to set up and use
solid look and feel (metal body)
relatively easy maintenance (contrary to some other reviews)
can grind all ranges of coarseness from too fine for espresso to press pot

Negative Product Points

no on/off switch, only a timer dial
gradations are too big to dial in espresso (but you get what you pay for)
some static build-up in ground coffee bin

Detailed Commentary

I recently caught the good coffee bug and after a fair amount of research and budgeting settled on the metal body infinity for grinding, followed a couple weeks afterward by a used Gaggia Coffee. I know alot of reviews say the infinity isn't appropriate for espresso, but I wanted one grinder that could do it all,  was reasonably inexpensive, and wouldn't monopolize too much space in my smallish kitchen. And I figured since I'm a newbie I wouldn't notice that much of a difference between an okay grinder and a great grinder for a while anyway.

The first thing I noticed about this machine when I pulled it out of the box (brand new, as advertised, even though I paid almost two thirds the retail cost on ebay) was how solid this machine felt. I knew it wouldn't vibrate off my counter. And for what it's worth, it just looks sweet.

I didn't yet have an espresso machine so I had some time to play around with the grinder with my drip (Capresso MT-500) and press pot. Compared to the whirly-blade grinder I had been using this thing was sah-weeet! I don't have much else to compare it to besides store-bought or ground-at-the-store, but the grounds seemed very consistent. I tried all the different settings in the medium range, and each setting gave a subtly distinctive drip coffee experience. Not too big a difference, just enough for it to be worthwhile to play around with. A little on the coarser side if I wanted an easy-sipping-drink-a-whole-pot morning, nice just barely sludgy coffee if I wanted a real zinger. At the coarser settings it was smooth and delicious out of the press-pot.

Then I got a used Gaggia Coffee off of ebay ($130, barely used but needed a new pump, which I found for free!,) and quickly realized the infinity's limitations. Even not really knowing much about what's supposed to happen, I'd read enough on these forums to have a general sense. Using the locally roasted beans I always get, on setting 5 and as light a tamp as I can, I get 2 oz.'s in about 35-40 seconds. On setting 6 no matter how hard I tamp the coffee flows like Niagara, 2 oz.s in about 7 seconds! I'm playing around with trying to hold the hopper in between settings 5 and 6, but get very inconsistant results. I'm going to play around with finding a different bean that happens to coincide with one of the settings to get a correct pour.

On the plus side, most of the time the shots seem tasty, I'm certainly getting a better experience than drip, and getting equal results to what I sometimes get from the inconsistant baristas in my little touristy mountain town.

So I was incorrect in assuming that I was enough of a newbie to just not know the difference and be happy in my ignorance. The coarseness settings are just too far apart to dial in the correct pour time. But it's fun for now as I figure out the espresso machine, and it's great for switching back to drip and press pot. Of course I'm already trying to figure out how to just sell my coffee maker and the infinity, get a good grinder, and focus exclusively on espresso! I just saw an ascaso i-1 sell on ebay for $165, darn!

Would I buy it again? Yes, it does well what it's supposed to do well. Would I buy it again after realizing I just need to ditch the whole drip thing and do espresso drinks all the time? No, like everyone who knows better has said already, this grinder is for drip and press-pot, not for espresso.

Buying Experience

Fantastic. Private seller on ebay, item arrived brand new and well packaged, and I paid for the metal body close to what I would have paid at the store for the plastic body. A worthwhile upgrade at no cost.

Three Month Followup

Found a used commercial grinder on ebay, and am much happier. The infinity is boxed up and ready to sell. No regrets though, hopefully I'll sell it for close to what I paid, and now I know for sure that a bigger grinder is worth a little more cash and a little less counter space.

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