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Capresso Infinity - Norm Hardy's Review
Posted: August 23, 2005, 9:30pm
review rating: 4.7
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Arrow The Capresso Infinity has 67 Reviews
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Tim Cashin 10.00
Dan Hamilton 10.00
Stephanie & Marie Eeckhout/Bissonnette 9.00
C Becker 8.67
QK Law 8.67

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Product Reviewed: Infinity
Manufacturer: Cappresso Quality: 7
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $100.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Peet's Coffee Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Pro Roaster Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Great budget conical-burr grinder.  For $100 you can't go wrong.
Positive Product Points

Easy to use and clean.  
The grind adjustment is easy to do and the results are pretty consistent.  
Inexpensive.
Good customer service.

Negative Product Points

Plastic tab on the hopper broke after a year of use.  
One bean always gets stuck in the top center screw hole.
Too many grinds remain in the machine for this mostly one-use-a-day grinder.

Detailed Commentary

A great budget grinder this is.  Capresso quickly sent out a replacement hopper for less than $10 shipped.  If I didn't clean the machine after each use I'd never have the problem.  Well designed, Chinese manufactured, and pretty cheap.  The timer dial is nice but I really only need an on/off switch as I pre-measure the beans.  

Although there are 16 grind settings (or any amount in-between actually), I only use very fine for the espresso machine and very coarse for the french-press pot.  The grind results are fairly consistent.

When it's time to replace it, I'll probably go with a Rocky class grinder.  Now that my home-roasted beans are temperature controlled, the shots are tasting better and better.  So that means more $$ on an espresso machine and grinder down the road.  

But I have no regrets with this grinder.   Nice product.

Buying Experience

Peets Coffee in Seattle's Fremont district was VERY helpful in buying it.  Good people there.

Three Month Followup

The Capresso Infinity continues to be fairly consistent in the level of grinds.  I use it about 9 times per week, each time with enough beans for a double shot.  I find I have to remove the top and brush up to one-fourth of the grind so I get the full amount.  

For heavier use I would most likely consider an Italian machine, but for my current needs this grinder is fine.  I see that the price has dropped a little on the basic black unit since I bought mine.  Cheaper Chinese manufacturing I guess.

One Year Followup

I use the Infinity 10 times per week and as such I have to remove the hopper and brush out all the grounds that stick to the plastic rather than go down the chute.  Less roasted beans don't stick as much.  

When I upgrade my espresso machine I'll use the Infinity grinder and see how it performs with a lever machine.  Conventional wisdom says I need to get a Rocky or better grinder.  We'll see.  But I have no regrets about buying and using this fine low-cost grinder.

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