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Capresso Infinity - Adam Tarr's Review
Posted: August 7, 2006, 9:11am
review rating: 6.4
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Capresso Infinity Grinder
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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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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: 8.4
Product Reviewed: Infinity
Manufacturer: Capresso Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $125.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Bed Bath & Beyond Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 3 months Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: whirlyblade grinder
Bottom Line: A great grinder that avoids many of the problems reported on other grinders in this price range.
Positive Product Points

- Consistent grind with a wide range
- Relatively quiet
- Very little static

Negative Product Points

- Leaves some grounds in the gears

Detailed Commentary

This is the first "good" grinder I have owned, after using a cheap whirlyblade grinder for many years.  The difference, both in terms of ease of use and quality of results, is pretty dramatic.

The most important thing about a grinder is, of course, the grind.  And when it comes to a consistent grind, this machine delivers.  I have spread the ground coffee out in my hand and it is very uniform.  Furthermore, it's hard to imagine someone needing a finer grind than this machine is capable of.  I use a Krups Moma Brew (a pressure brewere, albeit not very high pressure), and my standard setting (after experimentation) is actually towards the coarse side of the range.  Unfortunately, I can't comment on the consistency of the grind at the finest setting, as I personally have no need for it.

This grinder is also very easy to use and live with.  It runs fairly  quietly, particularly with the lid on - I'd say about as loud as a typical microwave.  The bin and hopper are very large and could handle any non-commercial load of coffee without trouble.  The static level is very low, despite the dry climate I'm grinding in.  Also, the machine looks sharp on my counter.

About the only negative point I can think of is that this machine leaves a noticeable amount of coffee grounds in its gears.  Probably not more than a half-teaspoon, but it's enough that if you change beans from one day to the next, you will notice the splash of off-color beans coming out first in the next grind.  The machine is very easy to take apart, and the included brush can easily clear the gears, so if you want, you can completely grind every batch with a little extra effort.  For those who are fanatics about getting their measurements just right, this may be a useful step.  For me, it's no more than an aesthetic problem, and it's not worth an extra 20 seconds every morning to solve.

I have the brushed metal model, which is more expensive, but feels nice and solid and fits our kitchen decor well.  The plastic-bodied version looks like a fantastic value.

Buying Experience

BB&B is easy to deal with, thanks to their liberal return policy.  Make sure to use one of those 10% off coupons that come in the mail; they never expire, despite what it says on the coupon.

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