Buying your first “big kid” coffee grinder is always nerve-wracking since the price can increase exponentially when opting for an electric burr grinder when you are used to $20 Mr. Coffee blade grinders.
The first level of electric burr grinders can be confusing and daunting since many companies have begun catering to the almost-serious coffee drinker who wants to take the first plunge and plunk down some cash.
Most people considering the Capresso Infinity are most likely upgrading from an electric blade grinder, which is significantly cheaper. So why is it worth it to shell out the extra dough for a burr grinder?
A burr grinder works by rotating burrs against each other to crush hard substances with precision. Because the gaps between the burrs can be controlled down to the millimeter, you have full control over the end result.
This is much preferable to random bashing and chopping of the beans with metal blades.
In addition, a blade grinder also generates excessive heat, which can impact the flavor of the coffee.
set your expectations
Although clearly superior to a cheap metal blade grinder, the Capresso Infinity is not perfect.
Retailing at a fairly low price, this is about as cheap as it gets for a burr grinder from a reputable company. This means it can produce a pretty consistent grind on medium to fine settings. This is pretty normal – the finer the grind, the more consistent it is, even for something like a metal blade grinder.
However, if you are a French press user, it may be worth upgrading to the grinder one level above the Capresso coffee grinder, since the uniformity of the coarse setting is somewhat lacking. Again, this will be the case for any of the cheaper grinders out there.
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the capresso infinity grinder review
The Capresso Infinity is a sturdy grinder that is well put together. It was plainly produced for every day use and will last for quite a long time. While much of the body is made of plastic, this plastic seems to be hardy, but could definitely be upgraded to stainless steel. The design of the grinder is above average, and it wouldn’t look out of place in the home of a true coffee connoisseur. There are few bells and whistles, but it all in all, it looks the part.
ease of use
This grinder is incredibly simple to use as it offers just essential capacities. It does offer 16 grind settings, which is more than enough for a novice coffee drinker to experiment with, all controlled with a single large dial on the front of the grinder.
The grinder has a timer switch with numbers on. These numbers don’t really equate to anything; neither seconds nor weight, so use them more as a reference point.
I’d recommend always using a digital scale to make sure that the measurements are accurate. Don’t use the timer. However, it’s nice that it automatically switches off automatically, so you don’t have to do it every time. Cleaning the Capresso Infinity is where ease of use is really hampered. Because of the previously mentioned plastic parts, coffee grounds get stuck into little crevices in the grinder due to the static cling generated. This means needing to use some sort of brush to really get the coffee out.
It also means needing to tap it a bit harder to transfer coffee grounds out of the grinder and into the brewing method of your choice.
As an entry-level grinder, the Capresso Infinity does not offer perfect consistency with its grind, especially with super coarse or superfine settings. The finer grind, like that of one for espresso, seems to come out fairly uniform and makes a good cup of coffee. However, for coarser grinds like those for a French press, come out a bit uneven and can result in some over-extraction. This can bring about some harshness and other undesirable flavors.
The main unique feature of this grinder is its low price for an electric burr grinder. Other than that, it’s also less noisy compared to many other electric burr grinders. Some of these small guys can be surprisingly noisy.
Are there any alternatives?
Capresso infinity 560.05
Well, it turns out that this grinder is almost identical. The electric parts and the burrs are the same, but this housing is die-cast steel.
In practicality it means that the grinder is more sturdy, more stable and less noisy due to better isolation.
These are all great things, just have in mind that other amazing grinder such as the Baratza Encore retails around the same price.
The Baratza Encore
Baratza is a company that mainly deals with making grinders, so obviously they’re better at what they doing than, say, a lot of these big household brands that do a bit of everything.
The Baratza Encore is a great entry-to-mid-level grinder – especially if you aren’t planning to brew espresso.
Baratza is also very famous for their level of customer service.
If you’re still considering your options then take a look at our roundup of the best cheap grinders of 2018 right here.
The final verdict
The Capresso Infinity 565.01 is the perfect upgrade to a Mr. Coffee blade grinder. It is the electric burr grinder that is the least painful on your wallet. While you may want to upgrade it after a few years, this grinder will put in work as you experiment and play with your taste in coffee and try different brewing methods.
With 16 grind settings, all of which producing at least acceptable consistency, this grinder will give you a good idea of whether or not you want to invest more into your coffee setup. If you are a committed French press user, you might want to take the plunge and go a step further for best results, as the coarse settings on this grinder are a bit less consistent