Capresso Infinity Die Cast Grinder Review

I’m trying to cut down on the length of my reviews, to give you a more concise reading experience and a faster result. It’s hard for me not to be verbose, but here goes:

WHAT’S A BURR GRINDER?

Briefly, a burr grinder uses two counter-rotating (or one fixed and one rotating) concentric metal or ceramic cones (burrs) with gear-like teeth that draw the medium (beans) down between them, crushing and re-crushing until the medium passes through the bottom of the burrs. Adjusting the space between the burrs adjusts the fineness of the final grind. This is considered far superior to blade grinders, which smash the beans with a spinning blade until most of the larger chunks have been broken down. Burr grinders produce consistent grounds, whereas blade grinders produce a spectrum of busted beans ranging from rock-salt-sized chunks to fine powder. The theory behind a blade grinder’s inferiority is that the super-fine powder ends up “overextracted” and the chunks don’t get much extraction at all. That’s pretty much everything I know about the subject.

WHY THIS GRINDER?

I purchased this grinder about two years ago, after years of using a blade-style grinder. I’d read about burr grinders and used them in the grocery store, but most were too expensive for me to justify. Then I received a $100 gift card to Costco, and this grinder was $89, down from $150, so I jumped.

BOTTOM LINE, ABBREVIATED

I recommend a burr grinder for sure; your coffee will taste leaps and bounds better than pre-ground coffee, and noticeably better than blade-ground coffee. Do I recommend this one over any others? Tough to say, because I don’t have much experience outside this one, but it seems to do just as good a job as the big commercial grinder in the store. It seems to be well made, it has features that I like, and it’s not bad to look at.

THINGS I LIKE ABOUT IT, QUALIFIED

It has a hefty metal body that doesn’t vibrate or shift around easily. This was a big deal to me when I bought it, but at this point, I’m not sure it actually makes a difference. All I can say is, it’s nice not to have to hold it in place while I change the grind or spin the dial or remove the grounds.

It makes far less noise than a blade grinder, more of a low roar than an annoying high-pitched crackle-whine. It ain’t silent, though, that’s for sure.

It has a clear hopper on top that holds a decent amount of beans. If I made more than a few pots a week, I might want a bigger hopper…but I don’t. And it’s easy to refill.

The dial that selects the number of cups (a timer, really) is actually reasonably accurate for my uses. I don’t weigh my grounds or get super nerdy about it, but it seems to produce about a heaping tablespoon (or two flat tablespoons) per cup, which is perfect. You can also hold the dial just slightly past zero and it will grind until you release it.

It’s easy to clean.

It produces consistent mid-fine grounds that make for great-tasting coffee in my electric drip coffee maker (a Zojirushi thermal carafe model).

THINGS I DON’T LIKE, QUALIFIED

It’s heavy, and bulkier than a blade grinder, so it sits out on the counter. I don’t really mind this, because it looks smart and I have plenty of counter space.

It leaves some grounds in the dispensing chute every time; about a teaspoon’s worth. Then again, I’m not enough of a coffee snob to notice that a tiny fraction of my grounds are “stale” and the grinder at the grocery store always has tons of old grounds in it. Usually hazelnut.

The hopper on top seems fragile, compared to the rest of the unit. But it hasn’t broken, because I am by nature a careful person.

The cleaning brush included is tiny and silly. I use a clean, dry 1″ BBQ basting brush, the kind with real bristles.

Apparently it doesn’t do very well at super-fine grinding, e.g., espresso or Turkish, but since I make drip, pour-over or French-press coffee pretty much exclusively, this isn’t an issue for me.

According to other reviews, while you can replace the upper burr, you can’t replace the lower burr, so once it wears out or gets dull, it is done. If I drank copious, caffeine-addict amounts of coffee, I might see this as a dealbreaker; however, I don’t, and as the sole coffee drinker in my house I think it will last me for many years.

BOTTOM LINE, AGAIN

I like it. I’d probably buy it again, given the same gift card and the same price. As you can tell, I’m no coffee nerd, but I’ve hosted some coffee nerds here and nobody seems to have any complaints; quite the opposite, in fact. As for what you should take away from this review, I think if you are a drip coffee fan and you don’t get super anal about weighing grounds, and you don’t drink two or three pots per day, this grinder will serve you well for a long time, and do so at a reasonable cost.