Capresso Infinity 560.04 Coffee Grinder Review

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Introduction

Great coffee and espresso start with uniformed coffee grounds. You might be surprised that investing in a quality burr grinder is oftentimes more important than in an espresso machine itself. Like all appliances, there are different levels of coffee grinders such as entry, mid and  advanced.

Each level represents a set of product charactistics, convenience features and aesthetic appeal. The Capresso Infinity 560 belongs to the entry-level burr grinder that satisfies the basic needs in different brewing methods from Turkish to Dripped coffee (from fine to coarse) with consistent grinds.

Table of Contents
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1. Introduction
2. Grinding
3. Hopper Size & Material
4. Controls
5. Dispensing
6. Housing Material
7. Additional Features
8. Clean & Maintenance
9. Included Accessories
10. Dimensions & Weight
11. Warranty
12. Pros & Cons
13. Consumer Reviews
14. Price
15. Summary

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Grinding

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The conical burr size is 40mm in diameter made of stainless steel that doesn’t react to the acidity in coffee beans and is known for the durability. The burrs are controlled by computer to cut within 0.1 mm or 1/250 of an inch precision. The burrs are manufactured and assembled by hands in Switzerland.

Being an entry-level machine, the motor is only 100 watts at less than 450 RPMs. The slower motion of the motor works in favor for coffee grinds as it creates less heat and friction. The less heat it imparts, the more intact the coffee flavor and aroma.

Hopper Size & Material

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The see-through coffee bean hopper has the capacity of 8.8 oz. with a smaller receptacle of 4 oz. You may think both containers are too small but in the world of coffee and espresso, freshness is the key. All you need is to grind just enough amount for the immediate consumption. The more you grind, the more likely the grounds will get stale. Don’t exceed the max line in the ground coffee container as it might back up into the chute.

The bean hopper is connected to the top burrs. To change to a different type of beans, you’ll have to pick up the entire grinder to empty the coffee. Hence, another good reason for not overloading the bean container.

Controls

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There are a total of 16 settings with 4 for each: extra fine, fine, regular and coarse. If you brew espressos, “fine” might work the best. It’s always better to test the grind size vs. the espresso machine you are using. The litmus test is the taste, flavor and crema of your brew.

To adjust the grind setting, you will hold on to the bean hopper and rotate from side to side from fine to coarse in a counter clockwise motion.

Dispensing

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It’s possible for you to remove the ground coffee container to insert a portafilter directly underneath the dispenser. Another way is to scoop out the ground coffee and dose the portafilter based on your preference for coffee strength. Generally speaking, 7 grams are the recommended amount for one espresso shot. Double it if you like your espresso stronger.

Housing Material

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The exterior is made of die-cast zinc with stainless steel finish that’s minimalistic with a clean line. There is one with black finish that’s $20 or so cheaper. The unit is only 3.3 lbs which is not the heaviest. To offset for the lightweight, rubber feet are designed on the bottom to prevent sliding on the counter while grinding.

Additional Features

The timer is incremented from 5 to 60 seconds. Don’t grind for more than 3 minutes in a row as the parts will get overheated to affect the aroma. In the case of brewing espresso, you’ll have to buy a tamper as there is no built-in one.

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How to Clean

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The top burr comes off to allow cleaning of the crevices between the upper and lower burrs with a brush. You’d need to turn the entire unit upside down to empty the coffee beans from the hopper.

Included Accessories

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A cleaning brush & measuring scoop are included in the purchase in addition to the User Guide.

Power & Cord

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  • Motor Power (W): 100
  • Voltage/Frequency (V-Hz): 120/60

Dimensions & Weight

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  • Dimensions (W x D x H inches): 5.4 x 7.7 x 10.8
  • Weight (lbs): 3.3

Warranty

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One year limited warranty on parts and labor

Pros & Cons

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Pros

  • It produces consistent coffee grounds with 16 settings for all brewing methods.
  • The gear reduction motor grinds at less than 450 RPMs that generates less noise and less heat and static. More aroma and flavor are retained as a result.
  • It’s very affordable for a conical burr grinder.
  • Simple to use and to adjust the grinding dials.
  • The coffee bean hopper is big enough to grind coffee for a small party.
  • The coffee receptacle is removable for dosing coffee grounds to a portafilter directly to save time.
  • The compact size won’t take much counter space.

Cons

  • There is no built-in doser other than holding a portafilter under the dispensing spout.
  • It’s impossible to switch coffee without dumping all the beans from turning the unit upside down.
  • Cleaning requires that you take the burrs part and it’s somewhat time-consuming.

Consumer Reviews

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4.3 out of 5.0

84% of the reviewers on Amazon gave it 4-5 star ratings because of the consistent grinds and ease to operate.

On the other hand, a few customers reported that this iteration of the model was not as good as the previous one.

Price

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For a little over $100, it’s truly a steal to get a burr grinder as many of them cost hundreds of dollars.

Summary of Capresso Infinity Coffee Grinder

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If brewing a wide variety of coffee drinks is your thing, getting a burr coffee grinder is a must to ensure the outcome of your brew. With each uniformed grind, the water is able to penetrate through the coffee grounds for optimal extraction. While spending an extra $100 on a grinder like this may sound unnecessary, you will be thankful for the purchase in the long run. I can assure you that you will never go back to a blade grinder once you give a burr type a try.

 

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