Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder Review – Is It a Good Grinder at Under $100?

By | March 20, 2015

Today, we’re going to be looking at the Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder. It’s been around for quite a while now. The head company, Capresso, has been around since 1994 and has produced a wide array of innovative coffee machines. The name, according to their site, says that:

“Capresso” combines the words “cappuccino” and “espresso” to produce something new and distinctive in the world of coffee.

You see? We learn something new everyday. Now let’s move on with the review.

Product: Capresso 560/565 Infinity Burr Grinder
Price: $99 – $149
Place to buy: Amazon.com
Guarantee: 1 year limited warranty
My Rating: 9 out of 10

The Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder Product Overview

Capresso Infinity Silver Infinity LifestyleThere are different variations that we’ll talk about shortly. For now, here are the commonalities of these grinders:

  • All the Capresso Machines come with 100-watt conical burrs that have 16 grind settings.
  • They all have the same type of stainless steel, commercial-grade conical burrs that revolve at a slow pace, ensuring the retention of flavor and aroma.
  • They also have the same bean hopper that holds 8 1/2 ounces or 240 grams of beans; and a grounds container that holds about 110 grams of grounds. Now that’s a lot of coffee!
  • Finally, they all have the same timer-based grinding system, and the same physical measurements.

The Differences between the Capresso 560 and 565 Infinity Burr Grinder

Actually, to make things even more complicated, there are the 560.01, 560.04, and the 560.05 variations to this grinder. The shops might be giving you a headache by putting all these grinders beside each other, but the only difference in all these products is the material used for the housing of the grinder. Here’s a list of the types of materials and colors of each model:

Capresso Infinity Model Variations

Now Let’s Look at Some Good Points in This Grinder

A Grinder that Fits Your Budget

At the $100 range, this machine really does put quality and affordability together. We always talk about grind size consistency being the most important thing in a grinder. With 16 different settings giving out consistent grind, this machine will not disappoint.

Perfect Burr Type and Speed Combination

The conical burrs revolve at a relatively slow speed of <450 rounds per minute (RPM). This ensures that the beans retain the aroma and flavors.

Why?

Faster RPMs tend to grind faster, but heat up and re-roast the beans in the process, which loses the flavor profile of the coffee.

Yes, the conical mills of the Capresso might be slower, but at the same time, it helps retain the flavor by making sure the coffee grounds aren’t heated and re-roasted.

For more information on how coffee loses flavor due to heat, please look at this article.

Capresso Infinity 560.01 Lifestyle

You’ll Find that Grinding is a Breeze

Did you ever come from using a blade grinder, where you had to pulse or keep your finger on the grind button to get a grind that would more or less look like the one you needed? We’d never get consistent beans from each batch anyway. I have both a blade grinder and a conical burr grinder, and I can really attest to this statement.

The Capresso infinity does all this for you with a turn of the timer. Just set the grind size and let the machine grind by itself.

Accessing and cleaning the burrs also seems to be easy, and that’s a definite plus in this machine!

Less Grind Settings, Less Fuss

Some people want the whole gamut of grind options, but some just want the normal range of things. This is also true for this grinder. It has 16 settings with the following options:

  • 4 settings extra fine
  • 4 settings fine
  • 4 settings medium
  • 4 settings coarse

Capresso Infinity Grind Settings

This might seem a lot for a first time burr grinder purchaser, but trust me, there are other machines out there that have hundreds of grind settings! This grinder can grind well from pressurized espresso machines to your classic French press, and everything in between. So the versatility of this grinder is really outstanding.

So Far So Good, But Now Let’s talk About The Bad

Jumping Beans

Capresso Grounds ContainerThis has been a long time issue with this grinder. It might be because the grounds container is made out of plastic, or that there is some static that’s being created from the grinding of the beans, but some people have noted that their coffee grounds jumped all around the place when they took out the grounds container.

There are some solutions suggested, but the most plausible solution I’ve read is that you should slightly shake the grinder before removing the grounds, so that the static inside the plastic grounds container diffuses.

Wasted Grounds

All burr grinders need some TLC (Tender Loving Care) in cleaning the burrs after using it for a while. And the Capresso Infinity is no different.

While the burr is easy to access and clean, there does seem to be quite a lot of grounds getting stuck along the burrs and the grind chute. It means you’ll be cleaning out more grounds when you make your regular maintenance. And you’d probably be wasting a bit more grounds as compared to the other higher end grinders.

Summing It All Up

Before we go to the conclusion, let’s look at the Pros and the Cons of the grinder:

Pros:

  • Consistent grinds
  • Reduced burr speed to bring out aroma and flavor of coffee
  • Large range of grind capabilities (pressurized espresso to French press)
  • Quite small and easy to fit anywhere
  • Cleaning is easy

Cons:

  • Cases where beans jump around from the grounds container
  • More beans wasted

Conclusion

It’s easy to see why this machine is consistently voted at the top of the most wanted or essential burr grinders list. There isn’t really many other grinders at its price range to give it a run for its money. It’s affordable, consistent, versatile, light, and more silent than its competitors.

It’s a great grinder for its price!

If you’re new to buying an burr grinder, or you’ve set a $100 budget for a burr grinder, then The Capresso Infinity is the grinder for you!

$100? What About the $125 Stainless Steel Variant?

Capresso Infinity SS DrawerAlthough the stainless steel variant looks really good and outshines the 2 thermoplastic variants by miles (in terms of looks), the plastic variants are good enough if you’re really looking at overall functionality. Reading through all the reviews, they (the plastic variants) have been used from houses to coffee shops, and had no trouble in their performance at all. The motor and burr build quality in these two plastic variants are all the same as the stainless steel variants, and according to reviews, the casings do not look cheap.

If you want your grinder as one of the attractions in your home coffee lab or coffee shop, then by all means, buy the stainless steel version. But for the price tag, you might also want to look at a grinder with more grind settings.

 

How about you? what are your thoughts on it? Share it on the comments section.

 

12 thoughts on “Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder Review – Is It a Good Grinder at Under $100?

  1. Michael

    You have caught my interest in the Capresso Machines. I am due a new grinder, and you have shown me a Very good one to get. Nice Job!

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  3. Alex Y

    This is great post as I love coffee! This post gives a good overview on coffee grinder! Thanks Darwin!

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    1. Darwin Post author

      Thanks Alex! I really appreciate your comment 🙂

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    2. Darwin Post author

      Thanks Alex! I really appreciate your comment 🙂

      Reply
  4. matt

    I have had this grinder for months and I’m completely satisfied with the grinder I use a hario v60, aeropress and a bonavida 1800. I don’t grind for espresso so can’t comment. The grind is consistent and have great results. I paid $80 at bed bath and beyond with a 20% off coupon.

    Clean up is necessary and I do it usually each time I brew or at least once a day. Its simple and fast and just part of using a burr grinder. I tap machine a few times on its side after its done grinding but still running to get the vast majority of grinds into hopper. Often I pop the top off pick up and tap the top burr getting almost all of the grinds off the top burr and into the hopper while tit is running. takes 5 seconds but ensures full grind makes it to hopper and clean up is east. no rancid bean build up. I bought a 1 inch pastry bruns to brush out and clean. the finer you grind the more clean up and manipulation is required to get the most beans.

    Highly recommend this grinder for price, quality and performance.

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    1. Darwin Post author

      Thank you for this comment Matt, it really gives the people great insight about the Capresso Infinity! And the way you write about cleaning it up is awesome!

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  5. Bob

    Pick up the better 565.04 model (metal housing but not stainless steel) September 2016 at Costco.com for $89 + tax includes shipping. (note: there is a 565.05 model which is metal and stainless steel found online for $150….not worth the difference in cost for most people)

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    1. Darwin Post author

      Bob’s got it right! the black and silver brushed model are the same price. It depends on which color you fancy more

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  6. Judy perkins

    Just bought this grinder – ( not happy with lower end Krups burr grinder I had previously
    But what is the point of the timer ?
    No where does it tell me how I should set the timer for ( 8) 4 oz cups of
    French press
    Thx

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    1. admin

      Hi Judy,

      Unfortunately the timer does not say how long and how much you’ll have to grind for your (8) 4 oz cups of coffee. And 8 cups is a lot!

      To help you out, I’ve made some computations to see how much beans you’ll need to grind. I hope you have a scale that’s able to count in grams.

      Here’s the short answer, you’ll want to grind 63 grams of coffee beans on a coarse setting for your 8 cups of 4 oz coffee.

      The long answer, I use a 20gram : 10 oz ratio (or 20 gram : 300 ml where I come from) to brew my coffee. And I use less beans when it’s dark roasted coffee. I used this ratio and computed for how much beans you’ll ideally use for your mega brew (since that’s almost a liter of coffee). Adjust the beans on your next brew if you find it too strong (or make a 1 cup test with the ratio I use and adjust to get the ratio that suits you before making your (8) 4oz cups).

      Back to the grinder, no it does not have a timer on how long you need to grind. It’s best that you get 1 batch of 63 gram beans and time how long it takes, so you know how long you will need to grind in the next batches that you make.

      As for me, I always grind the amount of coffee that I just need since I brew at home. This wouldn’t be advisable if you run a coffee shop, but if you are a home brewer, or you have guests coming in from time to time, then brewing the exact amount of beans should work for you.

      Hope this information is helpful to you Judy and thanks for asking your question.

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