Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder

Last updated date: April 23, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1

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We looked at the top 1 Burr Grinders and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Tech Gear Lab, Dripped Coffee, The Coffee Chronicler, The Coffee Concierge, Coffee Bean Grinder+, Joy Ride, Coffee Grinders Hub and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Burr Grinder you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 81 expert reviews, the Capresso Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 17, 2019:
Checkout The Best Burr Grinder for a detailed review of all the top burr grinders.

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
5,092 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Stands out for its easy to use settings and quiet operation
- BestReviews
The Capresso earned an 8 for ease of use because it shows off the less-is-more principle, giving you the controls you need to make coffee happen with a presentation that's straightforward and intuitiv
- Tech Gear Lab
It’s so quiet that you won’t think twice about running it every morning. The good news is that it’s also fast an efficient with a total of 16 settings, including a convenient extra fine, fine, regular and coarse settings.
- Dripped Coffee
February 1, 2019 | Full review
This grinder is able to grind well enough for most brewing methods, especially for an entry-level grinder.
- The Coffee Chronicler
If there's one thing I can really give the Capresso Infinity credit for, it's durability. My parents have been using it almost every day since 2011, and it hasn't skipped a beat.
- The Coffee Concierge
While it makes for longer grind times, the slower speeds produce a lot less heat and friction and by keeping the oils in the coffee beans from being burned off, the coffee will retain its flavor and aroma after the grind
- Coffee Bean Grinder+
March 15, 2019 | Full review
The Capresso Infinity offers great consistency of grind, an elegant modern style, and high overall quality, and all for under $100.
- Know Your Grinder
August 5, 2015 | Full review
It feels more like other grinders you may have experienced, but it has a better, more consistent grind and it's designed to be easy to clean.
- Joy Ride
The 100-watt conical burr grinder offers 16 unique grind settings.
- Coffee Grinders Hub
What experts didn't like
It produces inconsistent results- some of our testers noted that coarse grinds were present even on fine settings
- BestReviews
Capresso produced a cup of similar quality but was somewhat lacking in clarity. The flavors seemed a little muddled and didn't finish with as much sweetness or vibrancy as some competitors, but the cup was definitely enjoyed.
- Tech Gear Lab
The only gripe that I observed in Capresso Infinity is related to cleaning. Some bits of grounds have a tendency to stick to the grinder due to the presence of static electricity
- Dripped Coffee
February 1, 2019 | Full review
As an entry-level grinder, the Capresso Infinity does not offer perfect consistency with its grind, especially with super coarse or superfine settings.
- The Coffee Chronicler
One of my biggest issues with the Capresso Infinity has always been the mess it creates, especially with darker roasts. Lots of ground coffee retention. Lots of static build-up. An awkwardly shaped grounds container that frequently lets ground coffee slip behind it. And plenty of nooks and crannies from the hopper to the chute make it a very tricky grinder to clean.
- The Coffee Concierge
It also definitely requires regular cleaning, and the amount of grinds left around the burrs and in the chute can be a little alarming.
- Coffee Bean Grinder+
March 15, 2019 | Full review
The coarsest setting isn't exactly what we would like for French Press. It needs to be able to get a tiny bit coarser.
- Joy Ride
The grinder might be a little pricy but it is the perfect investment to make if your family loves drinking coffee.
- Coffee Grinders Hub

From The Manufacturer

For maximum aroma and flavor retention nothing beats the Infinity Conical Burr Grinder series. Computer controlled special grinding heads cut the angles and shapes of the steel burrs to within 0.1 mm precision (1/250 of one inch). Burrs are produced as matched pairs and are hand assembled in Switzerland for precise fit. The multiple gear motor produces the slowest grinding action (< 450 rpm) resulting in highest precision grinding from Turkish fine to percolator coarse. Lowest noise conical burr grinder. Extremely wide range from Turkish fine to coarse for all kinds of coffee preparation. Clearly marked fineness settings, 4 each for extra fine, fine, regular and coarse. A total of 16 settings. Commercial grade solid conical steel burrs with advanced cutting design for high precision grinding. Gear reduction motor grinds slow with reduced noise and little static build-up. Slowest grinding speed in its class creates less friction and heat build up preserving maximum aroma and flavor in any grind setting. Safety lock system. Upper conical burr removable for easy cleaning. Tight fitting ground coffee container (holds up to 4 oz. of ground coffee). See through bean container holds up to 8.8 oz. of beans. Timer can be set to grind from 5 to 60 seconds. Cleaning brush and measuring scoop included. Heavy duty zinc die-cast housing. For grinding larger quantities of coffee beans for a coffee-drinking crowd, Capresso's commercial-grade Infinity grinder handles 8-1/2 ounces of beans at a time. Sixteen different settings--four each in the four categories of extra fine, fine, regular, and coarse--let you adjust the grind to the specific blend of coffee and method of brewing. The finest setting is ideal for preparing Turkish coffee, which is a rare feature to find in a grinder. A built-in timer sets the grind for anywhere between 5 and 60 seconds so you can walk away without having to constantly press a button to continue the grinding process. The Infinity has an advanced conical burr design made of steel that is usually only found on commercial grinders. This burr design slows down the gears and reduces the amount of friction and heat to preserve coffee's flavor and aroma. The coffee container holds up to 4 ounces of grounds and remains sealed during grinding. For safety, the bean container also needs to be locked into place for the Infinity to operate. For easy cleaning, the bean container and upper burr lift off so you can clean the grinding chamber with the included brush and wipe down the heavy-duty zinc die-cast housing. The 100-watt burr grinder measures 7-2/3 by 5-2/5 by 10-4/5 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde.

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4. Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.5
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5. JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.4
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6. Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 7
7. Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 6
8. Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Secura Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Burr Grinders

Why buy a coffee grinder? Once you’ve had your first cup of coffee made with fresh ground beans, that question gets answered within a few sips. Within minutes of grinding, the aromas and oils locked inside a coffee bean start to lose their potency through contact with oxygen and air moisture. Simply put: The fresher the bean, the fresher the taste.

There are two general types of coffee grinders: Those that use blades and those that grind the beans between burrs. Take a look behind the counter at any coffee shop and you’ll most likely see a burr grinder, with good reason. These type of grinders work by pushing the coffee beans down between a pair of serrated plates, or “burrs.” The burrs then rotate, grinding the beans down to a particular size depending on the selected setting. The grounds are pushed out through the sides or bottom into a container, ready to be brewed.

By comparison, a blade grinder doesn’t technically grind at all. It slices the beans with tiny blades. While those blades might rotate faster or longer when the settings are adjusted, they won’t produce grounds of a uniform size. And even though that’s still better than pre-ground beans, the result isn’t ideal for true java aficionados. Smaller stray particles might slip through the filter in a French press, for example, or clog up an espresso machine.

All this means that yes, you might expect to pay a little more for a burr grinder. That cost can vary widely based on the variety of grind settings, capacity of the container and other bells and whistles.

There’s also material to consider. Increasingly, you’ll find that the burrs in burr grinders are made of stainless steel. The reasons are ones you might expect: Stainless steel is sharp, and won’t corrode or rust.

It will blunt over time, however, and also conducts heat — which can subtly affect the taste of the oils in your coffee. This is why higher-end models may use ceramic burrs. While they aren’t as sharp, they will keep that edge longer and stay cool no matter how fast the grinder runs.

DYWM Fun Fact

Many of us couldn’t function without our morning joe, but did you know that coffee can be used as fuel for more than just your job? In 2010, a team of British engineers converted a Volkswagen Scirocco into the Coffee Car Mark 1, whose converted combustion engine burned used coffee grounds. While it needed an entire 22-pound sack of beans to travel 55 miles, it nonetheless made an initial run from London to Manchester. Three years later, the updated Mark 2 coffee car broke 65 mph, a land-speed record for any java-powered jalopy.

The Burr Grinder Buying Guide

  • When choosing a grinder, you’ll find models that advertise a number of different settings, allowing you to choose between near-microscopic variations in ground size. It’s a particular advantage of burr grinders, which can be adjusted in a more exacting way than their bladed counterparts. So what grind size do you need? It seems like every year there’s a new fad in coffee making, and your method of choice will determine the grind size. In general, you’ll want coarse grinds for French press, medium-size ones for traditional filter brewers or pour-over, and fine grinds for espresso. If you only make coffee one way, congratulations! You might not need a huge variety of settings. Still, finding your perfect grind can be a zen part of the process. It all depends on your palate — and the amount of time you have to experiment.
  • Speaking of time, a grinder with a high storage capacity can save you a lot of it. It can be very convenient to stroll into the kitchen for your morning brew and find a reservoir of beans already in the hopper, waiting to be ground. Many grinders even have an automatic timer that will start the process before you even wake up. Just bear in mind that keeping beans out in the open too long can affect the taste.
  • If you’re buying a grinder at all, you care about the taste. Keep that taste consistent with frequent cleanings. How easy that is can vary greatly between grinders. Some are easy to take apart, some require tools. Once you’ve got the burrs open and ready to be cleaned, you’ll want to use a brush or some other dry method. Wipe-downs with a damn cloth are fine for the exterior, but you’ll typically want to keep the burrs as dry as possible, even if they’re stainless steel. If all that sounds like too much hassle, there are cleaning tablets that you can simply run through the grinder periodically, and they’ll take care of the majority of stray oil and grinds.