A Solid Buy, Year After Year
Even though it’s been on the market for three or four years now, the Infinity Coffee Grinder by Capresso model 560/565 is still one of the most recommended coffee grinders on the market today.
While there are definitely better coffee grinders on the market, the powerful duo of affordability and quality help to make the Capresso model 560 a popular pick as a top burr coffee grinder under $100 every year.
We recently picked up a new one and put it through the paces.
A Closer Look at the Capresso Infinity Grinder
Type of Grinder: Conical Burr
It uses high grade steel burrs which helps to keep the coffee grind even, especially on the lower settings.
Volts:120v | 60hz
- Matte Black
- Brushed Silver
- Stainless Steel
The stainless steel is actually made of metal and weighs more than the plastic alternatives. Since it does differ from the plastic bodies, it was assigned a completely different model number of 565.
- Height: 10.5 inches
- Width: 5 inches
- Depth: 7.75 inches
- Weight: 3 pounds
- Cord Length: 48 inches
This Capresso Infinity is bigger than your average spice grinder, but it won’t wipe out all of your counter space. When we received the shipment and had a look at the box, we thought that it was going to have a presence on our kitchen counter like Godzilla taking a leisurely stroll through Tokyo. We were pleasantly surprised that it really wasn’t that big, it’s just that Capresso used solid Styrofoam molds in the box to ensure that the grinder was packed very well.
There are reports that the cord is short. Ours stretched to 48 inches long – plenty long enough for most kitchens. It can be tucked away into a channel underneath the machine when it’s not in use.
Hopper: 8.5 ounces of whole beans
Bin: 4 ounces of ground coffee.
It does have a max fill line and you shouldn’t grind more than that without first emptying the bin. Not emptying the bin risks burning out the motor as coffee will back up into the grinder feeder channel.
As with most grinders on the lower end of the scale, the evenness of the resulting grounds isn’t as uniform as we had hoped. However, it’s actually much better than most coffee grinders in this price range.
Coffee Ground Coarseness
The grounds are set up with four different main settings and subdivided into four sections within each of those. It goes from coarse to medium, medium to fine, and fine to extra fine.
Coarse is ideal for brewing coffee with a French press or a percolator.
Medium is suggested for automatic drip coffee makers and Pour Over coffees.
Fine is for espresso pump machines with pressurized sieves like those used in a Moka pot and for brewing with an Aeropress.
Extra Fine is for manually prepared Turkish coffees and can be used with some espresso machines with non-pressurized baskets or sieves.
Using the Capresso Infinity Coffee Grinder
Using this coffee grinder is as straightforward as putting it together.
- Weigh or measure out your beans.
- Add them to the hopper and replace the cover. The black dot on the bottom of the hopper needs to be lined up to the white wedge painted on the right side of the base. This is the “off” position. This is a safety feature to prevent the machine from running without the hopper being secured into place.
- Select the desired coarseness setting by moving the black dot to the selected area.
- Add time to the timer and let the machine do its thing.
- When the machine stops, lightly tap the machine and bin to allow coffee “dust” to settle.
- Return the hopper to the “off” position.
- Remove the bin.
Note that if the beans run through the hopper before the timer stops, turn the hopper to the “off” position and allow the timer to run down on its own.
If there are still beans in the hopper when the timer finishes, simply add more time to the timer.
Do not attempt to empty the beans from the hopper by tipping them out without first unplugging the machine.
That Crazy Timer/Dial
We searched high and low for more information on the timer. The only thing anyone can agree on is that the markings do not equal the number of seconds the machine runs. Someone said it’s in ten second increments, but we can’t concede that.
It could be a rough measurement as to how many cups of coffee you’re brewing, with one cup being the standard five ounce measurement. If that’s the case, it makes sense as many drip coffee makers are manufactured with a carafe that measures to ten cups and the Infinity’s dial (ironically) stops at 10 (fans of the movie This Is Spinal Tap can quote their favorite line right here).
Tips for Using Your Infinity Grinder
Try to use it after everyone is awake. It’s quiet for a grinder, but grinders are still pretty loud.
Don’t let the machine run too long; never over three minutes. The heat from the burrs will start to roast and burn your beans.
Don’t grind the coffee more than an hour in advance. You’ll lose a ton of flavor and wonder what all the fuss is about when it comes to a fresh grind. This is why it’s important to work out how much coffee you’ll need per cup.
Automatic coffee grinders have a tendency to keep fine grounds hanging around inside the machine. When this happens, the fine grounds will get mixed in with coarser grinds, which isn’t ideal when making coffees like French Press. To avoid this, make a concerted effort to tap lightly on the machine in order to “shake” out any fine grounds. Also, if you’re making more than one type of coffee, be sure and run the coarse grind options before the finer grinds.
There will be a bit of coffee ground coffee still in the lower bin after grinding has finished. This is normal for grinders of this caliber. Be sure and empty it out. You don’t want to leave coffee in the machine as it’ll throw off your measurements, especially when doing a pour over.
This is where the Ross Droplet Technique comes in handy. You carefully stir in a couple of droplets of water into your beans. The result is less waste and mess from static buildup. Don’t use too much water as water and electric machines don’t play well together.
How It Performs
The grinder takes its time, which helps to avoid heat buildup. The beans don’t get re-roasted and burnt in the grinder, which is always a good thing.
We found the Capresso Infinity grinder to perform very well. It met our expectations but didn’t exceed them. If we were looking for a medium grind of coffee, that’s what we got. It gets a little more subjective as the grind selection was set finer.
Would we recommend this for high end espresso machines? No. The teeth of the burrs aren’t as close together as they need to be to get an even grind on the finer settings. You know if you want true espresso, you’re paying for a top-notch machine. Don’t expect a $100 grinder to live up to the high end expectations you have for your beloved morning cup of espresso.
The unevenness of the grounds isn’t a dealer breaker for us. In fact, as many reviewers have mentioned, the grounds are much more even than most coffee grinders in this price range.
Using the Ross Droplet hack mentioned earlier, we were able to get a consistent amount of coffee from each measurement.
Who is This For?
If you enjoy grinding your beans but are on a tight budget, this is for you. It’s effective without being fussy and won’t take up a lot of space on the counter or at your coffee bar.
It’s also good for the elderly who may have problems using a hand grinder, live on a fixed income, and have downsized their lifestyle but not their taste for freshly ground beans.
Cleaning Your Infinity Coffee Grinder
Cleaning this Capresso is pretty straightforward. The bin and hopper can both go in the dishwasher or you can simply wash them out with soapy, warm water and finish with a vinegar rinse. Capresso includes a brush for cleaning out the burrs, but it’s a little on the sparse side. You will probably want something a little bigger for cleaning near the feeder channel. Of course, the top set of burrs is removable and can be rinsed off with water or dipped in a solution of vinegar and water, but don’t put this piece into the dishwasher.
Vinegar is one of the few cleaning solutions that will remove coffee oil. If they’re not removed, over time, those oils become rancid. This will leave your coffee bitter no matter what you do.
Troubleshooting the Capresso Infinity Coffee Grinder
The Capresso Infinity is made by JURO, Inc. and they have a large, supportive web presence.
Coffee Grinder Instructions
You can find instruction manuals for all of their products on this page: https://www.capresso.com/support-guides
Attn: Customer Service
20 Craig Road
Montvale, NJ 07645
Phone Number: 800.767.3554
Infinity Burr is Stuck
The most common mistake you’ll encounter is putting in the top burr upside down (we did this). The hopper won’t rest evenly on the top if you do this. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is to put the rubber gasket on first. It fits easily on to the plastic funnel and there’s only one way to drop it inside.
If you’ve already passed that point of no return, you’ll know that the burr is now stuck inside this machine. We got this out by manually adjusting the hopper to where the black dot fit and forcing it down, but knowing how easily plastic cracks and breaks, that was a little disconcerting. Luckily we found a YouTuber who found a better way. Take a look at this video.
All in all, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly coffee bean grinder to work with your Aeropress, French Press, or automatic drip coffee maker, be sure and check out this machine. It’ll last a long time, doesn’t take up much space on the counter, and will produce even grinds on medium and coarse settings.