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Capresso 551 Burr - Cassidy Vare's Review
Posted: February 19, 2010, 8:43pm
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Capresso 551 Burr
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Beth Sanguine 9.00
William Fite 9.00
Lance Goffinet 8.50
Benjamin Kieran 8.50
Dennis Rogers 8.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 3.8
Manufacturer: Salton Quality: 2
Average Price: $80.00 Usability: 5
Price Paid: $50.00 Cost vs. Value 3
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 month Overall 3
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Mazzer Super Jolly, Breville BCG450XL
Bottom Line: Honestly, I'd rather have a whirly-blade grinder. It's at least as good, and less than half the price.
Positive Product Points

Well, it does grind coffee...

Negative Product Points

No consistency of grind, lots of static.

Detailed Commentary

I got this grinder as part of a cheap setup for work; a French press is the other part. I thought that a "burr grinder" would be worth a few extra bucks--in the past, I went from a blade grinder to a Breville BCG450XL and noticed a pretty big difference in my French press coffee from the upgrade.

Well, if I was willing to spend the extra money, I should have just bought the Breville again. This "grinder" makes more dust and fines than a blade grinder. The grind adjustment has little or no effect on the results--it's always a mess of huge chunks and tiny fragments. A blade grinder, even if it's what I consider a last resort, is still more controllable.

The other big issue with the Capresso is static. Lots of it. It sprays a shower of grounds over the entire table it's on, and then the grinds bin is so staticky that it sprays grinds when I'm transferring them to the press.

My other grinder experience has been the aforementioned Breville, which was great, and my current grinder at home, a Mazzer Super Jolly, which is almost as big a step above the Breville as that was above this.

Buying Experience

Bought from Whole Latte Love--no complaints about them.

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