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Capresso 551 Burr - Jeremy Close's Review
Posted: April 29, 2003, 7:25pm
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Capresso 551 Burr
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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.0
Manufacturer: Salton Quality: 5
Average Price: $80.00 Usability: 4
Price Paid: $25.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Peter's of Kensington Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Maybe
Similar Items Owned: none
Bottom Line: What other choice is there at under $A200?
Positive Product Points

Cheapest burr grinder in Australia when bought as a Russell Hobbs. Half the price of the same machine branded as a Breville. Grinds quickly and easily. No one will think it looks weird in your kitchen. Using it doesn't make a mess.

Negative Product Points

This machine will not grind finely or consistently enough for an espresso machine. If the burrs are not carefully cleaned all grind settings produce the same grind.

Detailed Commentary

This is my first grinder. I have not used a blade grinder so can't say whether a good blade grinder would outperform this.

The Breville version of this grinder can be found whereever espresso machines are sold for $A80-85. The Russell Hobbs version is not widely stocked, even by shops that carry other Russell Hobbs products. Peter's of Kensington sell it for $A49. KBE for $62. The only difference is the Breville is white and the Russell Hobbs black and silver.

Be careful when fitting the upper burr (which is a bayonet mount) that it is level and fully seated.

The ground beans look like a cross between gravel and fish-food at any grind setting, just smaller at the finer settings. It's as if the frinmder takes very small round slices off the bean.

Flour-fine dust is found at all settings and is mostly attracted to the top corners of the hopper (static?) so, luckily little makes it through to the coffee you brew. Maybe you could collect it for use in Turkish coffee?

I'd strongly recommend you clean the grinder with a stiff flexible brush after every grind. Pay especial attention to the upper burr and the chute (clean the chute from the front). Remove the upper burr. The locating holes (if that's what they are) in the burr quickly fill with powder and bean chips. Dig these out or all your grinds will be the same whatever the setting as the top burr won't sit in the right position relative to the bottom one.

Wally and others have posted tweaks to this grinder on alt.coffee to make the grind finer and more consistent. I haven't tried them. Search for "Russell Hobbs" in alt.coffee and it should be one of the first hits.

Buying Experience

Bought online from Peters of Kensington. They have a good e-store site and delivery was fast and secure. The grinder was very well packed. They do however charge $A12 for postage so if you're in Sydney you should visit their shop and buy over the counter.

Three Month Followup

Works well with a Bialetti Brikka, OK with a traditional Moka Pot or Melitta filter cones but not suitable for espresso machines or french presses / plunger pots.

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