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Capresso 551 Burr - Benjamin Kieran's Review
Posted: February 22, 2006, 1:27pm
review rating: 8.5
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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: 4.4
Manufacturer: Salton Quality: 3
Average Price: $80.00 Usability: 3
Price Paid: $50.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: unknown Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 3 years Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Krups blade grinder
Bottom Line: Look elsewhere - this simply doesn't do any job well or even adequately.
Positive Product Points

- Looks good
- Compact
- Fairly Sturdy
- Very Easy to use
- Cost is reasonable

Negative Product Points

- Very, very loud - like a vaccuum or clothes dryer
- Coarse grinding only
- Inconsistent grind limits usability
- Statically charges the coffee
- Hopper has loose lid
- Messy
- Some parts may be prone to breaking

Detailed Commentary

This was purchased as a gift by an ex-girlfriend.  It is what I wanted at the time - a basic burr grinder.  I had a blade grinder, but felt that I could produce better results with a burr grinder, as I had heard they have the advantage of producing a wide range of coarse and fine grinds, as well as being very consistent.  I'm sure that is true of some burr grinders - not this one.  

The only options are coarse grind and coarser grind.  Sure, the machine goes from 1-7, but none of those are fine enough.  It is also numbered in reverse of every other grinder I've used - which is a little annoying.  But if it did the coarse grind really well, I'd probably be somewhat happy - stick to my french press for brewing and it would have a use.  Except that the grind is not consistent - no matter how you set it, the unit produces a range of super, super fine to very coarse.  So not only can it not produce a grind suitable for espresso or even drip coffee makers, but the coarse grind it can produce is not suitable for a press because the fine silt will clog and/or pass through the mesh on the press and produce a grainy cup of coffee.  

There are other downsides as well - the coffee comes out statically charged, thus making it nearly impossible to get into the coffee maker without spraying it all over.  The lid on the hopper is loose - thus making the hopper an  unsuitable place to store beans (not that you can store much more than a few pots worth of beans in there anyhow).  It is incredibly loud - I thought my old blade grinder was bad, but this thing sounds like a Red Devil vaccuum cleaner when it kicks on - putting every conversation in the vicinity on hold while it does its job.  

If you are considering this grinder - consider something much more serious (and thus, much more expensive - the Starbucks Barista seems to be the minimum these days)  or go with a 20-dollar blade grinder - they do a perfectly adequate job for drip coffee makers.

Buying Experience

It was a gift - but she didn't report any negativity about it.

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