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The Capresso Burr Grinder (model 550) is a good size for most home applications.  There are only three controls on the unit: on button, grinding timer, and fineness setting.

The bowl can accommodate up to 12 tablespoons for coffee beans. The grinding blades are metal and the top twists off for easy cleaning.

The collection bin has a opeing in the rear which mates with the exit chute of the grinder.  There is a cap for the bin to keep things from flying out everywhere.  Even though this bin is not air tight, it can be used as a storage container for the ground beans...especially if you only grind enough for the day.

This Capresso Burr Grinder is large enough to handle the grinding needs of a typical household or small office.  If you have the counter space, it is also attractive enough to leave out all the time.



Burr Grinder

By Wan Chi Lau

Grinding coffee for home brewing used to be more art than precise practice.  Only hand-crank grinders were available, and rarely found except in the home of true coffee lovers.

When drip coffee machines became popular, folks started to purchase their beans in order to grind them just before use.  Most of the grinders were of the blade type, which were inexpensive and worked well for drip coffee machines.

As quality home espresso machines came on the market, the proper grinding of the beans became more critical.  Blade grinders created "coffee dust" which clogged the filters used in the espresso machines.

When we got the EspressoPRO, we also upgraded our coffee grinder.

We'll take a closer look at this grinder in this FirstLook report. We'll then grind some beans, make some espresso, and take a closer look at the different fineness of grinds available from this unit in the FirstUse review.


1. FirstLook

2. FirstUse

Review Summary:

Initial Impression- Sturdy

Usability- Simple, self stopping

Durability- test in progress

Price- $60


Other Coffee Reviews:

1. Simple Human

2. Tassimo

3. Keurig

4. EspressoPRO

5. i-Roast2



Photography by Wan Chi Lau
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