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The Capresso Burr Grinder comes in either black or white.  It is a bit larger than the typical blade grinder.  It has a collection bin which can also be used as a storage container for the ground coffee.  Typically, we just grind enough for the day and leave it in the bin.

The grinding process is timer-based.  Just select the number of tablespoon with the front slider and hit the grind button.  Sometimes we found some left over beans in the bowl because we too generous with our "scooping."

The grind setting is on the left side of the machine.  The lower the number on the dial, the finer grind.  The grinder was louder than we had expected, but it was tolerable.  The coffee acquired a static charge and some did cling to the side of the bin.

The above photos show grinds of 9, 5, and 2.  We determined that setting 2 was best for use with our version of the EspressoPRO.

BTW...if per chance you forget to attach the collection bin before hitting the "grind" button, expect a fine spray pattern such as this one :-)

We made a few short clips of the roasting, burr grinding, and brewing process so you can get an idea of the sound and times associated with the steps.   We are working on how to share the smell, but the best way is to just go buy one and experience the aroma for yourself.




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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