Baratza Encore vs Capresso Infinity – Showdown of 2 Kickass Burr-Grinders
The best way to enjoy high-quality coffee at home is with freshly ground coffee beans. In truth, grinding your coffee at home can take your home brew to a whole new level.
For the ultimate grind, burr grinders are all you'll need to look at - unlike other grinders, they grind your coffee beans into uniform sizes, making your coffee taste amazing, fresh and just the way it was intended to taste.
When it comes to choosing a great grinder, The Baratza Encore vs. Capresso Infinity are two models you'll likely have a tough time choosing between - however, we'll help make the decision crystal clear in just a few moments.
The Baratza Encore Burr Grinder
Hands down - this burr grinder is one of the best on the market in the cheaper price range (we did a full review here)
It produces a consistent uniform grind from drip to French Press and espresso. Likely because it features 40 individual grind settings, from fine to coarse - AKA - every size you'll ever need.
The Encore is the ideal grinder for the novice who desires minimal cost but does not want to sacrifice quality.If you like the ever popular medium to coarse grind for manual brew techniques like Aeropress or Melitta, this grinder is extremely accurate.
It features a proficient DC motor that does not heat your beans while grinding. In fact, your coffee beans stay crisp even with prolonged grind times.
The grinder uses a combination of electric and gear speed reducers that lowers the burr to 450 revolutions per minute (RPM).
See the following video to find out a little more about this beauty:
The Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder
If you consider yourself a true coffee connoisseur, this premium burr grinder will make you smile. It has a funky yet innovative looking design with extremely precise grinding.
Frankly, it has the slowest grinding speed in its class that generates a lot less friction than most grinders on the market. With less heat build-up thus eliminating bitterness, your coffee grind will have the maximum aroma and flavour you could hope for after grinding.
The Capresso Infinity has clearly marked grind settings that include extra fine, fine, regular and coarse. When grinding, the timer can be set between 5 and 60 seconds, depending on the grind you desire.
However, there is also a separate on/off button that allows you to stop the grinding process at any time.
The fun doesn't end there - the Infinity has a variety of features that many coffee entrepreneurs will appreciate. Just take a peek at this video that demonstrates what you can expect:
The Showdown: The Baratza Encore vs Capresso Infinity
The Baratza Encore vs. Capresso Infinity are two products that are very similar in features and price, which makes things tough when you've got your credit card in your hand, ready to order. The following few differences may help you make a choice when you're 'on the fence' between these two grinders.
The main difference between the Baratza Encore and Capresso Infinity is the application of the auto-shut off feature.
Auto shutoff means your grinder will use the perfect amount of coffee beans needed to achieve the weight goal before turning itself off - very handy.
Unfortunately, the Baratza Encore does not have the auto-shut off feature. However, you have the option to purchase an accessory called the Baratza Esatto which will essentially add this feature to your machine.
The Capresso Infinity has an automated timer that you can set while grinding, but apparently, doing this correctly will take some getting used to.
The grinder will operate for the set amount of time and then stop - fingers crossed you chose the right amount of time. While this feature is not as useful as a weight based shut-off feature, it's still better than nothing.
WINNER: Even though you'll have to pay extra for the privilege, we like that you can add the Auto-shutoff feature to the Baratza Encore - so it wins in this case.
Although both burr grinders have a hopper for storing coffee beans prior to grinding, their storage capacity is not the same.
The Baratza Encore has an 8-ounce hopper with a 5-ounce grounds bin. The Capresso Infinity has an 8.8 ounce hopper that is capable of holding 4 ounces.
In true Baratza-Esq style, an accessory is available for the Encore which offers extension units that can be set on top of the hopper for extra space. The extension has 9 ounces of storage space that is easily added.
WINNER: This depends on your space and usage preferences. If you grind through your coffee like its going out of fashion, the Baratza Encore wins because you have the option to add more storage. If you just want something compact, the Capresso Infinity Wins.
In actuality, the Baratza Encore and Capresso Infinity are comparable in build quality.
Both units have designed the grinder to be above the average in quality but have kept the price reasonable.
This is achieved by electing for quality metal parts when essential and durable plastic parts when unnecessary.
WINNER: They are both great quality machines, meaning it's a tie!
This feature is the most important when it comes to making a decision on what unit to buy - but the hardest to assess until you actually have used each unit!
In terms of quantity (i.e. number of grinds available) the Baratza Encore offers the most grind settings with 40 different exclusive settings to choose from; ranging from ultra-fine to coarse grind.
In addition, when it comes to finding the ideal setting for your favorite brewing method, there is a lot of flexibility. By default, the Baratza Encore runs at 250 RPM, however, if desired, you can manually adjust the motor to run between 200 and 299 RPM. Ultimately this means you can achieve a more consistent grind.
The Capresso Infinity Features 16 grind settings that consist of four categories - Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, and Coarse. And to top it off, each class has four settings. Unlike the Baratza Encore there is no manual adjustment to change the RPM’s but the unit runs less than 250 RPM keeping it cool and reasonably quiet.
WINNER: Compared to the Capresso Infinity, the Baratza Encore is an obvious winner due to the large selection of grind settings and manual adjustment for the RPM’s.
In all honesty, both grinders are aesthetically pleasing to the eye and are aerodynamically designed to take up minimal counter space.
Both units have a nice black exterior, a sturdy clear hopper that displays your coffee beans and a sleek compact design.
All the same, the Capresso Infinity comes in three different colors; black, stainless and brushed silver. But the Baratza Encore only comes in black.
WINNER: it's a matter of taste. If you like a little color in the kitchen/office, the Capresso Infinity offers a few options, and thus wins this one.
For the price you'll pay for each one, both machines are similar in quality and functionality, meaning it's a damn tough decision. They are both good burr grinders but only one can win today.
The decider, in that case, becomes the number of grind settings, and the Encore wins, hands down.
OUR CHOICE: The Baratza Encore
- Grind Consistency
- # Of Grind Settings
- Extra Features
- Ease Of Use
If you'd like more control over your grinds (and trust me, you will once you get deeper into the world of home brewed coffee) the Baratza Encore is for you - the high range of grind settings, adjustable RPM's and auto-shutoff capability will allow you to brew just about anything with ease.
If you're not too concerned with controlling your grinds, the Infinity will guarantee you a consistent grind, time after time, and is available in a few different funky colors - it's basically an easier way to grind your beans to perfection.
Our vote goes to the Baratza Encore thanks to handy add-on's available, the vast array of precise grind settings and the ability to adjust the speed. What do you think?