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Capresso 565 vs. Baratza Virtuoso: Fine Grinding for Expresso Death Match
April 27, 2018
Capresso 565 vs. Baratza Virtuoso I have owned a Virtuoso for about 8 years, during that time I have had it factory rebuilt twice, have repaired & replaced various parts on it, and performed the burr/added washer upgrade for finer grinding. I drink only expresso and prefer a fine grind. The Virtuoso isn't really designed for fine grinding, more like medium grinds. The problem with upgrading the burr is that the added washers have the effect of putting more upward pressure against the upper burr wheel which is held in place with a plastic retaining ring -- this ring has two small plastic side tabs which thread down to hold the upper burr wheel in place. Eventually these tabs break so the upper burr wheel is no long held firmly in place and the grind becomes much more coarse -- granted the upgrade may hold up for a couple years, but eventually the tabs break. Oh, and btw, there are plenty of other ways to break those flimsy little plastic tabs on the burr wheel retainer ring -- why isn't the retainer METAL? Over the years I got a 'fine enough' grind from the Virtuoso, but I was always hoping for something better. So I recently purchased the Capresso 565 and have used it for a couple weeks. This grinder is in fact designed to produce fine and even very fine grinds for Turkish. Even the upper end of the "extra fine" settings was finer than what I need for my expresso machine, so I used the mid-fine setting which has been perfect and grinds at really spectacular granularity for expresso. I do not see any static electricity in the grind bin, and the hopper is very effective in feeding beans to the burr wheel without clogging -- even with really oily beans. The Virtuoso on the other hand didn't handle oily beans all that well, so I kept a wooden chopstick handy to sporadically poke and stir the beans to get them moving down to the burr. I would say the Capresso is also slightly faster than the Virtuoso, and noticeably quieter. It's early days though, so I don't have an opinion on durability yet. The nice thing about the Virtuoso is that it was fairly easy to repair and Baratza's service support is helpful and quick to ship parts.