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GavinScott
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Posted Sun May 4, 2014, 12:46pm
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Posted Sun May 4, 2014, 3:40pm
Subject: Re: is www.myespresso.co.uk any good - want to buy this grinder from them?
 

Haven't ever dealt with them, so cannot give any personal experience,  but they do have a tiny bricks and mortar store on the outskirts of Coventry and have been around for several years. For some reason you have to make an appointment to visit, although it's not in the sort of area where you're likely to have much passing trade looking for espresso machines I guess.  

Contact number is a genuine Coventry land line number not some dubious 0845 0800 or mobile code.

At least that's one step up from an internet only store (although some of those are genuine too).

Which grinder are you looking at ?  

There are other coffee equipment sellers that I have dealt with and can recommend, (but don't interpret that as any sort of bashing of myespresso).
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Posted Mon May 5, 2014, 6:45am
Subject: Re: is www.myespresso.co.uk any good - want to buy this grinder from them?
 

Thanks for info - have just given them a call and ordered the Ascaso iMini grinder.  Seemed like a nice and helpful chap on the phone, so hoping will be a good purchase.  Will update the page as a review, once I've received the item.
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Posted Mon May 5, 2014, 4:37pm
Subject: Re: is www.myespresso.co.uk any good - want to buy this grinder from them?
 

GavinScott Said:

Thanks for info - have just given them a call and ordered the Ascaso iMini grinder.  Seemed like a nice and helpful chap on the phone, so hoping will be a good purchase.  Will update the page as a review, once I've received the item.

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The grinder you have ordered is not very good I am afraid and pretty much useless if you are using it with a proper espresso machine. it's a cheap conical burr special that produces chunks and fines. If you can cancel your order do so and buy something decent. There are plenty of other sellers offering MUCH better grinders at not much more money. You can get some great deals on one of the UK coffee forums, which might be a better place to find out about this reseller. In fact internet rules allow you to send it back for a full refund in 7 days anyway, if you have not used it...check the law on distance selling..

With this grinder you are just wasting 180....when for 85 more you could get something in a different league!!
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Posted Mon May 5, 2014, 7:48pm
Subject: Re: is www.myespresso.co.uk any good - want to buy this grinder from them?
 

DavecUK Said:

The grinder you have ordered is not very good I am afraid and pretty much useless if you are using it with a proper espresso machine. it's a cheap conical burr special that produces chunks and fines. If you can cancel your order do so and buy something decent. There are plenty of other sellers offering MUCH better grinders at not much more money. You can get some great deals on one of the UK coffee forums, which might be a better place to find out about this reseller. In fact internet rules allow you to send it back for a full refund in 7 days anyway, if you have not used it...check the law on distance selling..

With this grinder you are just wasting 180....when for 85 more you could get something in a different league!!

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You can ignore the diatribe above and use your grinder with confidence. It's the same internally as the Isomac Granmacino and Professionale, the Iberital Challenge or the Lelit PL53. Stepless, great espresso grinders (no "chunks & dust" that I've ever seen") but relatively noisy.

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Posted Tue May 6, 2014, 2:31am
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alanfrew Said:

You can ignore the diatribe above and use your grinder with confidence. It's the same internally as the Isomac Granmacino and Professionale, the Iberital Challenge or the Lelit PL53. Stepless, great espresso grinders (no "chunks & dust" that I've ever seen") but relatively noisy.

Alan

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I think you can safely ignore Alan, he isn't in the UK and clearly knows little about these grinders and how they compare to others on the market in the UK for price vs performance. It is a really poor grinder, get something better and use the distance selling regulations to get a refund or cancel the order.

Also Alan to describe my post as a Diatribe, when you know nothing about me is a little silly, I've significant experience of all things coffee and knowledge of other peoples experiences with this particular vendor...perhaps because you sell these grinders, your view is a little biased?
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Posted Tue May 6, 2014, 3:57am
Subject: Re: is www.myespresso.co.uk any good - want to buy this grinder from them?
 

True that, I've only been in the business 29 years now, a mere novice indeed. And I've never sold Ascaso, Innova, Iberital or Isomac, but I have sold Salda, Quaha, Imat, Nemox and Lelit. The particular combination of burrs, burr carriers and motors involved is sometimes called the Lux or Trespade burrset and has even been used by La Pavoni and Rancilio (the Jacky.)

I'll even admit to visiting the UK a few times over the years and speaking to the odd coffee professional or two. They seemed to think I knew what I was talking about, but I could be wrong.

An "independent" view of the performance of the general grinder innards in the form of the Nemox Lux, untainted by base commercialism, can be found at Home Barista as part of the Titan Grinder Project here http://tinyurl.com/2q6hbv . Your Ascaso has the same insides with worm gear adjustment, giving it similar capabilities to the Lelit PL53.

Alan
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Posted Tue May 6, 2014, 7:31am
Subject: Re: is www.myespresso.co.uk any good - want to buy this grinder from them?
 

I have a TreSpade burr La Pavoni PGC grinder that I think uses the same burrs.  I picked it up at a thrift shop for $6.95!  Good buy and a decent grinder if you have no alternatives.  (I wouldn't really spend 179.00 on one, but we seem to be past that point.)

CafeLat's Paul Pratt uses one of these same burred grinders for his espresso, and I doubt many that know him would be willing to say he doesn't know what he's doing.  He has stated before, on H-B, that he doesn't know why it gets such a bad reputation other than the fact that when it is turned on it sounds like alley cats mating.

It's a good grinder once you get it dialed in.  The grinds are very nice and evenly cut, and reduced fines.  Mine lives on as a coarse rice grinder.  I liked this grinder on my La Pavoni, but that is generally a coarser grind.  With my NS Oscar it also did a great job, so I think you can use it well if the noise doesn't get to you.

It's not as easy to use as my Baratza Vario, but the grind particles do seem to be more uniform on the TreSpade burr.
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