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Ascaso Grinders - Ünsal ORLU's Review
Posted: February 21, 2012, 4:10pm
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Ascaso Grinder - i1, i2 Models
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Julien Labelle 10.00
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James Schulman 8.59
Douglas DeHart 8.33
Laura Taylor 8.21

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.0
Product Reviewed: Ascaso i1-d flat burr
Manufacturer: Ascaso Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 5
Price Paid: $370.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: kahveekipmanlari Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 6 months Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: La Spaziale Astro12
Bottom Line: Good home-use grinder, if used at a particular grind setting and you don't frequently switch between settings.
Positive Product Points

+ Very consistent grind for espresso
+ Can be adjusted to operate at any setting from french press to Turkish fine
+ Strong 250W motor
+ Good quality 54mm flat burrs
+ Relatively low price
+ Stepless adjustment with worm drive mechanism
+ Reasonably small size to use at home

Negative Product Points

- Very difficult to switch between espresso and french press setting
- Longer grinding time
- Clumping problems with fine grind settings
- Noisy
- No reference marks/numbers for grind setting
- Doser has no adjustment

Detailed Commentary

My initial intention was to buy Nuova Simonelli (NS) MCF grinder to use with my NS Oscar espresso machine. However, the company failed to provide the NS grinder and offered Ascaso instead, with a significantly lower price.
The grinder produces good quality consistent grind for espresso. Compared to my commercial grinder La Spaziale Astro 12, there is no noticeable difference in the taste of espresso prepared with my NS Oscar Espresso Machine.
In fact, La Spaziale does not have a stepless adjustment capability which is present in Ascaso. Ascaso can be adjusted by a worm drive mechanism, which allows the user to make very fine adjustments. However, due to this mechanism, many turns are required to change the grind setting from Turkish to French Press. This makes the grinder unsuitable for changing between grind settings.
Also, there are no reference marks/numbers for the setting. I opened the plastic top cover and put arrow marks on the top burr holder. The change from espresso to french press requires 90 degrees rotation of the top burr, which can be followed by my marks on the top burr. However, to provide the 90 degree rotation, the adjustment screw has to be turned many tens of turns.
There were no problems when I use the grinder only for espresso. But, I drink Turkish coffee frequently and sometimes prefer French Press. Due to the difficultly in changing grind settings, I finally quit, and decided to buy another grinder which can change settings very easily in seconds.

Buying Experience

kahveekipmanlari offered this grinder to me, since they were unable to deliver the NS grinder I was requesting, after waiting for a long time.

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