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Ascaso iMini - Jeff Evans's Review
Posted: June 28, 2011, 12:50pm
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Ascaso iMini Grinder
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Arrow The Ascaso iMini has 21 Reviews
Arrow The Ascaso iMini has been rated 8.01 overall by our member reviewers
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Mike Zatt 9.00
Theron Georges 8.80
Ken Dang 8.66
Max Rudolph 8.25
Sebastian Storholm 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Product Reviewed: I-Mini
Manufacturer: Ascaso Spain Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 5
Price Paid: $269.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: 1st LIne Coffee Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Looks awesome, small footprint, and perfect for grinding for the Rancilio Silvia
Positive Product Points

Looks, stepless adjustment, small counter footprint

Negative Product Points

Stepless, a pain when switching from espresso to drip / french press grind

Detailed Commentary

All the reviews say GET A GOOD GRINDER FIRST! So, I read, reviewed, talked with vendors, and decided on this ASCASO model. Mainly cause it looks so cool and wasn't crazy expensive! But, it does work great as well. As i said in the negative point switching from espresso to course grind is hard on your hand n fingers with so many turns. BUT! I figured out the best way to deal with this. First put a small strip of tape or mark on the hopper corresponding to a mark on the unit. I used this mark for my espresso grind ( have a Silvia and SHE IS PICKY!) Then if figured out the quickest way to change to course is to remove the burr adjustment knob and use my portable drill to zip it to course and back to espresso. I usually grind a small container of course for the week (evening drip cups) and scoop a handfull of 1st line med espresso beans in daily as to have em poppin fresh! This has worked fine for me, and as I said, it is a very cool little grinder. It's perfect for my Silvia.
Another point, I usually have to knock it a few couple of times to empty the chute, but I assume most grinders have this static issue to a point....not a problem. It is a bit noisy but not bad. Easy to clean as well.
DId I say it looks cool? Especially the brushed aluminum model, which I bought.

Buying Experience

Great! The sales person at 1st line coffee recommended this and said he had one. He however uses it for a dedicated espresso grind only.

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