Great value, top quality in a compact, attractive package
Positive Product Points
Beautiful machine. Small size and footprint. Infinitely adjustable. Great value
Negative Product Points
Clogs pretty easily. It clearly requires a stern tapping after each use to clear the inevitable clog.
The Ascaso is really quite attractive. It is also very solidly built with a black, brushed aluminum exterior. The micro adjustment is so gradual that it can be turned one or two full revolutions and yet still yield only a minute difference in grind. It took me a while to find the right grind but now it produces a perfect shot each and every time.
It is doserless which is a feature I was after. It doesn't have a timer but I measure my coffee by weight and grind what I need in to a bowl. For some I am sure the absence of a timer and/or doser would be annoying. The I-2 is only 6 dollars more and has a timer. It can also be had with a doser. The I-2 is larger and I opted for the mini which, as mentioned, fits what I wanted very well. The I-2 has the same motor and burrs as the I-mini but has a different exterior.
This grinder won't work if you regularly want to change grind settings say between drip coffee and espresso. The single biggest drawback would be it's tendancy to clog. I use it daily and have come to terms with this quirk. After using it I give it a bang on the side or the back and the chute empties the clog.
This machine doesn't leave me wanting in any way other than to be clog free.
Very average. I ordered online based on price. It eventually arrived packed in a lovely series of boxes.