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Ascaso iMini - Jean-Michel Laprise's Review
Posted: June 10, 2010, 9:29am
review rating: 8.0
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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: 8.2
Manufacturer: Ascaso Spain Quality: 8
Average Price: Varies Usability: 7
Price Paid: $200.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: 1st line Equipment Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Beautiful grinder. A bit noisy and retains grounds but works well.
Positive Product Points

Looks fantastic. Doesn't take up counter space. Stepless tuning. Nice consistent grind.

Negative Product Points

A bit noisy. Tends to clump. Coffee grounds get stuck in the chute.

Detailed Commentary

The best looking grinder I've ever seen. Small size and great design make it easy to integrate in your kitchen set-up. I'm happy with the grind itself, though there are some issues. As many others have said, a lot of ground coffee gets stuck in the chute. It can also get messy if you try to grind directly into the portafilter.

For me this is a very easy fix, you just grind into the supplied doser and fill the portafilter until you only need about half a doser's worth of coffee. You then use a chopstick to get the final coffee grounds into the doser. It just takes a poke or two on each side. It's really no bother at all.

As for clumping others have reported, I do not claim the necessary expertise to talk about that, but I haven't personally experienced any obvious problems with channelling.

The grinding process is a bit on the noisy side, especially because it tends to be in the higher frequencies compared to other grinders I've heard. Make sure you keep the top on when grinding as it keeps the noise to reasonable levels.

In the end, a really nice machine I would happily buy again despite it's flaws.

Buying Experience

Bought online from 1st line Equipment, no issues to speak of.

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