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Ascaso iMini - Roman Foxman's Review
Posted: May 10, 2008, 10:18pm
review rating: 8.0
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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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Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
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: 7.6
Manufacturer: Ascaso Spain Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 6
Price Paid: $269.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Seattle Coffee Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 week Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Cheap KitchenAid and Krups burr grinders, blade grinders
Bottom Line: Ascaso Mini won't disappoint (almost)
Positive Product Points

- Fantastic grind quality and tuning for the price
- Solid build and excellent finish (polished aluminum)
- Good looking and not too tall

Negative Product Points

- Inflexible
- No portafilter fork, slippery "on" button
- A little loud

Detailed Commentary

Ascaso iMini...

...rocks, if you use it ONLY for espresso drinks (it is probably an overkill for anything else)

...sucks, if you looking for flexiblity in grinding for different types of coffee drinks

As some reviewers noted, iMini uses a worm-type adjustment screw. It takes a minute of turning the knob to change from drip coffee to espresso. And then it takes another 15-30 minutes of fine-tuning to get a perfect shot (since this grinder is stepless, the sky is the limit here.) In the end, you do achieve perfection: the grind is consistent and produces great crema. Also, on a plus side, unlike cheaper grinders, iMini can work way beyond espresso, all the way down to a very fine dust-like grind that's perfect for Turkish coffee.

Other positives include nice build quality, handsome design,  and careful packing by Ascaso. Unlike noted by other users, I haven't noticed coffee grinds getting stuck in the chute.

Mini is not perfect: it doesn't offer a portafilter fork on which you can leave/rest the filter. Instead you must press the portafilter against a slipery "on" button located in the center of the grinder without any support. The shallow recess is not enough to keep the filter in place which results in spilled coffee grinds all over the counter. Quite useless actually. To me, this is the worst aspect of  iMini's design. To solve this, instead of grinding directly into the portafilter, I use a small stainless steel cup (originally for steaming milk) which works out much better. Obviously, this results in occasional stale left-overs for your next shot. iMini is also fairly loud.

Buying Experience

Nothing notable except, again, I'd like to point out exceptional packing by Ascaso.

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