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Breeze
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Posted Tue May 18, 2010, 1:40pm
Subject: Smallest quality Burr Grinder
 

I have a lady friend that just received her Ascaso i2 grinder and is overwhelmed with its size.  She's going to return it.  

My only suggestion was a Baratza Virtuoso but that's still 14" tall.  

Any suggestions on a burr that while not perfect, is usable, in a compact size?
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Posted Tue May 18, 2010, 3:14pm
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The Ascaso I-mini stands 12.2" tall, the Le'Lit PL53 is 12.4", and the Nemox Lux is 11.8" (according to 1st Line). All use the same burr set. I like my PL53, but the smooth lines of the I-mini have always caught my eye.
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Posted Tue May 18, 2010, 4:17pm
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Hand grinders are smaller.

In my opinion, big unattractive electric grinders are much easier to use.
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Posted Tue May 18, 2010, 9:16pm
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For small with GREAT grind quality, I second the conical burr PL53. It's slower and more hands-on than a big commercial grinder, but the grind quality of the PL53 is incredibly good. At least as good as the super jolly, in my opinion.
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Posted Tue May 18, 2010, 10:01pm
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For an excellent espresso and all purpose grinder, the Baratza Vario is hard to beat.  I've never measured mine (my cabinets are 17" up from the counter top) but i'd say it has to be one of the smallest quality grinders out there. Quiet as well. More money, but well worth it for it's features and nearly total lack of waste.

 
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Posted Wed May 19, 2010, 2:20am
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Thanks, all good suggestions.
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Posted Wed May 19, 2010, 7:56am
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Check out 1stline, they have some of the grinders mentioned on there demo sale page. Comes with limited warranty.
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Posted Wed May 19, 2010, 10:25am
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IMAWriter Said:

For an excellent espresso and all purpose grinder, the Baratza Vario is hard to beat.

Posted May 18, 2010 link

Without a doubt, it's an excellent grinder!

I've never measured mine (my cabinets are 17" up from the counter top) but i'd say it has to be one of the smallest quality grinders out there.

I just measured mine & without the hopper lid, it's 13 13/16" tall.

Quiet as well. More money, but well worth it for it's features and nearly total lack of waste.

Absolutely agree with everything Rob's said, & this is a powerhouse of a grinder in a small package. I've said it before & I'll say it again, from day one with the Baratza Vario (4 months now :D)., I've retired my Rancilio Rocky doser, Mazzer Mini & Major temporarily anyway! This should tell you something. {;-)

 
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Posted Sun May 23, 2010, 10:39am
Subject: Re: Smallest quality Burr Grinder
 

Breeze Said:

I have a lady friend that just received her Ascaso i2 grinder and is overwhelmed with its size.  She's going to return it.  

Posted May 18, 2010 link

The Ascaso i-mini uses the same burrset as the i2 (as jeeb notes, it is about 12 inches high). I presume that the same dealer that provided the i2 could swap it for the i-mini and a few dollars back. On the other hand, the i2 with the smaller i-mini hopper is only 14 inches high.
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