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Jazzed
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Posted Tue Mar 8, 2011, 2:24pm
Subject: Ascaso I-Steel
 

Searching for reviews or anyone's experience with this grinder, I am in the market for a new moderately priced stepless, doserless dedicated espresso grinder!  Thanks!
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Posted Tue Mar 8, 2011, 9:59pm
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I have my eye on one of the Ascaso grinders as well.

There appears to be 2 versions of your Ascaso i-Steel.
Ascaso i-Steel I-1  54mm flat burr $345.00
Ascaso i-Steel I-2  38mm conical burr $306.00
If you want to see the Ascaso i-Steel I-1 in action, here is the youtube video.

There is also my favorite, the Ascaso I-Mini, which has the 38mm conical burrs $229.00
( Here's  the I-Mini in action. )
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Posted Wed Mar 9, 2011, 6:59am
Subject: Re: Ascaso I-Steel
 

Any idea of which is preferred or how to make a decision between the models? Thanks!
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Posted Wed Mar 9, 2011, 8:16am
Subject: Re: Ascaso I-Steel
 

Read up!

http://coffeegeek.com/reviews/grinders/ascasogrinders

And up!

http://coffeegeek.com/reviews/grinders/ascasoimini

Come back and let us know what you think!
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Posted Wed Mar 9, 2011, 8:57pm
Subject: Re: Ascaso I-Steel
 

So who's got one and compared it to another popular grinder side by side?

Apparently the guts of the I-2 share some of the same parts as the Le'lit PL53.
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Posted Sun Mar 20, 2011, 5:47pm
Subject: Re: Ascaso I-Steel
 

Ascaso are good, but i think that its better to wait and than buy a mazzer
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Posted Sun Mar 20, 2011, 5:48pm
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if you can, buy a mazzer mini electronic b
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Posted Mon Mar 21, 2011, 4:03pm
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I'm in the same consideration process. The mazzer is more than double the price. I'm sure it's awesome, but that's a rather different budget.
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Posted Tue Mar 22, 2011, 6:08pm
Subject: Re: Ascaso I-Steel
 

I owned the Innova (later Ascaso I2) for 6 years.  It did not let me down.  I replaced the burrs 1x in that time and the grinder has held up without issues.  I replaced the plastic snout nozzle x1 due to me cracking it the first time I took it apart to clean it.  It takes about 15-25 seconds to grind a double (~15 g) and the grinder is a bit noisy.  It's hard to talk and have a conversation while the grinder is running.  Another issue is that the grinder does not have any guide or markings for adjustments which makes this grinder a bear if you are switching beans frequently or using it for drip and espresso.  I would not recommend that.  It works great with beans loaded into the hopper and just as well as a single dose grinder.  (Tip for single dosing, use the handle of the coffee scoop to get the remainder of the grounds after grinding the beans)  Very little leftover waste with that method.  Since putting a PID, and adjustable OPV valve in my Silvia I have been looking for more consistent shots.  I could always get a great shot now and again but it took some tweaking and paying close attention to the grind and adjusting accordingly.  With the Mahlkonig K 30 it's pull and forget, for the most part.  And the thing is super quiet.  I think the I2 is a great starter grinder and is capable of pulling some really good shots if you are willing to undertake the learning curve.  It would also work well as a backup or decaff grinder.  If you can afford the Mazzer mini, I would get that, it is a much better grinder all around.  If $$ is a concern the I2 is hard to beat for the price.
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Posted Wed Mar 23, 2011, 6:57pm
Subject: Re: Ascaso I-Steel
 

Ascaso (Innova) makes great grinders... Don't know what it is about Spanish grinders, but I actually perfer over Italian - I have used Compak in the past and was equally impressed with the results.
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