I really prefer the looks of the Ascaso and I also prefer that the on off switch is located where I can use the portafilter to turn it on and off. Also, I prefer that the Ascaso is stepless so I can really fine tune my grind.
My last grinder broke 3 times so I am very concerned with durability. What troubles me with the Ascaso is that it has a full metal casing and is about the same size as the Rancilio but is half the weight. I contacted Seattle Coffee Gear and they assured me that the internals are all metal just like the Rancilio. The agent at Seattle Coffee gear told me that she preferred the Rancilio because the motor is more durable.
Which one should I choose? Also, should I consider a different grinder for my espresso machine? Thanks!
Posted Sun May 29, 2011, 7:10pm Subject: Re: Rancilio Rocky vs. Ascaso i-Steel I-1
Hey Zack - Welcome to Coffeegeek. I own a Rocky and find it to be a very good "all around grinder". It is built like a tank. I have not used the Ascaso, but have read good things about them. The Ascaso being a stepless grinder would be good for espresso, but if you want to switch to different grinds it will take some effort. What is your budget for a grinder? Better ones are out there!
Jarrycanada Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2005 Posts: 26 Location: alberta Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Rancilio Silvia 10 years old Grinder: Rocky 10 years old too
Posted Mon May 30, 2011, 6:37pm Subject: Re: Rancilio Rocky vs. Ascaso i-Steel I-1
One thing I really like about rancilio's rocky grinder is after owning one for 10 years. this grinder is still working well and I can still find parts for it online too as i just replaced the burrs for the first time. Not many appliance's I've own have lasted as long as this has and you can still can get parts for. I've had very little trouble with this grinder and I know there are better grinders on the market with more fancy functions but sometimes it's best to keep things simple and that's just what you get with the rocky grinder a simple easy to use grinder that will last you a very long time.
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