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wpking
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Posted Tue Dec 13, 2011, 9:15am
Subject: Lelit PL53 or Ascaso Mini ?
 

I'm starting to acquire my first home espresso setup and am looking for a good affordable espresso grinder. After reading all the information I could find, I settled on these two.
Based on my research they both perform well in their price class. The Lelit seems to be a little less well constructed than the Ascaso while the Ascaso seems to retain more
grinds in the machine than the Lelit.

Would anyone like to comment on which machine would be the better buy ? Thanks.
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MikeGraff
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Espresso: La Pavoni Europicolla
Grinder: Broken Starbucks Barista
Vac Pot: nope
Drip: nope
Roaster: nope
Posted Mon Feb 4, 2013, 8:04am
Subject: Re: Lelit PL53 or Ascaso Mini ?
 

HI folks,

New here on the forum and am finding myself in need of a new grinder to go with my La Pavoni.  I only really make espresso at home so I don't mind not being able to easily switch to a coarser grind.  My budget is $250-300 so both the Lelit and Ascaso iMini seem like good fit.  My primary concerns are getting the best shots from my pavoni and reliability...if I'm going to invest this much on a grinder it needs to last me a long time.  


Found this thread but there weren't any responses, wondering if anyone had an updated opinion between these two grinders?  Or should I spend $50 more and get the Rocky?

Thanks!
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
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Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 7:22am
Subject: Re: Lelit PL53 or Ascaso Mini ?
 

Welcome to the board,
Rocky has seen better price/performance days. He is a bit dated for what you get for the money spent and is no longer a go to starter espresso grinder. We tend to advise the Baratza line of grinders for the customer service and quality/price point.
The Preciso Click Here (www.baratza.com) is our normal starting point in their lineup for espresso use.
The quality of the grinder can not be over done, the grinder is more important than the espresso machine.
Baratza has a referb section and offer great customer service with them, be patent though, the stock comes and goes, check weekly to see what is on hand. Click Here (www.baratza.com)
At the time of my post, they have a Preciso for $239.

 
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Espresso: Isomac Venus
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 4:33pm
Subject: Re: Lelit PL53 or Ascaso Mini ?
 

IMO the Preciso burr carrier is not quite up to the task for consistent espresso grinding; too many problems and the holder is not rigid enough. You are better off for espresso  consistency and reliability to go with the stepless Trespade burr set in the Le'lit PL53. If you can afford the Baratza Vario, that would be the next step up.
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Skylar
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Espresso: lelit espresso
Grinder: lelit grinder
Vac Pot: B. D. Electric
Drip: chemex
Roaster: wok roast and popper, heat...
Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 4:59pm
Subject: Re: Lelit PL53 or Ascaso Mini ?
 

Had both 2 baratza grinders and also a Lelit.  With Lelit, three years and no problem. Using the baratzas for regular grind - result - cracked burr holders X 3. Now using a kitchen aide, not happy, but it is rock solid and grinds beans for my chemex , not great,  but adequate. Conclusion, if you are using it for ONLY espresso grinding, the Lelit will serve you well and reliably.
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MikeGraff
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Espresso: La Pavoni Europicolla
Grinder: Broken Starbucks Barista
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Drip: nope
Roaster: nope
Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013, 9:48pm
Subject: Re: Lelit PL53 or Ascaso Mini ?
 

Thanks for the feedback so far folks.  I had originally been looking at the Baratza Preciso but all the reliability stories has scared me off and pushed me back towards Ascaso or Lelit.

I asked on the HB forum and got lots of recommendations for the Pharos, but not sure if I can hang with such a device long term... ;)
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