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_Dogma
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Posted Thu Jan 31, 2013, 10:01am
Subject: Ascaso I1 Steel  v  Demoka Minimoka 203 ...
 

Hello everyone, I have been killing myself going through potential grinders for the last 72 hours nonstop.  I need to make a decision NOW.

Basically it's down to two contenders and both seem to be good prices:

Ascaso I1 Mini Steel

Click Here (www.maxicoffee.com)

Demoka  Minimoka

Click Here (www.nouveauxmarchands.com)


(Or, I hold off and wait for the one I REALLY want- Eureka Mignon. But I'm not sure I'll have the extra money to spend later on and I'm not sure I can convince my wife on a 300 euros machine.)

Any and all thoughts are welcomed...!

Thanks!

PS- I don't know how much of difference the RPMs make, but they seem to vary widely on all grinders. The Ascaso is 700 per minute which is very low compared to the others– (around 1200 p/m)
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:32pm
Subject: Re: Ascaso I1 Steel  v  Demoka Minimoka 203 ...
 

Hi Eric,

The grinder in the first link is the i-steel I-1 as the i-mini I-1 has different case (the shop's description at the title is not correct). So assuming that the grinder for sale is the one shown in the picture and is the I1 type, I think is a very good choice, at a very good price, and I cannot see why the Eureka is a better grinder as it has smaller burrs of 50mm in comparison to 54mm of the ascaso.

I do not know the other Spaniard, Demoka  Minimoka, but again I would prefer the ascaso because of the larger burrs and the slightly more powerful motor.

Regarding the rpm, only the Eureka has a high rpm (1350). The other two, both have a low 700 rpm. In theory, low rpm cause less quality deterioration of the ground coffee due to the less heat that is generated during grinding. IMHO, not a matter of a great concern when grinders are used for small quantities of coffee as in home use.

 
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 4:40pm
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I recently bought an Ascaso I-steel with the i-1 burrset (flat burr). Very happy with the results so far. See review at

Click Here (coffeegeek.com)
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Posted Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:51pm
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Thank you so much, GE, that was informative. Very interesting about the RPM... I guess it's a bit like a diesel engine; less rotations means a longer life.

And I guess the Demoka company doesn't market outside of Western Europe. I saw it mentioned a lot on German retailer websites and forums.

The reason I was fixated on the Eureka Mignon, is that SO many people were raving about how good it is. Plus, it looks pretty sexy, too!

But yes, I think you're right, the Ascaso is the best bet. (And I agree, they miss-labeled it. I thinks it known just as the "Ascaso i-STEEL").

Cheers!
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Posted Sat Feb 2, 2013, 6:21am
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Nice review of the Ascaso, slofox. Thanks.
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