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Ascaso Grinders Detailed Review
Detailed Review Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2002
Author: Mark Prince
Machine Class: Grinder, Burr, Prosumer
Ascaso Grinder
Product Supplier

Zaccardis
www.zaccardis.com
Scarsdale, NY
customerservice@zaccardis.com
877-839-8998

Product Pricing

Zaccardis sells these grinders in a range of colours. The I-I Model sells for $319. The I-2 model sells for $250.

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After a few years where the North American upscale consumer espresso market did not see any new grinders come available for sale, 2002 looks to be promising with several new models coming out. Leading this wave are 4 new grinders (with additional options) from the Innova (now Ascaso) line of espresso equipment.

CoffeeGeek was supplied with two of the four new models - a flat burr espresso grinder with a doser chamber, and a conical burr espresso grinder, again with a dosing chamber.

These grinders show a lot of promise, but came to market with a slightly tongue in cheek boast - "the Rocky killer", which referred to the dominance the Rancilio Rocky grinder currently commands in the upscale home marketplace for espresso grinders. The initial importer of this product back in 2002 was often known to boast, and soon, everyone was talking about the "Rocky Killer" Innovas..

In many ways, the Rocky is the standard bearer, offering time-tested durability, quality of grind, and quality of materials used. If the Ascaso grinders are to beat the Rocky for this standard bearer claim, there are a lot of things they have to do right.

This detailed review is structured into various sections that will look at the most important aspects of the Innova grinders.

Introduction and Overview will look at the market for the grinder, the company that makes it, and the plans for this grinder as it evolves. We also detail our first look at this product, technical aspects, and a look at the materials and mechanics that make up the grinder.

Variations on a Theme looks at the four varieties of this grinder as well as the options offered by various vendors. We'll also look at the parts that make up the grinder.

Operation and Maintenance gets down to the important stuff - how the machine operates, how to maintain it, and day-to-day operating experiences, quirks and kudos.

Performance looks at the all important grind and what the grinder is capable of producing in your cup.

Comparisons will stack the Innova grinders up against the competition, including the Rocky, Mini Mazzer, Rossi and Solis Maestro. We'll also compare the conical burr Innova to the flat burr Innova.

Conclusion is our wrap-up of this review and our recommendations and ratings.

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Introduction | Product Overview | Variations | Operation | Performance Etc. | Comparisons | Conclusion
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