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Ascaso Grinder First Look!
First Look Posted: Monday, January 7, 2002
Author: Mark Prince
Machine Class: Grinder, Burr, Prosumer
Ascaso Grinder
Product Supplier

1st Line Equipment in the US
iDrinkCoffee in Canada

Product Pricing

1st Line carries the wide range of these grinders, in a variety of colours. Prices as of 2014 range from $279 to $350.

This is a first look at two grinders that were once known as the Innova grinder, but are now being sold as the Ascaso grinders. grinder that was once known as the Innova grinder. The grinder is developed by Spanish company Ascaso (website).

The grinder is for the prosumer/light commercial espresso crowd, but different models allow for different uses. It is primarily for a consumer / domestic market, but could also see adequate duty as a second grinder in a light to medium commercial setting, or as a decaf grinder. It is a direct competition with the venerable Rancilio Rocky grinder and in this first look, we will bring up the Rocky frequently.

We got to evaluate two different models - the conical burr doser version, and the flat burr doser version.

These grinders can be found at 1st Line online, and as of 2012, a wide variety of models are available. This review is a legacy review now, but much of what we write about these grinders is valid for the current shipping models.

As usual, this is a First Look, not a detailed review - anything and everything can change between this publication and the publication of our Detailed Review.


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