Very good looking heavy duty grinder with micro-metric adjustment . Deliver very even grinding. Minimum heat. : )
Positive Product Points
Very good looking grinder. Thick aluminum casing. Commercial style brass flat burrs (on I-1 model only). Micro metric grind adjustment. . Very even grinding. Many colors availlable. "Chute" model is the best way to always get fresh shot (if use for home)
Negative Product Points
Hopper a little thin . The optional timer is difficult to adjust..the companie said it had changed it lately to make it easier :)! Not as silent as a Mazzer (not the same price neither!). The chute is better suited for 57-58 mm portafilter (with a 52-53 mm portafilter, it could spill a little bit when portafilter is almost full).
In this price range, i dont think you can find a better deal. We are BBQ manufacturer / distributor in Canada...and consider adding espresso products after buying this grinder!!!. The only competition to this machine could be a Demoka. I tried it at the coffee shop and it works well, but you gona scrath your countertop because the rubber feet are too thin...and overall it looks "cheaper" than the Innova!!! If you are looking for a beautifull machine (we ordered the silver one with optional timer) that grind your coffee beans evenly and with minimum heat (the heat kill the taste)...stop searching..this is it. i have not tried the conical burr models (I-2)... the burrs are much smaller...and not in brass but in hardened steel. If you gona use this for home purpose, go with the chute (no dispenser) so you dont have to gring 5 to 8 portions (7 grams) at a time when you are using only one! The chute could be a little smaller so the grinded coffee wont spill on the sides of my 53 mm portafilter when it is almost full...but this is not a big deal (very little spill). If you use a 57/58 MM portafilter, you wont have this problem. The timer is pretty "touchy" to adjust. The little knob on the left side of the grinder must be rotated in order to adjust the amount of coffee you need..but a very little rotation (backward or foward) could mean several seconds difference in the grinding time! I reached the company regarding that and they told me they had changed this for a "visible" adjustment knob that produce 6 to 8 grams portion - MUCH BETTER! I have this grinder for a month now and it never clogged...that's good news (maybe if they had make a smaller chute..it would clogged!!). The hopper is a little thin (in clear plastic).. it does not bother me. I bought a espresso machine "La Spaziale Professionale" in the same time...and could tell you that it is not coffee that goes out of my portafilter..but 100% crema!!!..shot after shot...The micro-metric (endless screw) is marvelous in term of precision...but you have to be patient to find the perfect grinding size...(be ready to scrap a half pound or maybe a full pound of coffee adjusting it the first time). Dont buy this machine if you want to use it for drip coffee and espresso (you will have a hard time finding your settings back..no references due to micro metric knob). You will love this grinder...and all your friends will want one.