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    Ascaso i-mini  Experience

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    HI All, New to CS.
    Just bought Ascaso i-mini from DiBartoli (nice to do business with)
    Wondering if anyone has had experience with Ascaso i-mini
    Thanks, Robert

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    Re: Ascaso i-mini *Experience

    Hi Robert,

    Welcome to CoffeeSnobs! Howre you finding the i-mini so far? and do you have a chopstick to hand for cleaning out the grind chute?

    John

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    I have just finished my search for a grinder by getting the I-1 from DiBartoli as well.

    Still getting used to the grinder, but overall I am happy I think. Things I would like to change, or at least get used to;
    * the holder for the portafilter; need to remove it or turn it over. Whilst there is two screws holding it there, I think they have nuts on the back of them cause they wont undo, and I havent had the time to pull it apart so far
    * I got the model with the timer, and it would be nice to be able to turn the timer off (I prefer fully manual).

    Other then that, very happy with the build quality and look of the grinder, especially for the price I got it for....

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    Thanks Havent even taken it out of the box yet. Its my birthday present for next week... and Im showing EXTREME control...still enduring the Krups. Let you know in a week or two...
    Robert

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    Wow, that is extreme control! Can you post a link to the Krups model you have? If I remember Robert, you bought the manual one?

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    I got the Krups at the Good Guys on special with expresso machine for $240 .... It was my introduction to trying to make expresso ...other than the collection of stovetops that I have... which I have enjoyed.
    I will check the model number but it is really designed to make "nice" coffee and doesnt grind very finely... The only way I could get a decent expresso was to lean on the grind adjustment lever while grinding and over pack the PF and tamp down firmly.. otherwise the coffee just flowed through very quickly.
    At DiBartolis I played to my hearts content and they spent so much time with me, great service really andf lovely people. I am sure that the i-mini is vastly superior to my Krups, and I was not convinced that the flat burr grinders... though clearly more robust could produce significantly better grind... others will probably let me know otherwise...anyhow will try it all in a week and the Krups will be delegated to the stovetop at my partners home
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    Still in control. Looking forward to next week. My Krups gear is the Krups Burr Grinder and the K2 Plus Coffee Machine. I can see now looking at their prices that I got a very cheap deal at Good Guys...for $240 (rrp $350) so was good way to begin the journey, which I can see can become an expensive addiction (ha). That was when I thought that all (burr) grinders were created equal. ;) let you know how i-mini goes when I start using it. Robert

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    its a bump n grinder :) Theyre not burrs, theyre metal hills!

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    Preliminary Experience:

    Overall I like the machine. It looks good and is constructed and finshed well. It has fantastic control over grind fineness, if a bit fiddly, It is a bit light and easy to displace on the bench, and it retains a lot of grinds in the spout. Its a great priced grinder and Im pleased that I bought it.

    My Birthday has been and gone and Ive unpacked my new toy. Im pleased to say that it looks great and feels great...whereas in the shop next to all the tall grinders and lots of stainless steel brewing machines it looked a bit anaemic. I feels and looks solidly constructed. The manual leaves a lot to be desired, it does not refer to the I-mini at all, though i suspect it is the same internally as the other conical burr grinder, It isnt externally

    As far as griding is concerned Im still trying to find the right range of grind for my machine and beans.... it takes a lot of turns to adjust, just like they warn you... its not something I would want to use to change brewing styles from espresso to plunger (not that I would) and you can get lost as to how many tuns you have made clockwise or counter clockwise. Good idea is to mark the hopper which turns around as you turn the knob. So far Ive made a lot of sink shots...

    And Identity is right... the spout definitely retains a lot of grinds....I have found a small toothbrush expells a lot of ground coffee....some people have said bumping it helps and it does a bit but only gets out a small portion of the grinds and tends to knock the machine about on the bench.

    The I-Mini doesnt have a support for the PF like the other Acasos, just a small ledge where the grind button is. (Thanks for your advice ona rampage but doesnt apply to the I-mini) You press the PF against the button while resting the PF on the ledge. I have found a fairly even distribution of grinds into the PF and not a lot of clumping, though I do feel that I need to turn the PF around a bit to fill the other side.

    Similarly because it is not very heavy I have had to be gentle with how hard I press the PF against the grind button. If too light not turn on... if too heavy push the machine over.

    Buying experience: I bought the machine from DiBartoli and found them to be really informative and supportive spending hours demonstrating and discussing options. I would buy from them again. Thanks Renzo and Ofra and apologies for adjusting your I-mini in your shop im sure it took a while to reset it. :)

    Overall I love it. Its agreat compromise between function and price. Im looking forward to getting to know it better. Will let you know how I feel after I get it matched well with my machine and beans. Robert

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    One thing you could try (I picked this up today) is to hold the portafilter firmly in one hand and karate chop it with the other, to redistribute the grinds. Doing this mid-way through might help.

    You could also look at a Grinder Mat for it - at approx $25-35 it will stop it slipping around at all on the bench?

    Glad youre enjoying it - I was the quiet, tall guy who happened to be in the shop talking to DB when you walked in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Identity link=1195447331/0#9 date=1197115431
    ... I was the quiet, tall guy who happened to be in the shop talking to DB when you walked in ...
    Did the dove fly? Shhh ;)

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    Reply to Happyfeet Quote: I have had to be gentle with how hard I press the PF against the grind button. *If too light not turn on... if too heavy *push the machine over.

    I had a similar problem but found that if I put one hand flat on the generous footplate and hold the PF in the other, then putting pressure on the grind button is a breeze. Im extremely pleased with my Ascaso i-mini that was delivered to Canberra by courier from DiBartoli. *


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    Re: Ascaso i-mini  Experience

    *bump*

    Has anyone got a 3- or 6-month update on their Ascaso i-mini? Is it still going strong? Have you had any problems? Would you buy it again? Etc etc...

    Im considering getting this grinder. Ive read all the available threads about it on CS and Im pretty happy with what Ive read so far.

    Opinions welcome!
    Cheers
    Stuart.

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    Re: Ascaso i-mini  Experience

    Chris at Talk Coffee is the man to talk to re the Ascasco little grinders

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    Thanks.

    Ive obtained quotes from Chris from Talk Coffee and Ofra from Di Bartoli - although I didnt mention that I was a Coffee Snob... perhaps I should have, and gained myself a discount! :P Anyway, perhaps I should address this question to Chris and Ofra as well.

    How does the Ascaso i-mini compare in grind quality and consistency, machine durability and build quality to the Iberital Challenge (which as far as Im concerned is the standard for this price bracket - feel free to correct me on that point!)?

    Cheers
    Stuart.

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    Re: Ascaso i-mini  Experience

    Have you read this review Stuart? http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1163235531/15#20

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    Thanks Mal, I had seen that review.

    Lots of positive reviews out there, but Im just being cautious by wanting to get some updates from people whove used an i-mini for a good few months to give me some idea of build quality etc.

    FWIW, Talk_Coffee PMed me and said that he rates the Ascaso i-mini as superior to the Challenge in build quality and finish. Please dont flame him if you disagree!!

    Cheers
    Stuart.



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