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    Compak K3 or Ascaso I-Mini

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    Hi all

    I need to up-grade my grinder but am being a little dollar conscious, as I would also like a new espresso machine in the not too distant future.

    I understand that the overall quality of the K3 is probably better, however, there is also $200 difference between them as well. *Does the K3 really grind a noticeable $200 better? *Or is it more a case that the K3 would last longer?

    I very much value your advice & comments before I make my purchase *8-)

    Thanks again guys

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    Andrew

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    Re: Compak K3 or Ascaso I-Mini

    Quote Originally Posted by Secksy link=1220092710/0#0 date=1220092709
    Hi all

    I need to up-grade my grinder but am being a little dollar conscious, as I would also like a new espresso machine in the not too distant future.

    I understand that the overall quality of the K3 is probably better, however, there is also $200 difference between them as well. *Does the K3 really grind a noticeable $200 better? *Or is it more a case that the K3 would last longer?

    I very much value your advice & comments before I make my purchase *8-)

    Thanks again guys

    Warm Regards
    Andrew
    Hi Andrew- Its an absolute no contest...The K3T by a country mile. Its a serious commercial quality grinder and frequently used for decaf in cafes. The i-mini, while good is much more of an appliance...With grinders, you really do get what you pays for...

    Chris

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    Re: Compak K3 or Ascaso I-Mini

    Thanks for that Chris

    It sounds like the K3 will handle any future espresso machine up-grades far better than the I-Mini might! *8-)

    Andrew

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    Re: Compak K3 or Ascaso I-Mini

    Hi Secksy,

    For what its worth, Id say the Ascaso equivalent to the Compak K3 would be the Ascaso i-home (i1), not the i-mini (i3). I have the i1 and its an excellent grinder! Very good for the price, Id say. I havent used the Compak K3.

    Having said that, most people (including Chris, I suspect) would probably still recommend the Compak K3 over the Ascaso i1. Perhaps they can tell you why? ;)

    Cheers,
    Stuart.

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    Re: Compak K3 or Ascaso I-Mini

    Thanks for that Stuart

    I didnt think of the i1. Im not sure what the differences in quality is to the K3, but youre right...Im sure someone out there will know.

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    Anrdrew

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    Re: Compak K3 or Ascaso I-Mini

    Hi Andrew,
    I can vouch for the Compak K3 Elite (doser-type). I bought it for home use about a year ago and havent regreted it.
    To my mind: solid build, clean design, reliable consistent grind and good ergonomics.
    Phil



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