When espresso experts lecture on how critical grind consistency and control is, they are raving about the Ascaso I-1 Grinder. Ascaso's ingenious stepless grind control offers you the ultimate level of control over the fineness of your espresso grind. Most grinders jump from setting to setting, likely leaping over that sweet spot you're seeking. The Ascaso I-1's heavy-duty burrs move in such small increments that even a full turn of the adjustment knob results in a minute change. Thanks to the Ascaso I-1's low speed grinding, barely any heat is generated, thus preserving the delicate aromas of espresso. This Ascaso I-1 begins grinding directly into your espresso machine's filter holder once you place the port. Best of all, you can choose from black or polished aluminum to suit your taste or to match your Ascaso Dream.
The Ascaso I-1 is a doserless grinder, which means that the grinds are discharged out a chute directly into an espresso portafilter. This is a great feature for less frequent espresso drinker or even for those who just want to have the freshest possible ground espresso every single time. The I-1's operation couldn't be easier: Simply place your espresso portafilter beneath the chute so that it depresses the metal switch on the face of the grinder. This activates the Ascaso's motor. When you have filled the filter holder to the desired amount, remove it and the Ascaso I-1 will immediately shut off.
We really cannot stress enough how much you will love the Ascaso I-1's precise Micrometric Regulation System (MRS). It takes a little extra time to dial in to the sweet spot for your espresso machine and achieve that elusive "God Shot," but it is time well spent. Stepless grind adjustment works by turning the knob on the right of the unit which turns a worm gear. If you were to picture this in your mind, try to imagine a screw placed right next to large brass gear. In contrast, many other grinders have between 40 or 50 "clicks" from coarse to fine resulting in frustration as many are forced to choose between a little too fine or a little too coarse. So say goodbye to overcompensating for your old grinder's deficiency by fussing with your dosing amounts or tamper pressure.
When it comes to grinding burrs and their mountings, many grinders won't pass muster, but the Ascaso I-1's flat burrs are big and beefy. Measuring 54 mm in diameter, these hardened steel burrs are set in heavy brass mounts that not only give this Ascaso longevity, but also result in a more consistent grind because of the added weight. In addition, the Ascaso's burr set is incredibly easy to clean, making this often overlooked yet important task a breeze rather than a chore. To clean, just remove the coffee bean hopper and cover to expose the grinding chamber, which takes about 30 seconds. You can perform a thorough cleaning to remove built up coffee grounds around the lower burr and then reassemble the grinder - total time is about 2 minutes.
Ascaso built the I-1 grinder with a refreshingly large bean hopper. Holding a whopping 1.3 pounds of coffee beans, the I-1's hopper is twice the size of every other brand in its class. It will hold enough beans to brew 60 shots of espresso and is made of clear, shatter-resistant plastic.
The Ascaso I-1 Grinder comes standard with a one year parts and labor warranty limited to manufacturer's defect or workmanship and is backed by J.L. Hufford's 30 Day Satisfaction Policy.
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