When espresso experts lecture on how critical grind consistency and control is, they are raving about the Ascaso I-1D 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 has a superb doser mounted on the front that measures out one shot's worth of powder for each pull. Best of all, you can choose from black or polished aluminum to suit your taste or to match your Ascaso Dream.
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. Each full turn of the screw moves the gear by a tiny amount. 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.
This Ascaso I-1 grinder also known as the I-1D is so named because it grinds into a dosing chamber rather than directly into your espresso maker's filter holder. The doser hopper holds about 4.5 ounces and has a set of spokes, or vanes, that separate enough ground coffee for one shot of espresso. You need not fill the entire hopper to brew your espresso; that would be wasteful you if need only a few shots. But the Ascaso I-1 gives you the flexibility to grind a lot for heavy use, or just enough to cover those vanes for your own personal shots.
Ascaso built the I-1D 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.
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.
The Ascaso I-1D 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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