The company famous for making espresso shots a 'dream' is back with a mid-range grinder designed for first-time users and those simply too busy for fussy operating features. The i-Series grinder comes in 14 designer colors, with or without a dosing hopper on the front and with the designs' original 38mm conical burrs or the upgraded 54mm flat burrs.
Features and Functionality of the Ascaso i1 and i2 Espresso Grinders
- Easy Grinding and Dosing - On the side of the grinder there is a switch to turn the grinder on and off.
- Doserless Grinder (i) - Hold portafilter handle directly below spout on front of grinder, press in far enough to depress the grind button, the grinder will begin grinding. Hold until the desired amount of coffee is dispensed. Make sure the main power button is switched on.
- Doser Grinder (i-d) - When the main power is turned on the grinder will begin grinding into the front hopper. Once the hopper is filled, switch the power off to stop grinding. Place portafilter handle below the hopper and use the dispensing lever, click once for a single shot or twice for a double.
- Stepless Grind Adjustment - To adjust the grind, turn the knob on the side of the grinder to adjust the grind finer, or turn it the opposite direction to make the grind coarser. Ascaso refers to this it's Micrometric Regulation System (MRS). The adjustment knob allows for infinite grind settings.
- Two Burr Options to Select From
- 38mm Conical Burrs (i-2 versions) - The i2 and i2d (doser) versions of the grinder include 38mm conical grinding burrs attached to a 140 Watt 1200 RPM electric motor. The conical burrs grind fine enough and consistent enough for most espresso preparations.
- 54mm Flat Burrs (i-1) - The i1 and i1d (doser) versions of this grinder feature a better and faster set of burrs coupled to a lower RPM motor for better temperature control and grind consistency. The 54mm flat burrs are coupled to a 250 Watt 600 RPM motor. Select this version of the grinder for a greater level of grinding precision, speed and consistency.
- Large Coffee Bean Hopper - With the ability to store up to 1.3 pounds of coffee beans in the hopper, there is no need to constantly refill the grinder. It will hold enough beans for 60 shots of espresso. It is made of clear shatter resistant plastic and topped with a plastic lid.
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The Ascaso i-Series Grinders offer a lot of bang for the buck. They have sturdy all Aluminum construction, excellent grinding capabilities and look good too! What's not to like.
|Model Number||i1, i1d, i2, i2d|
|RPM of Burrs||No|
|Bean Hopper Capacity||1.3 pounds|
|Dosing Options||Doser or Doserless Versions Available|
|Adjustment Configuration||Stepless - Infinite Settings|
|Grinder Style||Burr - Conical or Flat Options Available|
|Burr Diameter||38mm Conical or 54mm Flat|
|Timer or On/Off Switch||On/Off Switch Only|
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Warranty Information for the Ascaso i-Series Burr Espresso Grinder
|What it Covers:||Ascaso equipment|
|Who Supports the Warranty:||Espresso 4 Home|
|Warranty Contact Information:||732-866-1781|
A common failure point on single boiler models is boiler burn out, which can occur if the boiler is not actively refilled with water. Unfortunately, this error is not covered under warranty, so please ensure that your boiler is regularly and properly refilled by steaming, purging and then brewing. Not sure how to do this? Watch Gail perform this process on the Ascaso Dream UP.
|Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty?||No|
|Can SCG Repair?||Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.|
Caring for the Ascaso i-Series Burr Espresso Grinder
For detailed care instructions, please refer to your grinder's user manual. We recommend that you also incorporate the following into your cleaning routine:
- Use Urnex Grindz weekly to remove oil residue from grinding burs. Follow instructions on package.
- Remove and wash bean hopper with soapy water every couple of weeks.
User Manuals for your Ascaso i-Series Burr Espresso Grinders
Note: The instructional manuals for Ascaso are printed for worldwide distribution and covers almost every model produced worldwide. With this in mind, there may be features, accessories or colors available in Ascaso equipment in other countries, but not available in models produced for the United States.
Excellent price, design, grinding quality, mechanics.Review by George
Quality Price Value
I have been very happy with the Ascaso I-2 doserless that I've owned for one year, and have no plans to replace it. The price is an excellent deal for a grinder that makes delicious, consistent espresso (in my Nuovo Simonelli "Oscar" machine). If I had had a bigger budget when I bought it, I would have chosen one with a doser and automatic timer (but these I consider "luxury" features). I use a digital timer (13-14 seconds of grinding) to get the right amount. There is always some spilling of grinds and it's impossible to get the grinds in a perfect cone in the middle of the filter, but this has no effect on coffee taste (I get perfect crema, perfect extraction) and it is indeed the inconsistent "pour" of the grinds out of the spout that is tradeoff for low price. Awesome, awesome grinder. No maintenance problems. Looks beautiful (I have Sun Yellow). It feels solid, like the classic Kitchen Aid mixer, that has a similar design and color choice.
(Posted on 4/1/13)
WarningReview by Drink Oregon Wine
Price Value Quality
If you have a pressurized portafilter it will not fit under the dosser of this machine. To fix the problem I had to turn the machine over, remove the bottom, and take of the support under the dosser. Then turn that support over (not an easy task since the nuts are extremely small.) All of that said, the shots are amazing once you get everything set up.
(Posted on 11/8/12)
Brilliant, but has its quirksReview by NZ
Price Value Quality
I upgraded from a cheapie Breville to this in order to extract the best out of my Elektra lever press. The difference in quality was immediately obvious. So much more adjustability on this machine and a much nicer finished product. It's a stylish addition to my counter and grinds consistently.
In the not-so-good category:
Minor - Catch tray feels a little cheap, as does the grind button.
Major - The ergonomics & setup are quite strange. I have the doserless version and my portafilter fits under the spout, but is too high for me to grind out a full basket without lots of tapping and significant spillage. The coffee seems to hang up in the spout too. A steeper angle and lower rest height would improve its performance quite a bit.
I can get over these little quirks though. The adjustability and consistency are great for the price.
(Posted on 10/29/12)