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Product Description

Compact and capable, the Ascaso I-Mini I1 offers high quality grinds in an adorable footprint. Equipped with 54mm flat steel burrs and a stepless worm-dial adjust, the simple, uncluttered design ensures easy operation for the home barista. And with a sturdy aluminum build and petite proportions, the I-mini will look great on any kitchen counter.

Features and Functionality of the Ascaso I-Mini I1 Flat Burr Grinder

  • 54mm Flat Burrs - Hardened steel burrs and a solid brass burr holder offer consistent grinds from pour over to espresso fineness.
  • Small Proportions - Measuring in at a compact 4.75 inches wide and 13 inches tall, the I-Mini lives up to its namesake.
  • Aluminum Case - Sturdy aluminum casing, available in textured black or polished finishes, is sure to withstand the rigors of a busy kitchen.
  • Stepless Grind Adjust - A stepless grinder adjustment thumb dial offers near-infinite settings, making the I-mini particularly well-suited for dialing-in espresso shots.
Pros
  • Affordable - Stepless adjustments, 54mm flat burrs and a solid metal case are features not easily found at this price point.
  • Teeny Tiny - This pint-sized bean pulverizer makes a perfect small-space match with the Dream Up or the Basic.
  • Stepless - Our test unit came in nearly perfectly dialed-in out of the box (always a nice surprise), and while the adjustment knob was a little tight, adjustments were easy and we saw no grind drift.
  • Aluminum Case - The solid aluminum case gives the grinder a reassuring weight and feel when in use.
Cons
  • Basic - The I-mini offers few of the features we've grown accustomed to in more expensive grinders. The hopper has no bean gate for easy cleaning, and there is no continuous mode or timed dose functionality either.
  • Clumpy - Small clumps are noticeable at the fine end of the espresso range, and tend to disperse in slow bursts from the grounds chute.
SCG Staff Says...

The I-Mini comes in two versions, the I1 and I2. The I1 sports a 54mm flat burr with a solid brass burr holder, while the cheaper I2 has a plastic burr holder with small 38mm conical burrs. We've had much better experience with the larger, flat burrset for espresso.

How Does it Compare?

The grind quality of the I-mini for espresso is peerless in its price range. The next great grinder near this price point is the Rocky, which has a clunky stepped adjustment collar.

Suitable Applications Espresso, Fine Drip / Pour Over

Additional Information

Model Number I1
Manufacturer Ascaso
Width 4.75 inches
Depth 8.5 inches
Height 13 inches
Watts 140W
Volts 120V
RPM of Burrs 700
Programmability No
Case Material Aluminum
NSF Certified No
Bean Hopper Capacity 9.5 oz
Dosing Options Doserless/Chute Only
Adjustment Configuration Stepless - Infinite Settings
Grinder Style Burr - Flat Steel
Burr Diameter 54mm
Anti-Static Coating No
Timer or On/Off Switch On/Off Switch Only
Material Aluminum

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How is this machine different from the Rocky, for daily espresso-ground beans? Everyone says the Rocky is built like a tank, and good build quality is important, but I'd rather have something smaller, so I'm wondering about getting the Ascaso instead. Will it measure up?
A shopper on Mar 24, 2017
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Best Answer: I prefer the stepless dial on the I-mini to the stepped adjustment of the Rocky, you can get much closer to ideal grind size this way. That said, the smaller size of the I-mini means it has a slower motor and a smaller bean hopper.

Do you plan on using the grinder for anything other than espresso? If so, I'd recommend the Rocky, as its MUCH easier to make big adjustments on than the I-mini.

Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Mar 27, 2017
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Hello, and thanks for all the great videos! On Ascaso's site, they show an 'optional' electronic timer for the Mini. Is that something I would be able to get from you if I were to purchase an i1? It seems like a useful addition to me: some doser-like functionality without a doser.
Chuck on Mar 15, 2017
Best Answer: Unfortunately no! The timer-based option need to be installed at the factory with a slightly different case to accommodate controls. We don't have timed versions available yet.

Hope this helps!
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Warranty Information for the Ascaso I-Mini I1 Flat Burr Grinder

What it Covers: Ascaso equipment
Length: 1 year parts and labor
Who Supports the Warranty: Seattle Coffee Gear
Warranty Contact Information: 866-372-4734 or email us at warranty@seattlecoffeegear.com
Notes: Read more about Seattle Coffee Gear's Warranty coverage.
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Ascaso I-Mini I1 Flat Burr Grinder

  • Wipe out hopper every time you change beans.
  • Run a grinder cleaning product like Grindz through the I-Mini monthly (especially if you love your dark roasts!)

  • User Manuals for your Ascaso I-Mini I1 Flat Burr Grinder

    Ascaso Grinders User Manual


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