Heavy Duty Coffee Holders and Filter Baskets - Keeping with the tradition of using only commercial grade components, the Ascaso Dream uses heavy-duty chrome plated brass coffee holders, which feature a rugged plastic handle; the same coffee holder is used for ground coffee and espresso pods; single shot and double shot 2,24" diameter stainless steel filter baskets are included for ground coffee, and there is a pod basket for single dose ESE pods; the double shot size baskets allow you to use more ground coffee per serving for stronger espresso or cups of coffee.
Quick Thermoblock - An outsized thermoblock offers quality heat retention and quick steps up or down to steam temp.
Stainless Steel Pipe - Less prone to limescale build up from magnesium and calcium - limescale is a major factor in causing problems on espresso machines. Aluminum avoids 'pitting' in cases where purified water is used.
Simple to Use Controls - Flip on the center power switch to begin heating up the boiler; two more professional grade rocker switches now let you control the steam function (far left) and the coffee brew control (far right); a series of indicator lights inform you when the machine is powered up, and when it is at the proper temperature for either brewing espresso or frothing milk.
Quality Brewing Group - the grouphead is made of chrome plated brass; designed after Ascaso's commercial espresso machines, the Dream's group head evenly distributes heat and reduces hotspots for more temperature consistent espresso; it has also been designed to evenly distribute water across the coffee grounds for a better extraction.
Includes a 3 Way Solenoid Valve, Adjustable Overpressure Valve, and Aluminum Tamper - The Ascaso Dream does not have a pipe into the drip tray on the left side. There is a plug sealing the hole, and the three way solenoid valve returns to the reservoir.
Construction with Longevity in Mind - The Dream's body is constructed of corrosion resistant aluminum for extra long life; the aluminum is then finished in a chip resistant enamel paint; unlike most espresso machines in this class that are made of steel, the Ascaso Dream will not rust thanks to the aluminum body; all of components that make up the construction are designed for long life and low maintenance.
Excellent Body - The aluminum is hand buffed and polished; hence, each base will have its character. The aluminum base does have a polish. Therefore, be careful of distilled or purified water which can ruin its finish.
Analog Operation - A manual steam wand, toggle switches and an analog temperature gauge make the Dream a joy to use.