Ascaso has made some improvements in their Version 3 Dream UP espresso machine. They have combined the ground/pod system into one, thereby eliminating the need for conversion kits. In addition, the grouphead design is now 100% solid brass and the thermoblock group is now made of aluminum and stainless steel instead of just aluminum.
Detailed Features Include:
Simple Switch Controls
Three professional-grade switches make this machine a cinch to use. The center switch is the power switch which, when flipped, starts heating up the boiler. The switch to the far left controls the steam function and the switch to the far right controls the coffee brew. A series of indicator lights let you know when the machine is powered up and at the proper temperature for brewing espresso or frothing milk.
Frothing Tip for Perfect Cappuccinos
The frothing wand will have you making creamy froth for your cappuccinos in no time at all. This stainless steel steam wand is mounted in a swivel joint, which make it easier to froth milk and conveniently swings away for easy cleanup.
To help ensure a proper espresso extraction, the front-mounted temperature gauge monitors the brewing pressure. Read in Celsius.
This high quality chrome-plated brass grouphead is designed after Ascaso's commercial espresso machines. It ensures that heat is evenly distributed and reduces "hotspots" which make for a more temperature-consistent espresso. It also ensures that water is evenly distributed across the espresso grounds for a better extraction, i.e. a better tasting espresso!
16 Bar Water Pump
This 16 bar pump has the power to force water through coffee grounds thereby producing an impressive espresso. This is more than enough pressure for an excellent extraction.
Heavy Duty Coffee Holders & Filter Baskets
The Dream uses heavy-duty commercial-grade coffee holders which are chrome-plated brass with plastic handles. A single shot and double shot (57 mm diameter) stainless steel filter basket are included for ground coffee. The double shot size baskets allow you to use more ground coffee per serving for stronger espresso or cups of coffee. Note that the Version 3 now has an integrated grouphead and you no longer need to change it for pods.
48 oz. Water Tank
A large 48 oz. water tank, which is equipped with a water level indicator, can be filled while on the machine or removed and filled at the sink.
Drip Tray and Cup Heater
A stainless steel drip pan and chrome-plated cup tray are easy to remove and clean. To keep your espresso cups toasty, there is a scratch-resistant cup-warming surface on the top of the machine. (Nothing makes espresso cold as fast as cold cups!)
Three way solenoid valve
The three way solenoid valve relieves pressure that has built up in the grouphead and, as a result, the pressurized water is reverted to the water reservoir. This feature allows back-to-back espresso extractions without having to wait for the portafilter handle to lose pressure by itself.
Ascaso had longevity in mind when they constructed the Dream. Made of corrosion-resistant aluminum, then finished with a chip-resistant enamel paint, this machine will not rust thanks to the aluminum body. All components that make up the construction of this machine are designed for long life and low maintenance.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Your machine must be periodicially cleaned in order to keep it running in good condition. Scale buildup from naturally occuring minerals in water can damage sensitive components such as the inside of the boiler, and if left unchecked, can cause considerable damage. By descaling your machine every 2-3 months, your machine will be trouble-free for years. Even if you have a sophisticated water filtration system, descaling and general cleaning is highly recommended, and especially is you use well water.
Making high quality espresso with a real espresso machine requires compacting the espresso with a real coffee tamper. While some espresso machines come with an inexpensive coffee tamper, these don't really give the kind of tamping that results in a high quality extraction. We do carry a large selection of attractive heavyweight coffee tampers. Not only will getting one of these coffee tampers give you higher quality, and more consistent results, but they will add to the look of your home espresso bar.
And if you'll be serving espresso, you should serve it in real espresso cups. A coffee cup will pull the heat from your espresso too quickly because of its size, and because of its area, you will lose most of the crema. Most of the crema will stick to the inner surface of a large coffee cup. So take a look at our large selection of espresso cups. And to complete the service of quality espresso, you should also take a look at our large selection of high quality demitasse spoons. It's a nice touch to match the look of your demitasse spoons to your home decor. We have a wide range of designs in spoons from baroque to classical to modern. All are high quality 18/10 stainless steel.