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Product Description

Get back to simple espresso with the Ascaso Basic semi-automatic espresso machine. Included is all a budding barista needs to start pulling great shots: pressurized, non-pressurized and pod baskets, and a swing-out steam wand with a removable panarello sleeve. That's it, no nested menus, no tiny dials, no interval programming diagrams; just tasty espresso at your fingertips. Designed and built in Spain, the Basic's boldly minimalist shape is sure to liven up any caffeine-deprived kitchen.

Features and Functionality of the Ascaso Basic Espresso Machine

  • Simple Controls - Three toggle buttons (power, brew, steam) and a steam knob keep controls easy to use.
  • All the Baskets - Each machine includes pressurized and non-pressurized baskets in single and double shot sizes, as well as a dedicated ESE pod basket.
  • Heated Group - The Basic's outsized thermoblock nestles directly over the brew group, ensuring a heated path for your espresso.
  • 3-Way Solenoid - A solenoid valve releases back pressure after brewing, helping to alleviate the messy "portafilter sneeze."
  • Tamper Included - A curved plastic 57mm tamper is included for beginning baristas.
Pros
  • Design Cohesion - The clean, streamline moderne design of the Basic looks gorgeous, even cast in plastic.
  • Hot Portafilter - The brew group and portafilter of the Basic get quite hot, it's worth giving it a few extra minutes to heat up (even with its on-demand thermoblock).
  • Small Footprint - The Basic's pared down feature set lets it squeeze its dimensions down to a demure 9x12, small enough for any kitchen.
Cons
  • Form Over Function - Small functional faux pas detract from AAA design chops, namely the drip grate's small cutouts and the cup warmer's sloped surface.
  • Slow Steamer - Our test unit's steam controls don't offer much feedback while it comes up to steam temperature.
How Does it Compare?

With internals near-identical to the larger Dream Up, the Basic offers a budget option for those who don't require an all-aluminum case.

Tips and Tricks

Brace that base, folks! The lightweight design of the Basic needs a helping hand while locking in its portafilter.

Additional Information

Manufacturer Ascaso
Width 9 inches
Depth 12 inches; 14.5 inches with portafilter installed
Height 12.25 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 0.0000
Watts 1000W
Volts 120V
Programmability No
Case Material Plastic
Boiler Material Stainless Steel-lined Aluminum
Cup Clearance 3.5 inches
Reservoir Size 2 L
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size 57mm
Available Portafilters E.S.E Pods, Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 5 minutes
Warm Up: Steam Time 2:25
Boiler Design Thermoblock
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly Yes - without adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma No
Material Plastic

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Warranty Information for the Ascaso Basic Espresso Machine

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 Basic Espresso Machine

  • Soap out drip tray and reservoir weekly.
  • Use filtered water, or descale regularly (every 2-3 months based on usage)

  • User Manuals for your Ascaso Basic Espresso Machine

    Ascaso Espresso Machines User Manual


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