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Product Description

The Ascaso Brew Head Adapter Kit modifies the standard brew head on the Ascaso Dream, Basic, Arc or UNO Special Edition models. The adapter and wider screen were developed by Ascaso and are attached in the mounting hole just like the standard screen.

This kit has the ability to work with the 57mm, 58mm and 59mm portafilters, but will not work if the brew head is designed for POD use.

Additional Information

Manufacturer Ascaso
Manufacturer SKU KIT..1
Product Weight (lbs.) 2.0000

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Hi! I have the Ascaso Dream that can also be used with the pod adapter portafilter, so I assume this excludes me from being able to successfully use this adapter upgrade kit? I did find an adapter upgrade while you were out of stock in Canada and i looks exactly the same as yours and is 58mm (if one measures the brass fitting carefully)it is in fact 58mm and does not drop into my 57mm portafilter for making regular shots (I don't use the pod portafilter). Also I see the sides on the brass fitting on the adapter do not taper, as neither do they on the one I ordered, and this caused a fitting problem as well. Finally, some people on this site are saying they have the Ascaso Dream that supports pods, but this still worked for them although you advise against it. So many conflicting messages. Advice please? Thanks.
lynn d on Jan 29, 2014
Best Answer: Hi,

there are many versions of Ascaso Dream, so that is the main issue. But this adapter won't fit Ascaso Dream for ONLY pod portafilters. If your machine support both normal and pods, it should be just fine (actually, those are with wrong head and needs this upgrade kit most).
The exact measurement of my upgrade (from here) is 56.7 mm and fit perfectly.
The other issue might be the baskets. You NEED the non-pressurized baskets as the crema-things have wrong height for this upgrade (and again, I have seen one batch of Dreams where one machine had normal baskets and other one pressurized).
Hope this helps.
Reply · Report · Kamil A on Jan 30, 2014
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Does this kit fit my 57mm ascaso group head as an upgrade for the teflon water dispersion plate and stainless shower 2 original parts? The small screw center is the same size. I dont want teflon and want better shower.Thanks
pier p on Dec 18, 2013
Best Answer: Ok thanks. I don't think my machine is pod compatible. For info, my portafilter is around 59mm large, double basket 57mm inside and the Teflon part in the group head is made From Bugatti Italy (written on it) around 56.5mm by 7mm with the shower screen precision pressed fit in it (but still 2 distinct parts). I would like the solid brass metal part to replace the Teflon one. What are the precise dimensions ? If it's really 58 mm, the brass part would not fit my machine. Thanks
Reply · Report · pier p on Dec 19, 2013
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What is the size of this in millimeters?
Isaac on Sep 9, 2013
Best Answer: The brass adapter is 58mm in diameter. It has a hump that fits snugly up into the brew head. The perimeter is 7 mm thick, which does make the net filter basket space less--but there's still plenty of room for a 14 or even 16 gram double shot in the non-pressurized filter basket.
Reply · Report · Cecelia S on Sep 11, 2013
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Hi again,
So even though our Dream is versatile in that we can brew with a pod portafilter (never done actually) or the regular non pressurized basket (V the fake crema basket, u know it is! : ) we cannot get the upgraded brewhead to fit properly....COULD it be because our brewhead is made only for pods but accepts somehow the non pressurized double shot basket, but not the upgrade? Would someone mind sending along a pic of their brewhead without the upgrade on it so that I may compare?

Thanks y'all for your patience,

Lynn
lynn d on Feb 3, 2014
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Resources

User Manuals for your Ascaso Products

Ascaso Grinders User Manual

Ascaso Espresso Machines User Manual

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.

Reviews

A great and necessary upgrade to your Ascaso DreamReview by Tom
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While a bit spendy for the size and complexity of the part. It provides an even distribution of water to the grounds and results in noticeably creamier and richer espresso. I'd recommend upgrading this part to anyone interested in making better espresso but keep in mind that you won't be able to use the machine for pods once the upgrade is made. (Posted on 1/4/2013)
So much betterReview by Philly
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Installed this on an Ascaso Basic unit I had for about 6 months, never knew the US versions had the pod brew head as I always used freshly ground espresso. Well this brew head upgrade took all of about 2 minutes to install. And it drastically improved the shot immediately.

My friends and I put the Ascaso Basic with brew head upgrade up against the Rancilio Silvia v2 in a espresso shot contest and 7 out of 10 people had the shots in a dead heat.

This is a must for the Basic, Dream, and Arc machines. (Posted on 6/23/2012)
YES!Review by Puddle Jumper
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Easy to install on the Francis Francis X-1, took a matter of minutes. Stupid pod compatibility meant I never got a good puck or even pressure from the Francis, but this little piece has made the X-1 into a premium quality machine, and I've stopped shopping for a replacement. My only regret is that I did not find this piece long ago. This is a must-have if you have a pod-compatible X-1.

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Great Taste,Easy To Use

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(Posted on 6/4/2012)
But wait, there's more!Review by John K
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Super easy to install. Takes a philips screwdriver and about one minute and transforms the Ascaso Dream. Others have commented on the improvement in shot quality and once you've installed the kit, you'll never again be tempted to use the pressurised portafilter. It's as good as everyone says. But there's a very interesting side effect. It's generally assumed that once the kit's in place, pods are no longer an option. I discovered that the very opposite's the case. Pod performance with the Versatile machine was never great. Conventional wisdom's always been that you can't have a machine that's good with pods and can pull a good proper shot and I found the Versatile to be fairly ordinary at both tasks. What I discovered was that using the single shot (unpressurised) basket combined with the reduced headroom of the mod allows you to properly clamp the pod tightly in place and force all the water to pass through rather than around it. It's a huge improvement and creates a machine that's truly versatile.

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(Posted on 4/14/2011)
It's worth the price!Review by Al from Cleveland
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I initially bought the adapter kit because the O ring was stretched out. After reading the other posts it became clear that I was using a head designed for pods which I don't use. The difference is noticeable and yes Ascaso should have included this in the original machine. I would recommend changing this part and enjoy a much better espresso. Good Luck!

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(Posted on 2/4/2011)
Completely transforms the DreamReview by Mark
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I was happy with my Ascaso Dream for about 2 years. Then I added this and found out everything I knew was wrong. If you have this machine and aren't using pods, you need this brew head. The pre-installed head really is designed exclusively for use with pods. It'd be nice if this was included originally, but it is definitely worth the upgrade. Installation is quick and easy.

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Easy To Use, Easy To Clean, Great Taste

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Not for pods (Posted on 11/9/2010)
An Essential UpgradeReview by Ignatius J.J. Reilly
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We all know the road to a really good shot of espresso is long and heavily tolled. From the beans to the machines, excellence comes at a price. Those of us that bought Ascaso due to their promise of quality components and performance must consider this purchase simply another necessary expense.

The result truly is a better, more consistent shot of espresso with richer crema. The improved dispersion from the shower head means better extraction (no more craters!), so one can finally put one's grind and tamping skills to the test. It should also be noted what a pleasure it is, after months of cleaning soupy grounds from portafilter, to knock out a relatively dry puck.

In a perfect world, this brew head would have been the factory design with an option for "downgrading" these stylish Ascaso machines for use with the mysterious espresso "pod" and the somewhat sophomoric pressurized basket.

Ultimately this is a small, tho somewhat begrudging price to pay to finally turn your Dream (as the case may be) into a reality.

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(Posted on 4/7/2010)
Great improvementReview by Jim
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Richer crema and better distribution through the grounds during brewing, just as advertised. Also, after brewing, the puck will be dry, which was my main gripe about the Dream when I first started using it. Definitely worth the upgrade, though it's unfortunate that the machine didn't come with this brew head standard.

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Easy To Use, Great Taste, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 3/25/2010)

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