Ascaso Dream PID Espresso Machine

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  • – Adorable, Small Format Espresso Machine
  • – PID Temp Control
  • – Adjustable OPV
  • – Programmable Shot Controls
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Overview

The Ascaso Dream PID offers a double dose of style and technology sure to please everyone in your household. Analog may have been the name of the game for the original Dream, but the PID is a smash cut combination of classic and contemporary in the same sleek casing. Internally, not much is left unchanged, including a switch to a classic 58mm portafilter size, the addition of an adjustable over pressure valve, thermoblock insulation, an analog pressure gauge, and an articulated no-burn steam wand. The Dream's new PID also packs in powerful programming like temperature and offset control, pre-infusion, power saving modes and single or double shot programming. The Dream PID glitzes up its design as well with water reservoir spotlights and water-resistant boxwood furniture at the steam knob and portafilter.

Features and Functionality

  • PID Temperature Management - Program your PID controller to get just-right shots every time. This model even features offset programming, letting you calibrate temperature to account for drops in the system on the way to your glass.
  • 58mm Group - The 58mm group and portafilter opens you up to a range of aftermarket accessories, including replacement gaskets and dispersion screens from the popular E61 format.
  • Adjustable OPV - An externally-accessible screw lets you set the max pressure the pump will push through your group head. In addition to giving you an extra parameter to play with, this opens up the Dream PID to backflushing.
  • Programming - Unlike the original, the Dream PID is packed with programming for power saving, pre-infusion, and shot length programming.
  • Pressure Gauge - Another welcome change, the Dream PID has swapped its analog temperature gauge to monitor pressure instead.
  • Accoutrements - Each Dream PID is packed with niceties like a steel tamper, multiple basket types, blind basket, and wood furniture.
Pros
  • Big Redesign - We're used to seeing small, incremental changes to machine designs. The huge amount of improvements made for this new Dream is nothing short of astounding.
  • Temperature Stability - The PID monitors heat well and keeps temps more stable than almost any machine we've used at this size.
  • Shot Programming - The ability to program 2 shot lengths is cool, that they managed to do it without moving away from an analog toggle is even cooler.
  • Still Adorable - The swoopy, curvy cut of this machine is still fantastic on a countertop.
Cons
  • Purging - With the higher temperature and boiler insulation on the Dream PID, it can make a bit of a mess to purge down to brew temp. We recommend leaving the portafilter out while steaming.
  • Old and New - Some may not like the mix analog and digital displays (or toggles vs etched silver buttons) on the front of the machine, or the lights in the water tank.
Tips and Tricks When purging the system back down from steam temp to brew temp, we recommend removing the portafilter and running the last few seconds of your purge through the group to help cool it down.

Specs

Manufacturer Ascaso
Width 10 inches
Depth 13.5 inches with portafilter
Height 11 inches
Watts 1090W
Volts 120V
Programmability PID, Pre-infusion, Shot Time
Case Material Aluminum
Boiler Material Stainless Steel-lined Aluminum
Cup Clearance 3 inches
Reservoir Size 48 ounces
Solenoid Valve Yes
Cup Warmer Yes
Portafilter Size 58mm
Available Portafilters E.S.E Pods, Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 3:41
Boiler Design Thermoblock
Pod Friendly Yes - without adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off Yes
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma Yes
Material Aluminum

Q&A

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Is there some reason why you wouldn't brew first then steam so you don't have to purge down to brew temperature?
A shopper on Sep 16, 2017
Best Answer: You absolutely can brew first, but we've seen much better results brewing after steaming since

1) Letting the shot sit for a minute or two means you'll be losing crema, body and heat while you're steaming your milk. ~6 oz of steamed milk will hold its temperature and texture better than ~2 oz of espresso in my experience.

2) it's harder to do latte art with old espresso! It's mostly an aesthetic thing, but espresso crema really adds nice color to your milk drinks.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Sep 18, 2017
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what does PID stand for?
Scott M on Sep 4, 2017
Best Answer: A PID (proportional integral derivative) controller is a highly accurate way of managing temperatures. I'd recommend watching this video to learn more: https://youtu.be/KXGYVSzRKts
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Sep 5, 2017
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Does the water tank need to be removed to be filled?
A shopper on Sep 10, 2017
Best Answer: Yep! Though you could probably pull it out part of the way to refill.
Reply · Report · Joshua SStaff on Sep 11, 2017
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Warranty Information for the Ascaso Dream 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 repair services


Warranty Information

  • Wipe down the machine with a soft microfiber cloth.
  • Brush out brew head after every use.
  • Soap out drip tray and reservoir weekly.

  • Care and Maintenance

    Ascaso Espresso Machines User Manual


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