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Ascaso Dream Up Espresso Machine - Love Red - Pod ONLY - Open Box

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Product Description

The Ascaso Dream Up Pod Only features a three-way solenoid and adjustable pressure valve. Ascaso kept the same stylish retro look that the original Dream espresso machine has long been known for and made it available in a wide array of rainbow colors. The Dream Up is a versatile and easy-to-use single boiler espresso machine.

This machine can only use single dose E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) pods.

This is an Open Box product

Features and Functionality of the Ascaso Dream Up

  • Simple to Use Controls - Flip on the center power switch to begin heating up the boiler. Two more professional grade rocker switches allow for control of 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 steaming milk.
  • Aluminum Case - The Dream 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 Dream will not rust thanks to the aluminum body. All of the components that make up the construction are designed for long life and low maintenance.
  • Frothing Tip for Perfect Foam - Like magic, the wand will make perfect foam. In an instant, the steam wand converts the milk in your 12 or 20 oz. frothing pitcher to lovely foam for lattes and cappuccinos. Mounted on a swivel joint, the stainless steel steam wand conveniently swings aside and clean up is a snap.
  • Quality Brewing Group - The group head (the component that accepts the coffee holder) is made of chrome plated brass. Designed after Ascaso's commercial espresso machines, the Dream 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.
  • 48 oz. Water Tank - The removable water reservoir, equipped with a water level indicator, can be filled while operating or taken out and filled at the faucet.
  • 16 BAR Water Pump - The secret to a great espresso is a water pump that has the power to force water through the coffee grounds to extract the full flavor from the coffee. No worries here, you have more than enough pressure to extract the best of what your coffee has to offer.
  • Drip and Cup Tray, Plus Cup Heater - The Dream has a polished stainless steel drip pan and chrome plated steel cup try, both easy to remove and clean. A unique scratch resistant cup-warming surface on the top of the machine lets you keep your espresso cups warm so your freshly brewed espresso does not cool too quickly once it hits the cup.
  • Brass Boiler - Made of heat distributing brass, this boiler can get up to temperature quickly and stay there, with a fast recycling time. Two thermostats control the temperature for espresso and for steam, and a third that specifically monitors the boiler to protect it from overheating if the machine is left unattended for long periods.
  • Sold on the Solenoid - The 3-way solenoid and adjustable pressure valve bring high tech to the high style of the Dream Up.
  • Heavy Cast Aluminum Case - This is a sturdy home espresso machine design. The case is made of heavy cast aluminum and is built to last.
  • Temperature Control - The Dream has a heavy brass boiler, brass brew head and chrome-plated brass portafilter, which translate to excellent temperature control and very good shots of espresso.
  • Steam Valve Can Leak - The fitting is made of brass and if overtightened can leak slightly. It is an inexpensive repair that can be performed by any Ascaso-certified repair department.
  • Important to Refill Boiler After Steaming - As with any single home espresso machine, it's important to refill the boiler after steaming to prevent the boiler element from overheating and eventually failing. We recommend that you always steam milk first, cool the machine down and then pull espresso shots. This method assures excellent beverages and a long machine life.
  • ESE Pod Only - This machine can only use single dose E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) pods.
How Does it Compare?

Beautiful design, all metal casing with solid internal components. With a little practice and regular maintenance this machine can product excellent results.

Tips and Tricks

Seattle Coffee Gear offers a selection of different espresso pods, including decaf espresso, from Caffe Mauro, Caffe Umbira, illy and Lavazza.

Additional Information

Manufacturer Ascaso
Width 9.6 inches
Depth 11 inches
Height 13.6 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 24.0000
Watts 900
Volts 120
Programmability No
Case Material Aluminum
Boiler Material Brass/Copper
Boiler Volume 8.6 ounces
Reservoir Size 48 ounces
Solenoid Valve Yes
Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
Cup Warmer Yes
Available Portafilters Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Boiler Design Single Boiler
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly Yes - without adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Auto Shut Off No
Auto On No
Pre-Infusion/Aroma No

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Can this machine be modified (purchasing other parts) so that it is not pod only?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2014
Best Answer: Unfortunately we no longer have this Open Box machine, and so I would suggest checking out the new Ascaso Dream machines here:

We do not offer any parts to modify an Ascaso pod machine to use grounds, and so I am not sure how you might make this happen, or if it is possible, unfortunately.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Mar 17, 2014
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Warranty Information for the Ascaso Dream Up

What it Covers: Ascaso equipment
Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Espresso 4 Home
Warranty Contact Information: 732-866-1781

A common failure point on single boiler models is boiler burn out, which can occur if the boiler is not actively refilled with water. Unfortunately, this error is not covered under warranty, so please ensure that your boiler is regularly and properly refilled by steaming, purging and then brewing. Not sure how to do this? Watch Gail perform this process on the Ascaso Dream UP.

Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No
Can SCG Repair? Yes. Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the Ascaso Dream Up

For detailed care instructions, please refer to your machine's user manual. We recommend that you also incorporate the following into your cleaning routine:

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
  • Rinse portafilter and baskets after each use.
  • Brush brew head gasket area weekly to remove any coffee build-up
  • Purge and wipe the steam wand after each use. The Panarello sleeve can also be removed for regular cleaning.

User Manuals for the Ascaso Dream Up

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.

Videos Featuring the Ascaso Dream Up

Refilling the Boiler and Temperature Surfing on an Ascaso Dream Up Espresso Machine

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