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Ascaso Dream semi-automatic espresso machine

Discussion in '2011-2017 Other' started by IB240996, Jan 22, 2013.

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    I've finally taken the plunge and upgraded to a pro-sumer machine, so I figured I'd see if anyone here is interested in my old Ascaso Dream.
    This machine has been completely problem-free over five plus years of ownership. The temp gauge stopped working some time last year but this hasn't been a problem at all. I use the machine daily and it makes consistently good coffee. I disassembled and completely cleaned the brew head the other day and all the fittings are still in good order.
    I'm including the original accessories that came with the machine, so basically a portafilter, a double basket, a single basket, a pressurized basket, a pod portafilter, etc. I'm also including a rattleware stainless steel tamper, an Ascaso brew head upgrade adapter kit (mounted) and two cans of ground Illy espresso.

    Tech specs:
    - Power: 900 Watts @120 Volts
    - Size: 13.25in. H x 11.25in. W x 9.5in. D
    - Weight: 16 lbs.
    - Body Material: Aluminum
    - Origin: Spain

    The good:
    - nice looking & fairly small size
    - reliable & easy to use
    - consistently good

    The bad:
    - weak steam pressure, short steam wand
    - the portafilter handle is cracked (doesn't affect anything)
    - the round temp gauge doesn't work (not a problem as long as you know how to use the machine)
    - the included brew head upgrade kit, which disperses water more evenly over the grounds takes away some "height" in the portafilter, meaning you can't put as much coffee as you can without it. This isn't an issue if you have a grinder and can dial in the grind just right; it is an issue if you have to buy ground coffee (such as the included cans of Illy, for example). I suggest removing the kit if you don't have a grinder.

    Asking $300 + shipping. I'd prefer a local deal so I don't have to deal with shipping.
    Let me know if you have any questions.
     

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