Quite possibly THE BEST espresso machine experience EVER!
9 March 2012
Summary: I've had my Ascaso Dream since 2007. Last espresso machine I had quit at 3 years and couldn't be fixed. I found this one on sale at a local coffee shop and couldn't pass it up for the price. I have to say I look forward to getting up every morning because of this machine. I even named her. My temp gauge quit and had to replace a t-stat just this month, after nearly 5 years of excellent service every day.
Summary: Great machine. Looks great & makes great shots. It takes some time to get things right. Grind, & tamp make a big difference in the taste. Give it some time & try different things & eventually you'll get it right. I have had the machine for 6 months or so & use it once every morning. No issues so far.
Summary: The espresso machine was shipped quickly! The seller was easy easy to work with and understanding! I have loved using the machine. It was in excellent condition and works great just like the seller said!
Summary: I have two people in my home that use this machine, we both love it. The pressure that the machine produces is more than the Frances Frances I had before. But they are built almost the same. I know because I have torn into the guts of them for minor repairs. Quality built for sure... I like the frother, it works very well. I like the versatility of single and double shot ability. The cast aluminum body is easy to keep clean.
Summary: Anaviscal hit it right on with the light/meter system, and I would echo Crviolins60ed about it just not making coffee hot enough! I have owned this machine for over two years, and it is a solid buy. Aside from what the other two did mention, just like most other entry level espresso machines, it is a single boiler unit.
Summary: I have owned and operated an espresso machine for 34 years, first living in Italy and then the States. The Ascaso makes a fine espresso though suffers from the same fate as most other machines. The machine does NOT make the espresso hot enough, even when the machine is left on for a long period of time. Besides this,I am happy with the results.
Summary: This machine can make good coffee. However, the light/meter system, doesn't work as well as it should. Once the user learns the machine tricks, coffee can be excellent. Ascaso should make an effort to improve the light and meter system, so the user can consistently and efficiently aspire to make quality coffee.