Ascaso Steel Duo Tronic Espresso Machine
Ascaso Steel Duo Tronic Espresso Machine
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Overview: This machine offers a 325mL brass coffee boiler for superior espresso extraction, and the there is a push-in switch on the lower front panel (hidden behind the steam wand in picture above). This switch activates the thermoblock which provides instant steaming/frothing capabilities on demand and at the same time of espresso extraction. Hence, this machine can be used in espresso only mode to save electricity. The steam boiler button can always remain on so when the power is turned on, the steam boiler will warm up with the coffee boiler. Good warm up time is approximately 15 minutes. This espresso machine is unlike other machines with a boiler/boiler configuration or a boiler/thermoblock configuration which only have one pump. When there is only one pump, the user can only extract espresso or steam milk. Why? Because if you are steaming and the steam boiler/thermoblock calls for water in the same pump as the coffee boiler, there will be an impact on the espresso pump pressure. These other machines can not do both at the same time because they only have the one pump which will not create enough pressure for espresso extraction AND steaming at the same time. Since the Ascaso Steel Duo has two pumps, one is always devoted to espresso extraction and one is always devoted to steam production. Features: This is the full-automatic version where the user depresses one of three programmable coffee dosage buttons, and the machine pumps your pre-programmed amount of water through the coffee grind. The programming of the volume of the water through the coffee grind is performed by a flow meter as well as the well-branded GICAR motherboard - the rolls-royce of motherboards in the espresso machine industry. Steam pipe protector so one does not burn his/her fingers when touching the steam wand. Three way solenoid valve allows the instant removal of the portafilter handle once the coffee button is depressed to the 'off' position. Independent steam thermoblock with separate on/off power switch (lower panel) and the steam activation switch is on the top panel, top right. Brass thermoblock is a superior retainer of heat over aluminum. Independent water activation switch (lower right of top front panel) which activates a separate valve for hot water through its own water pipe. Removable drip tray slides forward for easy cleaning and has built in ridges reduces splashing of the waste water when the drip tray is removed Drip tray cover is not removable. Temperature gauge of coffee boiler allows you to hone in on best temperature range for your espresso coffee. There is a sensor to monitor low water level in the water reservoir. This helps avoid damage to the heating element in the boiler. S-2 Autoprime valve acts as an air release valve to remove air that may be suctioned up with the water from the reservoir. Frothing aid on swivel steam pipe helps in creating good froth for cappuccinos. Accessories Included: filter handle with dual spouts, 58mm single cup filter basket, 58mm double cup filter basket, plastic tamper (57mm), instruction manual and quick start guide. Specifications: Approximate measurements: 10 5/8 inches W x 13 1/2 inches H (in front including bar) x 12 1/4 inches D (steaming can be performed from the front or the side of the machine as the steam arm swivels). Removable water tank: 2 liters (0.53 gallons). Bodywork: brushed stainless steel. Recommended tamper size: 58mm. Weight: 26.5 lbs. Power: 1400 Watts, 120 Volts, 60 Hertz. Pump Pressure: up to 16 bar (only 9 bar is needed to make espresso). Coffee thermostat: 100. Steam thermostat 140. Brass portafilter holder: 60mm. Made in Barcelona, Spain. Notes:
Please note there is no rail across the top rear of the machine as shown in the picture. The reason is that it can impede the opening of the water reservoir cover.
The DUO uses a thermoblock to produce steam. While this is adequate for foaming milk, it generally does not have enough power to form great microfoam for Latte Art. If you are looking to do Latte Art, consider the UNO, which is a more powerful steamer.
For use with pods: Adjustable Portafilter
- The green portafilter handle rotates so the pressure can be adjusted. This is the good news, but the bad news is that the handle can easily rotate when locking in the handle into the group head. We recommend marking the handle where it works best to ensure it lines up prior to the shot.
- This is the E.S.E. POD basket recommended by Ascaso, however, depending upon the pod, it may or may not work well. For instance, the pods we used started out a smooth flow for the first 1/2 ounce, then the pump started to struggle with a weaker flow with a dribble of espresso every 1-2 seconds. Results may vary.
In the first picture below, you can see the large round brass boiler that adds to temperature stability, and the oval brass thermoblock provides continuous steam and can powered on/off independently of the coffee boiler. Please note on the round brass boiler top, you will see a teflon hose going into an elbow. On the reminder of units being shipped, this hose has been replaced with a stainless steel braided hose.
In the next picture below, there is a clear view of the quality Gicar controller.
Please note that these units were built in 2008 and originally retailed for $1099. The reduced price is a clearance price with the warranty as indicated. As usual, we remain to stock the necessary parts for most repairs. We also have upgraded the pump-to-boiler hose from teflon to stainless steel as this was the prime area of failure on the initial units.