Ascaso Dream UP V3 Espresso Machine

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Ascaso Dream UP V3 Espresso Machine

Version 3 Changes:

As of April 2015 production for the Ascaso Dream V3 Espresso Machine, Ascaso is combining the ground/pod system into one. This means no more conversion kits. A new grouphead design, now made with 100% solid brass. The thermoblock group now consists of Aluminum and Stainless Steel as opposed to just aluminum. The steam nozzle has been improved again from 2013 which is now more durable.

Overview:

Do you want your kitchen to remain updated? UP stands for UPDATED! Version 3 represents the new and improved design of the new thermoblock produced for this newest version. The thermoblock is designed of aluminum for fast warm up times and thickness for good temperature stability. The inside pipe for which water comes in contact for heating is made of stainless steel. This is advantageous since the thermoblock in this case is less prone to limescale build up from magnesium and calcium – limescale is a major factor in causing problems on espresso machines. The other advantage is the aluminum avoids ‘pitting’ in cases where purified water is used.

Version 3 machines also have a microprocessor that pulsates the pump so water in the reservoir continuously fills the thermoblock for continuous steam – until the reservoir runs near empty.

Another enhancement is the steam valve design. Previous models had metal-to-metal closure for shutting off the steam/how water valve. The version 3 models were upgraded with compression steam valves so there is a rubber gasket that makes the closure. This newer design lowers the chance of limescale buildup as seen on previous models.

In addition, the Dream UP includes a 3 way solenoid valve, adjustable overpressure valve, and aluminum tamper. The boldest outline, a wink to the past and a best to the future. The Dream UP Versatile espresso and cappuccino machine is the flagship of the Ascaso line. Its classic retro look is combined with the best that modern technology has to offer in a traditional style machine.

This series is dubbed the “Versatile” machine because the Dream UP Versatile machines can use either ground coffee or proportioned single serving espresso pods, also known or labeled as E.S.E. – with a simple change of the filter basket in the filter handle. This offers a lot of versatility in the way you brew your coffee or espresso. Not only does this machine look great in any kitchen, but it also allows you to make cafe quality espresso drinks, lattes, cappuccino, and cafe mochas.

We also like the aluminum body! Unlike other machines made of steel and painted enamel, the Ascaso Dream UP has no chance of rusting. Remember, we are using water and steam to make our favorite drinks, so steel machines will rust at some point. The aluminum base does have a polish. Therefore, be careful of distilled or purified water which can ruin its finish. Also, keep in mind, the aluminum is hand buffed and polished. Hence, each base will have its character.

Features:
  • Simple to use controls: Flip on the center power switch to begin heating up the boiler. Two more professional grade toggle switches now let you control 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 frothing milk.
  • Temperature gauge: The front mounted temperature gauge monitors the temperature of the boiler in both coffee mode and steam mode. read in Celsius.
  • 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. When frothing milk with this machine, please make sure to have the little hole in the frothing adapter positioned at the top level of the milk. Doing it this way will help aerate the milk froth.
  • Quality brewing group: The grouphead is made of chrome plated brass. Designed after Ascaso’s commercial espresso machines, the Dream UP 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.
  • Three way solenoid valve: As soon as the coffee switch is turned off, the three way solenoid valve relieves the pressure built up in the grouphead. The pressurized water is reverted to the water reservoir, and this feature allows back-to-back espresso extractions without having to wait for the portafilter handle to lose pressure by itself.
  • Heavy duty coffee holders and filter baskets: Keeping with the tradition of using only commercial grade components, the Dream UP V3 uses heavy-duty chrome plated brass coffee holders, which feature a rugged plastic handle. The same coffee holder is used for ground coffee and espresso pods. Single shot and double shot 57 mm diameter stainless steel filter baskets are included for ground coffee, and there is a pod basket for single dose ESE pods. The double shot size baskets allow you to use more ground coffee per serving for stronger espresso or cups of coffee.
  • 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. The water reservoir is located in the lower section of the machine right behind the grouphead, and the water reservoir can be removed from the right hand side – just behind the steam wand.
  • 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 warmer: The Dream UP V3 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.
  • Stainless-lined aluminum thermoblock: After years of testing, the aluminum thermoblock with internal stainless steel lining of the water passage ways work remarkably well.
  • Construction with longevity in mind: The Dream UP V3 body 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 UP will not rust thanks to the aluminum body. All of components that make up the construction are designed for long life and low maintenance.
  • Instructional manual included: The manual will state that some accessories (i.e. pod handle) are included with the machine. This is a universal worldwide manual that encompasses all different configurations of this machine. Please note that the only accessories included are the ones listed on this web page.
  • Accessories: Portafilter with dual spout, pressurized single and double cup filter baskets, single ESE pod basket, double sided metal tamper, scoop, instructional manual, cappuccino frothing attachment on machine, single hole steam tip, Ascaso coffee wash cleaner.
  • Warranty: 2 year parts & labor limited to manufacturer’s defect. 3 year warranty on grouphead part only limited to manufacturer’s defect. Wear and tear items not included.

For more Ascaso products, please visit our Ascaso brands page. If you have any questions, please reference the Q&A tab on each product page.
Brand

Ascaso

Height (inches)

14, approximate

Width (inches)

10, approximate

Depth (inches)

11, approximate

Weight (pounds)

22

Wattage (watts)

900

Voltage (volts)

120

Portafilter size (mm)

57

Tank capacity (liters)

1.3

Approvals

CE, ETL

Country of manufacture

Barcelona, Spain

Espresso Machine Warning:

  • ELECTRICAL WARNING: To avoid electrical damage to this espresso machine which is not considered a manufacturer's defect, please acquire and install a single-outlet surge suppressor rated at 1080 joules or higher. the lack of the recommended surge suppressor, the espresso machine can be damaged at the power switch, the electronics, the heating element, the pressurstat or the wiring inside.
  • WATER WARNING: To increase the useful life of and not damage your espresso machine, please use softened water. Softened water is water without calcium and without magnesium, but still has other minerals for espresso extraction. Do not use distilled water, purified water, nor reverse osmosis water as these types of water create oxidation with the metals and cause the same damaging effects as limescale.
  • DESCALING WARNING: We do not recommend descaling unless there is an issue with the espresso machine. The reason is that too much descaling can eat away at the metals and gaskets inside an espresso machine.

  1. Polished Aluminum - A few customers have complained about stains on the aluminum sections of the body. These parts are very delicate to certain types of water - distilled, purified, or heavy in calcium/magnesium. It's very important not to expose this machine to humidity or leave water to dry on the aluminum. Please try with a towel as soon as possible. If spots appear, we recommend cleaning with alcohol or a high quality aluminum polish cleaner.
  2. 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 our models produced for the United States.
  3. Only single dose E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) pods can be used on Ascaso Versatile espresso machines. Double espresso pods and regular coffee pods will not fit in this machine.
  4. The Ascaso Dream Up Version 2 does NOT have a pipe into the drip tray on the left side. There is a black plug sealing the hole, and the three way solenoid valve returns to the reservoir. The manufacturer changed this from feedback from customers who had difficulty removing the drip tray for cleaning because the pipe was in the way.

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      I purchased a Ascaso Dream Up v3 in December of 2019 and wanted to ask some maintenance question. My question is quite simple. In light of the email you guys sent on Basic Backflushing Guide and the YouTube video, the regular maintenance of backflushing can only be done with those machine that has 3-way solenoid valve. I don't think Dream Up v3 has 3-way solenoid valve and therefore backflushing is not the method of regular maintenance. I am wondering what is the best way to clean for this particular machine. Should I just unscrew the shower screen and take the group head apart and soak them in a jug of water with the chemical?
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      Q I purchased a Ascaso Dream Up v3 in December of 2019 and wanted to ask some maintenance question....... Read more answer now
      Asked by Naoya on March 30, 2021 2:00 pm
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      The V3 had a solenoid valve upstream. The machine can be checked by unplugging it from the electrical outlet, colling down, and then removing the top cover. We have a video on our YouTube channel how to remove the top cover.

    2. We bough an Ascaso Dream in April 2020. The temperature gauge isn't moving at all when we first turn it on. The two lights on either side go off and the temperature gauge lifts only a little above the Celsius sign and doesn't move. When we turn on the steam switch the temperature rises to under 75 degrees Celsius then the pump kicks in. Usually it comes on at a much higher temperature. Do you think this is an issue with the temperature gauge? Is there some way to troubleshoot this?
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      Q We bough an Ascaso Dream in April 2020. The temperature gauge isn't moving at all when we first t...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Katie on January 11, 2021 8:21 pm
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      It depends. Check the water with a thermometer inserted into a foam cup with the foam cup placed into the grouphead. If ok, then there may be an issue with the gauge.

    4. My partner here in Olympia Washington (Brooke ---: [email protected]) just bought two Ascaso DreamUp machimes from you. We are going to put one of them into storage for an extended period of time, so I would like to know what I may need to do to achieve this as far as draining the water from the machine, etc..
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      Q My partner here in Olympia Washington (Brooke ---: [email protected]) just bought two Ascaso DreamUp ma...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Ken on December 1, 2020 5:26 pm
      Answered by the admin Just empty the reservoir and put into steam mode. Then allow to run for 3 minutes to get the water out of the thermoblock.
    6. Where do I go to order the item I need? I've ordered recently but can't figure it out this time. Its part #I.18.
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      Q Where do I go to order the item I need? I've ordered recently but can't figure it out this time. ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Nancy on November 17, 2020 9:48 pm
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      Please check with www.ascaso.com as they have changed distribution channels.

    8. When we were making coffee this morning, the steam knob locked up several times and wouldn't turn the steam off. We had to turn it off at the switch to get the steam to stop
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      Q When we were making coffee this morning, the steam knob locked up several times and wouldn't turn...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Kate on May 12, 2020 5:23 pm
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      Sorry, an internal part will need to be changed. The steam valve on these machines are a little on the delicate side. We suggest not turning so hard. Also, check the knob to make sure it is not cracked or warped on the inside. The knob pulls straight out.

      Lastly, an internal part in the steam valve may need to be changed if the problem persists.

    10. I have an Ascaso Dream UP. One of the switches is loose almost rotating and another is getting loose and I am of the impression that there is a nut on the interior that holds it firmly in place. Before I opened it up I wanted to check. Also the thermostat gauge does not appear to work. Curious if you sell a replacement and cost.
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      Q I have an Ascaso Dream UP. One of the switches is loose almost rotating and another is getting lo...... Read more answer now
      Asked by John Cal on April 19, 2020 5:37 pm
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      Yes, there is a holding nut inside behind each switch. Yes, we do have replacement gauges. However, you need to use the parts diagrams as there could be different versions.

    12. Can you please help me determine which part(s) is needed for my Ascaso Dream UP V3 Espresso Machine - Polished Aluminum. When brewing coffee, water shoots out of the steam valve, even though the knob/wheel is turned fully to the off position. All the water shoots out the steam valve and none through the coffee
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      Q Can you please help me determine which part(s) is needed for my Ascaso Dream UP V3 Espresso Machi...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Joe Ranieri on February 11, 2020 5:05 pm
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      Sorry, we are unable to determine this as there are too many variations of the boiler and steam valves on Ascaso Dream espresso machines over the years. This is due to design improvements, and unfortunately, the machine needs to be evaluated in our facilities to determine which parts are needed.

      A

      I had the same problem with mine when it was just a few months old. They sent me a replacement part. It worked for a short time and started doing the same thing again. I did not use the machine that often to have that type of problem. I would not recommend these machines to anyone.

      Editor's Note (only add, not modified): Problems can occur when the knob is turned TOO tight. The inner portion of the steam and valve can be damaged, or the newer design can be locked tight into the threading of the steam.

    14. For a while the thermostat has not been working, then, this morning, about a minute after I plugged my ascasso in, there was a sudden sound of steam releasing, the lights shut off, and the casing felt hot. I unplugged it and later plugged it in again, but it is unresponsive.
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      Q For a while the thermostat has not been working, then, this morning, about a minute after I plugg...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Colombe on October 16, 2019 4:08 pm
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      Sorry, it sounds like the machine has multiple issues and will need to be evaluated for repair.

    16. I have the Ascaso dream at least 3 years old. The portafilter screen and head screw is not stripped but I am concerned that the inside threads are as the screw will not "bite" now. Is this a common problem? Is it fixable or does the entire grouphead need to be replaced?
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      Q I have the Ascaso dream at least 3 years old. The portafilter screen and head screw is not stripp...... Read more answer now
      Asked by JohnB05401 on September 29, 2019 1:14 pm
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      This is not a common problem. Check to see if the screw broke inside. In most cases, it can be removed. It is rare for a grouphead that needs replacement.

      A I remove the filter screen every couple months and the screw seems to be the same length. If the screw broke I would imagine that one end of it would be a little jagged and it is not
      Answered by the admin

      Yes, it would be jagged.

      A It appears then that the threads are stripped internally. How hard is it to replace that section of the machine? It looks like 3 screws attached to the outside of the group head are tightly torqued and if they are removed can that section be replaced?
      Answered by the admin

      Not easy. The entire grouphead and boiler need replacement.

      A Thanks for working with me on this. In the parts diagram for the Dream there is part number I.2246 which is the holdershower and is part of the group head. I suspect that this part is threaded and could be replaced to then hold the screw of the shower head. Is that possible and is the part available to purchase outside of the ESC 10 Dream boiler whole kit?
      Answered by the admin

      I2246 has three screw holes to be attached to the grouphead. The center hole for the dispersion screen is not threaded.

       

    18. The water comes out of the end of the steam wand. The knob does not seem to turn it off. It is very hard to turn the knob. I have checked the knob and it is not broken. I was told in a previous question to be more specific. This is the machine I bought before Christmas. Ascaso Dream.
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      Q The water comes out of the end of the steam wand. The knob does not seem to turn it off. It is ve...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Daphna Winn on February 4, 2019 8:16 pm
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      We are sorry to hear about this. The valve will need to be repaired internally. The machine can be shipped in or we can assist with a repair.

    20. I am replying to your answer to my question about the steam valve that is leaking. What is happening is it will not cut off when the steam knob is turned off. The water just keeps coming out when it is brewing the espresso. The knob does not turn smoothly. I have used the softer and cleaner that came with the machine which has not helped.
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      Q I am replying to your answer to my question about the steam valve that is leaking. What is happen...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Daphna Winn on January 29, 2019 7:47 pm
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      The machine may need a new gasket and steam inside. If purchased from us and under warranty, please email us directly.

    22. I purchased an ascaso dream before Christmas, less than a month ago. The steam wand will not cut off when brewing, it will leak water. The knob does not seem to turn easily.
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      Q I purchased an ascaso dream before Christmas, less than a month ago. The steam wand will not cut ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by Daphna on January 19, 2019 10:13 pm
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      We are sorry to hear about this. In a separate question, please be more specific where the leak is. Thee steam wand can leak at the steam tip hole, it can leak on the stem by the knob, and it can leak where the stem wand inserts inside into the steam valve.

    24. Thank you for the reply. I watched the video already and know what type of valve I have. I have removed the valve and flipped the tiny end gasket as recommended. The valve "stop" that contains a set screw that prevents the knob from backing out seems to no longer prevent the valve from backing out when it is loosened ( when opening to let steam out). From your parts diagrams it looks like the aluminum and stainless steel thermoblock +9/2012 shows the correct valve pm.212. My question again is whether the valve stem scores down over time from the set screw so that it does not stop when opened and whether the end gasket is replaceable.
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      Q Thank you for the reply. I watched the video already and know what type of valve I have. I have r...... Read more answer now
      Asked by John Brooklyn on July 31, 2018 11:07 am
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      We have not seen the valve stem score down from the set screw. Sometimes, it is probably best a professional evaluate the machine.

      As for the end gasket, we are sorry that Ascaso has flipped flopped on sometimes only supplying the entire valve, the stem with gasket, and just the gasket. It is hard to keep track of them making changes.

      A If I decide to order the valve with the gasket are you able to send me the correct one by my identification for you of the item number? I do not wish to send the machine back. I have pictures of the valve. Thanks
      Answered by the admin

      The valve stem can get deformed or score down. It depends upon Ascaso, as sometimes they sell the end gasket by itself and other times its only included with the purchase of the stem.

    26. I have an ascaso dream I ordered in 2014 and the steam knob is wonky. I have the knob (there are 4 varieties) with the small gasket at the end of the knob rather than a pointy end and the 2 rubber gaskets mid shaft like the steam wand has (I17). The knob was starting to loosen when it was opened up to the point that it would keep unscrewing. The set screw was tightened all the way. It looks like the shaft is wearing away. I have probably made 1500 lattes since I bought the machine so I wonder if I just need to replace the knob or the set screw. I have pix of it but can't attach them here but can send.
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      Q I have an ascaso dream I ordered in 2014 and the steam knob is wonky. I have the knob (there are ...... Read more answer now
      Asked by John Brooklyn on July 30, 2018 10:00 pm
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      Thank you for the inquiry. We are glad to hear you made 1,500 lattes.

      Unfortunately, there are multiple versions of the steam valve assembly on the Ascaso Dreams, and it is difficult to advise the proper parts - even with pictures. It is best to watch our video that shows an explanation of the different valves and the parts that may be needed. In most cases, it is usually not the knob alone that needs replacement.

      Considering the the machine's use, there is a possibility that a new valve is needed. However, we are sorry that the machine needs to be seen to make a determination.

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