Ascaso Steel Duo PID Dual Thermoblock Espresso Machine
The Ascaso Steel Duo PID has finds the balance between bringing a professionally dynamic designed espresso machine to a domestic setting. There is no wait time between coffee & steam as steam is always readily available. With the addition of the PID, control of the temperature of your coffee and hot water is at your fingertips! New design features like the blue LED’s along the toggle switches, the portafilter handle is crafted out of Pyrenean boxwood, and an active cup warmer sets this machine a part from many home models in it’s price range.
- Adjustable temperature in one-degree increments.
- Stand-by option available.
- Coffee dose timer.
- Programmable pre-infusion. (0 to 5 seconds).
- Alarms (5): Water/coffee ratio, coffee or steam gauge, coffee group or steam. (Display indicates error type).
Control of Coffee Dose
Ascaso includes the ability to choose between single and double shot dosing for coffee, and upgrade from previous versions of the Steel DUO.
Active Cup Warmer
Unlike the other Steel DUO models, the PID version has a 38W plate under the top panel actively warms cups, versus warming the cups with passive heat.
Wooden Portafilter Handle
Ascaso has crafted the portafilter handle out of Pyrenean boxwood–adding artful, chemical-free durability that you can feel!
Stainless Steel Body
Manufactured in stainless steel for maximum sturdiness, coated with a black or white enamel.
The thermoblock is designed of aluminum for fast warm up times and thickness for good temperature stability. Aluminum also avoids ‘pitting’ in cases where purified water is used. The inside pipe for which water comes in contact for heating is made of stainless steel. Another bonus? 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.
3-way solenoid valve
Allows you the ability to remove the portafilter immediately after brewing, turning your grinds into a puck, rather than a watery mess!
Quality brewing group
Made of chrome plated brass, the grouphead on the Ascaso Steel DUO 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.
Adjustable Over Pressure Valve
The ability to adjust the over pressure valve allows you to perfect your coffee to the flavor profile that is distinctly yours. The possibilities are endless!
1.3 L Water Reservoir
A microprocessor pulsates the pump so water in the reservoir continuously fills the thermoblock for continuous steam – until the reservoir runs near empty.
Illuminated Brew Area
Making coffee early in the morning, or who knows, late at night has never been easier! Ascaso has designed the Steel DUO with an illuminated work area so you can guarantee your coffee is making its way to your cup–no matter how dark it is.
Versatility between different brewing methods
No conversion kits needed here! As of April 2014, Ascaso has combined the ground / pod system into one. Simply switch out the filter basket to brew with freshly ground coffee or E.S.E pods. Ascaso provides FOUR different baskets.
- Dual-spout portafilter.
- Single and double pressurized filter baskets, Double non-pressurized basket, E.S.E Pod basket.
- Aluminum tamper–an upgrade to the plastic tamper most manufacturers include.
- Plastic scoop for pre-ground coffee.