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Ascaso Basic Espresso Machine - Black

$143.52
  • Brands Ascaso
  • Product Code: ICG0036
  • Availability: In Stock

Overview Get back to simple espresso with the Ascaso Basic semi-automatic espresso machine. Included is all a budding barista nee..

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Overview

Get back to simple espresso with the Ascaso Basic semi-automatic espresso machine. Included is all a budding barista needs to start pulling great shots: pressurized, non-pressurized and pod baskets, and a swing-out steam wand with a removable panarello sleeve. That's it, no nested menus, no tiny dials, no interval programming diagrams; just tasty espresso at your fingertips. Designed and built in Spain, the Basic's boldly minimalist shape is sure to liven up any caffeine-deprived kitchen.

Features and Functionality

  • Simple Controls - Three toggle buttons (power, brew, steam) and a steam knob keep controls easy to use.
  • All the Baskets - Each machine includes pressurized and non-pressurized baskets in single and double shot sizes, as well as a dedicated ESE pod basket.
  • Heated Group - The Basic's outsized thermoblock nestles directly over the brew group, ensuring a heated path for your espresso.
  • 3-Way Solenoid - A solenoid valve releases back pressure after brewing, helping to alleviate the messy "portafilter sneeze."
  • Tamper Included - A curved plastic 57mm tamper is included for beginning baristas.
Pros
  • Design Cohesion - The clean, streamline moderne design of the Basic looks gorgeous, even cast in plastic.
  • Hot Portafilter - The brew group and portafilter of the Basic get quite hot, it's worth giving it a few extra minutes to heat up (even with its on-demand thermoblock).
  • Small Footprint - The Basic's pared down feature set lets it squeeze its dimensions down to a demure 9x12, small enough for any kitchen.
Cons
  • Form Over Function - Small functional faux pas detract from AAA design chops, namely the drip grate's small cutouts and the cup warmer's sloped surface.
  • Slow Steamer - Our test unit's steam controls don't offer much feedback while it comes up to steam temperature.
How Does it Compare?

With internals near-identical to the larger Dream Up, the Basic offers a budget option for those who don't require an all-aluminum case.

Tips and Tricks

Brace that base, folks! The lightweight design of the Basic needs a helping hand while locking in its portafilter.

Specs

Manufacturer Ascaso Width 9 inches Depth 12 inches; 14.5 inches with portafilter installed Height 12.25 inches Product Weight (lbs.) 0.0000 Watts 1000W Volts 120V Programmability No Case Material Plastic Boiler Material Stainless Steel-lined Aluminum Cup Clearance 3.5 inches Reservoir Size 2 L Solenoid Valve Yes Cup Warmer Yes Portafilter Size 57mm Available Portafilters E.S.E Pods, Pressurized and Non-Pressurized Warm Up: Brew Time 5 minutes Warm Up: Steam Time 2:25 Boiler Design Thermoblock NSF Certified No Pod Friendly Yes - without adaptation Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank Auto Shut Off No Auto On No Pre-Infusion/Aroma No Material Plastic