Ascaso Steel DUO Versatile OFFICE Espresso Machine - SDbbVbr
The newest Ascaso espresso machine to hit the United States earned its name of Ascaso Steel Duo Office from its reputation as a great office espresso machine. It's not just corporate America that appreciates the features and power of the double boiler machine, many coffee geeks have flocked to the Steel Duo for its features and low price point. The Ascaso Steel Duo has two pumps, one is always devoted to espresso extraction and the other to steam production. There is a dedicated boiler for espresso and a brass thermoblock for steaming. The differences between this machine and the Steel Duo Professional is that this machine includes a pod basket and has a slightly smaller coffee boiler.
- Brushed stainless steel finished body over a black enamel painted steel frame
- Independent steam thermoblock with separate on/off power switch (lower panel) and the steam activation switch is on the top panel (top right)
- Independent water activation switch (lower right of top front panel) which activates a separate valve for hot water through its own water pipe
- Low water reservoir cut-off: when water reservoir is near empty, the cut-off switch will not allow power to the heating element nor the pump.
- Brass boiler capacity: ~225mL
- Brass boiler for the coffee and a separate thermoblock for steaming, each with their own independent pumps
- Heating element is located on the outside of the boiler so that a lack of water will not damage it
- Three-way solenoid valve allows the immediate removal of the portafilter when the espresso extraction is completed. The three way valve also allows the user to backflush the grouphead for regular cleaning.
- S-2 Autoprime valve acts as an air release valve to remove air that may be suctioned up with the water from the reservoir
- Comes with a pod basket.
- Brass portafilter handle with plastic grip
- Temperature gauge
- Drip tray slides forward for easy cleaning
- Swivel based steam wand allows easy rotation of steam wand over steaming pitcher
- Frothing aid attachment makes it easy to froth milk for cappuccinos and a 3-hole tip is included as a replacement for the frothing aid.
- Passive cup warmer on top with guardrail.
- Hit the steaming button and watch the indicator light to know when the temperature has been reached for steaming.
- Before turning the steam nozzle, point the end of the steam wand into an empty container or point it towards the drip tray. This is to get rid of any water that might first come out when you turn on the steam wand.
- When dry steaming begins exiting the steam wand, you can turn it off. You are now ready to start steaming your milk.
- Do not fill your milk pitcher more than halfway full with cold milk
- Make sure the tip of the steam wand is fully submerged before you turn on the steam.
- After you begin steaming, you can raise the steam wand so that the tip is barely submerged. If the tip is submerged too much the milk will begin to squeal meaning it needs more aeration. If you bring the tip too far out you will hear a heavy chirping or sucking sound. This will result in big bubbles and a possible mess.
- You should aim for slight chirping up until the milk reaches room temperature. At that point you can submerge the tip of the wand to one side of the pitcher to create a swirling motion. Continue this until the steaming pitcher becomes too hot to the touch or a couple seconds after you have to take your hand off of the bottom or side (this should be around 140°).
- Portafilter with Double Spout.
- Single and Double filter basket.
- 57mm Aluminum Tamper (Machine actually takes a 58mm so we recommend purchasing a 58mm tamper in the options above)
- Pod Filter Basket
- 3-Hole steam Tip
- Coffee Scoop
- Instruction Manual and Quick Start Guide
- Ascaso Cleaner Packet
- Perhaps the cheapest machine available that includes a dedicated thermoblock for steaming.
- Pod basket included
- Dedicated hot water tap
- The dedicated boiler assures that hot water is not being used for steaming, but it is still too small to handle large quantities of drinks in a short time frame
- The temperature gauge is known to be volatile
- Plain water backflushing should be done at least once a week. To backflush, use the portafilter's backflush disc. Take out your single or double basket and securely place the blank insert into the portafilter. To perform a plain water backflush, place the portafilter into the group head. Then raise the brew lever all the way up for 15 seconds, and then lower it. Water will forcefully discharge out of the bottom of the group into the drip tray; this is normal. Repeat three to five times.
- Backflush with detergent like Cafiza (see options above) once every fifty extractions.
- Warranty: One-year parts and labor provided by US distributor. (Shipping costs excluded)
|Model:||Steel Duo Versatile Office|
|Boiler Type:||Double (Thermoblock for Steam)|
|Basket Size:||58 mm|
|Coffee Boiler:||225 mL|
|Water Reservoir:||2 L|
|Electrical:||120 volts / 1400 Watts|
|Dimensions:||10.625" W x 12.25" D x 13.5" H|
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