The Ascaso Dream PID is one of the go-to units in the SBS’ residential espresso machines. It has a retro designer silhouette, a collection of colours to choose from for a pop of colour in your kitchen, with upgraded technology for a perfect cup of coffee every morning. The Dream Series is built with aluminum, stainless steel, and brass.
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One of the frequently asked questions about the Dream PID is why the pressure gauge is not working during extraction. The misconception is that the pressure gauge shows the pressure when the espresso machine is turned on. However, the pressure gauge will only show the pressure when extracting an espresso shot, and we recommend approximately 9 bars.
As you are extracting a shot of espresso, starting with the pre-infusion, you will slowly see the pressure gauge increasing. Take note, pressure varies depending on the type of coffee beans you are using, the fineness and coarseness of the coffee grinds, and the tamping pressure. In this video, the pressure is a little over 8 bar.
The PID display shows the temperature of the Thermoblock; this is a multi-use Thermoblock for espresso and steam. Within 90 seconds, the Ascaso Dream PID is heated up and ready to steam the milk or foam milk. One of the great advantages of a Thermoblock is that you can make your espresso shot within a minute after the machine is turned on.
The metal switches are one of our favourite features of the Dream Series, not only for the retro look but it makes it easy to make adjustment. With the Ascaso’s PID technology you will be able to adjust and customize the amount of water you want in a single shot or double shot, simply by pushing the coffee up or down and holding it till the display shows the number of seconds you want for your shot. There are also other customizable features with the Ascaso PID, for example, the pre-infusion time, the temperature unit (in °C or °F), chronometer, standby mode, and temperature in different settings.
Another feature of the Dream PID is the commercial style 58mm portafilter with wood handles. Keep in mind that this is a residential machine, where other company’s filter holders tend to be smaller, the Dream PID comes with the commercial size to hold more coffee grounds. All Ascaso Dream PIDs come with a discharge tube on the side, where you will be able to visualize the discharge as the unit is releasing the pressure, without it blowing out in your head through the portafilter. It also has a commercial, multi-directional, stainless steel steam wand which can create beautiful foam and steam.
Since we have already touched base on the commercial size steam wand, let’s move on to creating steam. With the commercial style steam wand, it guarantees consistent and continuous steam for as long as you need it to. You can switch between water and steam mode simply by flicking the tall metal switch downwards to have the machine start engaging into the steam mode. As you hear the pulsing sound, that means the machine is ready to steam. Turn the knob on the right side to open the steam valve to release the residual water within the system.
One hidden feature that only the PID machines have is the cup warmer on top of the machine. It has a thin film inside the machine that takes in a small electric charge to provide the warming feature so users can heat up their cups before making coffee.
If you find that the unit is over-heated by extracting espresso shot and steaming, you can simply flick the switch up to water setting, have the machine to do a shot without the portafilter, and allow for water to be released from the brew unit to help the unit cool down.
If you have any questions, or want to learn more about the Ascaso Dream PID residential espresso machine or about Ascaso send us an inquiry. We are here to find the right solution for your business.
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