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Ascaso Dream - Franck Maillet's Review
Posted: April 19, 2004, 8:27pm
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Ascaso Dream Espresso
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Joel Bristol 9.50
Robert J. O'Brien 9.00
Phil Goodlaxson 8.50
Glen Crompton 8.40
Anders N 8.14

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Ascaso Quality: 8
Average Price: $699.00 Usability: 5
Price Paid: $550.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Café Lino Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Beautiful, picky, easy to clean and maintain, mostly made of metal parts... and I forgot to mention delivers great coffee
Positive Product Points

>Mostly metal components.
>Easy to clean.
>Very convenient access to the refill water in the reservoir.  
> If well managed, it can make many capuccinos  without problems or hasles. (nice when having guests for supper)

Negative Product Points

>Water needs to be purged often during the process.
>The [steam/water control] is the weak part of the machine (made of plastic). It does not feel stury as  the other components.
>It remains a picky machine that requires lots of attention (but worth the trouble : )

Detailed Commentary

Got a  30 year old  Pavoni with a lever that makes amazing coffee, but when it comes to making 4 or 5 coffees in the morning or for my visiting customers,  that retro looking "Dream" from Innova  definately delivers a great coffee.  

I do not understand why new machines have so much plastic on them, it will never last.  My pavoni is the last of that brand that I will own unless they change that cheap cromey approach.

In the meantime Innova does the job when other machines like Mokita Kurps Saeco just  gave up on me. to much heat probably

BTW: even if they tell you that the element  "does not burn out even if  it runs out of water" the boiler and the front gage gave up on me and had to be replaced on guarantee...  (even if  there was plenty use of mineral water) oups :)

Buying Experience

Previously own about 6 espresso machines
Got a 30 year old Pavoni, still working, and curse any plastic machine under 400$
Bought it at LINO on St-Laurent  in Montreal  who gave me amazing service in addition to having real Italian coffee to propose.

Three Month Followup


One Year Followup

Still like it very much :) got also the grinder that goes with it.
An automatic shut off or a "safe" divice to protect the main coil would have been nice, specialy since I have to replace that buger twice.  why the coil can not  be simply always immerge in all time unless we empty it?  

The side may show "full" for the level of water but it does not meen that  there is some IN the machine specialy after steaming milk out purge water if you make a 3 or 4 cup .

That is it for now :)

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