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Ascaso Steel - Ryan Johnson's Review
Posted: March 14, 2011, 11:32am
review rating: 8.0
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Leszek Nowosielski 9.50
Jeff Spirer 9.00
Damian S 9.00
Sean Sweet 8.60
Ryan Johnson 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.6
Product Reviewed: Ascaso Steel Duo Professi
Manufacturer: Ascaso Quality: 9
Average Price: Varies Usability: 10
Price Paid: $839.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: JL Hufford Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Great machine - Dual boiler at the cost of a single boiler!
Positive Product Points

Fast startup, Great coffee, rich crema.

Negative Product Points

Haven't found one yet - when I do - I'll update the review.

Detailed Commentary

I've been using a saeco super-automatic for the past 3-4 years. While I liked the convenience, I never liked the quality of espresso itself in it. Weak, with no crema - no way to make a double shot etc always bothered me, but I found the regular espresso machines too bothersome. Either they were expensive and required a long startup time (HX machines) or they were single boilers that required quite a bit of waiting between the espresso and the steaming. I like to have a good crema layer while I start pouring the milk in so that I can try my hand on some latte art (I manage a decent one now and then - even on the weak crema from the saeco), and don't like waiting for longer than 10 or so seconds after I steam the milk so that the steam doesn't separate from the milk. Unfortunately, with the single boiler machines - either you wait with the espresso for a minute or so - which loses crema - or with steamed milk for a while - which separates the foam. Not ideal!

And then  I discover this Ascaso Steel Duo Prof - I paid $837 - including shipping from JL Hufford  - and it includes a Ascaso I2 grinder, and a bunch of other freebies (milk thermometer, steaming pitcher, 1lb coffee). Can't beat the price!

It took me a bit of trial and error (10 coffees worth) with the grind fineness and the temperature - but now I am making consistent coffee with a great layer of crema. I get decent crema in a single shot and great crema in a double. As good as the espressos from the local specialty shop. The steam is powerful enough for me to make decent latte art.

Overall, I think this is the best machine in the market now at this price point.

Buying Experience

JL Hufford is great.

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