Ascaso Dream Up V3 Review

Ascaso Dream Up V3
Overall Rating
87
Coffee Quality (40%)
88
Design & Features (20%)
77
Durability (20%)
92
Ease of Use (10%)
83
Brand Reputation (10%)
93
The Bottom Line
There's nothing fancy about the Ascaso Dream Up v3.0 (except its sleek, retro design). Instead, its calling card is its high-end components and durable build quality. Now discontinued, check out the Ascaso Dream ZERO instead.
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Key Features of the Ascaso Dream Up V3

Key Features of Ascaso Dream Up V3

  • Machine type: Semi-automatic
  • Integrated grinder: None
  • Bean hopper: None
  • Bypass doser: None
  • Water Reservoir: 48 oz
  • Portafilter size: 57mm
  • Portafilters included: Pressurized, non-pressurized, E.S.E. soft pods
  • Boiler type: Thermoblock
  • Frother: Steam wand
  • Brew sizes: Your choice
  • Pre-infusion: No
  • Specialty beverage buttons: None
  • Adjustable exit valves: No
  • Dose size selector: No
  • Temperature control: Manually via temp dial
  • Auto-off: No
  • Spent puck drawer: None
  • Drip tray: Yes
  • Warranty: 5 years on Thermoblock and brew group, 1 year on everything else
  • Case material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 10.0"W x 13.5"D x 13.5"H
  • Weight: 16.9 lbs
  • Power: 1000W

Ascaso Dream Up V3 Overview

The Ascaso Dream Up V3.0 semi-automatic espresso machine was Ascaso's simple base model in their line of home espresso machines. It has since been discontinued and replaced by the Ascaso Dream ZERO, which has a nearly identical design and specs.

Check out our Ascaso Dream ZERO review to learn more.

Pros
  • Steam wand is almost fool-proof and swings out of the way for easy clean-up
  • Three-way solenoid valve relieves grouphead pressure by directing it back to the water tank
  • Thermoblock group comes with a 5-year warranty and is made from aluminum with stainless steel circuits that resist limescale build-up
  • Beautiful retro design
  • Manufactured in Spain
Cons
  • Discontinued and replaced by the Ascaso Dream ZERO
  • Machine offers little assistance and requires an experienced (or patient) barista
  • Boiler insulation is so effective that it can take a while to purge the machine from steam temp to brew temp
  • Drip tray can be tricky (and messy) to remove if not emptied regularly.
  • Slow 5-minute warmup time if not kept on 24/7

Is the Ascaso Dream Up V3 for you?

Is Ascaso Dream Up V3 for you?

As a general rule, I don't recommend that you purchase a discontinued model when a newer, nearly identical, in-production model is available. That holds true for the Ascaso Dream Up V3.0, which has been discontinued and replaced by the Ascaso Dream ZERO.

Both the Dream Up V3.0 and Dream ZERO are quality, mid-level semi-automatic espresso machines built with high-quality components yet remarkably few additional features and certainly no fancy bells or whistles. That isn't a bad thing, because that means you'll pay less for the Dream Up V3.0 or Dream ZERO than a more feature-rich model, but it also means you need to work a little harder to pull a consistent shot time after time.

If you're looking for something more advanced or feature-rich, check out the Ascaso Dream PID. It's Ascaso's top-of-the-line home espresso machine and has a few truly transformative additions in the same compact, retro package.

If you're looking to save money by purchasing a used model, there's nothing wrong with opting for the Ascaso Dream Up V3.0.

Ascaso Dream Up V3 Review: An In-Depth Look

Check out the Ascaso Dream Up V3!

Check out Ascaso Dream Up V3!

Ascaso Dream Up V3
There's nothing fancy about the Ascaso Dream Up v3.0 (except its sleek, retro design). Instead, its calling card is its high-end components and durable build quality. Now discontinued, check out the Ascaso Dream ZERO instead.

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Ascaso Dream PID

Ascaso Dream PID
Overall Rating: 92
The Ascaso Dream PID's calling card is its extreme precision: adjust brew temps in 1°F increments, program volumes for preinfusion, single, and double shots, and enjoy silky foam with the Dream PID's electronic steam wand.

Ascaso Dream ZERO

Ascaso Dream ZERO
Overall Rating: 88
If you want fancy features, look somewhere else. If you want durable construction from high-end components and reliable performance from a proven brand, the Ascaso Dream ZERO belongs on your shortlist.
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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!

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