Ascaso BIG DREAM T 3 Group Espresso Machine
First, society changes. Neither manufacturers nor engineers nor industrial engineers invent new needs. It is society that demands products that are more sustainable with improved energy efficiency, easier to use and longerlasting.
In these new times, it is the professional barista who demands innovative products without compromising the espresso’s.
At Ascaso, our team of engineers has spent years working to differentiate and perfect our espresso coffee machines. And this has led us to reappraise our approach to tradition. To ground our projects on sustainable engineering.
In the ‘60s, the development of the E-61 group brought innovation to the espresso world. It was an instant success and became one of the most widely used systems in the history of espresso coffee Even today, many manufacturers still use it or work with its principles. Something similar happened with the saturated group (1971) or the multi-boiler system (2001).
But, 60, 50 or 20 years later, we needed to look for a new technology that addressed the shortcomings of the old ones.
A product incorporating latest-generation technology. Multi-group. Complete PID control. Highly energy efficient.
After the creation of our Big Dream model, in which we have changed a technical criterion used for more than 100 years (using stainless steel instead of copper and brass), we wanted to continue creating unique products. A product that would also mark a turning point in the industry.
Technology T, is a state-of-the-art multi-group technology. Engineering developed entirely by Ascaso. It offers great thermal stability with a high level of energy efficiency (low energy consumption) and clean and fresh water in each coffee.
Multi-group (separate) technology with PID control
High professional-grade performance: Thermal stability guaranteed (in continuous or intermittent use). High steam production (separate, high-volume boiler).
Minimal metal migration to the beverage through the use of stainless steel.
Complies with European regulation EN 16889
Freshly Delivered Water
Avoiding the use of standing, constantly reheated water to make the coffee. The water for each coffee comes directly from the mains supply, taking fresh, filtered water to the group. Without affecting the water's oxygen and improving the coffee's taste.
One of the T technology’s key goals was to reduce the machine’s energy consumption. We deliver a 50% average saving compared with a traditional machine and 25% compared with other multiboiler machines.
Manufactured in stainless steel for maximum sturdiness. These materials ensure our coffee machines have a longer useful life.
The body is made entirely from 304 grade stainless steel. At 2.5 mm thick, we have created a coffee machine for life.
The machine’s base is also manufactured from 304 grade stainless steel in a high-gloss finish. The complex manufacturing process, which includes a combination of both artisan and high-tech processes, has produced what we consider to be an extraordinary result. A spectacular and unique piece.
Objects of this complexity and manufacturing skill are no longer made in the 21st century. Mass production and serial manufacturing have done away with them. We wanted to rescue this artisan form of creation using the highest quality materials. To create a beautiful and eternal product.
The body is manufactured from a combination of high-gloss 304 grade stainless steel in areas in contact with water and Baydur® for the outer shell.
This is a modern material that combines freedom of design and practicality: excellent mechanical resistance, resistant to high temperatures and a watertight interior.
Baydur offered us unrestricted design options. Its curved, sinuous shapes are impossible to achieve with other materials. It also meant we could use all the colours from the RAL colour chart and special paint textures to achieve the perfect finish.
Thanks to its ergonomic design, it has a strong yet pleasant feel. It is tilted 10º for ease of use, while the horizontal placement of the filter holder in the delivery group ensures perfectly pressed coffee grounds.
The filter holder is one of the most heavily used parts of the machine. It is important that the design facilitates the barista’s work.
We focused on various aspects of the handle:
Designed to adapt to the palm of the hand, conveying a pleasant sense of strength and safety in use.
The 10º tilt facilitates its use, allowing the hand to adopt a natural position.
Horizontal resting position of the filter holder for perfect tamping of the ground coffee.
Coffee spouts. Thanks to the closing system these are always positioned centrally, making assembly and dismantling safe and easy.
The stick facilitates use and improves control. A smooth, intuitive ‘natural’ movement makes it easy to use and control.
Double dose/hot water selection. Backlit buttons.
Made from AISI 316 stainless steel. The steam wand is anti-lime scale and remains cool to the touch, reducing the risk of contact burns.
Milk build-up is reduced to a minimum, making for easy cleaning.
Steam outlets. Special design. The rounded edges, the smooth lines and four tangential outlets all mean creamy coffee every time. 4 outlets 1,2mm (1,6 optional).
Emulsifies the milk to the ideal point for perfect cappuccinos. Our large-capacity boilers, with their incredible thickness, offer greater steam production stability.
High definition backlit capacitive display. 4.2” LCD screen. Allows total control of all the machine’s parameters in an instant, quickly and intuitively.
The display gives real time feedback on all the operations the machine is performing at any given time. There are several simple, fast and intuitive menus. It’s like using a smartphone! The icon language is instantly familiar.
This is a state-of-the-art product (touchscreen, highly sensitive, tempered glass, anti-knock and anti-scratch surface).
Backlit buttons and two digital multifunctional displays per group
Casing in AISI 304 stainless steel. Independent boiler and the pump pressure.
Casing in AISI 304 stainless Steel. Metal hands.
Rail: Solid and attractive in high-gloss stainless steel.
Spacious cup warmer in AISI 304 stainless steel. On/off option. Keeps espresso and cappuccino cups at the perfect temperature for a delicious cup of coffee.
Electric cup warmer Accessory that guarantees electric cup warming, with a direct heat source.
This is required where the boiler is insulated. Cutting-edge cup warmer (minimum consumption: 50W).
Easy to clean with thin wire tray so as not to dirty the bottoms of the cups.
Stainless steel. Easily removed for cleaning.
LEDS in the work area. These give the barista a better view of the cup and enhance the visibility of the machine on the bar to showcase its spectacular design.
It is essential that the work area is properly lit, for both practical and quality reasons:
(only if you want, because it’s already so, so beautiful…)
We gave careful thought to the way users can customize their coffee machine to reflect the décor of their café or the coffee roast. Our machines are craft products and this gives us the flexibility to respond to the requirements of our baristas.
We offer the full range of RAL colours (256 in total), accessorized by different fine woods for the filter holder and steam joystick, and we also welcome special requests (personalized logos, printing,stencils , etc.). Just tell us what you need, but first of all take a look at our standard colours and finishes. This is such a beautiful coffee machine as it is…
Colour is more than just a shade. It expresses feelings, reveals personality and communicates with others.
We wanted our Big Dream to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor: colour, colour and more colour! A colourful statement of intent.
Colour is its DNA… which is your favourite?
We can paint the coffee machine in any RAL colour, using a very rigorous process that consists of three coats of paint both to protect the machine and achieve a deep, vibrant tone.
Easy to dismantle. Designed for and by technicians.
Easy access to internal valves, pipes, solenoid valves, heating elements, pump regulators, etc.
Our Big Dream T includes a Tam-tamper: professional tamper made of stainless steel and wood, designed by Marc Aranyó.
The filtered and clean water enters the machine through the rotary pump at a certain pressure.
Enter the water/steam boiler through a U-shaped preheater tube (thick and 100% Aisi 316 L stainless steel), at network or ambient temperature. And it comes out hot without touching or altering the water in the water boiler. A very efficient system (no need to use any additional energy to preheat the water entering the groups).
Hot water (80º) will enter each thermodynamic coffee group.
The coffee group (see technology group T) and the algorithm established in the electronic exchange, guarantee a great thermal stability of the water at the exit of the group (+ - 0.5ºC). Both in situations of continuous or timely consumption.
And all this without constantly reheating the water or having saturated groups of water. Clean water in each coffee at a constant temperature. With a much more efficient and sustainable technology.
Multi-group (separate) technology with PID control.
Minimal metal migration to the beverage through the use of stainless steel.
Freshly Delivered Water.
Reducing the energy consumption of our coffee machines has been a priority goal for the last 10 years. The result of this process is the creation of our own technology, in a sector that primarily uses technologies from 60 years or 20 years ago, as in the case of the most popular and modern multi-boiler technologies.
We want to make public our result and, we hope, that many other manufacturers will follow this path. The result obtained, available to our clients, is based on the European protocol.
It would be advisable to publish the actual consumption of professional coffee machines, which is based on the European standard DIN 18873 - 2: 2016. It is a sign of transparency that fosters the consumer and the energy transition, but we believe that this data does not reflect consumption in real conditions.
How is it tested according to official protocol?
European regulations foster that all manufacturers have the same protocol to measure energy consumption, but considering the tests carried out and the methodology, it does not accurately reflect efficiency and performance. In real working conditions, our technology and materials improve the data obtained according to the official protocol of European Standards.
The energy consumption of a professional coffee machine is high. Also it is its hours of use. Consequently, financial savings are also important.
By doing a simple calculation, we can obtain an annual saving of more than € 300 on the electricity bill.
Average saving 5.5 kWh/24h. 300 days of annual opening. 0.21 kWh (average price in Europe).
Total: € 350 / year.
We can translate the energy request of those models into CO2 generation due to the energy being used to. Considering each 1.000 kWh being used generate 458 kg of CO2, or which is equivalent, to cut 19 trees.
Translating data to those 2 parameters shows results as follows:
Also considering energy request differences between models and base HX one, can also try to translate these differences into something common for all of us, for example the energy request of a fridge. Considering the annual energy request of a fridge is around 175 kWh, the differences between the BT model and the HX mono boiler would allow user to completely cover the energy request of this appliance, as follows:
‘We should remember that when the point of contact between the product and the people becomes a point of friction, then the designer has failed. On the other hand, if people are made safer, more comfortable, more eager to purchase, more efficient – or just plain happier – by contact with the product, then the designer has succeeded.’
Designing for People
In the espresso world, when we talk about ergonomics we mean the optimization of the design of the coffee machine so the professional barista can work in the utmost comfort. Basically, what we are looking for is that the barista can perform his ‘choreography’ smoothly, comfortably and happily.
Based on structured data collection, we have designed our machine in line with the different ergonomic parameters demanded by baristas to ensure that their relationship with the Big Dream T is a joyous one. The essential elements have been devised and designed so that the creation of an espresso coffee and its specific choreography take place in the most comfortable possible circumstances for the professional barista.
The machine has been designed primarily from the point of view of the barista, but we also took the technician’s perspective very much into account.
This is a nice product to repair! It is easy to dismantle with standard tools. It has very few screws and the components are easily accessible. There is plenty of space to carry out repairs with complete assurance.
This is a key factor to consider in a high quality product.
Good design presupposes that the product can be dismantled and repaired with ease. The idea is that it will last for years and years.
It is a matter of quality, productivity and also sustainability.
We have worked on this component by component.
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