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Gaggia 11400 Achille Lever-Operated Espresso Machine

by Gaggia

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  • Lever-operated espresso machine in cylindrical, stainless-steel housing
  • Large-capacity stainless-steel boiler with heat exchanger and pressure control
  • 28-ounce removable water tank; chrome-plated brass portafilter
  • Includes double- and single-shot/ESE filter baskets; Turbo frothing wand
  • Measures 17-4/5 by 9-2/3 by 21-4/5 inches; 1-year warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 12 x 18 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 28 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B000GR6L9Q
  • Item model number: 11400.00
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,332 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

The designers at Gaggia know a good thing when they see it. Just one look at this lever operated espresso machine and you'll journey back to the golden age of espresso, when Gaggia founder Achille Gaggia was king. This vintage-looking espresso machine is a real throwback, and with its cylindrical body, stainless steel housing, and domed water reservoir, the Achille is sure to grab your attention. To operate the Achille, simply raise the lever on the front of the machine and a piston inside the group is raised, allowing water under pressure to infuse the coffee in the filter holder. When you lower the lever, the pressure causes the piston to force water through the coffee and into your cup. And with the Achille's easy-to-use Turbo frothing wand, your friends will not only be impressed with your old-world brewing skills, but also with the decadent, creamy froth you are able to create. When you have a Gaggia Achille on your counter, it makes a bold statement: you are serious about making coffee. The Gaggia Achille comes with both single and double shot filter baskets, as well as a tamper.

Customer Reviews

At some point I'll find a replacement wand and that will fix this problem.
Cliff Johnson
Out of the box it had two problems: a leak in the boiler water level gauge and the steam valve would not turn off completely.
C. S. Crom
Maybe there were a few machines that were defective, but in some cases it could be due to the users inexperience.
Lynne C. Messinger

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Crom on February 7, 2008
I received this beautiful espresso machine in June. It is a stunning work of functional art. Out of the box it had two problems: a leak in the boiler water level gauge and the steam valve would not turn off completely. I called the number given for service and reached Importika, the importer of the machine. The people I dealt with were not timely in responses to phone calls and e-mails. I had to be persistent beyond reasonableness to receive the necessary approval to send it in for service. I was told repeatedly that they would notify me when the part arrived from Italy. They never did that. I had to contact them. Then I had to pay $50 for shipping. The only service center that had the part was on the east coast, I live on the west coast. The west coast service center did not have the part. That repair took 3 1/2 weeks from the time it left my door until it returned. In early December the machine started dripping uncontrollably from the showerhead. Again, I had to deal with the same people at Importika. Again, I had to be the one to continually contact them even though I was told several times that they would contact me. They never did. Finally, they told me it had to be sent in for repairs. Since this was the second time it was being sent in for repair in 6 months, I made two requests of them. First, I asked that they send to me a prepaid shipping label, and secondly, that they replace the machine with a new one. These requests, in my experience, are not unreasonable, especially given the over $1,000 price tag. That was at the end of December. It is now Feb. 7 and they have not responded. For the cost of this machine, I expect exceptional service if it is needed. I have NOT received exceptional service. I would not even call it acceptable.Read more ›
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mark V. Raugas on October 22, 2008
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I bought this lever machine when my semi-automatic heat exchanger (A Livia 90) had to be sent back for repairs (the plastic water basin had cracked over time and needed replacing) -- I couldn't bear to be without espresso and always have been fascinated with lever machines. The Achille had gotten a good review on an espresso review website for the quality of its shots, but at the same time, some owners were complaining about leaks. I felt I could trust to purchase the machine through Amazon, since Amazon has excellent customer service.

The Achille produces wonderful espresso -- superior in some ways to my Livia. The shots have a pleasant sweetness to them, and the temperature profile of the machine is quite stable -- no sour or bitter shots here, assuming I let it warm up for about a half hour before use.

I did notice that shot quality degraded considerably if I did not tamp the grinds well. But within two weeks of ownership the Achille began leaking over my countertop when not in use. In addition, the knob to the steam wand broke soon thereafter. When I took it off to examine it, it was a plastic knob that did not have a metal sleeve inside -- when closing the steam wand firmly, the plastic inside the knob deformed, causing the knob to no longer function.

Now, there is a certain charm to the vision of making a latte with a pair of pliers while keeping the espresso machine inside a plastic bucket, but I realized that while the Achille produced wonderful shots of espresso, there are several engineering problems with the design of the machine and feared what else might go wrong. Also, reviews here mentioned that the company's customer service for repairs was difficult to nagivate.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on September 5, 2010
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I had high hopes for this machine but was disappointed because the first machine that was sent had major water leaks and the replacement machine had a broken glass gauge on arrival.
Fortunately Amazon has such a good return policy.
I switched to the La Pavoni and am very happy with it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom on August 1, 2011
I own this machine since several years, but also another manual lever machine in a similar price range from Elektra (considering the orignal MRSP for the Achille, which was $1300). The Achille is far less solid in build and interior design. Too many problems with it, too:

1st, all interior material is made of plastic, so this machine is not not built to last. For instance, people reported cracked pressure chambers within 1 year of use.

2ndly, the combination of plastic and metal generates more gaps etc so that this machine constantly leaks. I had to open it several times to re-position rubber seals that slipped out of place. A rather unintelligent design. Once the machine is worn in and has heated up to the 'daily levels', all fits into place, but do not change your routine!

3rd, ALL steam valves of this machine are defective/leaky, so the boiler needs to be refilled very other shot, although the water levels in the boiler tank should not really drop. This makes a constant operation of the machine not really possible.

4th, the milk frother is a joke. Milk is sucked inside to artificially create air bubbles. After several uses, it has to be taken apart to remove milk residues that bake up in it. Again, plastic parts are used in the interior, and I had to reorder a complete frothing wand after less than 1 year since a plastic part just cracked from heat fatigue. I eventually replaced the wand with a stainless steel tubing from another brand machine. What a difference...

5th, steel screws that attach the brass brew head to the boiler are welded to the boiler wall with some copper-containing material. Together with moisture from leaks, this metal combination generates massive electrolytic corrision (I am very knowledgable in chemistry...
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