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This review is from: Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel (Kitchen)I started my espresso machine search with a review in Money magazine (of all places). In that article, the Breville 800ESXL was top rated, with the Gaggia Classic coming in second. The article rated the espresso quality of the Gaggia as better, but gave the top rating to the Breville based on the combination of quality *and* the fact that it cost about $100 less than the Gaggia. I jumped into Amazon to see what others said about the two machines. What turned me off about the Breville were the negative reviews about how the filter kept clogging, and how one person was ditching this machine and going to the Gaggia. As luck would have it, at that moment, the Gaggia machine was on sale on Amazon, by $100! So I get the machine that got the better all around reviews, for the same price as the other...a no brainer!
I've been very happy with the Gaggia. I admit that I'm still working on the proper mix of coffee grinding and tamping pressure, but right from the first cup (which had a perfect head of crema), I've been encouraged to expand my knowledge of the "science" of espresso, and feel that this machine is the right one to perfect my technique with. Unlike the Krups, this is a serious machine for people who *really* enjoy a good cup of espresso. It's like the difference between people who "live to eat" vs. people who "eat to live". If you're just looking for a cup of strong coffee, throw an extra spoon of instant in your cup before you put the boiling water in. If you savor the intense taste of a perfectly brewed shot of espresso, stop here, do not pass "go", buy this machine.
One heads up; the written instructions pretty much suck, so make sure you pop the c.d. into your computer first, and view it beginning to end...before you even start pulling all the parts out of the box. And in case you're scratching your head wondering why they didn't give you a power cord, it's inside the water reservoir.
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Initial post: Jan 14, 2008 10:20:06 AM PST
Lisa Kerbes Costello says:
Thanks for this great review and tips. I thoroughly appreciated the time you took to review this machine in detail
Posted on Jan 1, 2012 12:39:21 PM PST
Just purchased mine but I did not get the CD- Any where else I could get one?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2012 3:02:29 PM PST
J. Reiner says:
Lisa, sorry for being about four years behind in replying...better late than never! I didn't even realize that I had a comment to my post, until today, when I received an email that somebody else had commented. When I clicked on the link for that, I found your comment.
Did you wind up getting the Gaggia Classic? I was just commenting to my wife that it's been four years since I bought mine, and will regular cleaning, it's still serving me well!
Happy new year!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2012 3:11:52 PM PST
J. Reiner says:
They're not putting a CD in the box anymore? Bummer. I just checked Gaggia's website, but I don't see anything anywhere to click on or download anything other than the instructions that were hopefully in the box with your machine. I pulled out the CD from the box that I still have, and it has seven file folders on it, and a few setup and application files. All told, it uses up about 600MB, so it uses the whole CD. The label shows contact information as 'firstname.lastname@example.org' and a phone number of 888.389.4123, so maybe this CD is something importika includes with Gaggia machines they sell (I don't recall if they were the seller through Amazon). Check with them; the CD is called "Getting to Know Gaggia". Maybe they can send you a copy. If that doesn't work, I can probably make a copy of my CD.
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