Gaggia 102534 Espresso-Color Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, Red
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- 1100-watt espresso machine with stainless-steel boiler and 15-bar pump
- Chrome-plated brass brew group and portafilter provide excellent temperature stability
- Accommodates ESE coffee pods or ground coffee; Pannarello steam wand; cup warmer
- Removable water tank; 3 filter baskets, coffee tamper, and coffee-measuring scoop included
- Measures 10-4/5 by 8-2/7 by 14 inches
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|Color||Red||Silver||Grey and Black||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Item Dimensions||8.3 x 10.8 x 14 in||8 x 9.5 x 14.2 in||11 x 8 x 10 in||14 x 12 x 12.25 in||12.5 x 12.5 x 13.25 in||12.5 x 13.25 x 15.75 in|
|Item Weight||10.14 lbs||20 lbs||6.68 lbs||9 lbs||17 lbs||23 lbs|
Make a statement with the Gaggia Espresso Color! This semi-automatic espresso machine is housed in bright red ABS plastic for a stunning, exceptional design. Using a stainless steel boiler, it brews pods or ground coffee and includes filter baskets for brewing single shot, double shot, or pods. The group head and filter holder are made of heat-retaining chrome plated brass for long-lasting heat stability, and you can pre-heat your cups on the passively heated cup warmer. Don’t forget about those cappuccinos and lattes – a Pannarello frothing wand attachment makes it easy to foam and steam milk without a fuss. Great for espresso lovers and home baristas at any stage of experience, the Gaggia Espresso Color comes ready to please.
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Take off the silly pannarello cover and boom, steam wand. If you know how to steam milk properly, this should not be a challenge for you. I looked EVERYwhere for the pannarello latte art style wand, assuming it was necessary to steam without the pannarello cover, but found on a single message board that they are the same, the latte art style is just longer, so I am all set now! For the portafilter, do not use more than ~14g otherwise you will have a hard time fitting the portafilter to the grouphead and you'll leak. When I seasoned my machine (pulled shots through it to rinse the chemicals out) I had the chance to experiment with how much coffee to use; it also gave me a chance to wear down the gasket a little so I could secure the portafilter to the grouphead (and yes, I have to hold the machine while securing it).
In a nutshell, this machine is wonderful. It can last you YEARS so long as you properly maintain it. I am elated with this purchase, and I hope you will be as well.
As far as comparisons go: I looked at many pump machines, but mostly the Italian ones, including the DeLonghi models. Avoid DeLonghi, they are mass-marketed and mass-produced and that was a major deterrent for me. Gaggia also offers replacement parts and cleaning supplies to make your machine last, DeLonghi does not. Their machines are made to be used up and thrown out--not what I wanted.
The only pitfall of this entire process was finding water on the inside of the box when I opened the package. the shipper had tipped the box on it's side and water from the quality control process leaked out. I feared this damaged the machine, but the water was mainly contained to the back of the gaggia where the water chamber is. On day 4 with the gaggia color, we are operating without a hitch.
The replacement lasted 10 months before it too began leaking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHC4plLbxd8&feature=youtu.be
Importika, the company that shipped the machine, has been great to work with, but replacing two rings in less than a year and having quality of espresso compromised is disappointing and not what I expected.
The espresso the machine makes was quite good. But this thing is not forgiving as far as tamp and grind. Yes; both are crucial to the performance; however, I am able still to make a very good espresso pull from a cheap Hamilton Beach pump machine that I purchased in 2004.
The Gaggia was my "upgrade." However, the Hamilton Beach has lasted despite ABUSE (used mostly hard tap water, never disassembled to clean, used vinegar for descaling, and never could remove the shower screen for a proper cleaning). Even with all of that.... The Hamilton Beach works great and I use it daily in my office.
The Gaggia just was disappointing from the start :(
#1 - Read the instructions and make sure you follow each step; this includes allowing the pump to fill with water and letting it reach the right temperature. After you do it a couple of times it'll be easy-peezy. If you skip steps you may get some less than desirable results
#2 - Good beans are a must! Fresh, oily beans are best and I prefer a dark roast. Store them in a dark dry pantry in something airtight. Not the freezer or the fridge! By the way, I tried a drier bean and this machine seems to work best with an oily bean.
#3 - Play around with the tamping and how full your basket should be. Tamping too firmly or filling the basket too much will not give you a good shot
#4 - Get a good grinder. Mine has 14 settings and was pretty cheap but depending on the bean you buy you may have to play around with the grind
With all of the amazing espresso bars here in Seattle, my boyfriend now prefers my espresso. I also can't stand to go places where I can't get a good shot with lovely crema.
Okay, you've been warned! This machine will spoil you!
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