Gaggia 11400 Achille Lever-Operated Espresso Machine
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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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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.Read more ›
Fortunately Amazon has such a good return policy.
I switched to the La Pavoni and am very happy with it!
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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought a refurbished Achille from Whole Latte Love(Importica) about a year ago. Fortunately I didn't have to pay the outrageous price of a new machine, which at that time was... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by John F. Gadeikis
I am excited the cargo arrived home. However, the glass gauge was broken.
Trying to reach the Brand Agent office for help , but since then no reply for the
spare part... Read more
I read quite a few reviews about how these machines leaked and had to be returned. No such problems with mine. It works perfectly. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by Lynne C. Messinger
This is my second time around with the Gaggia Achille...
The first one that I bought worked perfectly with no leaks for a month and then slowly started leaking more and... Read more