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Gaggia Classic Semi-Automatic Espresso Maker. Pannarello Wand for Latte and Cappuccino Frothing. Brews for Both Single and Double Shots.
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- FROTHING FOR MILK BEVERAGES: Pannarello wand frothing for cappuccinos & lattes. Wand doubles as a hot water dispenser for americanos & tea.
- EASY TO USE: Perfect for both espresso beginners and coffee experts.The internal sleeve must be correctly installed, by protruding the lower part of the external sleeve
- ACCESSORIES INCLUDED: portafilter (single and double filter basket), tamper, and measuring scoop.
- EASY ACCESS 72 OZ WATER RESERVOIR: Features a removable 72 oz water reservoir, providing easy filling and cleaning.
- 1 YEAR WARRANTY: Hassle free 1 year warranty handled by Gaggia directly.
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From the manufacturer
Make Cafe Quality Drinks At Home. A True Classic Since 1991
With humble beginnings as a cafe owner in Milan, Achille Gaggia's ingenuity and passion for coffee inspired him to invent a new way to brew espresso without the use of steam. That vision led to the creation of the Lampo device which produced the characteristic crema which has since become the hallmark of quality espresso.
Home Espresso Machine
The Gaggia Classic is a best selling model, loved by coffee aficionados worldwide. A commercial chrome-plated brass portafilter and brew group provide excellent heat stability while intuitive controls make the machine easy to operate. Comes with both commercial and pressurized filter baskets to satisfy the barista and the beginner, a coffee tamper, and a 7-gram measuring scoop.
- Commercial components
- Cafe Quality Espresso
- Timeless Design Since 1991
3-Way Solenoid Valve
Commercial feature for drip free operation that leaves you with a dry puck that's easy to knock out.
Stainless Steel Housing
Housed in stainless steel, the Gaggia Classic achieves a clean and simple look that has persisted since 1991.
Pannarello Steam Wand
An intake hole siphons air directly into the milk, to create rich foam for specialty beverages.
58 mm and made from chrome-plated brass. Each Classic ships with three styles of portafilter baskets.
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|Sold By||Amazon.com||Elegant Boutiques||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||American Retailers||Modern Millennial|
|Color||Silver||Stainless Steel||Grey and Black||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Black, Stainless Steel|
|Item Dimensions||8 x 9.5 x 14.2 in||12.5 x 13.25 x 15.75 in||11 x 8 x 10 in||8.86 x 11.22 x 12.6 in||12.5 x 12.5 x 13.25 in||9 x 9.75 x 11.5 in|
|Item Weight||20 lbs||23 lbs||6.68 lbs||10.37 lbs||17 lbs||9.7 lbs|
Consumers Best Buy! The Gaggia Classic is one of our best sellers for several reasons. Commercial grade quality: Rugged construction of heavy duty materials for longevity. High performance: Forged brass components to stabilize temperature with a three-way solenoid valve and independent expansion valve. Gaggia is in the process of rolling out a new Turbo-Frother wand replacing the metal frothing wand and sleeve. The Gaggia Classic turns anyone into a "Barista" in their own home. Includes two stainless steel filter baskets (single and double shot), coffee tamper and 7g measuring scoop
Combining advanced technology with a classic design, this coffee/espresso machine for making hot drinks at home includes all the benefits of a commercial system. Designed in Italy by Gaggia, one of the most respected names in the espresso industry, the unit uses standard 58 mm filters to provide ample room for brewing rich, full espresso. Its commercial-grade construction includes stainless-steel housing, a high-power 17-1/2-bar pump with a high-voltage boiler for quick warm-up times, and an independent expansion valve. A three-way solenoid valve is also included, providing immediate pressure release from the grouphead once an espresso pull is completed, allowing the portafilter to be removed and the next shot to be prepared instantly. For excellent temperature stability, its portafilters and grouphead are made of heavy-duty marine-grade brass with chrome plating. The machine works with coffee pods and is designed to deliver two cups at once. Other convenient features include a hot-water dispenser for tea, a frothing wand for crema, and a cup warmer. A single- and double-shot stainless-steel filter basket, coffee tamper, and 7-gram measuring scoop are included. Its 72-ounce water reservoir is removable for easy filling or cleaning. To keep the espresso machine clean, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth. The unit measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches. --Catie Unger
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First, this is a European product. If you've even owned a European car or motorcycle than you know that European products are beautiful and highly engineered, but because they come from a slightly different cultural paradigm they are not necessarily as intuitive to use as American (I mean Chinese made) products or Japanese products which tend to be specifically designed for Americans. So is the case with this machine. It is completely gorgeous sitting on the counter but the usage instructions and controls are just a little less intuitive. But after a few practice runs last night, the espresso I'm drinking right now is very rich and high quality and I've got the machine figured out.
The first thing I noticed about operating the machine is that if you follow the instructions on warming, this thing gets nice and hot. The cups on the cup warmer are hot, the filter holder is hot and the porta filter itself is hot which was not the case with my first generation DeLonghi machine. As we all know, hot espresso machines make better espresso.
The second thing I observe is the stronger 17 bar pump (most are 15 bar) makes a difference. The shots pull quickly and a nice amount of crema sits properly on top after the pull. Just a note, my practice runs were done with some older beans left over from my last machine, and there was less crema than with the fresh beans this morning. The machine is a little loud, but I like the sound as it reminds me the pump is working. The pump sound is nice and strong as opposed to be my DeLonghi which always sounded like it was struggling.
Now for the less intuitive things. The water input is fixed on the top and the machine is tall which means I have to slide the whole heavy thing (and it is kind of heavy) out a little to use in the morning. The porta filter holder does not have a "thumb clip" that can used to hold the porta filter in place while ejecting the puck, which because as I mentioned earlier the thing gets hot, makes filter refilling a bit uncomfortable. The porta filter itself is large and I think it needs more than one scoop from the provided scoop to fill it. I had to screw around with this last night, and I think it takes about a scoop and a third. The nice thing is, the leftover grinds are coming out as a nice dry puck, something all home baristas will appreciate.
The most important thing however remains to be seen. The reason I have this machine is because my DeLonghi machine got "tired" after less than two years of moderate use. After I cleaned and descaled it I was able to liven it up a little, but the shots were just not real espresso quality anymore. A little research revealed the importance of boiler material for making a good espresso over time and Gaggia has the reputation of the making high quality boilers. So we will see if this is true as I will provide an add on review after six months and a year. But so far, so good, the machine seems like a high quality product.
From the beginning, the Gaggia was a huge pain and disappointment. The first delivered unit was broken, and Amazon replaced it, albeit after days of calls and re-explaining slowly and patiently each time until each Amazon customer service rep I had to go through understood the very basic problem.
The second delivered unit "works". I use quotes because while it heats and delivers espresso, you have to work to get it and the results are consistently subpar. This unit is as big a diva as any manual Pavoni but with far inferior results.
I could go on about the specific problems - the time it takes to prep and prime the water, the large amount of espresso it takes to make less beverage, the priming and water waste to get the steamer functioning - but I won't. My friend already replaced it with a MUCH cheaper unit that works MUCH faster and creates a better cup with the same fabulous coffee.
The Gaggia is just an expensive paperweight that I can't return. Anyone want a realllllly fancy and useless machine-- cheap? Caveat emptor!!!
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