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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.
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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After a year of use, I am even more impressed by this machine. Whether I just figured out how to use it well, or the machine just got "seasoned" I'm not sure, but I am sure that the espresso coming out of this thing is actually better now than it was when it was brand new. I've descaled once in the past year (a few months ago)....but otherwise, maintenance has been nil and both the espresso maker and the steam wand work are working really great.
It is now the morning after this machine was received and set up. I've got my freshly ground favorite beans out and I'm ready to go. I think reviews on espresso machines are uber important and this is my second generation machine and there is definitely a learning curve. As I sip my espresso I am writing my first response review, but as will become clear, this is my second generation machine for a reason.
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.
The espresso from this machine is indeed, top notch. My father is quite the coffee/espresso expert, so I was looking to pick up my game and get a serious machine, so we could bond over our mutual interest in our quest towards the perfect coffee/espresso. He told me not to get discouraged if I couldn't get the crema just right at first. It took him awhile to master that. Well, all I can say is this machine makes superb crema. It's fast, easy to use, elegant looking and I've been over the moon with its performance right out of the gate. I've been making some of the best flat whites and cappuccinos I've ever had. There's no way I'll be able to bring myself to pay $5 (with tip) to drink coffee out at cafes anymore, when I can get this quality at home for far less. I'm certain this machine will pay for itself in 1 year.
I'd done a lot of research and this machine really lives up to the hype. I thought it would take more time for me to calibrate the grind, the tamping, the roast, to get this just right. It didn't. I've been using Illy espresso to start and have been very impressed over all. Next on my list is a quality grinder --- which is everything. So in the meantime, I'll continue to enjoy Illy, until I'm able to invest in a serious grinder — which I know will take me to the next level. I highly recommend this machine for anyone looking for top notch espresso, without having to pay thousands of dollars for machine.
CONS: I don't like how low it sits, only short cups will fit under the espresso drip. This makes it difficult if you don't already have a decent amount of cappuccino style cups. The steam wand is pretty onerous, I am upgrading to the rancilio replacement and will consider updating this once it is installed.
OVERALL: I plan to use this machine for many years to come and don't see a significant need to upgrade from this for the 1-2 espresso's I drink daily. If your thing is micro-foam and/or latte art, go ahead and order the silvia replacement or pony up for a better system because the standard steaming setup is limited to fair.
UPDATE: after owning for two months, the steam wand has an impressive drip, it makes using the maching cumbersome and would spring for a different machine had I known this.
ONE YEAR UPDATE:
I no longer use the automated (pressure-assist) baskets. I consistently pull shots with better crema and taste than any of the local coffee shops (not saying much in Tulsa). I thoroughly enjoy this machine and it has no doubt paid for itself by 2-3x at this point. The steam-wand was terrible on arrival but with the silvia replacement it is much better. I would absolutely buy this item again. Note, the steam wand continues to drip, I've become to used to it and enjoy the coffee too much at this point but it's really the biggest downer about the machine.