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Gaggia for Illy Espresso Machine

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  • Dedicated on/off, cup-volume, and steam controls; programmable cup-volume button to adjust the amount of espresso brewed
  • An integrated steam wand and hot water dispenser, make milk-based beverages and teas a breeze to prepare
  • Mavea Water Filter - Uses a four-stage filtration process to purify tap water and reduce scale and mineral buildup
  • Capsule container can hold up to 12 spent capsules
  • Stainless steel boiler
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Product Description

Two of the most celebrated Italian espresso brands, Gaggia and Illy, have teamed up to introduce a single-serve machine, that consistently delivers authentic beverages using the famous iperEspresso capsules. Carefully measured and packaged for optimal flavor retention, Illy's iperEspresso capsules can be offered for sale by individual retailers. Instead of having to place an order with the manufacturer, once their capsules have run out, customers can simply visit their retailer of choice for a refill. Convenient for the customer and a source of repeat business for retailers, the Gaggia for Illy Plus and iperEspresso system are truly a win-win for everyone.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8.5 x 12.8 x 10 inches
Item Weight 16.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 16.6 pounds
Department Kitchen and Dining
Manufacturer Gaggia
ASIN B00416L8OQ
Item model number 105399
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3.3 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #256,719 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#33 in Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso > Espresso Machines > Steam Espresso Machines
Date first available at Amazon.com July 21, 2010

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By I Do The Speed Limit TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 9, 2011
UPDATED MAY 31, 2012; LAST PARAGRAPH.

In the past six years I've owned two other brands of single-serve espresso makers. And I still love my Nespresso machine the best. I don't drink a lot of regular coffee, but I do enjoy my shots of espresso in the morning, and I particularly appreciate the ease and simplicity of these single-serve machines. So, when offered an opportunity to review this Gaggia machine*, I enthusiastically agreed, then waited impatiently for it to arrive. Neither of my other two machines have a milk frothier. This one does, so I was especially looking forward to that new experience, too.

There are a lot of espresso machines available. How do you choose? Consider how much convenience you need in a machine. If you decide on the convenience of a single-serve machine, then you better do a lot of research on the flavors of the espresso offered in the proprietary capsules/discs/pods of each brand. Consider the footprint/size, color and style of machine that will suit your kitchen. When you've got those questions answered, then it's time to compare prices.

Personally, at our house, the workers in the family wake up and are out the door one short hour later. We are away from home for the next twelve hours. So, our philosophy is this: Connoisseurs may debate that taking shortcuts by using a single-serve espresso maker cannot produce a "perfect" cup of espresso or, latte or cappuccino, but for the people in our family, these single-serve machines allow us a little luxury while expending a minimum amount of time. We're willing to sacrifice perfection for the opportunity of a few sips of wonderful coffee. What have we learned? We feel that flavor is NOT diminished by using a single-serve machine.
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I really enjoy making and drinking espresso, so I jumped on the chance to review this Gaggia espresso machine.

* How does it work?

This machine is very easy to use and care for. There are two compartments: On the left is a removable water tank, and on the right is the removable drawer for the spent pods. To brew you just pop in an espresso pod, which must be the Illy brand or compatible, and press the brew button. 30 seconds later you have a hot cup of espresso which is very drinkable. For those of you who don't like straight espresso, you can add hot water (via the steam wand with the turn of a know), you have an "americano". You can also set the machine to brew longer, which will give you a fuller-tasting americano. To make a cappuccino (less milk, foamier) or latte (more milk, less foam), just fill a large mug with milk, then press the Steam button and wait for it to heat up. Turn the steam knob with the tip of the wand submerged in the milk and soon you have hot frothed milk.

* How does it taste?

Straight Espresso: I drink espresso straight, about 1-3 times a day. It is so concentrated this way that it is very easy to taste any defects in the espresso. This Illy machine, using the red medium roast capsules, made a very mild and drinkable cup of espresso with nice crema and very mild bitterness. It wasn't the best espresso I've had, but better than you get from many "espresso" cafes in the US.

Other drinks: The steam wand is an automatic frother type, which means you can make nice foam without practicing on a commercial machine for a week.
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Machine initially was good, but failed in short order, where the machine couldn't generate the pressure needed and struggled to put out a succession of drips of lukewarm espresso. No parts on hand led to a 6 week delay, which has just been updated to a 12-14 week delay. Whole latte love does not offer an advanced exchange program, nor a loaner, nor the option to swap out for a refurbished model, so be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait.

Whole latte love has been courteous and professional, and their service staff has been very helpful. That doesn't change the fact that my machine is out of commission for an extended period.

Not sure if this is simply a failure to stock parts or if this model has such a high failure rate that they can't keep them in stock. Either way, one may wish to take this into consideration while making your purchasing decision.
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Very happy with this machine. I am actually writing this because I found a little quirk that is actually documented in the instructions, but some of the other reviews have mistakenly assumed that the machine is broken. Sometimes (especially if the unit hasn't been used in a week or so) it seems that it can not produce enough pressure to make the coffee. This is because the unit needs to be "primed" again. If you find that it is not producing coffee, just open the steam valve for a second or so. This will bleed the air from the system and remedy the problem. I thought I had this great discovery until s friend pointed out that it was in the user guide. (Duh, who reads manuals). With that, it has been flawlessly making delicious coffee for two months now.
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