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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
* 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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Like the Nescafé and Verisimo better. This was clunky and shakes a lot while making the shots, don't like that the pods are expensive/hard to findPublished 4 months ago by Robin ann 12-75
Be aware that with the purchase of this machine, you become an indentured servant to the manufacturer with having to purchase THEIR brand of Keurig-like capsules, SOLELY, for the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by DictionaryDiva
This is the worst coffee maker I have ever owned, and I would like to return it. It is so difficult to use.Published 14 months ago by Rachel Schultz
The espresso is great! The machine arrived a little banged up. Works perfectly just has cosmetic flaws. All in all, a good purchase.Published on May 4, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I've had this espresso machine for over 2 years - it is used at least 5 times a week for making lattes - and have had no problems with it. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Slambr677
works really good, versatile. Makes great espresso, probably the best I tasted in North America, from a fully automatic machine ... !!. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by anonymous