Gaggia Classic Espresso MachineImportika
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The Gaggia Classic machine is a jewel with elegant lines and satinized stainless steel body. Buy a Gaggia Classic today and enjoy a daily refinement of pleasure with your coffee times.
In 1947, Achille Gaggia introduced the first pressure brewing espresso machine to the world and today, the Gaggia Classic is a best-selling model, standing as a timeless piece of kitchen equipment, applauded by coffee aficionados worldwide. When you buy Gaggia Classic, you get a commercial style portafilter, brew group, and three-way solenoid valve, providing a combination of convenience and maximum productivity. By creating a virtually dry puck that is easy to knock out of the portafilter, these Gaggia Classic features help make clean up simple and mess-free, unlike other espresso machines that feature pressurized style portafilters. Heat and steaming controls are paired with a traditional appearance that matches stainless steel appliances and fits perfectly into any upscale kitchen, making the Gaggia Classic machine a must-have for any at-home barista.
Includes two stainless steel filter baskets (one and two shot), a coffee tamper, a 7g measuring scoop, and an instructional CD.
Comes with FREE "Getting to Know Gaggia" instructional CD - $15 value!
Removable 72oz water reservoir
Chrome-plated marine brass 58mm commercial style portafilter for use with ground coffee or ESE coffee pods
Commercial brew group
Turbo Frother attachment mounted on a ball joint
3.5oz boiler with two external heating elements
55 watt electric pump
Three-way solenoid valve
Rocker-switches control power, steaming and brewing
Five demitasse cups sit in the passively heated cup warmer
Brushed stainless steel finish
1425 Watts - 110/120 Volts
14.25”H x 8”W x 9.5”D
Single/pod and double shot stainless steel filter baskets
7 gram scoop
1 Year warranty
Customer is responsible for shipping to and from Importika for warranty repairs.
This is the perfect machine for someone just beginning. I used a PID'd version of this at a relative's house and it produced some decent espresso. My only real gripe would be the poor steam performance and overall layout of the machine. It has a small footprint, but it it can be too small, especially if we're talking about larger cups. All in all, a great machine.
I researched machines for days before deciding on this machine. it did not disappoint. warm up time is fast, and with the right coffee and grind, it gives any coffee house a run for its money. The frother is easy to use when you are in the mood for a cappuccino. Excellent macthine for this price range.
Its hard to find another machine that will beat Gaggia Classic at this price range. Its great for making espresso or cappuccino..one at a time. If you need to make back to back drinks on regular basis I would look else where. Also, I highly recommend the silvia steam wand upgrade. Now I can make decent microfoam most of time.
The tried and true Gaggia Classic, I am not going to repeat all the pros/cons that is all over the Internet. From my personal experience, here is what I think you can do to drastically improve the capability of this machine.
1. Sylvia steam wand - a common modification that allow the Gaggia to produce latte art wothy microfoam and look much better than the plastic "turbo steam" wand
2. PID - oh boy, what a HUGE difference after I put a PID controller on this machine!! The temperature stability and shot quality is good enough to put some machine twice the price in shame. Yes you have to play with the electrical wiring and have a bit of mechanical know-how but the end result is OH SO worth it! Some well made kit available on the web to save you the hassle of putting everything together yourself. I was able to play with the fine adjustment of the temperature to really dial in the shot and bring out the best characteristics. And for you latte lovers, the steam capability is much more consistent with the PID installed. If you are on a budget but feeling you have reached the limit of your Gaggia...PID it and be amazed!
3. Naked PF - this is something that help you improve your dosing/tamping, while it doesn't change anything mechanically of the machine, having a visual reference on how your shot is formed will help you better understand what you are doing right/wrong
With all the new entry level espresso machines out there, I still recommend the Classic to all my friends who is getting into the espresso theme, you simply can't beat the value, capability and tweak-ability of this little giant!
This is a really great machine. The only thing stopping me from giving it a full 5- is the milk frother. Only makes a little bit of froth and It seems to always lose its "steam" right a the end. If I make 2 espressos in one morning, then one milk has to be put in the microwave.
The coffee comes out nice and hot. We have only used it for making espresso but look forward to making cappuccino.
I got this machine a few months ago after my Krups died and online reviews pointed the Gaggia Classic as the best espresso machine for the money. I have to say it is a MAJOR improvement over my old machine.
As far as quality it feels well built: rugged stainless steel housing, commercial portafilter (58mm), this thing is heavy! The switching mechanism feels like it would last a long time. The only items that don’t seem that way are the drip tray and the steam knob.
A couple of words of advice:
- Do not use the included Pannarello steam wand as it is completely useless if you want to get true microfoam. Either remove the Pannarello and use the ‘naked’ tube (which is a little short) that will give you decent results, or replace it with a Silvia V1 or V2 steam wand (the V3 does not fit this model) for the real thing. The change is extremely easy to do and the results are truly worth it. This is the reason for the 4 stars.
- Use the standard filter basket without the so called ‘perfect crema device’. What this thing does is simply add air to your espresso shot so that you get air crema, not the real thing. It is critical you use a burr grinder and a good tamper to get a nice espresso shot. If you use the provided tamper you will most likely have spots on the sides that are not tamped so water will take the path of least resistance and your shot will be bitter and lacking crema.
Remember, this is not a drip coffee or automatic espresso machine, it is more of an art to master but a very fulfilling experience once you get things right.
This is a great machine so long as you don't plan on pushing it beyond its limits. There is a lot of online help regarding this machine and parts are readily available.
*Quick warm up
*Small boiler with powerful heating elements quickly heats to steaming temps after pulling a shot
*Decent sized drip tray
*Pannarello steam wand. Toss it. Also time your steaming so that you start steaming 10-15 seconds before the steam light actually comes on.
*Keeping the temps stable is difficult
*I haven't had trouble with the aluminum boiler but it is a concern
Coming from a full automatic espresso machine I decided that I wanted to "improve" my espresso experience. Through research on the web I came across the Gaggia Classic. I am still learning how to pull the perfect shot, but it is getting better everyday.
I interfaces with Roaste Customer Service and had a very satisfactory experience.
All in all it was a great experience.
One of these espresso machines has stood in our student lounge for the last couple of years, and it's still going strong even with sporadic maintenance. Even as a relative amateur in the field of espresso-making, I can create lattes that draw frequent compliments. One caveat: this may be due to my aforementioned espresso amateur status, but I've found that it has trouble with coffee that's ground too fine. It may take a little experimenting to find the appropriate grind for it.
This is my second Gaggia. We wore out the first one, a Carezza. This machine is not sexy or sleek, but it makes one mean espresso. It heats quickly, is easy to use and I know from research this machine is just as good, if not better, than a machine 2 or 3 times the cost. We use it at least 2-3 times a day, and after a year we have had no problems with it at all. I highly recommend it!
This is the Best Machine Available Under $1000 for someone wanting excellent espresso at home. With minimal care and ordinary cleaning these machines can last decades. Unlike too many brands, parts are readily available to rebuild the entire machine if needed - that is worth something to me. The online community has a wealth of information about Gaggia so no question is very far from an answer. With a little practice your espresso will be the only espresso you want to drink provided you feed it excellent coffee ground with a worthy espresso grinder.
I am new to the world of home espresso, and I've never worked at a coffee bar, so I was really going in blind with this purchase. However, so far, I'm really enjoying the Gaggia Classic I purchased a few weeks ago! I read the included instructions plus a few other guides before I started. After getting my Baratza Preciso grinder dialed in, I've pulled some pretty decent shots for a beginner. Palatable alone, and very good in milk-based drinks. Using a 12-ounce frothing pitcher and frothing thermometer, I'm able to get nicely steamed milk with good froth. I would say my shot pulling and milk-frothing skills need some fine-tuning (all part of the fun!), but so far I'm making great espresso drinks with this machine right out of the box as a beginner. Also, I really like that there are so many resources available to help you with this popular machine, including yahoo groups and coffee forums. Would definitely recommend to friends.
I Love this machine. The first day when I was using the single filter, I found they were pressurized and spitting coffee everywhere in my kitchen. After I switched to the regular double filter, everything was perfect. Quick and good steaming, though it foams a little to quickly.
I am using the same Gaggia Classic for a couple of years already, and it still makes the best coffee as it was new. I use to make at least 2-3 coffees per day, either espresso or cappuccinos, and when using good fresh ground coffee, the results are stunning.
One of its best features is its super-short warming time. After about 10 minutes the Classic is ready to go, and great coffee can be made. The steamer is great as well, and is good enough for a medium-sized milk frother. I could easily made some nice latte-art cappuccinos :-)