Summary: Hate with a passion. Mostly because I had such high expectations and had read good reviews. I bought mine refurbished from Whole Latte Love, so that could easily be the problem. I am able to get a decent espresso shot maybe one out of 10+ tries.
Summary: I got mine last year from an online coffee supplier for an outrageous price around $175. I love this little machine. I pull a few shots a day and it keeps going strong. I switched to a 21g bottomless portafilter and it's even better than before. The crema is outrageous and my shots are sweet.
These machines are pretty simple, nothing like the ones we used 30 ...
Chimp'o the Neighbor "Washoe", Amazon
18 April 2015
Summary: Bought it new. We were really looking forward to it. Coffee is important to us. Lost the plastic insert without realizing it. Spray everywhere. Figured it out. Worked OK for a little bit. Never consistent results even with Gaggia grinder.
Summary: This is my 2nd Gaggia machine. The first was a slightly different model but operated and looked nearly the same (the red one). Both started dying after about 1.5 years. This one, purchased May of 2013, is now on it's last leg.
Summary: I've had this machine for several years now - I've lost track of exactly how long. I get consistently good results from it. Pros - Removable water tank, 3-way valve, good internals, commercial style portafilter and brew group. Makes consistent, quality espresso shots. Price.
Summary: Makes a great Espresso. Fast. Simple to use.The reason i didn't give 5 stars is because of the use of so many small plastic parts. If one is not very, very careful they can easily be lost. Down the drain for instance as I found out with the filter pin.
Summary: I think this machine is over rated. I should have been more skeptical in reading the praises of the baby Gaggia. My chief complaint is that my cup of expresso doesn't come out hot enough. I have tried over and over to improve the quality of my cup of expresso without much success.
Summary: If you are researching this machine, you have probably already read about its downfalls - mainly steam pressure. It is true that this machine's steam is on the weak side, but I would recommend this machine to anyone that wants a cheaper alternative to a double boiler or heat exchanger machine.