Reviews and Problems with Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine
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therefore expected something really better than various espresso machines I owned and handed out ...
Amazon Customer, Amazon
4 December 2014
Summary: I am Italian and the brand Gaggia is very popular among the baristi in Italy, therefore expected something really better than various espresso machines I owned and handed out to the Salvation Army. As I reported to Importika, the addressee of my Gaggia's guarantee form that never acknowledged my mail neither confirmed the effectiveness of my warrantee, the espresso-maker was delivered with the power cord hidden inside the water tank.
and after changing to the Sylvia steaming wand it makes great steamed milk as well
25 August 2014
Summary: The only downside to this machine so far is the panarello wand and the cheap accessories. For the price, you can change all of those items out for high quality ones and still come in $100 under some of the other machines in this class. This machine, with a little practice and patience, will make an outstanding espresso, and after changing to the Sylvia steaming wand it makes great steamed milk as well. I'll be using this one for a looong time.
Summary: This espresso maker worked half the time and half the time did not. it started to have problems after abut a month taking 10-15 minutes to make one espresso. After just over a year, it started to take 45 minutes to brew one cup of espresso. I called Gaggia customer service and they sent me THE MOST RIDUCULOUS set of INSTRUCTIONS to basically repair it myself.
Summary: I have had this machine for over 12 years. i purchased it used, but refurbished at a great price. I used it alot at first and it made great espresso. Then it sat for a year or 2, dug it back out and it made great espresso again, I took it to work and used it regularly, especially with coffee pods. It then sat again for a year or 2, dug it back out and it made great espresso once again.
Summary: Do not buy this machine. After barely six months, it stopped working due to a faulty valve, according to the guy who repaired it locally. After two weeks, it stopped again. Their warranty is essentially 30 days, it seems....no wonder.
Summary: We have owned this machine now for a year and a half. It makes very good espresso and appears to be pretty durable. We use our espresso machine every day and for the most part it seems to be holding up well. My one major complaint - and unfortunately it's a big one - is the leaking from the steam wand. It is not a small amount. It is constant and it is a steady stream of water when you are pulling a shot.
Summary: This is my first time owning any espresso machine. I bought this along with many other items to help me get my good cup of coffee on a daily base to save money on buying pre-made, non-tasteful coffee. Initial packaging The espresso machine is packed in a very nice package Sealed and packed carefully inside another box. This is to ensure you get the package in good working order Setup Everything comes out the box in an easy fashion.
Summary: Overall this will produce a good cup of coffee although I think there are less expensive machines that do just as well. What I don't like is that in the coffee basket there is a little black (looks just like coffee grounds) plastic piece that is very easy to lose, if fact, chances are you will lose it and have to sift through all the old grounds looking for it. When I finally lost if for good I found it did not make a huge difference anyway...
Summary: Americans are clearly insane for 'crema.' I don't get it, but it's true. I've asked several coffee house owners what the big deal is, and haven't gotten any better answer than this: "crema is an indicator of a good shot of espresso." Gaggia has responded to this American Mania by including a special "crema basket - for our American customers." (that's exactly what the instructions say - I'm not making this up.