Reviews and Problems with Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine
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Gaggia Classic Coffee Maker
Ruriko, REVIEW STREAM
2 days ago
Excerpt: I am a big coffee drinker, and I really can’t seem to drag myself out of bed in the morning to head off to university if I haven’t first had a cup of hot, strong coffee . Having lived off instant for a few years, I was a ‘virgin’ when it came to coffee maker coffee , until my father purchased the Gaggia Classic Coffee Maker a year ago. Ever since then I have been addicted to coffee even more than I usually was.
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: 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.
If you're on the fence. . .I'd jump on it! : )
10 March 2014
Summary: After researching the Gaggia Classic 14101 for a few months I decided it was time to make the purchase, and what a purchase it was. This machine can perform as well as some at $1000. With a rapid stainless steel boiler, heavy brass 58mm portafilter, 3-way solenoid pressure valve and single, double and e.s.e baskets. . .what's not to like @ a sub $350's price point? If you expect more. . .pay more, but for me I'm a happy camper.
Summary: Before I get into the nuts and bolts, let me say that the machine works fine. I couldn't be more pleased with the output. It makes great espresso, and a powerful steam generator heats milk quickly. The frothing wand, which you attach if you want a lot of foam, does a great job. Overall I give it 4 Stars, and if that’s all you want to know you can stop reading now.
Summary: Well I really wanted to like this espresso machine. It made great coffee with lots of tasty crema for about three weeks. Then it started spraying coffee from the bottom of the portafilter all over my kitchen. It would do this all the time, even if there was no expresso loaded in the portafilter. I searched around and asked my coffee loving friends for advice about how to fix my problem. I went through lots of trials and tribulations trying to fix the problem.
Summary: Great machine. Originally I had the Espresso Pure that I do not recommend. This Gaggia surpasses other more expensive machines. so far I cant find anything that I dont like about the Classic. It is fast at heating the boiler and quick at reheating. The Selonoid valve is also a plus.
Summary: My Saeco aroma (second machine) died again after about 18 months. This time I looked for ways to get a better machine. Turns out AMEX points and other credit card points resulted in a machine that "cost" only ten bucks (leaving aside HOW the credit card points were earned, of course). But I'd pay the $400 for it, if I had to. This is a great, simple machine. I don't get into the "perfect bean" "perfect grind" or "perfect tamp." I want an espresso. I want it fast.