Summary: This is an excellent, high-quality espresso machine. But it is not for the brainless or those who want everything in their lives to run on automatic pilot. Great espresso is an art, the confluence of good beans, a high-quality grinder, operator tamping technique and a good machine. The Gaggia Classic is a sturdy machine whose output is as good or bad as the person using it.
Pros: With a little instruction and practice you can make a rick crema-topped espresso.
Summary: What can I say about Amazon other than WOW! They supplied the latest version of the Classic – the one with the ‘Crema Perfetta’ filters (of which more later) - for about £45 cheaper than I could get it elsewhere and delivered it within 24 hours on free super saver delivery. To put my comments in context note two things.
Summary: So to start off, I think the Gaggia Classic is great. I can understand why many see it as the entry-level "good" machine. It's my first espresso maker, it looks nice and does what it should. With that in mind, I had to return my first one due to a faulty steam valve and a cracked group head. I noticed the crack in the group head (near the shower screen) about 15 uses after getting it. Out of the box, the steam valve was leaky.
Summary: This is a replacement machine to an identical one I have for 4 years. On its first use the black nozzle flew off spraying the side of my cheek with boiling hot milk. Double checked that the nozzle was fitted correctly which it was. Tried again the following day, again nozzle flew off. This machine has been through very poor quality control before being despatched to me.
Summary: Had it working for 3 months, the steamer was pretty weak, well just ok for making two cups of milk but not brilliant. All of a sudden the power dropped from the steamer and it would only heat the milk slowly not foam!! Phillips have been good so far and I have booked it for repair, let see what happens.
Great Machine - but you will need to learn how to use it properly and budget for other stuff
3 April 2013
Summary: I bought the Gaggia Classic after agonising for weeks over which machine to buy - there seem to be hundreds of different models on the market. I have owned a manual lever operated Pavoni Piccola for years, and every so often dug it out, used it a few times and then put in back in the cupboard after realising it was inconsistent, all too much trouble and mess (although perfectly capable of producing top quality espressos).
Summary: First machine started to leak after a few weeks replacement machine sent next day. New machine brilliant for first few months but now takes about 5 minutes to make tiny cup of coffee. Tried descaling (£9) to no effect also had to replace handle(£10). After just over one year machine virtually useless.
Summary: I'm now on my second Gaggia Classic. The last one lasted about ten years before it finally packed up. I didn't hesitate to buy another one. I think it's fair to describe this machine as a serious machine for serious espresso lovers. I'm not making judgements here about "my kind of coffee is better than your coffee". But if you're not really up for putting in a bit of effort then this machine probably isn't for you.
Summary: My beautiful Chrome Gaggia Classic stopped working after 12 years of superb coffee making, they are rugged and excellent machines. A new matt stainless steel one purchased (not as good looking as the Chrome version) from Amazon on the 17.07.12 for £199.97 plus delivery. I see this week they have been reduced to £179.99 inc free delivery, very good buy, wish I had waited!!
Summary: Well, let's start with the usual: Absolutely fantastic service from Amazon, delivered on-time and for free! There are plenty of reviews about this item, so I will try not to focus on the product itself but instead the my experience with this machine since I got it about 4 weeks ago. This was an upgrade from a DeLonghi Icona, a very basic, entry level coffee machine. It lasted for a a few years and then it broke, so I decided to invest in something real.