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Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

by Philips
24 customer reviews

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  • Striking deep red housing and a durable stainless steel boiler to provide proper temperature and strong steaming power
  • Comes with coffee filters for 1 and 2 cups of ground coffee, and a special filter for ESE (easy serve espresso) pods
  • Panarello steamer attachment rotates for easy access to froth milk in seconds; also delivers hot water for tea and other hot drinks
  • Anti-drip feature stops dispensing immediately for an accurate measure of espresso while the reservoir is located in the back of the machine, so all you need to do is pull it straight up to remove it
  • The stainless steel boiler does more than heat water for brewing and steaming--it also heats the cup warmer located on top of the machine so you can enjoy steaming hot espresso

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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand Philips
Model Number74841
Item Weight6 Kg
Product Dimensions24 x 36 x 29 cm
Capacity1.25 litres
Power / Wattage1100 watts
MaterialStainless Steel
Special FeaturesCup Warmer, Integrated Coffee Grinder, Milk Frother, Removable Tank
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 619,971 in Kitchen & Home (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5 Kg
Delivery Destinations:Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
Date First Available9 Nov. 2007

Product Description

Product Description

Treat your taste buds, with over 60 years of Italian espresso tradition

Gaggia is a company deeply rooted in Italian espresso heritage, yet its coffee machines have evolved over the decades, from the original pressure-generating, lever-activated piston, to the latest fully-automated, bean-to-cup technology which, at the touch of a button, grinds, brews and dispenses a delicious cup of espresso. However you prefer to brew your coffee--whether you want the simplicity of bean-to-cup or crave domestic barista status--there is a Gaggia for you.


In 1938 Achille Gaggia filed patent no. 365726, an ingenious invention which saw steam pressure applied to ground coffee, so that the water forced through the coffee extracted all its flavours and aromas to create a rich foam crema layer. However, the real revolution came 10 years later when Achille Gaggia filed a new patent, for a lever-operated piston machine incorporating a spring. This spring provided additional pressure, and this pressure forced water through the coffee in a shorter time, producing a short black espresso in just 15 seconds.

In the 1950s Gaggia found fame in the trendy coffee bars of Rome and Milan, and most notably in London’s prominent Sirocci in Soho. These coffee bars soon became icons of the '50s lifestyle. With the launch of Baby Gaggia in 1977 the company began producing domestic espresso machines, making the professional values inherent in Gaggia’s commercial machines widely available for use in the home.

Gaggia Espresso--deep red

This Gaggia Espresso coffee machine is a little jewel with elegant lines and a satinised stainless steel body characterised by compact design, simplicity of use and practicality of cleaning. With this Gaggia Espresso coffee machine, you can experience the taste of a delicious cup of espresso or cappuccino in the comfort of your own home. The Gaggia Espresso blends the traditional with the innovative, featuring red housing for a striking yet classic design and a durable stainless steel boiler to provide proper temperature and strong steaming power. The elegant red colour brings out the stainless steel detailing, and its chrome-plated brass filter holder results in a professional, café-quality shot of espresso. The machine is simple and straightforward to use, and the superior drinks it produces hearken back to espresso’s beginnings in Italy. With its commercial quality construction and time-tested design, this Gaggia model is sure to satisfy any true espresso lover.

Ground Coffee + Coffee Pods
Ground coffee or coffee pods
Ground coffee or coffee pods

All Gaggia’s manual coffee machines come with two special crema perfetta coffee filters for one and two cups of ground coffee, and a special filter for ESE (easy serve espresso) pods.

Do you prefer pods or ground coffee?

Pods are pre-measured, pre-ground and pre-tamped servings of espresso, so they cut down on any mess. Ground coffee gives you more control over the size of the grounds, tamping pressure and dosage. Since this machine is compatible with both, it’s up to you which you prefer.

Espresso coffee, originally created in Italy, is made by rapidly forcing water that has been heated to the correct brewing temperature through special, finely-ground coffee. The heart of the espresso machine is a precision engineered pump. The pump and water flow is easily controlled with just a flick of the switch. With its stainless steel body, the Gaggia Espresso brings coffee shop looks to your kitchen, as well as coffee shop taste.

Professional Filter Holder
Professional filter holder
Professional filter holder

A manual coffee machine is the most traditional and well-known way to make espresso using the filter holder and ground coffee. A professional chromed brass filter holder and ring, as used in Gaggia’s commercial machines, ensure a consistent temperature throughout the coffee making and dispensing process. The elegantly styled machine is designed for normal home use only. The material of the filter is safe and durable to use. It is inert and thus ensures the best results with consistent temperature.

Rotating Steamer
Rotating steamer
Rotating steamer

The Panarello steamer attachment rotates for easy access to froth milk in seconds. It also delivers hot water for tea and other hot drinks. This coffee machine is ideal for preparing espresso coffee using either coffee pods or ground coffee. The Gaggia Espresso embodies this by combining advanced technology and classic form, underscored by the durability and elegance of its materials.

Anti Drip
Anti-drip feature

Gaggia Espresso's anti-drip feature stops dispensing immediately for an accurate measure of espresso.

Design and features
Gaggia Espresso is a compact, classic coffee maker with a stylish, modern design. It is a simple-to-use manual machine that delivers excellent quality coffee in style and in the comfort of your own home. The Gaggia Espresso combines good looks, functionality and value for money. The deep red finish combines with the stainless steel detailing to make an extremely attractive machine.

The group head and the filter holder are made of chrome-plated brass, a system derived from commercial machines, which helps retain heat during the coffee making process, ensuring good extraction results. The easy-to-use switches and Pannarello milk frothing device ensure that even a beginner can make a superb espresso or cappuccino. The Gaggia Espresso also has a stainless steel boiler. It combines the technology and the tradition necessary for making the perfect espresso every time and is a superb entry-level espresso machine. It comes with one and two cup filters plus a pod option, chromed brass group and filter holder, pannarello frother, integrated, removable 1.25 litre water capacity and 15 bar pump pressure. With the help of provided care instructions, it is easy to take care of your Gaggia Espresso--just clean with a soft, damp cloth.

Stainless steel control panel

You’ll see the stainless steel control panel on top of the machine. The left push button, identifiable by a coffee cup icon, controls brewing and hot water--it also has an indicator light next to it to show when the machine is at brewing temperature. The centre knob has a steam cloud and water droplet icon, and opens the steam valve. The right push button has a steam icon, and heats the machine up to steam temperature--you’ll know it’s reached that temperature when the indicator light next to it illuminates. An on/off button is located at the back of the machine. Thanks to the commercial quality stainless steel boiler, heat-up time takes only a little more than five minutes, so you’ll soon be able to start brewing using your chrome-plated brass portafilter.

Filter basket for brewing

Choose the appropriate filter basket for brewing a single shot, double shot or pods, and add your coffee. Insert the chrome-plated brass portafilter into the group head and press the coffee/hot water button. Coffee will begin dispensing--all you have to do to stop the flow of coffee is press the button again.

Crema-enhancing filter

Crema is the layer of golden, marbled foam that is produced from a properly-brewed shot of espresso. It helps seal espresso’s flavours and aromas. Use this filter when brewing single or double shots to achieve a thick layer of crema.

Stainless steel boiler

The stainless steel boiler does more than heat water for brewing and steaming--it also heats the cup warmer located on top of the machine. Brewing espresso into a warm cup helps preserve its temperature, so you can enjoy your espresso longer. Store your demitasse cups on the cup warmer for a great display and hot espresso.

If you’re a beginner to frothing and steaming, don’t worry. The Pannarello frothing device is designed to inject hot steam into your milk, so it’s easy to make cappuccinos, lattes, and more. Just press the steam button and wait for the temperature ready light to illuminate. Once it’s lit, open the steam knob carefully to begin frothing and steaming. Close the knob and press the steam button again to stop the flow of steam. If your house is populated with tea drinkers, the Gaggia Espresso will win them over with its hot water dispenser. As long as the machine is at brewing temperature, you can press the coffee/hot water button and open the steam knob for hot water--perfect for tea, an americano or hot cocoa. When you have your desired amount of hot water, close the steam knob and press the coffee/hot water button again to stop the flow of steam.

Water reservoir

The reservoir is located in the back of the machine, so all you need to do is pull it straight up to remove it. Gaggia recommends using purified or bottled water, as it increases the length of time between necessary de-scaling cycles. When de-scaling is necessary, check you user manual for simple, step-by-step instructions on how to proceed.


Keeping the Gaggia Espresso clean is simple--just wipe down the housing when needed with a damp cloth. A water level indicator becomes visible when the drip tray fills, so just empty and clean the drip tray and cover with warm soapy water. Remember to clean the steam wand after using it to foam and steam milk. Wiping it down with a damp cloth and running steam through it will prevent milk residue from building up, keeping your drinks tasting fresh.

Important to know……

1. The taste of your coffee depends on the characteristics of the beans from which it is made, the type of bean, and where it was grown and processed. Coffee beans that are roasted for a longer period of time and at higher temperatures will be much darker in colour. Darker beans will produce a richer cup of coffee than lightly-roasted beans.

2. A variety of dark roasts are available from which you can choose to brew your espresso. Each of these roasts is a blend of coffee beans that are roasted at a specific temperature producing a specific type of flavour. Decaffeinated beans have had up to 98% of their caffeine content removed. The next time you purchase coffee for your espresso maker, experiment with one of the many kinds of coffee on the market. You may just find that it tastes better than the blend you have been using.

3. A fine 'espresso grind' for pump-driven machines must be used. Be sure to ask for this when buying coffee or when having beans ground. Do not use a blade-type grinder because it makes too much coffee dust and produces an irregular grind.

4. The mark of real espresso is its dark colour, rich taste and the light brown, natural froth called 'crema' in Italian.

5. Cappuccino is simply a combination of espresso and hot, frothy milk. Cappuccino is usually topped with cinnamon, nutmeg or cocoa powder.

6. Espresso coffee should be served immediately after it is made.

7. Espresso is served in 2 to 2 ½ oz. demitasse cups. A 4 or 6 oz. cup or glass is used for cappuccino.

8. Ideally, coffee beans should be ground immediately before using. Remember, it must be an 'espresso grind' for pump-driven espresso machines.

9. It’s best to store ground coffee or beans in an airtight container in the freezer as ground coffee tends to absorb food odours.

Box Contains

  • 1 x Gaggia Espresso coffee maker--deep red
  • 1 x Instruction manual
  • 1 x Portafilter
  • 1 x Single shot basket
  • 1 x Double shot basket
  • 1 x Pod basket
  • 1 x Filter
  • 1 x Tamper
  • 1 x Measuring spoon
  • 2-year warranty

  • Customer Reviews

    4.0 out of 5 stars

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    102 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Straightforward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2010
    First - it makes *delicious* coffee - the Cappucinos are light and frothy, the Espressos dark and dominated by a wonderful crema that sits, porter-like, dreamily upon the hot dark depths that lie beneath. And the difference between beans becomes so much more noticeable. The sharp focus of taste with coffee made this way make cafetieres and filter machines seem like fuzzy approximations in comparison.

    But you have to remember how strong the Gaggia name is when you get one of these - they're actually part of the Philips network of companies now, and it helps to understand the somewhat more plasticky nature of this machine than I was expecting - the metallic cover makes it look like a nice piece of polished steel, but it's actually plastic. As is the cup tray. And the reservoir lid. However there are positive sides to this 'brand awareness' coin - it's lighter to move around, and it's better for the environment as well as being cheaper for yourself too.

    So I try to relate to it as a Philips machine as I seem to expect less from it that way, somehow. It keeps the 'if only it had...' thoughts at bay. It's a really pretty machine (I got the red one), and it would just be so perfect if it was made from metal.

    The design is very fetching and it certainly looks special. However, there are little quirks like having the water gauge on the left rear corner of the machine (thus making it difficult to use in one corner of the kitchen, because it becomes impossible to see how much water you have left), which make me wonder just how thought-out the machine actually is.

    I thoroughly recommend using a
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bob and Billy's Mum on 28 Oct. 2010
    This is a brilliant machine for the real coffee lover - stunning good looks in deep shiny red, combined with superb coffee making. It really is a machine for making the best coffee you can at home. I am delighted with it in every way, and look forward to my weekend treat now coming from my kitchen rather than being bought when out shopping. That said though, I have some recommendations to make.

    * Do give yourself plenty of time (and repeat attempts) to work through the machine and all its features before trying to make your perfect cup of coffee. It takes a little while to perfect the method and is worthwhile taking the time to do it properly.
    * Have a cheapy bag of espresso to try out first, as there may be failures in your first few goes (there was here and I didn't mind throwing out a few cups as it was supermarket espresso).
    * When confident and proficient, do make sure you use the finest espresso you can. Preferably grind your own beans to the finest setting (Australian beans are divine) with a burr grinder such asDualit Burr Coffee Grinder 75002.
    * Think about the type and size of cups to use (mine were a touch too big so the espresso was a little dilute to start with until I swapped them for smaller ones).
    * Have a j-cloth or similar ready for wiping, especially for the milk frother.

    This coffee machine really does perform well, and is ideal for weekend indulgence of good, proper espresso. (I wouldn't recommend for weekday everyday use simply because I wouldn't have the time to perform the whole pleasing ritual of warming and brewing and the very important cleaning). The machine also has a pressurised frother which pleasingly makes delicious creamy frothy milk, perfect for capucinno, hot choccies or just warm milk (or water). Given enough time for 'playing' you will be a domestic barista par excellence!

    Top marks for style, substance and performance from me. I'd highly recommend this to any good coffee lover. Superb.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R Sebire on 2 July 2013
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    I bought this to replace my old Delonghi Espresso machine which had developed a leak, unfortunately after only 7 months of use this Gaggia machine is leaking a lot worse than the old machine! It started constantly dripping even after the machine was turned off, which I only realised when it was too late and coffee had gone all over the worktop and floor. I have to keep a tub underneath the filter part and that is always full by the time I've finished making the coffee and frothing the milk. Unfortunately it now seems to have also developed a problem when I am waiting for the steam to be ready the steam now escapes from the filter part. Also the water has started to come over the top of the filter part resulting in extra water in the coffee and bits of ground coffee in the cups! Not happy because it wasn't a cheap machine. I'm finding it very hard to find a decent coffee machine that makes espressos and froths milk that doesn't leak! Amazon very helpful and are going to refund once I have returned it to them. What do I try next? I don't want to use the ones that have pods as it's not the same as fresh ground coffee!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Sept. 2014
    I like this machine a lot, and have had some very good coffees out of it. I would say it is possible to produce the kind of coffee you can get from an artisan coffee shop with a little work and possibly a little luck.

    I think, having read around a little, that the main advantages of a more expensive machine come from the ability to do more at once (eg smaller wait between drinks, frothing whilst espresso is being made etc), and from the greater temperature/pressure stability granting better consistency. However, as I have only owned this machine I can't guarantee that is correct. I would also say if you can afford the gaggia classic it might be a better choice as all the benefits of this machine exist but there seem to be even more options for parts etc.

    Firstly, why is it good? I like the looks. it is a nice colour and shape. The most important internals are quite good, the group head, portafilter and boiler are all of good quality, which makes this machine a better choice than the lower cost home devices. They are solid chunks of metal which gives them very good temperature stability (and I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that they are the same as on some more expensive gaggia models). Finally it's very easy to get parts for this machine. So the machine can be good from the first espresso you ever pull with something like lavazza ground coffee, to grinding your own coffee way down the line.

    The parts part is important. I have had this espresso machine for about 5 or 6 years and it has had problems during that time, BUT they have all been fairly easy to fix because the parts are easy to get online from
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