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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gaggia Espresso's anti-drip feature stops dispensing immediately for an accurate measure of espresso.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Where do we begin with this wee terror? I'll start off by saying that whilst I'm not a trained barista, my coffee knowledge is fairly extensive and I understand the principles of... Read morePublished 16 months ago by AlistairJames
I love coffee and I love gaggia for making it at home.
This is the second one I bought after my first broke, however after using it daily for over 6 years I accept that... Read more
I bought mine from a kitchen utensil shop for £ 162 , 5 years ago it had been reduced from £210. I bought the special crema basket as I found it difficult to get the head on it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by AL, North West
I bought this coffee machine as a birthday present for my wife a couple of years ago, thinking she would enjoy a good cup of coffee whenever she felt like it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Gerard
We like our espresso and this machine does not disappoint. Easy to use and easy to clean. However it won't last forever - replaced an identical model we had used for around 2 1/2... Read morePublished on 9 April 2013 by M. J. Atha
Lovely looking machine which makes a nice coffee and a good froth.
However if you use fresh ground coffee (rather than capsules) and don't use the Perfect Crema Pin the coffee... Read more
I used to have a Gaggia Cubika. I had it for 6 years and it had served well but when I went to replace it with something newer and choose the Gaggia Espresso. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2013 by SteveB
Regarding my review below, Gaggia coffee maker bought in the January sale nearly 2 years ago - a quick update.... Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I bought this machine as a Christmas present for my son and apart from now being the very proud owner of a Gaggia Coffee Maker (he has previously always bought Dualit products) he... Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2013 by D. Lever