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Gaggia Classic RI8161 Coffee Machine with Professional Filter Holder - Stainless Steel Body

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  • The Gaggia Classic coffee machine comes with coffee filters for 1 and 2 cups of ground coffee, and a special filter for ESE (easy serve espresso) pods
  • Professional chromed brass filter holder and ring, as used in Gaggia’s commercial machines--ensures a consistent temperature throughout the coffee making and dispensing process
  • Panarello steamer attachment rotates for easy access to froth milk in seconds, plus delivers hot water for tea and other hot drinks
  • Solenoid valve delivers a widespread shower through the coffee, eliminating 'hot spots' which can burn the coffee
  • Precise pressurisation ensures no drips and leaves drier coffee grounds after brewing
  • The Gaggia Classic is a powerful 1300 watt machine with 15 bars of water pump pressure, removable water tank and stainless steel body
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  • Product Dimensions: 35.5 x 20 x 23 cm ; 8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 8 Kg
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • Item model number: RI8161/40
  • ASIN: B0000C72XS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (411 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,507 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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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 machine for you.

History

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 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.

Ground Coffee + Coffee Pods
Ground coffee or coffee pods
Professional Filter Holder
Professional filter holder
Rotating Steamer
Rotating steamer
Solenoid Valve
Solenoid valve
Gaggia Classic

There's nothing like a good cup of coffee to inject a little luxury into your daily life. The Gaggia Classic RI8161 coffee machine is an ideal introduction into the world of Italian coffee and offers a real hands-on, professional coffee-making experience. The elegantly styled machine brings modern coffee shop looks to your kitchen, as well as coffee shop quality and great taste into the comfort of your own home. The simple-to-use and durable manual machine is perfect for everyday use, combining advanced technology and a classic, compact stainless steel body.

The 1300 watt, 8 kg Gaggia Classic is powerful, yet lightweight. It comes with a 15 bar pressure pump and 1.2 litre water tank for outstanding results. The removable water tank/reservoir and stainless steel boiler ensure that it's practical and easy to clean.

Your choice--ground coffee or coffee pods

Gaggia’s manual machines come with coffee filters for one or two cups of ground coffee, and a special filter for ESE (easy serve espresso) pods. All Gaggia’s coffee machines have two special 'crema perfetta' filters that allow you to use either ground coffee or coffee pods.

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, the same as used in Gaggia’s commercial machines, ensures a consistent temperature throughout the coffee making and dispensing process. The material of the filter is durable and safe to use. It is inert and thus ensures the best results with consistent temperature.

Rotating steamer

The panarello steamer attachment rotates for easy access to froth milk in seconds, and also delivers hot water for tea and other hot drinks.

Solenoid valve

Espresso coffee, originally created in Italy, is made by rapidly forcing water that has been heated to the correct brewing temperature through finely ground coffee beans. 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. The internal mechanism of the Gaggia Classic is composed of a solenoid expansion valve that allows rapid drying of the interior. Gaggia’s solenoid valve delivers a widespread shower through the coffee, eliminating hotspots which can burn the coffee. Its precise pressurisation ensures no drips and leaves drier coffee grounds after brewing, for easy cleaning.

Traditional frother

The Gaggia Classic coffee machine comes with a traditional frother. The higher the fat content in the milk, the denser the froth will be. The 'turbo-frother' will give you perfect, creamy froth, but just a tip--don’t let the milk come to the boil! It may require two or three attempts to become an expert barista, but you will be successful at frothing milk if you give it a chance. Just swivel the turbo-frother steam nozzle slightly outward so that you can get the frothing pitcher under the nozzle without knocking the base of the machine.

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. There are also decaffeinated beans that 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 should be served in 2 to 2½ oz demitasse cups. A 4 or 6 oz cup or glass should be 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. Ground coffee tends to absorb food odours, so it’s best to store ground coffee or whole beans in an airtight container in your freezer.

Important information – How to descale your coffee machine

In hard water areas, minerals found in the water will accumulate and affect operation of the unit. Approximately every two months (this can vary depending on use and water condition), clean the machine with Gaggia descaler (in which case follow the instructions on the packet).

  1. Remove shower disc and clean.
  2. Pour solution into tank and turn on pump for 15 seconds. Allow solution to flow through brewing head and steam nozzle for several seconds. Wait 20 minutes, then repeat process until solution has been run through.
  3. Rinse machine thoroughly by running plain cold water through machine. Replace shower disc.

NOTE: Product failure due to scale accumulation is not covered by warranty. No other servicing should be attempted by the user. Use “Gaggia cleaner” for best results.

Box Contains

  • 1 x Gaggia Classic manual coffee machine with professional filter holder
  • 1 x Measuring spoon
  • 1 x Instruction leaflet

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    4.2 out of 5 stars

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    262 of 267 people found the following review helpful By Getty on 12 Mar. 2006
    On returning from holiday skiing in Italy having enjoyed great Italian espresso, latte and cappuccinos, my wife bought me this Gaggia for my birthday. Incredibly generous of her, I had always lusted after a Gaggia.
    I was 100% right to.
    My wife had done plenty of research into which Gaggia to get me, and the Gaggia Classic seemed to consistently raved about. Now it's my turn to.
    Really easy to assemble, though having to remove the chrome overflow pipe to remove the tank was tricky (it's screwing it back on that's tricky as you could lose the pipe you have to screw it onto inside - maybe it was a problem with my machine).
    Anyway, with minutes, I had it set up, filled with water and switched on. The tank holds loads and is very easy to fill. There's spaced for a few espresso cups and saucers on top to warm, though if you do want them to warm up, and get really hot coffee too, I agree with the other reviewers that you need to leave it on a while to really heat up.
    The filter holder is very sturdy, in fact the whole machine is so robust and well put together you can feel the quality. It comes with two filter cups, one and two cup, but you'll probably only use the two cup filter cup.
    It is a bit noisy, but I don't care. It's a powerful machine and you get the impression it's very much function over form with this Gaggia. It does whatever it takes to get the best possible cup of coffee.
    The espresso is superb. The milk frother takes a bit of getting used to but is really effective, creating a really good frothy cappuccino time after time - you will have to rinse the frother nozzle though after each use. the only criticism is that the nozzle is quite low to the level of your worktop so getting a cup under it can be tricky.
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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Russell Smith VINE VOICE on 19 Jan. 2006
    I came back from a holiday in Italy in 2004 and found myself back in miserable, grey Glasgow. I craved an espresso machine to transport me back to the sunshine of Lake Garda, so we went searching. Sadly for us, my wife made me buy a Morphy Richards Roma, which gave us 18 months of, um, unpredictable results.
    Present Day. I could stand it no longer, so I decided to shell out on this Gaggia, the machine I really wanted in the first place.
    First impressions were slightly disconcerting: it actually feels slightly less substantial, and lighter than the Morphy Richards machine. The drip tray is lightweight plastic, as opposed to the Morphy's heavyweight metal tray. The steam nozzle feels a bit 'shoogly'. There's also less room on top for the cups. And yes, there is one piece of random black plastic in the box that clearly serves no purposes. Still, if you're an afficionado of all things Italian, you take this with a pinch of salt. After all, it does look fantastic on the worktop.
    Fire the beast up, wait the requisite 6 minutes for all the bits to heat up, pack it with Illy espresso and simply press the button. Compared to my last machine, this works like a dream...absolutley no mess, no dripping, no scalding water spraying out the sides of the filter holder. And, most importantly, a fantastically rich espresso with the creamiest of cremas. The 'turbo frother' is great too, making the milk really frothy, and getting it nice and hot quickly, unlike Morphy.
    To sum up, think of it as the Alfa Romeo of coffee machines: beautifully stylish, great performance, and an impressive heritage. You just have that nagging feeling that a German machine might be put together that little bit better...
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Pessuto on 22 July 2012
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    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.

    I am still a learner in the art of making espresso, so I can't comment too much.

    Let's start with the annoying bits:

    - Just to clarify, this machine DOES come with two pressurised coffee baskets, a single and a double and the infamous plastic pin. Leave it out and the coffee will come out with such pressure that it will spray everywhere. According to Gaggia this is an improvement called "Crema Perfetta". Well, let's just say one thing: It is not crema, it is frothed espresso. Hardly crema and hardly perfect. Needless to say I used them once and ordered the replacement standard baskets (you do not need to use the infamous pin anymore) straight away from Happy Donkey dot co dot uk.

    - Another "improvement" made by Gaggia is the "Turbo Frother" or as they call it the "Cappuchinnatore". Basically this is a plastic sleeve attached to the steam wand to froth milk. It makes a great cappuccino that is for sure, but if you prefer something different like a Flat White or a Latte, this is no good. The device basically sucks air in, creating a huge amount of foam with virtually no effort. After some research, there are solutions to this problem. One of them is to move the rubber O-ring from the spout down one level so it virtually blocks the holes for air intake on the outer sleeve.
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