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Gaggia Baby Class RI8157/40 Coffee Maker with Professional Filter

by Gaggia

RRP: £350.00
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  • Solenoid valve delivers a widespread shower through the coffee, eliminating hotspots which can burn the coffee, and ensuring a high quality taste; precise pressurisation ensures no drips and leaves drier coffee grounds after brewing
  • Provides the option of adding a water filter to your machine, which can help prevent tainting of the coffee and maintain a purer flavour, as well as keeping the mechanics of your machine cleaner
  • Gaggia’s manual machines come with coffee filters for one and two cups of ground coffee, and a special filter for ESE (easy serve espresso) pods, so you have a choice between the quality of freshly-ground coffee or the convenience of ESE pods
  • Includes a professional chromed brass filter holder and ring, which ensures a consistent temperature throughout the coffee making and dispensing process, while also aiding in producing the perfect crema layer
  • The panarello steamer attachment rotates for easy access, so you can froth milk in seconds; this allows you to perfect your frothing technique and make great cappuccinos, lattes and hot water for tea and other hot drinks
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 40 x 26.5 cm ; 7 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 9 Kg
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  • Item model number: RI8157/40
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Feb 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,261 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 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 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 Baby Class RI8157/40 coffee maker

The Gaggia Baby Class coffee machine is characterised by compact design, simplicity of use and ease of cleaning. This model combines the traditional and chic styling of Gaggia's time-tested Baby line with an updated control panel and a stylish, stainless steel body. With the Gaggia Baby Class coffee machine, you can experience the taste of a delicious cup of espresso or cappuccino every day in the comfort of your own home. This semi-automatic machine lets you brew using ground espresso, but is also ready to brew using ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods for times when you’re on the go. The commercial style brew group and 58mm portafilter are made of chrome-plated brass, for superior temperature stability and durability.

Effortless and elegant

An elegant, brushed stainless steel body houses the traditional Gaggia professional boiler and filter holder. With the straightforward Baby Class interface and 180° rotating steam arm, great coffee becomes simply effortless. Baby Class brings coffee shop looks to your kitchen, as well as coffee shop taste.

Solenoid Valve
Solenoid valve
Solenoid valve

Another exciting component of the Baby Class is a three-way solenoid valve to help regulate pressure, a rare feature on home semi-automatic coffee machines. 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. For those who love to make café-style drinks, such as cappuccinos, macchiatos and lattes, the Baby Class has a turbo frother attachment to make steaming a breeze. The steam wand is also mounted on a ball joint, so it can accommodate milk pitchers of varying sizes. Maintenance is also straightforward, as the Baby Class has a removable water reservoir and drip tray.

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

The Gaggia Baby Class come with two special 'perfect crema' coffee filters for one and two cups of ground coffee, and a special filter for ESE (easy serve espresso) pods. This provides a choice between the unbeatable taste of freshly ground coffee and the convenience of easy serve espresso pods if you prefer your coffee on-the-go. 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. 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.

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 material of the filter is safe and durable to use. It is inert and thus ensures the best results with consistent temperature. With a heavy duty, professional quality portafilter, you need a commercial-style brew group to match. The brew group on the Baby Class is also made of chrome-plated brass for added temperature stability. Plus, its brass construction ensures it can stand the test of time. No one likes trying to get rid of soupy espresso grounds after they’ve brewed their morning shot. That’s why the Gaggia Baby Class features a three-way solenoid valve that relieves pressure from the portafilter once your shot has been brewed. This results in a drier espresso puck and easier disposal.

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.

Optional Water Filter
Optional water filter
Optional water filter

An inclusive water filter prevents any tainting of the coffee and maintains a purer flavour, as well as keeping your machine cleaner. The Aqua Prima water filter was developed to remove impurities from your water that alter the taste of your coffee. The Aqua Prima water filter’s purpose is to improve the taste of your coffee while protecting your machine from lime scale damage. With the Aqua Prima water filter, the number of flavour-altering substances found in the water is greatly reduced. Micro-particles and impurities are filtered, so you can enjoy the improved flavour and full aroma of your coffee. Aqua Prima also reduces the formation of lime scale in the machine so that it lasts even longer.

Brew a quality espresso

When you want to brew quality espresso, you want to use the best quality portafilter you can. That’s why the Gaggia Baby Class was designed with a commercial-style portafilter, measuring 58mm and made of chrome-plated brass. Brass offers temperature stability for your espresso, a vital factor in the taste of your final shot. This style of tamper requires a nice, firm tamp for ground espresso, but can also be used with ESE pods for added convenience.

Control Panel
Control panel
Control panel

The Gaggia Baby Class is controlled by a straightforward panel that features two buttons and two indicator lights. The top button lets you manually control brewing and the bottom button will bring the machine up to steaming temperature. In the middle are two indicator lights: on the left is the on/off light, and on the right is the steam temperature light. Power is controlled by a switch on the back of the machine.

Active Cup Warming Plate
Active cup warming plate
Active cup warming plate

Espresso temperature is a large factor in espresso flavor. The Gaggia Baby Class has a cup warmer that is passively heated by the boiler, so you can always have warm cups on hand whenever you brew. The heating element beneath the plate provides efficient warming of your cups. The cup warming tray on top of the machine is useful and easily accommodates four coffee cups so you can have your coffee fresh and warm.

Dispense hot water right from the steam wand

If you need hot water for tea, an Americano or hot chocolate, the Baby Class can dispense hot water right from the steam wand. Simply turn the steam knob and then press the brewing and steaming buttons simultaneously. Once your desired amount of water has been dispensed, close the steam knob and release the two buttons.

Water Reservoir
Water reservoir
Water Reservoir
Easy filling
Easy frothing

The Baby Class makes frothing easy with its black plastic turbo frother attachment. This attachment will help you evenly distribute steam throughout your frothing pitcher, letting you make cappuccinos, lattes, and other café-style drinks with ease. To produce steam, just press the steam button and wait for the temperature ready light to illuminate on the control panel. Then, just turn the black knob on top of the machine and steam will be dispensed.

Water reservoir

The Gaggia Baby Class features a large, 60 oz water reservoir located on the back of the machine. You can easily fill this in place, but it can also be removed for easy filling and cleaning.

ESE pod ready

To make brewing easy, the Baby Class is ready to brew using ESE pods. These pre-packaged, pre-measured and pre-tamped pods eliminate the need for a grinder or tamper. Just use the included ESE pod filter basket to brew.

Housing Construction
Stainless steel housing
Stainless steel housing

The Gaggia Baby Class was designed with style and function in mind. That’s why it is housed in brushed stainless steel that is both chic and durable. The design will add a professional look and elegant feel to your kitchen.

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 Baby Class RI8157/40 coffee maker
  • 1 x Filter holder
  • 1 x User manual
  • 1 x Two-year manufacturer's warranty

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    58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Doug TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec 2007
    I have wasted a lot of money on coffee makers in the past.

    However this Gaggia Baby makes one of the best cups of coffee I have tasted.

    It feels well machined and solid from the moment you ease it out of the box. It has a large easy to fill water tank, a cup warmer and looks good as well.

    The coffee it produces is superb, good crema layer, (from Gaggia beans ground in a Gaggia grinder!)

    I release some hot water to warm the cup before making the coffee.

    The milk frother is awesome, creating a nice dense but light foam and heating the milk.

    The resulting cappuccino is full of flavour and nice and hot.

    It takes almost no cleaning, a rinse of the coffee holder and a wipe of the milk krother is all that is required.

    I was so worried about spending so much on a coffee machine, but it is worth every single penny!
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. van-Wijgerden on 12 July 2010
    This is a great machine. I've had it for two years now and it's makes great coffee. You do need to experiment with coffee beans, frothing milk - it's just about getting it right and there is plenty of help on the internet.

    One thing that needs to be pointed out though is DESCALING..... This is the most important maintenance item that you need to do on a regular basis. I do mine about once a month as I live in a very hard water area and you will notice the difference in flow and ultimately in your coffee. It also ensures a longer life of this machine.

    Mine has just started leaking and after trawling the internet and doing some basic cleaning, unscrewing etc. the filter seal needs to be replaced. This is also a learning point as I didn't know that these had to be regularly replaced anyway.

    The problem with making coffee at home is that it can be soooo rewarding, but be prepared to learn from your mistakes along the way and don't blame the coffee machine (unless there is a fault ofcourse). A lot of patience and perseverance is required, but if you don't want to master the art of coffee making, don't buy one. And oh yes..... read the manual, lots of good information in there.

    This coffee machine makes life a bit easier. It is well build, easy to operate and produces good coffee.
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    25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Watkins on 22 Dec 2009
    I've had a Gaggia Baby Class (stainless steel) for nearly a year. Out of the box, one of the buttons on the machine was broken but it was quickly fixed by the Gaggia repair centre. The machine itself is well built, except for the steam/water buttons which are quite flimsy and plasticy considering the price.

    Once fixed the machine was a dream. I made really really good coffee by following some simple guidelines: use recently-roasted beans, freshly ground in a burr grinder, preheat the machine, portafilter and chinaware properly and tamp the coffee with a consistent pressure. Then with a lot of practice (and a slight caffeine addiction) you'll be able to almost-consistently make good coffee. The machine itself is also perfectly capable of steaming a small quantity of milk, but try and do too much and you'll struggle to get anything other than huge bubbles, far away from the fine, textured microfoam you'll find in italian espresso bars.

    I would recommend this machine except for one thing: don't buy it and expect support should it go wrong. Philips recently bought Gaggia UK and now run the service centre for broken machines. Sadly my machine developed a leak in late October and I've been struggling to get it repaired for two months - after sending it back for an initial repair the 'repaired' machine still leaked, then I spent three weeks getting it returned again for a re-repair. Now, despite calling many times a day I'm often unable to speak to anyone, or am promised phone calls I never get. So, I'm still waiting for my machine to come back. I'd never ever buy another Gaggia as despite making great machines, for the money you'd expect a much better level of service. Their 2 year warranty is not worth the hassle. Next time I'll get a Rancilio Silvia.
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    29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Too sexy for my simmit on 17 Mar 2008
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    This is a good looking and solid machine. Generally the external engineering is well thought out, everything fits well without any of the awkward fiddling or necessary wiggling about of components that I have found on cheaper coffee makers. Apart from the frothing wand, that is - what were Gaggia thinking? It may seem that it only needs a wipe but when I removed the plastic attachment of the wand and went to the nail breaking effort of pulling off the little washers to check the cleanliness within, oh dear. I don't mean just the plastic extension of the wand that is inserted into the milk as this comes off easily, but rather the retainer that this screws onto. It involves removing two tiny plastic/rubber washers and drop these on the floor at your peril, they are tiny - I have no idea how easy it would be to get replacemts for these. This is the only way to be sure the whole plastic section of the wand is free from milk residue. Ick, is all I can say, thick and sticky, brownish residue in abundance. This spoils an otherwise good coffee maker. Since it is not a cheap item and Gaggia are a reputable manufacturer, surely attention to simplicity in maintaining the hygiene of their machine should have been a design feature.
    It does make great coffee, good crema and temperature. Although there is improvement, I am still struggling to get a milk froth that isn't like a dry meringue but from everything I have read about the art of milk frothing it is likely that my lack of expertise is to blame rather than the machine.
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