13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
not going so well...
, 18 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Gaggia Baby Class RI8157/40 Coffee Maker with Professional Filter (Kitchen & Home)
Followed the instructions, cranked it up, pressed the start button, and scalding coffee shoots out at 90 degrees to the left and right all over the kitchen. Nice. Tried five more times (different grind, different tamping), same result. Called Phillips' customer line (Gaggia is now owned by Phillips) who weren't remotely surprised. The pump in this model has apparently been made more powerful in order to work with coffee capsules, but the increased pressure is so great that with ground coffee it simply blows the espresso at high velocity in all directions other than towards the cup. Terrific. Anyway, they sent me a little plastic thing (a bit like the top of a toothpaste tube) to jam into the metal filter. Impressed? Er, no. The other thing anyone thinking of buying this machine should know is that, in the flesh, it looks and feels like a 1970s Fisher Price Activity Centre. Unbelievably for a machine of this price, the big operating buttons are made of loose-fitting plastic, as is much of the body. If you're still thinking of buying one, then the good news is with the toothpaste tube cap device in play, it makes a lovely espresso.
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