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Great Coffee, with practice, Every time
on 29 March 2011
We have had a Baby Twin for nearly four years now and it gets used everyday. It takes a little practice and planning to get your "ritual" right, but once you're there, this machine is a corker. One of the reviewers prior to this claims there is not instant steam, well, I'm afraid in my experience, it's as instant as any (more expensive) units. Obviously you need to clear the condensate in the system, so it will expel 10ml or so of water before the steam gets going, but this only takes 10 seconds.
The coffee making itself is spot on. The machine doses well and just makes great coffee.
If you're buying this or any other (non capsule) espresso machine, here are a few tips...
a) Milk Jug.. Get yourself a nice stainless jug with a "bulgy bottom". This helps get your swirl on, heats the milk evenly and makes getting the right froth simple. Milk MUST be ice cold when you start too.
b) Tamping. Gaggia give you a nice little plastic tamper for the coffee (Tamping is squishing the coffee firmly into the filter) but I would advise getting a nice heavy tamper from a specialist. It makes the action easier, and a tad more "tactile".
c) Use the right coffee. Illy is best, Red Caffe Macinato and keep it in the fridge. It's not the most popular coffee in cafés in Europe for no reason. Grinding your own (unless you have a bean to cup machine) is all very well, but it's a faff and it's messy no matter how hard you try!
d) Pressure! - 15bar in a Gaggia enough, any more is a bonus.
e) Infussion - Gaggia's pre-infuse coffee before delivery. This "sets up" up the coffee releasing the flavour better. Look for this feature on whatever you buy, it's important. The Baby Twin does not do this on a "double dose" mind you, you need to do it manually...