The Gaggia Classic is indeed a true classic. With great design and build quality the Gaggia Classic will go on making great coffee long after many other coffee machines have been laid to rest.
Some Key Features:
At the heart of the Gaggia Classic coffee machine is an electric pump operating at 55 watts. This is the strongest pump in its class. Also the Gaggia Classic’s unique boiler system incorporates 2 heating elements. These heating elements are embedded into the sides of the boiler so as to avoid damage due to corrosion.
The advantages of the Classic’s unique boiler system are 3 fold:
- The heating element is protected from corrosion.(a major reason other machines often are needing repairs)
- The entire boiler becomes a highly efficient heating element and
- Heating stability is greatly enhanced. (more on this below)
Added to this, the Gaggia Classic 2012 has a 3 way solenoid valve that automatically relieves pressure that develops during the brewing cycle. Without this you would most likely get sprayed with coffee from time to time!
Full size Portafilter and more:
The 3 way solenoid valve mentioned above is needed because the Gaggia Classic 2013 brews coffee the same way a commercial machine does. The Classic even has a commercial size, 58mm, portafilter. The large size of the filter holder ensures the water is distributed evenly through the coffee. This is part of the reason why the Gaggia Classic is able to produce such good coffee.
The group head and filter holder are made cast brass and are chrome plated. Cast brass is the best way to keep the temperature stable during the brewing cycle because it retains heat, By using cast brass, as is used in commercial machines, the Gaggia Classic produces shots that rival your best café coffees.
Some other surprise features:
The controls on the Classic are simple and robust in use. Indicator lights let you know when operating temperature has been achieved and when milk frothing can take place. Hot water can be dispensed through the steam wand simply by turning on the pump and turning the steam knob for other drinks like hot chocolate or soups.
The newly designed turbo frother makes it easier to froth milk than the older models. The cup warmer is directly over the boiler so that it works very efficiently and the large drip tray slides straight out for easy cleaning.