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Gaggia Classic RI9403/11 Special Edition

Gaggia Classic RI9403/11 Special Edition

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Gaggia Classic Caffé Italia Special Edition*: At Caffè Italia we decided to make this machine even more special ! We decided to build a custom filter holder spout in Copper Chromed in replacement of the original plastic one.

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Gaggia Classic Caffé Italia Special Edition*: At Caffè Italia we decided to make this machine even more special ! We decided to build a custom filter holder spout in Copper Chromed in replacement of the original plastic one.

*Accessories included in this promotion are original parts. These accessories are not included in the original package. This is an initiative promoted by Caffè Italia which has no relation to the standard equipment supplied by the manufacturer.

Our Gaggia manual machines come with a coffee filter for 1 or 2 cups of ground coffee, and a special filter for so called ESE (easy serve Espresso) pods. These ESE pods are perfectly portioned and make it easier to operate a manual Espresso machine.

The heavy filter holder on your machine is made from chromed brass and also used on all professional Gaggia Espresso machines. Only the professional filter holder will give you consistent coffee temperature and the real Barista experience.

The 15bar pressure of your Gaggia coffee machine will make sure you always get the authentic Espresso taste.

The classic milk frother on this Gaggia Espresso machine, traditionally called "Panarello", turns milk into gorgeous milk froth within seconds for a Cappuccino, a Latte Macchiato or more. It also delivers hot water for tea.

The classic milk frother on this Gaggia Espresso machine, traditionally called "Pannarello", turns milk into gorgeous milk froth within seconds for a Cappuccino, a Latte Macchiato or more. It also delivers hot water for tea and can be easily rotated for hassle-free frothing.

Technical Specification

Technical Specification

Product dimensions

23,0 x 24,0 x 38,0 cm

Water tank capacity

2,1 L

Maximum cup height

75 mm

Boiler

Stainless steel

Frequency

50 Hz

Power

1300 W

Pump Pressure

15 bar

Voltage

230 V

Material panarello

 Plastic

Cupholder

Yes

Hot water / Steam Nozzle

Yes

Interface

Direct buttons

Simultaneous brewing

Yes

Suitable for pods

Yes

Materials and finishing

stainless steel

Additional

Additional Information

Model Manual
Grinder Model No

Reviews

  1. Great espresso or capuccino every time Review by Peter
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    I needed top replace my aging and leaking old coffee machine and selected Caffe Italia, and the Gaggia Classic. This machine shipped direct from Italy - with FedEx - and the online tracking was spot on. Delivered quickly in perfect condition.

    This machine is an improvement over my aged model Gaggia Classic. Higher pressure, quieter pump, steam wand produces a good froth easily. For the espresso, there is a very professional look to the coffee and a thick crema. If you buy beans and grind them yourself, and enjoy a good coffee, this is a great choice at a reasonable price. I would recommend this machine to any coffee lover.

  2. Classic is the Classic! Review by Tom Wesley
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    We bought a Gaggio Classic Expresso Machine 15 years ago and have used it daily for about 2-6 cups of coffee. It is still going strong but is starting to leak. In order to continue to have great coffee, we are purchasing a new one so I can take the old one apart to try to repair it. It will be passed on to the next generation if I get it fixed. For low maintenance and longevity, you can't beat this machine! It is a bit of an art to coordinate the proper grind to ensure a 25 second brew and we use exceptional coffee. We clean it about twice a year which is less than the recommended amount (which is probably why it is leaking now). We rarely use the frothing wand as it has too many parts to clean and figure out how to get back together but we mostly drink expresso. The only complaint is that the tank is dark gray and it makes it hard to tell if it is full. We highly recommend this machine to any barista/baristo who enjoys a good expresso.

  3. Happy with my order ! Review by Larry Thomas
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    This is my second Gaggia Classic machine I have purchased in 15 years. My old one still works, making two to four shots everyday for 15 years. Great tasting creme, easy to clean, easy to use and great value. That is why I purchased another Classic. This is a "real" expresso machine not a home brew Dr Coffee thing, this is the real deal.

  4. Gaggia Classic 5 stars ! Review by Mikael Webster
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    I bought a Gaggia Classic recently to replace a Saeco machine that had served me faithfully for almost twenty years. The Classic isn't as sturdily built as the Solis, but maybe nothing is at this price point. It brews rich and delicious espresso with nice crema, but I didn't achieve this until I put aside Gaggia's instructions. Using the non-pressurized filter basket, my first few espressos were disappointingly thin, with a sourish taste. They were also hotter than the coffee produced by my Saeco, and I wondered if the brewing temperature was too high. Then I tried brewing without following Gaggia's advice to preheat the portafilter. That did the trick. Apparently it lowered the brewing temperature just enough. Since then, the espresso has been delicious. The Gaggia also seems to like a slightly coarser grind and gentler tamping with my current coffee (Alphabet City from Ninth Street Espresso), but these are minor adjustments. I feel confident that my new machine and I will be getting along well for the foreseeable future.

  5. This make serious coffee Review by Amanda
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    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. Not a real problem though.
    Everyone who tastes the coffee that it produces falls in love with it and wants a Gaggia - I reckon we've probably sold 2-3 machines for Gaggia so far. If you're reading this Gaggia, we'd like commission!
    Seriously though, if you want a sturdy machine, built to last, that's great looking, but not just for design’s sake, that makes impeccable coffees, this is it.

  6. This make serious coffee Review by Betty
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    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. Not a real problem though.
    Everyone who tastes the coffee that it produces falls in love with it and wants a Gaggia - I reckon we've probably sold 2-3 machines for Gaggia so far. If you're reading this Gaggia, we'd like commission!
    Seriously though, if you want a sturdy machine, built to last, that's great looking, but not just for design’s sake, that makes impeccable coffees, this is it.

  7. ... new one over a month now and am well pleased with it Review by Mr. Alan Kilroy
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    No experience with the pre 2015 model but have the new one over a month now and am well pleased with it.
    Plastic spout....so what.
    Solenoid valve......apparently Gaggia UK said that this has been "Road Tested" for about 6 months prior to release and pro. users found it to be fine.

    Makes great coffee at the end of the day.
    I bought mine from Coffee Italia and it was shipped directly from factory.
    Brilliant machine. As I said above .....my first Espresso machine.

  8. A real coffee machine for real coffee lovers, Review by The Hangmann (Barcelona)
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    First of all, I am an espresso lover, and a picky one. I can't stand bad coffee. The Gaggia is my third espresso machine and I am delighted with it. If you do what the manual says, it produces wonderful coffee. I use freshly roasted coffee beans, which I grind in my Gaggia MDF just before use and I get a wonderful crema without the optional crema filter.Just remember, you get what you pay for and this machine, in my opinion, is top 'prosumer' model. Remember, you also get what you pay for when it comes to coffee.

  9. Gaggia Classic sold by Coffeeitalia Review by Gerry
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    My beautiful Chrome Gaggia Classic stopped working after 12 years of superb coffee making, they are rugged and excellent machines.
    A new matt stainless steel one purchased (not as good looking as the Chrome version) from Amazon on the 17.07.12 for £199.97 plus delivery. I see this week they have been reduced to £179.99 inc free delivery, very good buy, wish I had waited!!
    But buyers beware that the photo's do not tie up to what is delivered, the first photo is the old machine with a screw down top plate, second photo is the one you get, it also states machine comes with coffee filters for 1 and 2 cups plus special filter for ESE pods, as shown in photo 4, it does NOT, it only comes with a 2 cup filter (which can be used for 1 cup, but is not as good.) plus the ESE pod filter, also the filter holder is totally different to the one in the photo, come on Amazon get it right !

  10. STOOD THE TEST OF TIME! Review by A. R. Ezard "Andrew"
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    I bought my Gaggia Classic some 7 years ago. It's an excellent quality machine that's now available for £50 less than I paid for it. Like other reviewers, I'd agree that you need to be prepared to put a little time in at first, and experiment to achieve the 'cup' that's right for you. DON'T BUY CHEAP COFFEE. Cheap supermarket 'own brand' coffees will not do this fine machine justice. I use Illy and enjoy a 'professional' coffee every morning. And also like another reviewer, I agree that you have to be 'at one' with the coffee you are about to prepare.. that's why I always make the coffee and not my wife (who's a perfectly good tea maker). Change your water often and clean (we put in the dishwasher) regularly.
    Andrew, Porthcawl, South Wales

  11. Excellent Machine Review by Andrew (Belfast)
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    The Gaggia Classic produces a wonderful cappuccino, the froth could be a little stiffer but you can buy different heating arms from Gaggia to replace the plastic 'Turbo-Frother'. If you buy this you won't be disappointed, it takes a little patience to get the right results (I used to work in a restaurant part time and they exclusively used Gaggia machines, so I have a slight advantage!). Also it can be a little noisy (for about 2 seconds after pressing the coffee button) but not excessively so. If I could fix one thing it would be to have two separate boilers to independently produce coffee and steam, as you have to wait about 30 seconds when you change between the two but I think the machines with two boilers are way too expensive. Overall a brilliant purchase, every day I am so glad I bought it (usually in the morning, cappuccino in hand!)

  12. Fantastic for a consumer machine. Review by JanNy "handson"
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    If you like good coffee and enjoy the different varieties - ristretto, espresso, latté, cappuccino etc - then look no further than the Gaggia Classic.
    The manual simplifies things a bit too much and you are better off looking for those little 'need to know' things to perfect the drink of your choice.
    The only other requirement for a good cup of coffee is FRESH BEANS. Ideally find a local coffee roasters and get your beans from there - once you have tried really fresh coffee you will know why it is worth the effort.
    If you want to get serious (maybe turn professional Barista!!!) and make fancy patterns in the froth you may need to ditch the turbo-frother and get a different one attachment. However, for sheer simplicity and an easy good looking - and tasting - drink, the supplied attachment will do.
    Remember - FRESH BEANS.
    Enjoy!!!

  13. Great continental coffee Review by D. K. Buck (Yorkshire, UK)
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    I bought this Gaggia after wearing out 4 'other' machines in two years. It is a heavy, sturdy machine which gives the impression it will last forever - I sincerely hope so as it makes superb coffee. Anyone who is still drinking instant coffee should get one of these - you will never go back.

    Compared to my previous two De-Longhi machines it is a breeze to use and holds much more water than previous models I have had.

    Noisy yes, but hey - you want everyone to hear it don't you !

  14. Great machine Review by Silver (UK)
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    I'm just about to replace my 'Classic' after nine years! It's been used every day and has always worked brilliantly. I must admit I've not looked after it the way I should have done, I've rarely de-scaled it, and its still given me nine years great service. Now however the pump is struggling to push water through the beans.
    But I wouldn't consider buying any other machine. I only hope the new one will last as well as this one has.

    Took delivery of my new Gaggia Classic a couple of days ago and am delighted to find it makes even better coffee than my old faithful machine. The crema device works a treat and really brings the flavour out of the beans.
    I just hope this machine gives me 9 years service as the last one did.

  15. I love my Gaggia Review by Vanessa Gorman (UK)
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    In response to people complaining about how hard it is to remove the water tank... it's not. Plus you rarely have to clean the water tank, you can simply flush it through and use the de-scaling tablets! That aside, this machine makes perfect coffee every time. It looks beautiful and is a pleasure to use. Someone also commented on not being able to use a large jug for steaming the milk, but the Gaggia jug we bought is the perfect size for making 2 cappuccinos so why would you need a bigger one! It's not messy in the slightest. You clean the milk nozzle by simply putting a blast of steam through it. This machine also has a pressure out-let pipe unlike the older machine so you don't have to faff about releasing the pressure build up. If you're thinking of buying the Gaggia Classic... DO IT!

  16. Easy to use and excellent results, Review by mini_chick (Coventry, UK)
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    This is the second Gaggia I’ve had. I thought my little Cubika was great, but the pump was a little unreliable. It produced excellent coffee though.
    However, this machine just makes it pale into insignificance! The crema is really good on my very hot espresso; the noise from the machine is minimal by comparison to others I’ve had before; and the ease of use – literally flip a switch and away you go. The turbo frother not only works really well getting quite a stiff foam, but I find it really easy to clean.
    Only tip is that you really must leave the machine to warm up sufficiently, or you’ll end up with tepid coffee and I can’t stress enough that you really must have good fresh beans too.
    All in all really very pleased with the machine – although I am now spending twice the amount on coffee than before as it is so easy to make a really good latte I have at least twice the number!
    It’s robust, it works very well, it’s not hugely expensive. What more can I say?

  17. Excellent Review by bodhid_harma (Mogul period)
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    I got one of these @ Xmas and after using it for a fortnight I can safely say it is one my most cherished and frequently used material objects!

    First off it looks as good as it runs. Beautiful simplistic design. It's a wonderfully solid little machine, nuggety and robust design and build. The tip is to master the basics with it and the coffee you will get from it is outstanding. Give it a good 10 mins to warm up, tamp well, use freshly ground fresh coffee.

    I find semi-skimmed milk works perfectly with the frother. Key is to leave the forther just submerged below the surface of the milk.

    Buy one, you will wonder how you got buy without it!!

  18. Great coffee, brilliant machine, Review by Coffeeitalia Customer
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    This is a brilliant coffee machine - other machines I have tried do not produce really hot espresso, but this one does. It froths the milk beautifully and I love the silicone pipes that you can see through the water tank. This tank comes out really easily so it's extremely easy to clean. The milk frother gadget is by far the easiest to keep clean of all machines I've had (and I've had a few, believe me). In addition, this is an incredibly sturdy, well built coffee maker. I know it's expensive but the expression 'you get what you pay for' certainly springs to mind here. Don't go for cheaper alternatives - they are not worth it.

  19. Just like the real thing Review by EJH68
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    This machine is the real deal - excellent espresso, creamy cappuccino. Combines functionality and style...a real design classic. The more you use the easier and more satisfying the experience becomes. Enjoy!

  20. Fabulous! Review by margy
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    I read all the reviews about the gaggia Classic and wondered if we were doing the right thing! We have had one for years and as long as you descale regularly, it's a fabulous machine. I can't understand how so many negative things have been written about the new one! ordered this, it came within days even though it said it wasn't in stock for 6 weeks, made a coffee instantly and the crema was magic! Much better than the original machine, though that could have been down to age!

    I love my coffee machine and wouldn't be without it, I love it! Ordered the Gaggia descaler online.....took over 4 weeks to arrive.......but that's another story.

    You won't go wrong with this machine.....and I'd buy a third one in years to come!

  21. Brilliant Review by Mr C J Edgington
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    Ordered on Sunday from Coffeeitalia warehouse deals on the used/new tab for £104.48; delivered in slightly damaged [a couple of dents on the cardboard] box on Tuesday with super saver delivery. The machine? Described as "used - good", it hadn't been opened, let alone used. An £80 saving for a slightly damaged box? Yes please!

    As for the machine, it looks smart and yet quite dated in style terms, but it does what it says on the tin. Good coffee and nice and compact on the kitchen worktop, too. It does come with pressurised filter baskets that I ordered a replacement for - happy donkey will help with that - and it seems to get good reviews from the aficionados who would merrily spend lots more on espresso machines.

    Overall, I'm really quite pleased that my old Krups machine decided to shuffle off its mortal coil...

  22. Great coffee Review by Daniel Rainbow
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    Makes fantastic espresso and cappachino coffee. Clearly improved with good quality freshly ground beans using espresso grinder. But hey... still tastes pretty good with the supermarket bought pre-ground stuff. Looks great. Easy to clean.
    Any negatives?? Need to leave it a good while to warm up otherwise you end up with luke warm coffee, quite noisy when using & takes a little while if you're making double espresso coffees for more than just 2 people.! Overall I would recommend it unreservedly.

  23. Buy with confidence Review by JohnS
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    My first Gaggia Classic wore out after about 12 years. Bought this replacement about 6 mnths ago. Well built machine, makes great coffee. You do need to look after it though, eg regular cleaning, gasket replacement), as you would with any coffee machine. I particularly like the fact that you can get spares on the net (eg from Happy donkey, MrBean2cup) and its not a difficult machine to service yourself.

  24. Gaggia Classic Review by mackarch
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    I purchased this as a special treat with my first month's pension after reading all of the reviews & checking most of the relevant web sites.

    Coffeeitalia was brilliant - best value, delivered almost by return and well packaged.

    It worked straight from the box with minimal set up and made an excellent first cup of piping hot espresso with lovely crema & without any fuss. Have subsequently purchased the Gaggia MDF grinder & dispenser - just need now a constant supply of good quality beans & will be in heaven.

    The Classic is beautifully made, easy to keep clean & looks good in the kitchen. Thank you Gaggia & Coffeeitalia, I would recomend this product to anyone who enjoys a good cup of espresso.

  25. I had it for 2 years and am soooo happy Review by Flow 42
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    I had the Gaggia classic for 2 years. in-between I had some problems, however the service was absolutely great! they organized everything and I had my machine back repaired fast! so no problem as well!

    The machine makes a great espresso and is easy to clean and maintain!

    I can therefore recommend this machine without any problem to anyone!

  26. Quality costs, and this is quality. Review by Gaz
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    I replaced a Gaggia Gran Prestige (which sounds like it should be a better product than this) with this Gaggia Classic. If you're looking at both online and wondering where the extra £150 is going, you really need to see them in the flesh so as to speak. The prestige is almost all plastic. This is entirely metal, and feels strong and robust. The prestige is light and shifts around on the side as you make your coffee. This classic is weighty, reinforcing the impression it is built solidly. So far I've had 2 months of solid service from my classic. My prestige lasted a week before it leaked all over the side.

    I can't recommend this enough. Coffee is fantastic, the unit feels like all the money it's cost you and making a coffee in the morning is just a little more pleasurable.

  27. Five years old and still going strong Review by Mr. John Humphrey "John"
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    After several cheaper machines which gave up after a year I splashed out on a Gaggia Classic and Grinder set as sold by John Lewis. Five years on it's still going strong and producing great coffee. We use Illy beans which are expensive but once tasted you're hooked. I love my Gaggia, it's a bit of a performance making the coffee and is quite noisy, but it makes great coffee and is built like a tank. It looks good too.

  28. Very substantial & impressive piece of kit Review by Neil Bailey
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    Upgraded from a smaller Hitachi machine. The Gaggia is in a different league - well made and very effective (although very noisy).

    Makes an excellent coffee - and the milk is piping hot too. Highly recommended, a good example of the old adage 'you get what you pay for'.

  29. Just what I always wanted! Review by Kerryl31
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    I've been after a 'proper' coffee machine for a while and did a fair bit of research before purchasing because I knew I would have to part with a not insignificant sum to get what I was looking for! Having read the reviews on here, I plumped for the Classic 74507BCN.....and I'm over the moon with it!

    I was nervous about putting it together because some of the reviews on here speak about ambiguous instructions but either by luck or judgement I got mine together absolutely fine. I then set about making my first coffee. Once you get the hang of the separate coffee and milk functions and which button goes down for what.....you're away! I've never had a failed frothy milk attempt...its easy with the Gaggia. The espresso comes out with a fab crema too!

    I've followed the advice on here and only used espresso fine ground coffee (Illy is superb) - which works perfectly. My other recommendations would be to buy a stainless steel jug to froth the milk in and get a thermometer (Gaggia do one) to make sure you get your milk to the perfect temperature every time. I've purchased several syrups (from Discount Coffee) and now have a veritable menu of coffees that I am able to roll out to order perfectly everytime.

    I've had my machine a month now, if I manage to avoid some of the little 'issues' some users have bumped across...I will be an extremely satisfied bunny!!!

  30. Would buy again Review by Graham Turnbull
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    This is a great product. Single cup basket doesn't really work but as long as you like a double shot, this won't be a problem. I understand there is a £50 rebate going around so this would be a great time to buy. I have had mine for a few years and it is used at least twice a day. Very reliable.

  31. Gaggia Classic-easy&perfect Review by Coffee guzzler
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    I've now owned this for a day, and had about 10 cups so far!-everyone perfect. Espresso, double espresso, capucchino, flat white, americano......
    Out the box, turn on, follow set-up; away! Ignore comments about removing water tank-you fill this from the top, I use filtered water already in kettle, use in this as well. Also you CAN swing the steam spout round onto the drip tray, but not really necessary, just tiny drips at end if any.
    I have this jammed in with everything else in kitchen, but needs not much other space other than its 'footprint'. Noise wise, its slightly quieter than an electric coffee grinder, for the few secionds it takes to run a coffee. Milk frothing easy, just used a small china jug but will get the Gaggia one soon. Great hot chocolate as well.
    So solid especially the filter handle in brass-equivalent of copper pans for cooking, just stays warm. Instant hot water too.
    Off for another cup now, do try different coffees with it also.

  32. What a revelation Review by Rowan Purdy
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    This product has revolutionised mornings in our household. I have used it to produce the best flat white coffee I have ever had outside of New Zealand / Australia. Well worth paying extra for the quality that Gaggia offer.

    Top tips
    1. Use quality beans and grinder
    2. Dispense 1 cupful of hot water before each use
    3. Leave the coffee holder to heat for at least 5 mins
    4. Use full fat milk for quality froth

  33. Professional Quality at Home Review by JonnyD75 "jonny-d"
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    This is essentially a professional grade coffee machine which you can have at home without taking up a whole kitchen counter. It is simple to use with few electronic parts to fail. Gaggia have been making this machine for years and it is reliable, solid and very easy to repair. I've had mine for 5 years, and it'd delivered excellent coffee throughout that time with only occasional gasket changes (costing pence) and one service (again cheap).

  34. A proper espresso machine Review by Rolo "rolo211"
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    I switched to this after selling an expensive DeLonghi bean-to-cup machine that seemed great in theory but never made good coffee. I never looked back. The Gaggia Classic is a solid, well-made espresso machine that, used properly, will give you a coffee as good or better than your favourite coffee shop. As on a professional machine, the portafilter and group head (that's the bit that holds the coffee and what it connects to) are chromed brass which means they help keep the heat constant. The brush stainless steel body looks good and should last a lifetime. There is nothing to compare to it at this price.

    But there are things you need to get right: you need good coffee beans and a good grinder. The grind has to be fine enough (and tamped right) so the water does not pass through the coffee too quickly nor too fine so that it takes minutes to drip through (it should take 20 to 25 seconds for an espresso). Get those wrong and you will be very disappointed. Frothing the milk for cappuccino takes a bit of practice too (not his machine's greatest strength), but get all that right and this machine will make great coffee.

  35. Gaggia Classic for classic coffee Review by Stephen Draper
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    My steam machine finally got so blocked I couldn't descale the frother any more, so an upgrade was necessary. I always thought the tasting notes on the coffee packets were a bit over the top, but from the very first espresso, there they were, the "nutty, caramel notes" of flavour that I'd never tasted in homemade coffee.

    No problems setting up or using this machine, even the mysterious extra piece of plastic appears in a diagram that folds out from the back of the user guide. Skimmed milk frothed perfectly at the first attempt, so if it's really going to get better with practice, the results will be spectacular. It's really easy to remove the frother nozzle and rinse it as soon as you've finished.

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