Which Gaggia machine?
I’ve got the classic – it feels and looks extremely robust due to its metal construction, plus availability of spares is supposed to be good. More importantly it makes great espresso. I can’t imagine you’d be disappointed with it. Make sure you get a burr grinder too – a basic Dualit one is about £55 on Amazon.Posted 9 years ago
According to the lady in the (excellent) kitchen shop I went into, the dose, the coloured ones and the classic all have exactly the same internals. So I went for the £180 Dose instead of the £350 Classic. I can live without metal sides for half the price and the same coffee.Posted 9 years ago
bought an ex-display polished metal classic for £130.00, its superb!!
the only downer about it was when the sales girl told us that she was going to really miss the little machine and almost started crying!!
I assured her that it was going to a good home and it would be much loved, I even bough a few extra descaler sachets to ease her sadness 😆Posted 9 years agomarsdenmanMember
MrNutt – that sir is a result! Thought we’d done well getting ours ex-display for £150 at Whittards….Posted 9 years ago
no tears from the assistant, just a free descaler sachet (how we yorkshire folk feel for you poor hard water suffering folk…) and selection of coffees to try!
Pretty sure it makes great coffee, just have not perfected it yet….
try some of that blue mountain stuff from this lass:
she does 4 bags for £30.00 posted if you ask nicely 😉 tell her I sent you!
actually I’m buying another load soon if you would like one for whatever that works out at?
(my grandfather is a yorkshireman 😆 )Posted 9 years agoonewheelgoodSubscriber
I’ve had a Classic for 7 years or so – makes great coffee. If you like cappuccino, getting the frothing right takes practice. Sainsburys espresso beans (gold packet) are amazingly good for the price. This is the tamper you want – and it’s almost as useful as a set of Bombers in an emergency.Posted 9 years ago
I bought my Gaggia Classic on sale for £200 from Fenwick just before Xmas.
So far so good as I use it to practice my new found Barista hobby. Will do a minor modification to the steam wand later but so far it is great.
Not grinding my own coffee beans yet but will once the right grinder comes onto the market. Vario that is.
Got the same tamper as MrNutt, a deluxe Motta milk foaming jug and Been knockbox too.
There is a local coffee roaster here so will get fresh beans from them once I got my grinder.
Who knows I might end up a Barista.JonEdwardsMember
I’ve had a (second hand) classic for about 4 years now. Great bit of kit.
Baby Class appears to have no cup warmer (space on top), a small water tank and a small drip tray. On the face of it, none of these are massively important features, but practically they make the whole thing a lot more user friendly.
Warm cups means your espresso tastes better for longer (dumping a shot of hot espresso into a cold cup = cold espresso)
The water tank on my Classic needs filling maybe twice a week (2 drinks/day) you get through a lot of water with cooling flushes, refilling the boiler post steaming etc, plus backflushing.
The drip tray will get 1/3 – 1/2 full from making a couple of drinks. You stand much less chance of slopping mucky water over your kitchen floor if it’s bigger rather than smaller. Backflushing also will fill it right up.
Tampers? Reg Barber.
Grinder? second hand Mazzer
Backflush once a week, descale once a month, hoover the grinder out once a month.Posted 9 years ago
Nobeerinthefridge:”Chewkw, out of nosiness, what are you doing to the steam wand, and why?.”
The plastic “turbo” steam wand from the Gaggia Classic disturbs the milk badly rather than actually doing the forming properly. I get big bubbles all over no matter how I try and does not give smooth form. Other users suggested changing the steam wand to improve the form and the result was much better forming. So I will give it a go.
Secondly, the plastic steam wand needs more cleaning too as dry milk do get stuck in them. Yes, I clean the steam wand everytime.
Here are some information on how to do so.
Rather easy to do really.
🙂Posted 9 years agopjt201Member
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