Posted Tue Nov 5, 2002, 10:55am Subject: One important thing....
Nice coverage, Mark. I have a Gaggia Baby and while the internalsof the two machines (boiler, pump and solenoids) are identical if I understand ti correclty, the wand is not. The wand on the baby ends just below the elbow. I use the 2 hole plastic sleeve provided by WLL (great vendor - I agree with your assessment of them) - they recommend against the frother attachment. I suspect that the foaming capability of the Classic wand is better than what I can do with the Baby. Mark sez "The one important thing: (who the hell drinks tea anyway?)."
Posted Thu Nov 7, 2002, 8:25pm Subject: Pretty Accurate Observations
I've had a Classic for two years and I'd say your observations are pretty much right on. I cannot compare with other machines except steam toys since I've never used anything else. One positive I'd add to your list is its relatively narrow width (8 inches). This helped me commandeer some of my wife's jealously guarded counter space with room left for the grinder. For me the best results are a cappucino consisting of 1.5 oz in 25 seconds with 3 oz of microfoamed and steamed milk, all in a brown NuovaPoint cappa cup. AAhhh.
Posted Mon Nov 11, 2002, 6:07pm Subject: A Classic
My 1st espresso machine was a slightly used (one night) Gaggia labeled Coffee. I think it was purchased in '83 for ~$245.00 USD. Outside of the brushed metal finish & the funky wand it seems to be identical in looks & function. Still sort of works. Needs major league descaling & probably a new pump(erratic pump pressure). NVHong(aka narc)
malzkaffee Senior Member Joined: 19 Oct 2003 Posts: 43 Location: right above the center of the earth Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Gaggia coffee Grinder: Gaggia MDF, Rossi RR45 Vac Pot: neither... Drip: ...nor Roaster: I dont push it so far, yet
Posted Sun Dec 14, 2003, 4:44am Subject: Re: Where's the detailed review???
The boiler of the Gaggia is aluminium only in the top part. The lower part, where the pf attatches to, is chromed brass. One advantage of the external heating-elements is that you wont kill them with an only partly-filled boiler, as is the case with other designs. The Gaggia can be cheated: -switch on brew and steam together, -wait a minute and hit the pump switch, run 150ml of water/steam, -switch off pump -repeat procedure, then switch off steam, -wait two minutes, then brew as usual.
yon Senior Member Joined: 17 Feb 2004 Posts: 8 Location: San Francisco Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: La Pavoni Pub Grinder: Mini Mazzer Vac Pot: no Drip: no Roaster: no
Posted Mon Feb 23, 2004, 12:54pm Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic First Look
I spent a little over six years with that machine and learned a trick with the production of steam. The machine over heats when steaming, and as a result will stop producing steam after a latte or two (the steam turns to hot air). To overcome this you simply flush water through steam wand (turn on both the steam and the coffee buttons and open up the steam valve) until water comes out with-out steam, but still hot. Then let it heat up again. This goes pretty quickly. This way you can steam all day. Convienient it's not, but it does make it possible to steam for eight. Yon
Hi! I really like this review. I have own my Classic for three years now and I think that this First Look is right on the spot. So I really miss the detailed review!!!
I temp. surf my Classic and that has improve the quality of my shots. I would be glad if anyone can give a detailed description of how they temp. surf the Gaggia. I´m not really sure that i surf at the right point in the "cirkel".
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