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Posted Mon Jan 19, 2004, 1:00am
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Isomac Super Giada

CoffeeGeek has a look at one of the least expensive Isomacs available on the US market today, and puts it through some initial paces. Is this machine more than just a cutesy looker? Find out.
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Posted Mon Jan 19, 2004, 3:44pm
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Outstanding and forthright effort, Mark.  Competition at this price point is fierce -- sounds like $400 is better spent elsewhere for now...
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Posted Wed Jan 21, 2004, 5:10am
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An excellent first look review, Mark - especially since I almost simoultaneously have bought the very same machine.

So far, I can only agree with the views, from the strangely placed nut which obstructs the available space in the filter, ( right , you quickly get used to it !) - to the steaming abilities ( and design) which eventually, after a bit of practice turns out good results, to the concerns over the temperature and last but not least, the somewhat confusing ( or just Italian ?) usage of colored signals which works dead against normal ( or at least law abiding ) citizens in the traffic - i.e. go when the green light switches off !

With regards to the temperature, and forgive me for the European Celcius thing, I have a few problems getting the machine over some 85 degrees a( measured at the water leaves the portafilter) and likewise, with the pressure, find it a little worrying, that despite the apparent ability to produce adequate pressure, my gauge shows only some 8.2 bars at the max. (so far !).

But, when all will be said eventually in a full scale test and review  - do not forget that this is by far the the coolest looking machine - at least available in our relatively small ( but excessively expensive - I paid more than 700 usd for the beast !) market in Denmark. Stainless steel all over - no ugly plastics and an overall look that will go anywhere - cool toggle switches, well designed, regular shape, easy maintenance - and above all , not looking like something a mad inventor pulled out on a bad day !

After just one week - even with the minor upsets mentioned, my attitude to brewing coffee at home have changed forever, so bye-bye Bodum and silly stovetop so called espresso brewers -  Real Espresso is king !

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Posted Sun Jan 25, 2004, 6:55pm
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Very good review Mark. While the findings about the Super Giada are true regarding the steam wand length (short), the large nut on the dispersion screen (big), and 53mm portafilter (small, but tough), the Super Giada is a good machine for the money. You would be hard pressed to find a machine in the sub $400 range with the S. Giada’s performance and feature set. The Francis X3 or the Solis SL70 would be the only other logical choices. However, if you are comparing the S. Giada to the Rancilio Silvia or the Gaggia Classic, be prepared to pay $445 and $449 respectively at today’s prices. The days of those guys costing less than $400 are gone forever and as a result the S. Giada is a good catch at $349 or perhaps $399. I am looking forward to the detailed review.
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Posted Sun Jan 25, 2004, 11:39pm
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Dan, I basically got it in the $350 to $450 category, while reviewing this. At that price point, the Silvia's the benchmark, so it always gets compared; Gaggia Classic will be tossed in too. The X3 will probably be the third choice for the detailed review.

The Solis remains my best choice for under $400 though :)

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Posted Sun Apr 25, 2004, 11:24pm
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Thanks for the review Mark. As always I've been impressed with your product reviews.
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Posted Mon Jun 2, 2008, 2:04pm
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Hey, all;

Does anyone know who I can contact to receive a manual for the Isomac Super Giada machine? I was given that was used, and it did not have a manual.

Thanks,

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Posted Mon Jun 2, 2008, 2:49pm
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PCS Said:

Hey, all;

Does anyone know who I can contact to receive a manual for the Isomac Super Giada machine? I was given that was used, and it did not have a manual.

Thanks,

PCS

Posted June 2, 2008 link

You can download it as a pdf from here http://www.isomac.it/pdf/giada_supergiada.pdf

However, you may not find Isomac's instructions quite as much help as you expect.
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Posted Sat Jul 3, 2010, 1:57am
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Hi,

Hey all all. I am a newbie on the site and after some help. I promise to help where I can aswell. I recently bought a Isomac Giada...3 days ago it arrived. I seem to have some problems with it. The manual is god AWFUL that comes with it. Any gaida users knowledge would be much appreciated. Here goes...

When I switch the machine on it starts to drip through the coffee dispenser. When I flip the steamer on, and gets to around 4bar pressure it blows it all out of the coffee dispencer unit again.

To further my fustration the machine is 3 days old and been doing it since day one! Another thing which I can't get answers on is the avarage working pressure. I have never gotten more than 3.8 - 4bar by witch time it dumps the pressure anyway!!

Any help would be MUCH appreciated...thanks
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