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Posted Thu Feb 9, 2006, 5:34pm
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Hey Guys,

My mom is looking to get a 1/2 decent machine. She isn't real hardcore but she loves Americanos and I got her a kick ass La San Marco grinder so it is time she got a decent machine. She can get a good deal on a new Gran for $100. Is it worth it? I have a Coffee Gaggia and I love it but does the Gran have the same guts with a plastic exterior? Cheers for the help all.
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Posted Thu Feb 9, 2006, 5:43pm
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The Gran is not as good as the Coffee as it has half the heating power (so it warms up and transistions to steam much more slowly) and I think it has an aluminium PF and no dispersion disc between the group and the showerscreen.
If you can get the Espresso or Carezza, those are plastic bodied versions of your Coffee.

 
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Posted Thu Feb 9, 2006, 6:02pm
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Ah ok...cheers for that man! Much appreciated!
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Posted Thu Feb 9, 2006, 6:46pm
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Don't forget the Evolution.. the other plastic bodied version.

 
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Posted Thu Feb 9, 2006, 9:08pm
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But that costs more.... :-)

Also, I've heard of the switches on that model jamming - the rocker switches are simpler so I suspect they're more reliable.

 
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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2006, 1:13pm
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My brother has a Gran.  I think it is the cheapest you can get from Gaggia.  I haven't seen a lot of Gaggias but this looks like a toy.  I think you should go with the next step up in Gaggia.  The advice already given is good.
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Posted Fri Feb 10, 2006, 1:33pm
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My cousin has a Gran that's over fifteen years old (if I'm thinkin of the right model).  He's constantly complaining about priming the pump, so I think you have to do that manually.

Aurelio

PS.  kaanage, I haven't noticed a problem with the switches jamming on my Evolution, but that's good to know.  I'll keep an eye out.

 
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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2006, 7:40am
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What about the GAGGIA Topaazio? It looks like that has a commercial PF but not sure about the GH etc. Those any good or? Thanks for the help thus far guys.
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