Beezer Senior Member Joined: 17 Oct 2006 Posts: 456 Location: Fresno, CA Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Quickmill Anita Grinder: La Cimbali Max Hybrid
Posted Fri May 3, 2013, 8:55am Subject: Re: New Gaggia (Carezza Prestige)?
Looks sort of like a Francis Francis X1. Nice looking, but some of the "features" listed on their site make it look like a step backward from the Classic. Thermoblock boiler, pressurized portafilter, panarello steam wand are not things that are going to appeal to a serious home barista, although they may appeal to a more casual user who doesn't want to buy a good grinder, fresh breans, and learn how to steam milk properly.
The Gaggia Carezza Prestige semi-automatic espresso machine boasts a powerful 1,300W thermoblock boiler, pressurized portafilter, and two programmable brew buttons for enviable performance. Easy-to-use, push-button controls and a stainless steel Pannarello wand lets you brew, steam, and froth with confidence. For your convenience, the Carezza Prestige's pressurized portafilter comes with baskets for both ground coffee and ESE (easy serve espresso) pods. Additional features such as the front accessible water reservoir, ergonomic steam knob, energy-saving “stand-by” mode, and pre-brewing function make this machine a great choice for the home.
Highlights •Ball-joint mounted stainless steel Pannarello steam wand •Spacious passive cup warmer •47 fl oz front access removable water reservoir with level indicator •Powerful 15-bar pump •Pre-infusion cycle •1300 watt boiler •8.8 lbs •11”H x 8.3”W x 11.8”D •Accessories Included: •Single, double, and ESE pod filter baskets
toshin Junior Member Joined: 20 Dec 2014 Posts: 2 Location: Sydney Expertise: Just starting
Posted Sat Dec 20, 2014, 9:09pm Subject: Re: New Gaggia (Carezza Prestige)?
Is this model the same as coffeeitalia.com.au/proddetail. php?prod=aaaaa-grangaggia-pres
Been browsing for a while but mainly for aeropress/pourovers and grinders (have a porlex mini already). Decided to get an espresso machine, but start from a low end models - the Delonghi EC155
However, we don't have these available locally, (Australia) and with shipping from amazon, it would set me back approx $140-$150. If I can get the above machine for about $270, would it be a better investment? 1 Yr local warranty would be great too.
These are $300 here and look really nice too, although I haven't seen any reviews here for it (or the prestige) delonghi.com/en-au/products/coffee/coffee-ma kers/pump-espresso/dedica-ec680m-0132106107 Don't want to go over $300.
Edit: sorry can't post links yet. Delete space after proddetail. and ma kers in the 2nd link.
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