This is the lowest priced full blown home espresso machine we will recommend for this year's lists.
The Gaggia Pure does cut a lot of corners - cheap plastic, not much of a cup warming tray, tiny, slidey all across the counter, you name it.
But... where it counts... it has the goods. And I can make as good an espresso on this as I can with $500, $700 machines. It has a chromed brass 58mm portafilter. It has proper double (and single) baskets. It has a stainless steel boiler. It heats up to the right temperatures. And it produces a steady (if loud) 9+ BAR of pressure to brew your espresso.
Whole Latte Love often puts this beginner machine on sale as low as $160 or $180; but even at $200, it's a good price. Important to keep in mind: Gaggia saved money on things that don't matter too much on a home machine, and they spent money on the most important things in this machine.
Column Description Whether it's up to the minute, happening this day, this week, or in the recent past, this column's goal is to present coffee and attempts to make the experience truly culinary. You'll find short reviews about past events, interesting coffees coming on the market, new and different ways to enjoy espresso and other brewing methods, and give an insight into efforts around the globe to make coffee a truly culinary thing. Column written by Mark Prince.