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Gaggia Titanium - Elwood Blues's Review
Posted: November 15, 2007, 10:19am
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Gaggia Titanium Super Automatic
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Arrow The Gaggia Titanium has 13 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia Titanium has been rated 6.89 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since August 1, 2005.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Elwood Blues 10.00
Weathertop Weathertop 9.50
Max Kirsch 7.20
Richard Henry 7.00
Chris Brown 5.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Saeco Quality: 6
Average Price: $1,699.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $900.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: 1-st line Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 3 years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: best superautomatica under $2000....
Positive Product Points

-looks
-features

Negative Product Points

- one too many pucks, before 'empty dregdrawer' message - the last puck falls out of the bin, resulting in extra cleanup
- grinder runs 'dry', despite a full hopper --- fix: remove the 'safety dome' on top of the feed-hole and just remember not to stick your fingers down the grinder........ ;)
- little latch above the steam wand --- fix 1: remove it - downside: machine looses some its looks, fix 2: grind off catch - at least the 'trap door' now swings freely
-lots of plastic, but that is just par for the course at that price point

Detailed Commentary

After 3.5 years and over 5000 shots (yes, it has a counter) dispensed without ANY problems, I can say I have never owned a better superautomatica.... (DeLonghi, Saeco, Jura)
With pre-infusion set to long and the grinder set to 0 (I know they tell you in the manual not to go lower than 2....), using Lavazza Super Crema (hard to beat, and at $15 per Kilo....even harder- I think the extra little bit or Robusta in this blend works well with the superautomatica), I got the extraction time up to 26 seconds (18 w/o counting pre-infusion) - not bad. There will always be a price for convenience......

nice crema, though it does not support a teaspoon of sugar for a second..... who came up with that, anyways? ;)

Always set your water level to extra hard and descale often..... it will expand the life expectancy of the machine - best descaler on the market: Durgol

Steam is good - takes about 10sec to produce steam, enough to 'warm up'  a cup. I 'retro-fitted' the turbo frother with the Saeco Panarello w/ the tip removed - nice microfoam, not on the fast side, though. On lazy days it is still the microwave and the little Ikea-frother (it will last about 3-4 months, but at $1.99 a piece, you can replace it many times....)

Buying Experience

as it should be....

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