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Gaggia Baby - All - Jim Cummer's Review
Posted: February 13, 2000, 9:54am
review rating: 5.9
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Gaggia Baby Espresso Models
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Arrow The Gaggia Baby - All has 27 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia Baby - All has been rated 7.17 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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Nadav Caine 9.33
Patrick Sloane 9.20
Andrew King 8.50
Brad Franks 8.00
Jesse Robinson 7.11

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.8
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 10
Average Price: Varies Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: For $300, your espresso problems are over.
Positive Product Points

Built rock solid; all the features of the Classic without the metal skin...and a $100 less.  Self priming pump, dripless (for the most part), brass boiler; wonderful shots and great steaming features.  Heavy duty, almost pro-like coffee filter holder lets you know you've upgraded to a serious level.

Negative Product Points

Horrible instruction manual.  Perhaps they should consult some grade school English students for basic, how-to instructions.  Parts are not clearly identified, componding the instruction manual woes. There is a  six minute or so warm-up time, but that is offset by the self-priming pump feature.  After drawing coffee shots, simply pressing the steam button (and waiting less than 15 seconds) unleashes a torrent of hot water.  Finally, the horrible name.  I'm 46!  What am I doing with a Baby in the kitchen?

Detailed Commentary

This is my third espresso machine, the first being a Delonghi, the second a Krups.  Both were purchased after cursory flirting with making my own shots at home.  The Delonghi simply quit one day, the Krups blew a switch 5 days after the warranty expired.  I was ready to move up.  After monitoring the coffee newsgroups for a month or two,  I narrowed down my search to the Gaggia line.  Finding wonderful product information and comparisons at Whole Latte Love, I was able to determin the only difference between the Classic and Baby (see positive product features).  After a brief e-mail exchange with Gary from WLL, I ordered the Baby.  Upon arrival, after set-up and perusal of the so-called instructions manual, I primed her up and began tesing shots.  From the first trickle I knew I had made the right decision...and that first shot was great.
Easy to use, easy to maintain, easy to steam, and  looks nice, too.

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