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Gaggia Classic - David Johnson's Review
Posted: August 8, 2012, 3:17pm
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Arrow The Gaggia Classic has 79 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia Classic has been rated 8.04 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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A C C 9.00
John Anderson 8.85
Patrick Sloane 8.00
Daryl Cross 8.00
Dan Pohl 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.2
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 8
Average Price: $449.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $250.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Venetian hardware store Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: no brainer for the first time espresso machine buyer
Positive Product Points

classic by name and nature: a great looking entry point to the world of real coffee. solid design and body, long lasting & reliable mechanism.

Negative Product Points

aluminium boiler, poor quality handle on portafilter

Detailed Commentary

i bought mine in a little venetian sidestreet hardware store over 10 years ago and brought it back to london with me on easyjet. best buy i ever made, took it to france with me and it's only just died (boiler cracked by frost! i'd emptied it before leaving for winter but evidently not well enough).

this has to be the first espresso machine of choice: it has always faithfully produced the best espresso i've been capable of, and has never needed any more attention than the requisite regular descaling and cleaning needed by all such machines. it's easy to use, yet with room to experiment by varying coffee quantity and strength to personalise and improve your espresso. took me a while to work out the heating time between shots though - didn't have this site back then :)

i'd have bought another in a heartbeat, but came across a fully automatic gaggia at an unmissable price which better suits my changed lifestyle (basically, producing 6-10 espressos at a time rather than 1-4).

Buying Experience

bought on a whim in venice - what more can i say?!

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