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Gaggia Classic - Ed Gianni's Review
Posted: March 24, 2001, 1:25pm
review rating: 6.0
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Arrow The Gaggia Classic has 79 Reviews
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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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 10
Average Price: $449.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $315.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: EBAY Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 6 months Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: none
Bottom Line: Great fun to use. Excellent results with practice. Sleek &  sexy looking.
Positive Product Points

Makes excellent tasting espresso with some practice
Frothing with bare wand produces great microbubbles after practice
Deep removable drip tray
Sleek polished nickel finish
easy to fill and clean
fast heat up
Only 8 inches wide
Small boiler means I can clear out stale water fast at the beginning of the day.

Negative Product Points

bare frothing wand could be a little longer

Detailed Commentary

This machine has worked out very well for me, although I suffered through 3 1/2 months of wildly varying pour times until I switched from the Gaggia MM to the MDF grinder.  Now I can get pours in the 20-30 second range most of the time.  I get excellent crema. Sometimes I wonder if I'm sometimes getting too much :).   It is very easy to keep clean . Also, the eight inch width takes up less counter space than most other models.  I like the deep drip tray, especially because I can remove it and pour directly into one of those tall glass cups with a pedastal.  I can make great microfoam with the bare wand from 4 oz of milk in a 20 oz pitcher (instructions in Ken Davids Espresso book did the trick). It would be easier if the wand were about an inch longer.   The hot water dispenser allows me to make great Americanos as well.  

I know some people are put off by the plastic parts and the aluminum boiler, but the plastic parts feel good to me and contrast well with the polished nickel finish for quite an elegant look.  And I like the boiler for its quick heating , fast recovery and the ability to quickly clear stale water from the boiler from the day before, just because of the small capacity.  I'm just careful to use the right cleaner on the aluminum boiler (Cleancaf).

Buying Experience

My buying experience on Ebay was pretty uneventful.  I got the machine from Steve who works at Electra-Kraft.  He was very forthright and even sent me an extra power cord and wiring diagram because the machine didn't seem properly grounded.  It turned out that the wire polarity was reversed.  When I reversed them where they connected to the power cord, the grounding problem disappeared.

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