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Gaggia Classic - Paul Gustafson's Review
Posted: June 12, 2003, 9:23pm
review rating: 5.4
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Gaggia Classic Machine
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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: 3.0
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 0
Average Price: $449.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $400.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 4+ years Overall 1
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: A machine full of water should be rustproof -- stay away.
Positive Product Points

Good espresso for the money, nice foam once you ditch the helper attachment and learn to use the plain tip.

Negative Product Points

It rusted like an old tin can, the plastic portafilter handle is not very robust (but easy to replace), and I cannot fully close steam knob.

Detailed Commentary

First machine was DOA. Second worked fine, but unfortunately began to rust about 6 months after purchase and now is like a rusty tin can. The rust started on the upper inside of the shell where the removable water reservoir sits. I called WLL about it and was given a number to call for Gaggia repair. The guy there said it was a known problem with the machine and Gaggia wouldn't do anything about it. A year and a half later, with the rust worsening dramatically and spreading to the entire chamber in which the water reservoir sits and dropping rust into the reservoir, I tried again and this time the guy told me they'd never heard of this problem with a Classic Coffee before. I'd definitely steer clear of this machine for this reason.

Buying Experience

WLL was nice to deal with, but I'd never buy another Gaggia espresso machine (I'm quite happy with their MDF grinder for the price).

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