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Gaggia Espresso - Anthony Altieri's Review
Posted: January 16, 2002, 6:12am
review rating: 6.3
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Arrow The Gaggia Espresso has 33 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia Espresso has been rated 7.67 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 30, 2001.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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John Schmidt 8.56
Brad C. 8.45
Shawn Duden 8.00
Vils M. DiSanto 7.88
Stephen Bozler 7.87

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.2
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 5
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $150.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Whole Latte Love Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 3 years Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: none
Bottom Line: Great value for someone wanting to learn serious espresso on a budget.  Spend your money on the grinder!
Positive Product Points

Great value for good 'serious' espresso.  Commercial grade portafilter and boiler heats up quickly.  Great machine on which to learn proper technique.

Negative Product Points

Cheap plastic construction.  Small aluminum boiler.  Dinky, too short steam wand.

Detailed Commentary

Like any espresso machine, the Espresso Gaggia is only as good as the grinder and the beans.  With my Rocky, fresh beans, and a little practice, I can produce consistently good (sometimes great) double espresso shots.  While outward construction is cheap, the working internals are the same as higher end gaggia machines.  Doesn't have a three-valve, but I never owned a machine with one, so I don't miss it.  Water on top of the puck is never a problem.  Overall, the internals have been very reliable.

Bottom line:  If you want to learn espresso on budget, and are willing to invest in grinder and fresh roasted beans, this machine represents the best value.  If you want a "show-piece" appliance for your counter, look elsewhere.

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Great price, free shipping from WLL.

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