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Gaggia Espresso - Danny Hoffman's Review
Posted: August 11, 2001, 4:25am
review rating: 6.4
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Arrow The Gaggia Espresso has 33 Reviews
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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: 7.6
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 6
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $190.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: online Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Good basic machine for serious espresso. Get a good grinder or a reliable source for ground.
Positive Product Points

Makes good espresso with a good crema if you use good coffee and get the proper grind. Easy to use and seems to be well made.

Negative Product Points

Frothing- Wand is too short which makes frothing awkward. Steam capacity is too small, a second use means stopping and letting the steam cycle run again. Better for users who aren't strongly oriented towards cappuccinos and lattes.

Detailed Commentary

This is my first serious machine and in general Im pleased with it. Once I got the right grind I managed to make what I consider very good espresso-better than many "espresso bars". But the right grind needs a very good home grinder-or you have to experiment with local shops until you find one that can supply you with the proper grind. Mark's advice about a good grinder being more important than an expensive machine is true.
The "improved crema" device is a waste of time. It actually makes worse crema. Just get good fresh coffee, leave the device out, and youll get good crema without it.

I paid $190 which is a very good price here.

I am satisfied with the machine, but buyers should understand that it is not a machine for after dinner party coffees: in the future I will upgrade to a machine with a heat exchanger so that I make espresso, steam at the same time, and repeat the process immediately (for groups of guests).

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