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Gaggia Cubika - Tauseef Mehrali's Review
Posted: May 19, 2004, 2:51am
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Adrian Hall 9.00
Colin Gent 8.33
James Whitby 7.20
Pete Wearn 6.50
Janice Smith 6.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.8
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 7
Average Price: $230.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $214.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Rackhams (House of Fraser) Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned:
Bottom Line: A well crafted, good looking, reasonably priced  machine that despite an apparently ubiquitous early fault (rapidly repaired) produces excellent espresso.
Positive Product Points

- Very stylish
- Reproducibly good espresso with crema
- Functional hot plate
- Easy to clean
- Excellent customer service

Negative Product Points

- Early button trouble required repair
- Water tank fiddly to remove and replace

Detailed Commentary

As a coffee-making novice prior to purchasing this machine, I was looking for a reliable brand at a good price. The Cubika did not disappoint and I was producing excellent coffee from the outset.

The Machine

Everyone who passes through the kitchen comments on the Cubika. The simple, slick design is eye-catching yet unobtrusive and the metalwork gives it a substantial feel, betraying the cost. I haven’t made much use of the steam facility as I’m fast becoming a hardened espresso addict.

The Accessories

The Cubika comes with a filter holder, single and double filters, a measuring spoon and a double-ended plastic tamper. As Mike Brown mentions in his review, ‘the instruction book mentions an optional "perfect cream" device - this is not supplied with the machine’.

The Coffee

A+. Once you have found the roast for you, the Cubika ensures it is transformed into an exceptional espresso. I always get a thick crema (using various Lavazza coffees – I simply do not have the time a true cognoscente would set aside to grow the coffee beans in my allotment!) and the espresso emerges at a good temperature.

Problems?

My state of bliss was interrupted 3 months after purchasing the Cubika when the on/off button jammed in the off position. I contacted Gaggia who did not seem surprised (Mike Brown mentions a similar problem in his review). They arranged for the machine to be picked up at their expense and had it repaired and returned within a fortnight. The machine has functioned reliably thereafter.

The water tank is a real nightmare to remove and replace because of the position of the steam wand so I tend to remove stagnant water by simply letting it run through the machine.

The Conclusion

A very pleasing first foray into the world of coffee-making.

Buying Experience

I purchased the item from Rackhams and took it home the same day. They added some ground coffee as well as whole beans for free. I deal directly with Gaggia for maintenance issues. Their service has been exemplary.

Three Month Followup

Still going strong and now that I've added a grinder (Dualit Grinder) and found a reliable blend (Whittard's Guatemalan Elephant), I'm en route to espresso heaven.

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