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Gaggia Cubika - David Sawford's Review
Posted: July 4, 2005, 6:23am
review rating: 3.5
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Arrow The Gaggia Cubika has 11 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia Cubika has been rated 6.33 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since May 3, 2005.
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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: 7.0
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 6
Average Price: $230.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $229.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: John Lewis Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 months Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: The snazzy styling conceals an slightly agricultural machine, but it works well.
Positive Product Points

Nice looking stainless steel design
Easy to use
Makes good coffee

Negative Product Points

Quite noisy
Fiddly water tank

Detailed Commentary

I read the (mainly negative) reviews here after I had bought it.  I was worried about how long it would last, but atfer 2 months of daily use  there are no signs of anything going wrong.

Compared to my previous un-pumped machine, this is a revelation; I never realised espresso could taste so good.  Every cup has a huge crema on top and a wonderfully full flavour.  The pump, while noisy, is powerful enough to extract all the flavours from the beans.  The heater is powerful enough to heat the water, warm the cups on the hotplate above and the coffee holder, meaning a hot cup each time.

The only downside is the really stupid design of the water tank.  Topping up is fine - you just slide it to one side and pour water in.  However, to remove it for cleaning, you have to fiddle around with two silicone rubber tubes that have to be pulled out of the tank before removing it.  Otherwise the tank won't fit past the pump outlet.  Getting it back in again is just as annoying.

Buying Experience

Nothing out of the ordinary to report.

Three Month Followup

It hasn't broken yet :)

One Year Followup

One year on and it's still going strong.  No problems to report.

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