jonnybignote Senior Member Joined: 18 Apr 2012 Posts: 23 Location: Culver City Expertise: I like coffee
Posted Sun Apr 22, 2012, 5:52pm Subject: Re: Gaggia reliability?
I've respectfully taken all the advice offered, and dutifully read all the links posted, while at the same time considering my budget. I purposefully didn't cheap out on the grinder and purchased the Preciso.
My other research including reviews on this site, show the Barista to be an acceptable starting machine, providing an non pressurised portafilter is used. It obviously does not compete with the Gaggia's when you get into the Baby, or Classic range, but the lower spec Gaggia's do not appear to be held to the same standards. So for as close to $100 as possible, I'm pretty happy getting the Barista. There will be opportunities for upgrading to a Classic, or even a Sylvia at a later date. I need to ramp this up slowly...
For perspective, read back a few posts and see where I'm coming from and what I'm trying to make espresso on right now....my life is currently cremaless... :)
Coffeenoobie Senior Member Joined: 11 Dec 2011 Posts: 3,083 Location: PNW Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: N S Oscar Grinder: K30 & Vario W
Posted Sun Apr 22, 2012, 7:44pm Subject: Re: Gaggia reliability?
he is spending less than 100 as a learning tool. I think he is doing right for his mind set right now. it is not so much that he will regret it in a few months when decides to buy an upgrade. if he bought it new I would agree it is good money after bad. but he is starting in his comfort zone, and he will learn a lot. let's start a pool to see how long it takes for him to upgrade. :)
Buying advice: GRINDER GRINDER GRINDER. Don't cheap out on the grinder.
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