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Gaggia Classic - Bob Pasternak's Review
Posted: February 12, 2011, 4:12pm
review rating: 3.0
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Gaggia Classic Machine
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Arrow The Gaggia Classic has 79 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia Classic has been rated 8.04 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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A C C 9.00
John Anderson 8.85
Patrick Sloane 8.00
Daryl Cross 8.00
Dan Pohl 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 4.6
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 7
Average Price: $449.00 Usability: 3
Price Paid: $399.00 Cost vs. Value 3
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 6
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Delonghi Entry level pump espresso machine
Bottom Line: I tried and tried. But I never pulled a good shot with this machine.  Stick with vendors with a liberal return policy.
Positive Product Points

Produces real espresso, with syrupy mouth feel and good crema.
Warm up is quick.
3-Way solenoid valve is nice feature.
Doesn't take up a lot of room on kitchen counter.
Stainless Steel construction is nice.

Negative Product Points

Every shot, without even one exception, is sour.
Small boiler is inadequate for steaming.  I have to wait in the middle of steaming 6 ounces of milk.

Detailed Commentary

I'm new to making espresso.
Every single shot from this machine has been sour.  I've adjusted the OPV valve pressure, tried several different surfing techniques, tried different beans, different grinds, different tamps, and the end result is espresso that is sour to exceedingly sour.
The only thing I can drink out of this machine is a cappuccino.
You may be discounting this review, thinking I'm an idiot and your experience will be better.  (And I hope it is.)
But if you are new to espresso, this may be your experience, so stick with vendors with a liberal return policy.

Buying Experience

Amazon always does a good job.  Machine arrived relatively quickly.  Paid a fair price.
The best part is their return policy. (No questions asked, I got the authorization online, and they pay the postage.)

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