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Gaggia Classic - David Leone's Review
Posted: March 10, 2000, 4:48pm
review rating: 4.5
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Arrow The Gaggia Classic has 79 Reviews
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Patrick Sloane 8.00
Daryl Cross 8.00
Dan Pohl 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 9.2
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 8
Average Price: $449.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Aficionado Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Gaggia is the original and as far as I'm concerned the best machine.
Positive Product Points

Beautiful design - makes great espresso.

Negative Product Points

Plastic tamper too small.

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After using virtually every other kind of inexpensive home espresso maker - Vesuviana, Moka, Braun cheapo pressure, I finally broke down and bought a semi-pro machine.  At $399.00 this was a major investment for me - but it was more than worth it.  I've had no problems with this guy - only shot after shot of crema-topped espresso.  The manual says to allow 6 minutes for it to get hot enough to make espresso, but I usually give it twice that time.  Ignore the rubber "perfect crema device" and grind and tamp your shots correctly to produce excellent crema.  I can easily get 25 sec doubles that almost don't need sugar they are so sweet.  I've since bought a better grinder (see review of the Gaggai MDF) and a HW Precision home roaster, and now my only problem is sleeping at night.

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