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Gaggia Classic - M Morkel's Review
Posted: February 3, 2000, 11:12am
review rating: 6.0
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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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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: 8.8
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 10
Average Price: $449.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 10
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: All I need (even a bit more)
Positive Product Points

Brewgroup and Portafilter are heavy brass: Temperature stability
Solenoid valve: No dripping -> Clean kitchen
Polished chrome exterior: very, very beautiful

Negative Product Points

Aluminium boiler: needs regular descaling
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Detailed Commentary

Bought it as an import model from italy, ca. 260 EU. Compared to my former machine, a Krups Maximo (see review there), this black chrome beauty does not only produce far superior espresso, it is also less messy (thanks to the solenoid valve). Given a decent grinder (I use the Solis burr grinder) and fresh coffee (I can get freshly roasted beans from a cafe nearby) it is not difficult to produce a very good cup. To master (hmm, or at least correctly use...) the machine, one should not rely on the very sparse, if not misleading instructions, but take a good look at web-based sources (like the alt.coffee newsgroup) as well.
If the looks of the machine are no concern, one might as well consider the Baby Gaggia, which has the same interiors, but plastic exterior - and is cheaper of course.

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