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Gaggia Coffee - Jaime Athos's Review
Posted: February 3, 2000, 1:41am
review rating: 6.0
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Gaggia Coffee Espresso Machine
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Arrow The Gaggia Coffee has 30 Reviews
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Russ Sahagian 9.33
Tim Eggers 9.00
Thomas Gauperaa 7.84
Antony Prince 7.80
John Bair 7.75

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.0
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 6
Average Price: $300.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $0.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Intermediate Would Buy Again: n/a
Similar Items Owned: Not entered
Bottom Line: Great machine for those of us who demand an excellent shot but have a limited budget
Positive Product Points

Strong 15-bar (?) pump
Quick heating machine with sturdy metal construction
Low maintenance

Negative Product Points

Adequate, but just barely, steam production for milk frothing
The included tamper is too small for the double filter basket
No three-way solenoid for backflushing

Detailed Commentary

I would buy this machine again in a heartbeat.  While there is room for improvement, most notably in the steam production, the Coffee does the job and does it well.  I am regularly pulling shots that far surpass the typical ones I'm served in the local espresso bars.  The next step up from the Coffee will be a heat-exchanger equipped machine, and that will come at a considerably higher price!

This was a refurb machine that I picked up on eBay when Electra-Craft was auctioning off the older style units.  Total price including shipping was $160.  I also picked up a refurb Gaggia MDF grinder and have found it to be the perfect compliment to the Coffee.

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