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Gaggia Coffee - James Goodman's Review
Posted: October 31, 2004, 8:41am
review rating: 4.8
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Arrow The Gaggia Coffee has 30 Reviews
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Russ Sahagian 9.50
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: 9.0
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 8
Average Price: $300.00 Usability: 10
Price Paid: $370.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Sterling Mills Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 week Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Gaggia Cubika
Bottom Line: Solid, Well-made, Powerful.
Positive Product Points

Speed, Power, Quality.

Negative Product Points

Plastic front panel sticks out a little.
The gap between the filter holder & the drip-tray is a little small. The monster cups I use for Latte dont quite fit, so I will have to buy some proper shot glasses.

Detailed Commentary

The Cubika broke (again!) yesterday, so we took it back & exchanged it for a Coffee Deluxe. What a difference! Everything is heavy & has a solid, well-made feel to it.

The whole machine seems to be made for regular use, & the speed with which it works is startling. From cold, it is ready for use within a couple of minutes; the cubika used to take about 20! Steaming milk is significantly faster due to the bigger boiler, although it means I need to learn how to steam again because everything happens so fast.

The coffee seems totally different. Using the same coffee as I used in the cubika, it now comes out perfect, almost entirely crema. With the cubika, only the latter part was crema. The shots also seem hotter, I presume due to the brass filter holder retaining the heat better.

Most importantly, the buttons are nice solid feeling switches, rather than sticky push-buttons. After my previous experience of Gaggia repairs, I am hoping this wont go wrong. However, in fairness to the retailer they let me exchange my cubika for this model without any quibble & gave me some coffee, a jug & an ice-cream maker for free!

Buying Experience

Excellent.

Three Month Followup

n/a

One Year Followup

Actually a 6 year followup! The machine has worked perfectly until I recently noticed a lack of steam pressure. I sent it to Gaggia for a service (which they did in just 4 days) and the only fault found was scale. It is now back working as new and I am amazed at how well built this appears to be.

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