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Gaggia Espresso - Neil Edwards's Review
Posted: June 26, 2002, 10:01am
review rating: 5.7
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Arrow The Gaggia Espresso has 33 Reviews
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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John Schmidt 8.56
Brad C. 8.45
Shawn Duden 8.00
Vils M. DiSanto 7.88
Stephen Bozler 7.87

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 6.6
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 5
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $135.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: ebay Aesthetics 2
Owned for: 1 month Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: Yes
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Bottom Line: Probably the best price to value ratio I have seen in a home machine.
Positive Product Points

This machine features a heavy porta-filter.  It can produce micro-foam.  It brews with acceptable temperature and pressure.  Easy to use.  Actually makes true espresso for a low price.

Negative Product Points

Vibratory pump can not be adjusted for fine-tuning.  The thermostat is the same (I think.)  I think the pressure is a little high (though that's better than the alternative!)  The steam wand is just awful.  The housing is flimsy.

Detailed Commentary

I like this little machine, for what it is.  The porta-filter is heavy, and feels like it isn't made of cardboard.  This is not a commercial machine, but it is good.  The price is great.  I can't think of a better example of a machine for home use that offers such and impressive value to price ratio.  It can make drinkable espresso and milk foam.  Unless I wanted to spend two thousand dollars or more on a machine, this would probably be my home machine of choice.  The steam wand on these Gaggias (gaggi?) are an insult to the intelligence of the owner.  I don't think that I would buy the more expensive models, because of the Silva and because this machine does what I want for a great price.  I would rather buy this machine than anything under one thousand dollars, just because of the cost vs. value ratio.

Buying Experience

I bought it from ebay.  It was fine.

Three Month Followup

At this point I didn't know what to think of this machine, but my enthusiasm had waned a bit.

One Year Followup

I have had this machine for well over a year, and now I am sick to death of it.  The only reason to own a low end home machine is if nobody in your area is making decent espresso.  If you are serious about espresso, you need a machine that lets you adjust the temperature and pressure.  I feel that I have really learned how to make this machine dance for me, but it just isn't good enough.

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