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Gaggia Carezza - Scott Harris's Review
Posted: January 11, 2008, 2:23pm
review rating: 6.0
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Gaggia Carezza Espresso Machine
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Arrow The Gaggia Carezza has 27 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia Carezza has been rated 7.51 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 2, 2003.
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Dr. Robert Case 8.89
Greg Kaan 8.17
Brent L 8.00
Matthew Hall 8.00
Robert Seidlitz 8.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.0
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 8
Average Price: $229.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $200.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: amazon Aesthetics 2
Owned for: 6 months Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: Just starting Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Rancillio Rocky
Bottom Line: I'd buy again question.
Positive Product Points

It makes great espresso consitently.  High-quality guts.

Negative Product Points

Bad ergonomics but if you use it daily, you get used to it.


Detailed Commentary

This is my first espresso machine (but I've used over a dozen others). I've had it now 8 months and I use it every day. So far so good. We'll see after a year!  

Sometimes I pull half a dozen doubles in a row. I use the Rocky grinder with it. I learned the in's and out's of espresso using my Carezza and my friends Sylvia and I can honestly say I get better consistency with my Carezza even though it's 1/3 the price of the Sylvia.

This machine is not handsome and the ergonomics are dreadfully clumsy.

The value is tremendous.
It heats up VERY fast.
With the exception of the plastic case, it is made with very high quality components.

I've circumvented the poor ergonomics with practice and the small drip pan is improved by using a small stainless steel dish to catch my waste.

Buying Experience

Amazon was great, this time.

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