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Gaggia Compact Digital - Richard Foulkes's Review
Posted: November 21, 2006, 5:54pm
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Arrow The Gaggia Compact Digital has 8 Reviews
Arrow The Gaggia Compact Digital has been rated 5.78 overall by our member reviewers
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Name Ranking
Alan Hubble 6.00
Stephen Edelman 6.00
Richard Foulkes 5.50
Stephen Rudolph 5.33
Craig Peterson 5.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.2
Manufacturer: Gaggia Quality: 9
Average Price: $749.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $900.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: WLL Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Baby Gaggia
Bottom Line: This is the best unit for the money if you are not into show and want to get out the door with an excellent cup each day. Maintain it and if it leaks send it back for repair and you will have a like new machine in about 2-3 weeks.
Positive Product Points

Nearly all Supers operate on the same brew unit. It is made of plastic. Period! The important parts of the any unit are the tanks, tubing, thermal units and steamer. The Compact was a super with a double boiler and I have not seen a non comercial unit that steams with as much force. The grind and brew unit are excellent and you will need to learn them as you would any unit. When you pay this much you can take an hour or two and learn it! Call WLL! They are grea! This is why they dominate. They will also put just about any unit right if you are having problems. Nearly all Super will eventually leak. Save the box and send it back. It will cost you a fraction of a new unit and you will be up and running, literally out the door each day with minimal fuss and muss with an excellent latte if you get good coffee and maintain it with at least monthly descales.

Negative Product Points

It has a lot of plastic. On the other hand it is lite and functions well. The water tank is small. You need to use fresh water each day! It takes two to three shots to see adjustments change the brew. So did my Baby Gaggia. It does not scream..look at me. It sits nicely with pretention in a corner of your kitchen.

Detailed Commentary

As above.

Nearly all Supers operate on the same brew unit. It is made of plastic. Period! The important parts of the any unit are the tanks, tubing, thermal units and steamer. The Compact was a super with a double boiler and I have not seen a non comercial unit that steams with as much force. The grind and brew unit are excellent and you will need to learn them as you would any unit. When you pay this much you can take an hour or two and learn it! Call WLL! They are grea! This is why they dominate. They will also put just about any unit right if you are having problems. Nearly all Super will eventually leak. Save the box and send it back. It will cost you a fraction of a new unit and you will be up and running, literally out the door each day with minimal fuss and muss with an excellent latte if you get good coffee and maintain it with at least monthly descales.

It has a lot of plastic. On the other hand it is lite and functions well. The water tank is small. You need to use fresh water each day! It takes two to three shots to see adjustments change the brew. So did my Baby Gaggia. It does not scream..look at me. It sits nicely with pretention in a corner of your kitchen.

Buying Experience

Tryed the Saeco units from Starbucks. Gaggia is the best.

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