What Makes The Gaggia Classic Coffee Machine So Admired?

By: Stephen Tern

When it comes to home coffee makers, the Gaggia Classic is recognized to be among the most popular. Is that status reasonable?
Reading what lovers of the Classic have reported, it seems the answer is - yes it can. Why is that?
· Gaggia have integrated many of the features from their professional machines into the Classic. For instance, the chrome-plated brass filter head is a product of that experience, and maintains the coffee grounds at a correct temperature. Furthermore, the hot water is sprayed over the coffee and not directed in a single jet, eliminating hot spots which can burn the coffee.
· The working pressure of 15 bar, plus a heating power of 1300 W means that the machine heats up quickly, and has plenty of brewing pressure.
· You get two separate sizes of filter holder, for one or two cups. The bigger one can be fitted with a 'crema perfetto' insert. This means that you can use ESE sachets instead of grounds. These are very handy to use as they certainly cut down the cleaning effort needed.
· And in addition brewing from ESE pods, the 'perfect crema' device lets you get good results from coarse or poorly-tamped coffee grounds. The flow restriction ensures that flavour is evenly extracted. The crema is improved by the spray action as the coffee is discharged from the filter holder.
· Cleaning is not a great problem anyway. The water tank can be removed from the machine, and all the other bits that need to be kept clean can be easily dismantled. The stainless-steel casing should look good for years.
The good reviews are not entirely unanimous, but the negative points are relatively minor. Some people find the steamer tricky to use - not enough clearance. Most of the criticisms (as with almost all other espresso machines as well) are from people who really do not understand the essentials of espresso making, and expect too much of a machine.
For example, it’s most important that the coffee used is correctly ground to espresso fineness and that it is firmly tamped down into the filter holder. If it is not - neither the Gaggia Classic nor any other espresso machine will work well. An option obviously is to use the ‘perfect crema’ device.
Those reviewers who have learned how to use the machine correctly (and it does take a bit of time) say that the Classic performs brilliantly.
In conclusion, it has to be said that the Gaggia Classic has a lot going for it. The manufacturers have put a wealth of experience into the Gaggia Classic, and come up with a home coffee maker that will suit even the most demanding.

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