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Gaggia CUBIKA Espresso Coffee Machine £99.99 at Currys Plus Free Delivery

£99.99 @ Currys
Built with traditional Gaggia technology, this machine makes perfect espresso using ground coffee or easy serving espresso pods. It has 15 bar pump pressure and comes in stylish stainless steel. Mach… Read More
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Built with traditional Gaggia technology, this machine makes perfect espresso using ground coffee or easy serving espresso pods. It has 15 bar pump pressure and comes in stylish stainless steel.

Machine type: pump
Brushed stainless steel
Pump pressure: 15 bar
Capacity: 2 litre
Coffee type:ground/ESE pod

This is normally retailing at £149 upwards online elsewhere.
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#1
Doh Sorry, posted this twice by accident, bloody wireless connection!
#2
Or you could get the Lidl one for £39.99, an excellent machine, I bought my second this morning so that I have one at work.

However hot price for a Gaggia.
#3
bytemaster
Or you could get the Lidl one for £39.99, an excellent machine, I bought my second this morning so that I have one at work.

However hot price for a Gaggia.


Hi........so is the Lidl one that good ?? or is this worth the extra £60 ???
#4
I've got one of these sitting around doing nothing.

One of them impulse buys that rests in the graveyard with the sandwich toaster, the george foreman, the ice cream maker, the panini press and the slow cooker.

The pump on it is a little noisy, and it is a bit of a pain to get the water container out of it, but apart form that it's a good machine (and a good price)

John
#5
I don't know if this is of any help in making your decision:

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=2107747
#6
RICKYM
Hi........so is the Lidl one that good ?? or is this worth the extra £60 ???


Depends how picky you are.

I bought a LIDL one last year and returned it in days as it was USELESS! That said, this is a different model.
#7
jonboy32;7093515
I've got one of these sitting around doing nothing.

One of them impulse buys that rests in the graveyard with the sandwich toaster, the george foreman, the ice cream maker, the panini press and the slow cooker.

The pump on it is a little noisy, and it is a bit of a pain to get the water container out of it, but apart form that it's a good machine (and a good price)

John

i can add breadmaker to that list :thumbsup:
#8
How about hand blender? ;-)
1 Like #9
jonboy32;7093515
I've got one of these sitting around doing nothing.

One of them impulse buys that rests in the graveyard with the sandwich toaster, the george foreman, the ice cream maker, the panini press and the slow cooker.

The pump on it is a little noisy, and it is a bit of a pain to get the water container out of it, but apart form that it's a good machine (and a good price)

John




also add wedding ring :whistling:
#10
jonboy32;7093515
I've got one of these sitting around doing nothing.

One of them impulse buys that rests in the graveyard with the sandwich toaster, the george foreman, the ice cream maker, the panini press and the slow cooker.

The pump on it is a little noisy, and it is a bit of a pain to get the water container out of it, but apart form that it's a good machine (and a good price)

John

I've got one, use it every day.

This is very much the junior of the Gaggia range, but it is capable of managing a decent cup, crema and all. Would recommend over a no name type.
#11
The problem with these, as with all proper espresso machines, is you need to spend as much on the grinder (and probably a fair bit more here). If not, you're not drinking what it's capable of.
#12
worth noting that Gaggia has now gone out of business and taken over by Philips....not too sure where you stand in terms of warranty and also dont know how this affects getting pods, accessories etc.....possible reason for low price??

more details on website: [url]www.gaggia.uk.com[/url]
#13
This is true. And a lot of grinders (even the Dualit for example) doesn't grind fine enough.

Good if you're in the habit of having your coffee ground for you though.

I'd go for the Gaggia rather than the lidl one however.
#14
I'm pretty lucky in that respect, we have a coffee house just down the road from us, with flavoured coffees that are grinded whilst you wait. Although we normally use a Cafeteire.
#15
That's a good price, though you'd need to allow quite a bit more for a grinder (unless you fancy grinding by hand). If you're short of cash or don't want the hassle of making espresso, you'd be better just getting a cafetiere and a basic grinder.

An espresso can pay itself back fairly quickly if you're often drinking take out coffee. Allow £200 for machine + grinder - sounds like a lot, but (even using good coffee) you might save about £1 per coffee making it at home compared to take out. Drink 2 cups/day and the machine will have paid for itself pretty quick.
#16
jonboy32
I've got one of these sitting around doing nothing.

One of them impulse buys that rests in the graveyard with the sandwich toaster, the george foreman, the ice cream maker, the panini press and the slow cooker.

The pump on it is a little noisy, and it is a bit of a pain to get the water container out of it, but apart form that it's a good machine (and a good price)

John


You forgot 'the Bread Maker' but I reckon people dust off the 'Breville' now and again!
#17
jonboy32
I've got one of these sitting around doing nothing.

One of them impulse buys that rests in the graveyard with the sandwich toaster, the george foreman, the ice cream maker, the panini press and the slow cooker.

The pump on it is a little noisy, and it is a bit of a pain to get the water container out of it, but apart form that it's a good machine (and a good price)

John


Use my sandwich maker quite a lot but you can add Steamer to the list...
#18
Good price for a gaggia but I have had this one in the past and it feels a little cheap, very rattley when the pump is on, the frother is next to useless as you don't get enough steam or pressure for 1 latte, the heater plate on top doesn't get hot enough to gently heat an espresso mug I would save me moolar n get something else.
#19
If you can afford the Gaggia buy that. The Lidls one will be nothing in Comparison. Its like compairing a Ford Focus to a Bentley. Yes they both get you to work but one is far superior.

I've bought increasingly expencive Expresso Machines over the years when I should have just bit the Bullet and got a Gaggia. To be honest even if you dont use it much they are beautifull machines!

Andy
#20
The Gaggia Cubika is the poor relation of the Gaggia range, it still has a 15 bar pump, but the heater is only. rated at 750 watts. Most of the Gaggia range is 1350/1500 watts. This machine is very "plasticky" and will probably suffer in a very short period of time. Have a search round and you should find a better Gaggia for not much more money. Amazon have Espresso Pure machine for £129 which, in my opinion, offers much better value for money.

Also if you don't like grinding your own coffee, consider using the ESE Pods. Shop around and you should be able to buy a box of 150 pods for around £30 or E-Bay sellers do 150 for £25. A little more expensive than buying beans but a lot less messy and very convenient.
#21
Saw this first thing this morning but decided not to post it on here as the reviews say that it's very unreliable and keeps breaking down, with half the people having to send it back. Have a look at the reviews on Amazon before buying;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B0000WXE6K/ref=cm_cr_dp_all_summary?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending

The 'Gaggia Classic' on the other hand, sounds a much better machine, but of course is more expensive.

I've wanted a Gaggia for some time but don't want the hassle of having to send it back to the manufacturer and all that that entails. I just don't have the time to mess about.

Not voted either way.
#22
I was after a gaggia but opted for a bialetti espresso maker (stove top one) instead. It's much cheaper and delivers espressos on par with costa coffee, nero etc
#23
spicy_gal
I was after a gaggia but opted for a bialetti espresso maker (stove top one) instead. It's much cheaper and delivers espressos on par with costa coffee, nero etc


Sometimes you just can't beat the good old trusted methods can you. And do we really need all these gadgets? They do look nice though!
#24
luckymummy
Sometimes you just can't beat the good old trusted methods can you. And do we really need all these gadgets? They do look nice though!


To be fair, the best coffee shops in the world use "proper" espresso machines for their shots and not a stove top machine. They're totally different extraction methods for the coffee.

I've tried every roast and grind in my Bialetti and it's never tasted as good as a "proper" pulled espresso.
#25
pugw$sh;7096590
Amazon have Espresso Pure machine for £129 which, in my opinion, offers much better value for money.


Very poor reviews in Amazon....
#26
It may be the baby machine but....

it makes it makes great cappachino............
and by that i mean you make the coffee first then steam the milk ....just like in starbucks...and it really in a thick foam

i pais £130 2 years ago....swear by mine.... make exprresso....

but as with all these machine it take a bit of time...but ou cant beat a good cup of java

Just by a good quality ground coffee ...
and your all set ...enjoy
#27
Amazon have Espresso Pure machine for £129 which, in my opinion, offers much better value for money.


Did you even read the reviews of this machine that you recommended over the Cuika?
#28
There is a lot of nonsense being said about the Lidl espresso machine, presumably by brand snobs or people who have just been unlucky.

I worked in the coffee industry for twenty years, and my company specialised in the high end of the catering market and sold and serviced espresso machines. So I do feel qualified to comment. I have personally owned and used a variety of domestic espresso machines - Gaggia, Cimbali, and even a Krups bean to cup; all produced excellent brews.. I have also had a couple of cheaper (sub £100 machines) which were less satisfactory.

Financial constraint led me to buy one of the Lidl machines last year (when it was branded Biffinet) and I was suprised to find how good it is. It really does work as well as any domestic machine I have ever used, the design and construction are very good. It brews excellent espresso with good crema. It does not have the most appealing visual design, but I cannot fault it functionally. That is why I have just purchased a second one, so that I can have a decent coffee at the office.

There have been comments about grinders. You cannot use a beater/whipper type grinder for espresso, you need to use a proper burr type grinder, and yes those are expensive.
#29
bytemaster;7105014
I worked in the coffee industry for twenty years, and my company specialised in the high end of the catering market and sold and serviced espresso machines. So I do feel qualified to comment.


I'll agree with what you're saying in so much as it's true that most domestic machines aren't anywhere near as good as professional machines. I've occasionally had similar results from a cheap DeLonghi that I've had from a Gaggia Classic.

However I've yet to find a budge coffee machine that will produce a "proper" crema (ie one that doesn't need some kind of trickery in the filter basket).

And yes, burr grinders are essential for an even grind but not all burr grinders are equal either.
#30
I have had this machine for 2 years now and use it at least once per day.cracking little machine.ideal as it doesnt take up much space either.i tend to use lavazza illy and waitrose own pods.good price for a gaggia.heat added.
1 Like #31
It is doing everything it can to impersonate a Rancilio Silvia, but they are very different machines.

The Silvia is in the opinion of many, the best domestic espresso machine without an insane price tag.

I have a Krups, and it's "ok" it even produces an impressive looking crema, but like most budget domestic machines (which the Gaggia and Lidl are) it has it's flaws. Although the Krups produces the required consistent 15 bar pressure... to achieve this you need good tamping skills - it will chuck out a bad cup if you get the consistency even slightly off - and each time you change coffee you need to gauge this and adjust accordingly. Worse, the coffee is never hot enough. If I was buying again, I would aim lower (pod machine) or higher (Silvia)

coffeegeek is a good forum
#32
JamesSmith

The Silvia is in the opinion of many, the best domestic espresso machine without an insane price tag.

I have a Krups, and it's "ok" it even produces an impressive looking crema, but like most budget domestic machines (which the Gaggia and Lidl are) it has it's flaws. Although the Krups produces the required consistent 15 bar pressure... to achieve this you need good tamping skills - it will chuck out a bad cup if you get the consistency even slightly off - and each time you change coffee you need to gauge this and adjust accordingly. Worse, the coffee is never hot enough. If I was buying again, I would aim lower (pod machine) or higher (Silvia)

coffeegeek is a good forum


Thanks very much for a balanced, intelligent post. Rep added.

I used to have a Sylvia and to be honest it's not significantly better than the Gaggia classic in day to day use... in my experience. I think Coffee Geek have stopped hailing it as the god machine too lately. It's damn good but maybe having purchased (and used extensively) a professional Rancillio machine for a family coffee shop, I still found it lacking in much the same way as the Gaggia Classic.

Due to moving house a few times and selling machines I've recently settled on the Cuisinart EM200U espresso machine. It's the best in-between machine I've owned. Cost £170 and there was an offer for a free burr grinder worth £60.

The machine makes pretty good espresso and the steam seems to last and last when you're frothing milk.

Again, it ain't perfect but for me, it's been the best solution for the space and performance.
#33
bytemaster
There is a lot of nonsense being said about the Lidl espresso machine, presumably by brand snobs or people who have just been unlucky.

I worked in the coffee industry for twenty years, and my company specialised in the high end of the catering market and sold and serviced espresso machines. So I do feel qualified to comment. I have personally owned and used a variety of domestic espresso machines - Gaggia, Cimbali, and even a Krups bean to cup; all produced excellent brews.. I have also had a couple of cheaper (sub £100 machines) which were less satisfactory.

Financial constraint led me to buy one of the Lidl machines last year (when it was branded Biffinet) and I was suprised to find how good it is. It really does work as well as any domestic machine I have ever used, the design and construction are very good. It brews excellent espresso with good crema. It does not have the most appealing visual design, but I cannot fault it functionally. That is why I have just purchased a second one, so that I can have a decent coffee at the office.

There have been comments about grinders. You cannot use a beater/whipper type grinder for espresso, you need to use a proper burr type grinder, and yes those are expensive.



I will agree - the Lidl machine is supposedly manufactured by Delonghi and if so, I have had a delonghi machine for years and its brilliant - yes you need to clean it through every so often etc but it makes good coffee and is reliable.

I badly wanted a Gaggia for years and finally got one last year - a rather pricey Gaggia Baby Class - its gorgeous to look at but I couldnt seem to get the coffee to be strong enough. So I continued to use the delonghi!

Also, I used my gaggia for only the 3rd time recently and it doesnt seem to want to work - the pump sounds like its working ok as is everything else, but no water comes through! I can strip the delonghi down in seconds when there is a blockage but I daren't touch the Gaggia.

If anyone can offer a fix suggestion I would be grateful - or if anyone who knows a thing or two about them and wants to buy it, let me know!
banned#34
Gaggia coffee makers Gaggia Baby Class machines are all chrome and more compact than their other machines, but don’t let the smaller size fool you.

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