Gaggia Baby 74820 Coffee Maker, Black £99.99 @ Amazon
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Gaggia Baby 74820 Coffee Maker, Black £99.99 @ Amazon

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Found 3rd Dec 2012
Product Description
Gaggia Baby Black: Traditional with a modern twist.

Traditional but always up-to-date, the Gaggia Baby offers a modern style but benefits from the traditional Gaggia professional boiler and filter holder which guarantee you the perfect cup of coffee.

What Drinks can I make?

Gaggia machines are able to make all your favorite coffee shop drinks including: cappuccino, latte, espresso, caffe mocha, macchiato and caffe americano. All types of coffee start with a shot of espresso and then depending on how much milk or water you add, allow you to create different types of coffee from milky cappuccino to strong black americano. As the Gaggia baby also comes with a steamer wand you can be your own Barista at home and make all the drinks you see in your local coffee shop. The steamer can also be used separately to make thick frothy drinks such as hot chocolate or to boil water for drinks such as tea.

Why choose a Gaggia Baby espresso maker?

Gaggia’s solenoid valve delivers a widespread shower through the coffee, eliminating hotspots which can burn the coffee ensuring a high quality taste. Its precise pressurisation ensures no drips and leaves drier coffee grounds after brewing, making cleaning and maintaining the machine much easier. Gaggia’s manual machines come with coffee filters for 1 & 2 cups of ground coffee, and a special filter for ESE (easy serve espresso) pods. This provides versatility for the quality of freshly ground coffee or the quickness of easy serve pods should you need your coffee on the go. The machine is supplied with a professional chromed brass filter holder and ring, as used in Gaggia’s commercial machines. This ensures a consistent temperature throughout the coffee making and dispensing process while also aiding in producing the perfect crema. The panarello steamer attachment rotates for easy access to froth milk in seconds. This allows you to perfect your frothing technique and make great cappuccinos and lattes while also having the versatility to be able to deliver hot water for tea and other hot drinks.

What makes Gaggia so special?

In 1948 Achille Gaggia filed a patent for a special lever operated piston incorporating a spring. It is this spring that made Gaggia special, by providing additional pressure allowing water to be forced through coffee in a shorter time extracting all the flavours and aromas while creating a rich foam crema layer. Now for over 60 years Gaggia has been filling coffee bars and homes throughout the world with the unmistakable aroma of espresso coffee. This experience ensures when you purchase a Gaggia espresso machine you are getting the very best in coffee making.
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Supermod
That is an awesome price, jblock. Thanks for posting
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Bargain....take some heat
I bought this at £125 and that was a bargain. At £99 it's a steel
good price.
Gutted though I missed out on the gaggia platinum bean to cup yesterday.
sooooooo tempted!!
Have always wanted one of these but could never afford one. I am so tempted but I've already got 2 coffee machines so I had better not buy another had I?

I hate this site....

Decisions, decisions....
nathball

I bought this at £125 and that was a bargain. At £99 it's a steel


Stainless steel?
Everytime I see an offer for these posted I start reading reviews. There seems to be more bad ones than good.........I love the look of it but they do seem to read as being unreliable and breaking down.
tempted... can anyone tell me what is a maximum cup height?
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luckymummy

Have always wanted one of these but could never afford one. I am so … Have always wanted one of these but could never afford one. I am so tempted but I've already got 2 coffee machines so I had better not buy another had I?I hate this site....Decisions, decisions....


Its less than 100 quid! You have to buy!!
They go for more than this used
ooops I did it :o)
Great price but they do have a bit of a reputation for failing - My Uncle went through two in a month!

If you can stretch to a Gaggic Classic it will last decades.
I've got this machine.

Max cup height is 3.5 inch if you slide the cup under, or 4.5 inch if you "rock" your cup into place.

I still can't get decent crema with this machine, and am getting a nespresso for Christmas instead.
Reviews are certainly mixed, many saying they are amazing but also with many saying they've broken fairly quickly - however they have a 2 year guarantee, so I think it's worth the risk
Too many bad reviews for the hardware for me but heat added for the OP great find
wantthatone

Everytime I see an offer for these posted I start reading reviews. There … Everytime I see an offer for these posted I start reading reviews. There seems to be more bad ones than good.........I love the look of it but they do seem to read as being unreliable and breaking down.



I have a similar model. I modified mine with a preheat coil of tubing around the boiler and a PID temperature controller. Have taken several of them apart and put them back together. They are good enough coffee machines (though let down slightly by the small size of the boiler) but the internal tubing is silicone held together with hose clamps - only borderline passable for the pressures the system is under, so that sometyimes starts leaking after a while. Also, these machines do need descaling and cleaning, otherwise valves are bound to fail sooner or later, so a fair proportion of failures are simply due to neglect. The vibratory pumps also seem to have a limited lifetime.

So, not really built to last a lifetime but still a lot of coffee machine for £100. Most home machines in this price range will have a crappy smaller diameter head, tiny boiler and a pressurised portafilter. The basic home models are more forgiving of bad technique and improperly ground coffee (where this will just make a mess if you try putting coarse ground supermarket coffee through it), but will never make espresso as good as this can if you learn to use it properly.

EDIT: The modern Gaggia Classic is the same internally as a baby, except for a few components. Older models may have been more reliable, but I don't see any reason why the current ones would be any better than a Baby. Gaggia have certainly gone down in quality since their acquisition by Saeco. Their pre-Y2K machines seem to be rock solid.

Edited by: "CannedChaos" 3rd Dec 2012
Had to buy one. Saw same in tesco for over £250 on Saturday.
That's the Xmas present sorted for a coffee lover.
Nearly got myself the classic for over £160 earlier today as Ive gone crazy for one after we got a bean to cup gaggia in the office!

So so glad I saw this post - a very BIG thank you OP - Ordered!!

Also got one of these (which to me is essential)
amazon.co.uk/Gag…mr0


Thanks!
Edited by: "ianc1990" 3rd Dec 2012
terriclarkfan

I've got this machine. Max cup height is 3.5 inch if you slide the cup … I've got this machine. Max cup height is 3.5 inch if you slide the cup under, or 4.5 inch if you "rock" your cup into place.I still can't get decent crema with this machine, and am getting a nespresso for Christmas instead.



thanks
Hi guys,
Just wondering , i am not a coffee drinker myself , but have a catering van going up near a retail park, selling crepes and i need a coffee machine, so do you think this will be better than perhaps a dualit one? its not really busy, and i havent got the finances yet to invest in a more expensive commercial machine, but that will be on the cards in the next two months.
Many thanks
Ami
Just ordered one Thanks
Taken from the instruction manual....

A fine 'espresso grind' for pump-driven machines must be used. Be sure to ask for this when buying coffee or when having beans ground. Do not use a blade-type grinder because it makes too much coffee dust and produces an irregular grind.

Can anyone recommend a suitable grinder?
ianc1990

Taken from the instruction manual.... A fine 'espresso grind' for … Taken from the instruction manual.... A fine 'espresso grind' for pump-driven machines must be used. Be sure to ask for this when buying coffee or when having beans ground. Do not use a blade-type grinder because it makes too much coffee dust and produces an irregular grind.Can anyone recommend a suitable grinder?



I use a De'Longhi KG79 which I bought for £35 from Dunelm Mill, use it on its finest setting for a very good grind.
anilfc008

Hi guys, Just wondering , i am not a coffee drinker myself , but have a … Hi guys, Just wondering , i am not a coffee drinker myself , but have a catering van going up near a retail park, selling crepes and i need a coffee machine, so do you think this will be better than perhaps a dualit one? its not really busy, and i havent got the finances yet to invest in a more expensive commercial machine, but that will be on the cards in the next two months. Many thanks Ami



We use one of these machines in the messroom on the ship, it gets pretty hammered. The main thing will be to clean it and descale it on a regular basis. At this price you can't go wrong really, sell 100 cups at £1.25 each and you covered your start up and running costs.

Thanks pugw$sh - just got one from amazon for £35

pugw$sh

I use a De'Longhi KG79 which I bought for £35 from Dunelm Mill, use it on … I use a De'Longhi KG79 which I bought for £35 from Dunelm Mill, use it on its finest setting for a very good grind.


Edited by: "ianc1990" 3rd Dec 2012
anilfc008

Hi guys, Just wondering , i am not a coffee drinker myself , but have a … Hi guys, Just wondering , i am not a coffee drinker myself , but have a catering van going up near a retail park, selling crepes and i need a coffee machine, so do you think this will be better than perhaps a dualit one? its not really busy, and i havent got the finances yet to invest in a more expensive commercial machine, but that will be on the cards in the next two months. Many thanks Ami



Depends how busy it gets. Certainly not a long-term solution. Had a local tea shop try to make do with one of these a while ago - they gave up and bought a commercial machine about a month later. You can only realistically pull a couple of good shots out of one of these every 5-10 minutes or so, and when you try and froth milk it takes much longer than a commercial machine, plus you need to wait for it to cool down before you can pull another shot (these machines use the same boiler for both coffee and steaming - you need to wait for it to cool to brewing temperature after steaming some milk otherwise you'll burn the coffee).
Thanks Op, thats my xmas present sorted!
pugw$sh

We use one of these machines in the messroom on the ship, it gets pretty … We use one of these machines in the messroom on the ship, it gets pretty hammered. The main thing will be to clean it and descale it on a regular basis. At this price you can't go wrong really, sell 100 cups at £1.25 each and you covered your start up and running costs.



Thankyou for your reply , think i will invest :0)
CannedChaos

Depends how busy it gets. Certainly not a long-term solution. Had a local … Depends how busy it gets. Certainly not a long-term solution. Had a local tea shop try to make do with one of these a while ago - they gave up and bought a commercial machine about a month later. You can only realistically pull a couple of good shots out of one of these every 5-10 minutes or so, and when you try and froth milk it takes much longer than a commercial machine, plus you need to wait for it to cool down before you can pull another shot (these machines use the same boiler for both coffee and steaming - you need to wait for it to cool to brewing temperature after steaming some milk otherwise you'll burn the coffee).



thankyou for replying, :o) i may get one for short term use !
Well so much for saving money. This site is a nightmare for making me buying stuff I never knew I needed. At least I'll have decent coffee while I think about how much it's cost me.
wantthatone

Everytime I see an offer for these posted I start reading reviews. There … Everytime I see an offer for these posted I start reading reviews. There seems to be more bad ones than good.........I love the look of it but they do seem to read as being unreliable and breaking down.



Wantthatone - don't listen to everyone.. I've got this machine and it makes great coffee (provided you buy great coffee in the first place of course). Had mine two years and don't have any problems with it as I clean it regularly (about every 2 - 3 months) with descaler. Perhaps those who complained, weren't up to date on the maintenance...

Delivered this afternoon. Great service from amazon .... Again
Wish I was as lucky as you Gary!
Mine started in Goole and has so far made it To Oldham....I'm up in York so it should be travelling in another direction! Anyhow, it's been sat there for another day so I'm not too impressed with delivery! Can't blame Amazon though....yodel being yodel!
Parents Xmas present sorted! TY + Heat!!
Mine is on its way via Yodel so I expect it to be drop kicked into the neighbours garden tomorrow
Hmmm....a £10 espresso pot and a £10 pan to whisk hot milk and water in (50/50 mix for best results), will make vastly superior coffee to this machine and both are far easier to keep clean. The microbial horrors which lurk in these machines, if they are not properly cleaned, should make anyone think twice about buying one. Much better to spend the cash on the best coffee you can find rather than chav 'bling' which will make a mediocre brew.
Edited by: "OttovonPrimark" 7th Dec 2012
Well mine has just arrived. It's the 'New' Baby Gaggia, the RI8155 Model. For some reason I was expecting an older model.

The new ones are still £199 on Gaggia's own website.

Very happy, I just hope it works after the Yodel delivery service!!
most people agree an espresso pot would be vastly inferior. The best coffee = the freshest coffee, especially for espresso. Apparently people should be spending more on grinders than machines anyhow. Still for £99 it's a nice machine
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OttovonPrimark

Hmmm....a £10 espresso pot and a £10 pan to whisk hot milk and water in ( … Hmmm....a £10 espresso pot and a £10 pan to whisk hot milk and water in (50/50 mix for best results), will make vastly superior coffee to this machine and both are far easier to keep clean. The microbial horrors which lurk in these machines, if they are not properly cleaned, should make anyone think twice about buying one. Much better to spend the cash on the best coffee you can find rather than chav 'bling' which will make a mediocre brew.


Stupidest post for a while
Mascherano

Stupidest post for a while



+1

I have nothing against stovetop moka pots, but what they make is essentially a different drink to what these machines make. If you prefer coffee from a moka pot that's great, but don't criticise those of us who prefer espresso from a pumped machine. Saying it's "chav bling" is just plain stupid.
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