Gaggia Classic - Coffe Machine- Amazon - £185.35 | Cheapest since Feb 2014
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Gaggia Classic - Coffe Machine- Amazon - £185.35 | Cheapest since Feb 2014

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Found 8th Feb 2015
For the coffee lovers out there ...

I've been looking into manual coffee machines and after looking for a "While" I decided to get me a gaggia classic but it was quite pricey *220 - 240* but then It dropped this week to 205 and now down to the magic 185 so couldn't resist myself

Looking at ebay these machines go for about £110-160 so 185 brand new it's quite good.

One beauty of this machine is that loads of people have it so there are a number of 'MODS' and 'PARTS' out there if you feel like trying new things out.

One bit that seems to be quite bad is the Steam Wand but you can get a racillio silvia and modifiy it or buy a modified one for £20 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MZA8OVU). I didn't buy one as I'm actually an expresso man but if you are going to do cappuccinos this is a must.

Buy yourself a good tamper also (loads of options on amazon) and a good blur grinder. I went for the manual blur grinder option to begin with and will eventually buy a good one or one that can be modified (again, quite a few cheap options out there).

You can also use ESE pods if you fancy using them.
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The Gaggia Classic coffee machine comes with coffee filters for 1 and 2 cups of ground coffee, and a special filter for ESE (easy serve espresso) pods
Professional chromed brass filter holder and ring, as used in Gaggia’s commercial machines--ensures a consistent temperature throughout the coffee making and dispensing process
Panarello steamer attachment rotates for easy access to froth milk in seconds, plus delivers hot water for tea and other hot drinks
Solenoid valve delivers a widespread shower through the coffee, eliminating 'hot spots' which can burn the coffee
Precise pressurisation ensures no drips and leaves drier coffee grounds after brewing
The Gaggia Classic is a powerful 1300 watt machine with 15 bars of water pump pressure, removable water tank and stainless steel body

56 Comments

good deal well done!

Excellent coffee machine.

There is a Delonghi burr grinder which you can modify to produce fine enough beans. I still have mine lying around from when I had the Gaggia Classic as it works great for cafetiere grind too.

Make sure to descale the machine with decent descaler (yes it's worth the extra money and citric acid won't do the job as well as it).

I've had my Moka expresso machine for ten years now and it's still running as well as the day I bought it. I occasionally run water through to clean it but I've never de-scaled it. I used various bottled waters but they all started to fur up the water deposit. Then I tried 'Aquarel' water by Nestlé and I never saw any scaling after that. I don't know whether you can get this water in UK? (I'm in Spain)

A 'proper' machine like this kicks all the pod types out of the park ;-) (some say they're a lot more work, but it's worth the extra few seconds of work, believe me)

Amazing Deal!!! I cannot justify buying one, possibly cause a D.I.V.O.R.C.E. I have recently purchased a Nespresso and wouldn't like to say how many Coffee Makers I have given away.
Guess I'll be waiting another year to buy. Heat Op

I paid nearly twice this for mine a number of years ago. Cracking bit of kit, at this price it's a no brainer!

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I loved it

Worth every penny. As Donslibi says make sure you look up Backwashing and descaling on youtube.

Another bean-to-cup coffee machine... My willpower is melting.

sailo

Another bean-to-cup coffee machine... My willpower is melting.



this isn't a bean to cup

yimpster

this isn't a bean to cup


True, what I meant was: another decent coffee machine.

Perfect esspreso maker, just make sure regular descaling as it cost a fortune to have it repaired

These are great machines, really well built and easy to service and get spares for. Had mine for about 6-7 years and it's never missed a beat. Hot, esp at this price. There are cheaper machines that may work as well at first, but when you need to replace consumable parts (seals, shower screens etc), you'll struggle.

BTW, it's 'burr' grinder, not 'blur' grinder (unless you buy Damon Albarn's old one!) ;-)

Also looks like a 3D printer.

Happy with my £5 moka pot, but if I was going to buy an espresso machine I'd jump at this deal. Definitely hot.

I bought one of these Gaggia Classic, of eBay 6 years ago, obviously it was second hand then.
It still works like new & is in daily use.
you can upgrade the steam wand & the handle that holds the coffee. (can't tenner what it's called now)

bloody typos.

"tenner" should be "remember"

This is considered a 'starter' machine for serious coffee lovers. I started with one of these and now I own an Expobar Brewtus (£1400). This machine is well capable of producing great coffee, but a word of warning for those considering buying one.....

The machine will steam milk but not a massive amount. It is a single boiler machine that uses the same water to make the coffee as it does to steam the milk. Just bear that in mind if you want to make a latte or cappucino because you will likely have to steam and then wait for the refil of water if you are making more than one drink.

another thing is to get a decent tamper. You can get a Motta one from cream supplies for about £15. The plastic ones are terrible and a tamper is as equally as important as any other piece of equipment.

Finally and most importantly, get yourself a half decent grinder and fresh coffee beans to make your coffee. I use a Eureka Mignon which can be bought £200 second hand. If you can't afford that, get a porlex hand grinder for £30. Don't buy blade grinders..look at iberital or gaggia mdf. Ebay is great for second hand, but make sure it's a burr grinder.

If you are seriously thinking of this then I would recommend joining an online forum where you'll get loads of good advice and a steer in the right direction. I'm saying all of this because all too often people will buy one of these and report that the coffee tastes naff. I promise that it will taste awful if you think you can buy one and put any old pap in it.

I've had one of these for over 20 yrs - it's a bit of a Triggers Broom now as I've replaced every part and done the steam arm mod mentioned above. Amazing bit of kit once you take time to practice and learn the intricacies of it. The only thing I would caution is that it takes time if you're trying to make more than 2 cappuccinos at once to build up the right steam pressure.
For the money you won't get anything better until you spend 4x the amount this costs.

How does this machine compare to bean to cup ones in terms of ease of use, quality of drink and reliability? For example the recent deal on the Delonghi magnifica bean to cup? Thank you.

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accomplish

How does this machine compare to bean to cup ones in terms of ease of … How does this machine compare to bean to cup ones in terms of ease of use, quality of drink and reliability? For example the recent deal on the Delonghi magnifica bean to cup? Thank you.


This has the potential to make excellent coffee, the magnifica simply doesn't. Bean to cup offer no advantage over a nespresso capsule machine.
To get real coffee, with good control over temperature, this gaggia is the best starter machine out there. It is however, a gateway machine, this time next year you'll have a rancilio Silvia in your kitchen and will be spending hours on coffee forums!

If this is a new one then I've been told they've never been quite as good since Philips took Gaggia over. They've put in silly crema widget in the bottom of the portafilter butI think you can buy a proper replacement. I have one of the older pre-philips Gaggia Classics and it is an excellent espresso machine. Bit of a pain to make a few at once for visitor since it only has a single boiler but worth the effort. It is only as good as the coffee you put in, if you have a grinder that's great and the best thing to do. I don't and find that only Illy ground coffee really works well. It's expensive but worth it.

I've had it 7yr and have had no real problems with it. The Portafilter handles break but replacements are not too expensive and we've had no issues with scale but live in a very soft water area.



Edited by: "Aspman77" 9th Feb 2015

I bought a rebadged De-Longhi machine from Lidl about 16 years ago for £21. Since then i have been through a Gaggia and a Krups, both of which have broken and been disposed of within a few years. I am still using that same no-brand from Lidl, which has gven me about 12 years of service and been de-scaled once.

I guess the point is, quality is not always about the name or the cost.

They still sell a very similar model now here.

It's Espresso!

It's Espresso

WillieGallimore

This has the potential to make excellent coffee, the magnifica simply … This has the potential to make excellent coffee, the magnifica simply doesn't. Bean to cup offer no advantage over a nespresso capsule machine.To get real coffee, with good control over temperature, this gaggia is the best starter machine out there. It is however, a gateway machine, this time next year you'll have a rancilio Silvia in your kitchen and will be spending hours on coffee forums!




Quote - "Bean to cup offer no advantage over a nespresso capsule machine" - sorry, that's just not true! Bean to cup might not be as good for the perfectionist but it's still head-n-shoulders better than those poddy things!

This is a decent price for a good starter machine. That said it might be the cheapest its been on Amazon since Feb 2014 but you could get one direct from Philips just before Xmas for under £160 so its by no means unprecedented. Also, as others have said there are a few things you'll want to upgrade early on if you want to make a good coffee - tamper, steam wand, non-pressurised portafilters, OPV mod etc. If you add all those things on it might be best just to get a good second hand one (coffee forums uk a good start as you get a decent idea of the history of a machine) as they often include these upgrades.

I have bought 2 gaggia machines in the past. Both made weak, thin bitter coffee and both packed in after a couple of years. I had this machine and didn't rate it. Not sure why its so pricy?

kowalski99

I have bought 2 gaggia machines in the past. Both made weak, thin bitter … I have bought 2 gaggia machines in the past. Both made weak, thin bitter coffee and both packed in after a couple of years. I had this machine and didn't rate it. Not sure why its so pricy?



Might just be you!

kowalski99

I have bought 2 gaggia machines in the past. Both made weak, thin bitter … I have bought 2 gaggia machines in the past. Both made weak, thin bitter coffee and both packed in after a couple of years. I had this machine and didn't rate it. Not sure why its so pricy?



This machine is fairly sensitive to grind and tamp in my experience (and the included tamper should be immediately binned and replaced) - like a great many an espresso machine out there - but with the right technique I'm able to make a thick, almost syrupy ristretto.

I've had mine for around 10 years without skipping a beat, an espresso every morning and sometimes one in the afternoon. Benefits from using a naked portafilter to perfect grind/tamp and a steam wand from the Silvia if making milky drinks though.

I've got no reason to complain... however should it break I'd be semi-pleased having an excuse to get the new v4 Silvia... and maybe a Mazzer Mini E whilst I'm treating myself


Edited by: "mistertad111" 9th Feb 2015

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Aspman77

If this is a new one then I've been told they've never been quite as good … If this is a new one then I've been told they've never been quite as good since Philips took Gaggia over. They've put in silly crema widget in the bottom of the portafilter butI think you can buy a proper replacement. I have one of the older pre-philips Gaggia Classics and it is an excellent espresso machine. Bit of a pain to make a few at once for visitor since it only has a single boiler but worth the effort. It is only as good as the coffee you put in, if you have a grinder that's great and the best thing to do. I don't and find that only Illy ground coffee really works well. It's expensive but worth it.I've had it 7yr and have had no real problems with it. The Portafilter handles break but replacements are not too expensive and we've had no issues with scale but live in a very soft water area.


Where do you get fresh Illy coffee from? Don't think I've ever seen it

Tassimo's and Nespresso's are awfull tasting drinks.

Stick with this machine. Very good price for new. And is big too, so you can get full size mugs underneath.

If your truly into fine coffee you should be using a ro filter system to remove crap from your water. Also means u don't need to descale the machine ever.

darrencook

If your truly into fine coffee you should be using a ro filter system to … If your truly into fine coffee you should be using a ro filter system to remove crap from your water. Also means u don't need to descale the machine ever.



Not true, RO removes many of the minerals desirable in the water used for coffee. Those who do use RO because of the nature of their tap water tend to re-mineralise afterwards.

That is all very, very, expensive however. Buying a low-hardness shop water like Tesco Ashbeck is the right choice for most home users.

Only to re-iterate what has been said above, but if you aren't prepared to buy a good burr grinder and fresh coffee then don't bother, get a Nespresso machine.

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darrencook

If your truly into fine coffee you should be using a ro filter system to … If your truly into fine coffee you should be using a ro filter system to remove crap from your water. Also means u don't need to descale the machine ever.


controversial statement. Personally, the tap water, when I lived in York, made the most sublime coffee I've had. The 'crap' was essential to the flavour

I use Softened water, not RO and get excellent coffee flavour from my Gaggia baby. Still need to descale occasionally. was my best purchase ever about 9 years ago....still going strong.
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WillieGallimore

Where do you get fresh Illy coffee from? Don't think I've ever seen it



Who said fresh? It's in a tin.

Good price, steam wand leaves a lot to be desired unless all you want to do is make lots of froth, but it took me all of 5 minutes and about £15 to fit one from a Rancilio Silvia onto it
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