Gaggia Classic espresso machine £149.99 at Amazon
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Gaggia Classic espresso machine £149.99 at Amazon

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Found 23rd Aug 2012
The Gaggia Classic is generally regarded as one of the best home espresso machines you can get.

Amazon has reduced it down to £150, which is a bargain.

If you get it and are serious about learning how to make a good espresso make sure to swap out the supplied (fake) basket for a better one, like the new VST.

It's the same price at Comet too, spotted by Markpreston111: comet.co.uk/p/C…414?cm_mmc=Google%20Shopping-_-Feed-_-Coffee_Makers-_-412414_Gaggia__CLASSIC_RI8161/40&_$ja=tsid:8360|cc:|prd:CLASSIC%20RI8161/40|cat:Coffee_Makers&utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=products&_$ja=tsid:8361|prd:47868&awc=157_1345754994_ee46115531747df0ff27eea3551f7ace

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I keep meaning to get a new basket for mine. Where's recommended to get it from?

Original Poster

Anyone interested in VST baskets can get them here (they're more expensive than others though).

These guys also make a VST sized tamper. I haven't tried them though, but they appear to be good quality.

If the VST basket is too expensive there's the cheaper Gaggia on on Amazon.

EDIT: DJ, you got there before I did! I was typing a general help guide but it should answer your question.




Edited by: "jbni" 23rd Aug 2012

So tempted with this, had it in my Amazon basket for a while now.....seems wrong not too buy it...:-)

Why would you need a new basket? Do they deteriorate some how? mine is since I bought the machine couple years ago

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siqass

Why would you need a new basket? Do they deteriorate some how? mine is … Why would you need a new basket? Do they deteriorate some how? mine is since I bought the machine couple years ago



If you bought yours a few years ago you probably got a decent basket. Gaggia have changed them since to pressurised baskets that have a single hole in the bottom and a plastic 'pin' that produces a fake crema, here. It's good if you're happy enough just using it as it is. On the other hand, if you want to get into coffee more, they're generally frowned upon.

Now, if you REALLY want to learn how to make good espresso a naked portafilter is meant to be the best teacher...but I don't have one.
Edited by: "jbni" 23rd Aug 2012

The new standard pressurised filter has a tendancy to spray coffee up your walls too

isnt this the same price at comet??
comet.co.uk/p/C…414?cm_mmc=Google+Shopping-_-Feed-_-Coffee_Makers-_-412414_Gaggia__CLASSIC_RI8161/40&_%24ja=tsid:8360|cc:|prd:CLASSIC+RI8161/40|cat:Coffee_Makers&utm_source=google&utm_medium=base&utm_campaign=products

never seen it so cheap, got it for £200 and worth every penny. Used every day. Most loved kitchen gadget! hoooot

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I've been quite tempted to get one of these for a while; the filter is really solid and heavy in your hand but I'm not keen on the fact that (i) they're £125 more (even at this price) than my current Argos Cookworks which makes really nice coffee (even if it breaks after 5 months) and (ii) they are prone to getting gunked up with limescale. However Selfridges was selling this exact model for £350 last Christmas....

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bargainking

(ii) they are prone to getting gunked up with limescale.



I'm not sure how prone they are to limescale (I'm guessing it also depends on how hard your water is) but from what I can gather they're easy enough to clean with espresso cleaner.

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Having geeked up on it a bit more, it seems that Puly Descaler is one of the best for the Gaggia Classic.
Edited by: "jbni" 24th Aug 2012

it now went up in price...

I also used to have a Cookworks. It lasted for about one year. But there is no comparison in the coffee made with the two, if you take care of our Gaggia and use good coffee it makes better coffee than in a coffee shop.

bargainking

I've been quite tempted to get one of these for a while; the filter is … I've been quite tempted to get one of these for a while; the filter is really solid and heavy in your hand but I'm not keen on the fact that (i) they're £125 more (even at this price) than my current Argos Cookworks which makes really nice coffee (even if it breaks after 5 months) and (ii) they are prone to getting gunked up with limescale. However Selfridges was selling this exact model for £350 last Christmas....



Not really sure where to start with this but if you are happy with your £25 machine, keep using it but you can't seriously compare the Classic with a £25 machine. For someone who wants to make real espresso based drinks, the Classic is a great starting point. Also with regards to being gunked up with limescale, any machine will get limescale which is why you use a descaler every few months. Also helps if you use bottled water in which case the machine won't scale up much at all.

This deal ended a couple of days ago. Needs to be expired. Shame though as £150 is a really nice price for the Classic.
Don't worry too much if you've missed out and not in a hurry as Amazon seem to do it at this price every now and then.

Amazon Warehouse have some at £114 including delivery. Box is damaged but machine perfect? Seems too good to be true? Returns should be OK with Amazon though?
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