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Gaggia Cubika (reconditioned) £86.50 incl delivery
Gaggia Cubika (reconditioned) £86.50 incl delivery

Gaggia Cubika (reconditioned) £86.50 incl delivery

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Gaggia sold the Cubika espresso machine from 2004. It was designed as a small home model with "many of the features from a top end espresso machine":

* Traditional Frother
* Side Filling removable Water Tank
* Aluminium Alloy Filter Holder
* 700 Watt Power
* 15 bar Pump
* Large Cup Warmer
* Brushed Stainless Steel Body
* Can be used with pods or ground coffee

Gaggia are selling reconditioned Cubika espresso machines on their WWW site for £79 plus £7.50 for delivery. I've just received one.

They used to sell for an RRP of ~ £180-200. The Amazon reviews praised the quality of the coffee. However, there was a problem with the on-off switches. I asked about this when I ordered the machine, and this is a problem that has been fixed.

The box and instruction book definitely look second hand. However, the accessories like the plate on the top and where the cups sit are brand new, and the filters all look to be new.

I've use a few other sub £100 espresso machines, and this one has a more robust feel, with less plastic and more metal. The milk steamer has a decent amount of power, unlike some of the other machines that I've tried.

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Original Poster

Reviews at Amazon and Coffee Geek

Edited by: "ahenry" 13th Sep 2010

Seems a good price, slightly tempted but I really can't afford to shell this out on a coffee machine

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Have been looking at coffeee machines for weeks now....

If anyone knows of one that grinds the beans, has a fridge to keep the milk cool and can make every type off coffee bwith the touch off a button for under £500 then please let me know....

Am sick of rip off cartridges for my krups

Great deal! You often find Gaggia coffee machines at half price.

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In recent years I've used an espresso machine which was £30 from Woolworths, which turned out to be a real bargain. It lasted 6 years. Unfortunately, after 6 years it started to get a bit furred up inside, and descaling made it worse. With this I would make espresso quite a lot at work. It was definitely improved when I bought a burr grinder.

We replaced it with a Russell Hobbs which cost £80. Died with a bad leak after 6 months, by which time the price had dropped to £45.

At home I've had a De Longhi Treviso. On the plus side, it is compact. On the downside the milk steamer is really weedy and the espresso is OK at best. I don't have a grinder at home, so its normally used with packet coffee, which I guess doesn't help.

seems like a really good price

mrpremium

Have been looking at coffeee machines for weeks now....If anyone knows of … Have been looking at coffeee machines for weeks now....If anyone knows of one that grinds the beans, has a fridge to keep the milk cool and can make every type off coffee bwith the touch off a button for under £500 then please let me know....Am sick of rip off cartridges for my krups



I have one of these wheesh.com/pro…tml

Grinds the beans and the milk container fits in the fridge makes what ever coffee you want.

Fantastic bit of kit. Had mine about a year and can't fault it.

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newsagent

I have one of … I have one of thesehttp://www.wheesh.com/product/275/esam5500t/delonghi-perfecta-bean-to-cup-machine-carbon-fibre.htmlGrinds the beans and the milk container fits in the fridge makes what ever coffee you want.Fantastic bit of kit. Had mine about a year and can't fault it.



Looks perfect,.... Time to get the credit out me thinks....

Thanks for the email too... Am deffinately ordering...

mr premium starbucks coffee is poo and the best domestic one touch machines are made by Jura.

Do you get the cups with it?

ive got one of these, bought it second hand for £65 a while back

these aren't as solidly built as some of the fancier gaggias but mine hasn't given me any trouble after a good clean-out

makes great espresso, though the coffee you use is more important, the results are very different between using pre-ground espresso coffee and the stuff i ground myself

ahenry

At home I've had a [url=De Longhi Treviso]De Longhi Treviso[/url]. On the … At home I've had a [url=De Longhi Treviso]De Longhi Treviso[/url]. On the plus side, it is compact. On the downside the milk steamer is really weedy and the espresso is OK at best. I don't have a grinder at home, so its normally used with packet coffee, which I guess doesn't help.




weedy - lol, that's a word from the past.

have got one of these and it feels solidly built - perhaps more so than more expensive Gaggias as the body is metal - I bought a reconditioned one also and you would think it was new - also bought their coffee bags (giant tea bag type things) - they are good - not as good as grinding your own beans, but if like me you only like an occasional cup, it is better than having coffee from a bag you opened several weeks ago - the 't' bag type ones are individually wrapped - recommended

Buy a decent grinder before shelling out on an expensive coffee machine.

mrpremium

Have been looking at coffeee machines for weeks now....If anyone knows of … Have been looking at coffeee machines for weeks now....If anyone knows of one that grinds the beans, has a fridge to keep the milk cool and can make every type off coffee bwith the touch off a button for under £500 then please let me know....Am sick of rip off cartridges for my krups



cartridges ones are horrible......you wont get what you want for £500....been looking to but it seems gaggia machines break down more easily than xboxes - shoddy build - even the expensive ones that are £800, seem to rarely last more than 6 months - couldnt justify that much as dont that much coffee lol
Edited by: "royals" 20th Sep 2010

newsagent

I have one of … I have one of thesehttp://www.wheesh.com/product/275/esam5500t/delonghi-perfecta-bean-to-cup-machine-carbon-fibre.htmlGrinds the beans and the milk container fits in the fridge makes what ever coffee you want.Fantastic bit of kit. Had mine about a year and can't fault it.



looks good, we have the awful nestle krups dolce gusto machine...awful plastic coffee and through small usage it broke down twice in its short 6 month life (went to repairers twice) - got a replacement has been ok so far

looks superb but ........shame it sounds crap ?

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Yomanda

Do you get the cups with it?



No there are no cups. The accessories are a big and a small filter, a measuring spoon and a tamper.

Compared to some of the other espresso machines that I've used, the sides of the filter slope in at a greater angle, so it takes one sharp tap to release the puck of used coffee, instead of repeated bludgeoning.

The Russell Hobbs 13401 machine I had before, used a rubber grommet to seal the pressure. I think the reason it died was that the rubber overheated and fell apart. This Gaggia has metal/metal contact there.

I've had this machine for 3 years, paid £150 for it but no complaints so far. Only thing I replaced was the handle for a more heavy duty one - I did this because I am a heavy user, heavy duty handle stays hotter longer and hopfully last a bit longer.

Highly recommended.

Gaggia machines make great coffee but unfortunatly like most things Italian, they look fantastic but build quality and reliability are below average.

If you own a Fiat / Ferarri / Alfa then this is the coffee machine for you!

Got one a little while back from Currys from the end of line sale. Great machine, really powerful steam wand which gives good frothed milk. Takes a while to get the grind exactly right, but a bit of patience and a burr grinder gives excellent results.

Supercharged

Gaggia machines make great coffee but unfortunatly like most things … Gaggia machines make great coffee but unfortunatly like most things Italian, they look fantastic but build quality and reliability are below average.If you own a Fiat / Ferarri / Alfa then this is the coffee machine for you!



Agreed ... I had a Gaggia Synchrony "bean to cup" machine ... after just over 2 years (can't remember if it had a 1 or 2 year guarantee but in any case it no longer applied) it stopped working. Contacted Gaggia about getting it repaired and had to pay £110 for a "service and repair of one item". After hearing nothing for 3 or 4 weeks I contacted them to see what was happening and was told that they'd get the unit sent back to me asap. A few days later it arrived back and seemed to work - the report mention that they'd "reset a thermostat" (hmm, seemed not much for £110). 10 days later it stopped working in exactly the same way as before ... rang them up to tell them in my opinion the thermostat was the symptom and not the cause of the problem and I wanted it repaired properly ... but I got an answering machine explaining that Gaggia had gone into liquidation.

Anyway, this year I bought a Delonghi Magnifica (when it was 20% at Sainsbury's) and that's great. Seems to be much better built than the Gaggia and has things like "auto turn-off" and cleaning cycle on switching on and off that the Gaggia never did.

I think the comparison with Alfa-Romeo is probably justified ... as they say on Top Gear the Alfa is the one you want, the name, the history. the looks, etc ... but deep down you know that you're going to end up on the side of the road in the rain phoning for the tow truck.

Original Poster

Supercharged

Gaggia machines make great coffee but unfortunatly like most things … Gaggia machines make great coffee but unfortunatly like most things Italian, they look fantastic but build quality and reliability are below average.If you own a Fiat / Ferarri / Alfa then this is the coffee machine for you!



Which espresso machine would you choose, then instead for under £100?

ahenry

Which espresso machine would you choose, then instead for under £100?



2nd hand Gaggia Classic. Ignore the infantile comments about cars, the Classic is a 40yr old design that has been perfected over that peiod. Solidly built with loads of spares available should it break (better than throwing it away).

All coffee machines need regular descaling which is the primary cause of most problems. Bought mine off 'thatauctionsite' for a steal as non-working. Descaled it and it works a treat!

This was the best espresso machine sub £200 and now for 86.50 wow.

I had one of these bought from Currys for £60, didn't have much luck. Worked the first couple of goes but after a while it started dripping hideously every time it boiled the water, to the point at which there was simply no water left in the boiler for a double espresso. Bit irritating, looked pretty though.
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