Gaggia: Classic Style, Modern Convenience
If anyone knows how to produce an exceptional espresso, it’s Gaggia. With over 80 years of experience and innovation, Gaggia offers espresso machines that you can depend on for continuous coffee excellence. If you are looking for something simple but exceptional, Gaggio has the manual espresso machine you are looking for. Need something more complex, so you can enjoy the specialty drinks you love in the comfort of your own home? They have the perfect machine for you as well. In this article, we will give you a brief overview of what you can expect from a Gaggia espresso machine as well as some of the options you can find on different models. In addition, we will also share information about some of Gaggia’s top coffee machines, ensuring you have all the information you need to choose the machine that is right for you.
A Deep Flavorful History
Gaggia is named after its founder, Achille Gaggia, who was an espresso specialist. In fact, he was the first espresso specialist, being the inventor of the first espresso maker to use water pressure instead of steam to extract the best flavor from the beans. This pressurized method is what causes the development of that lovely foam, or crema naturale, on the top of freshly brewed espresso. Achille put a lot of time and effort into this discovery and his hard work paid off. Many years after his invention was patented, his company’s espresso machines are still bringing joy to coffee lovers around the world.
What You Should Know
If you are a coffee lover, then you know that not all coffee is made equal and neither are coffee machines. When choosing a coffee maker you have to take into consideration what you are expecting to get out of it. From simple comforting black coffee all the way to the most complex specialty drink, the coffee machine makes all the difference. Here are a few features you may want to look for when making your decision.
If you're in a Rush!
This is your first big decision, what kind of drinks are you expecting to make and how quickly do you want them. If you are a home barista who loves to make hand-crafted specialty drinks, you may prefer a simple espresso machine. Choosing a classic espresso maker leaves all the creativity to you. Now if you want something a little less hands-on, consider purchasing a semi or fully automatic machine. These machines offer the option of one-touch brewing, leaving you to enjoy your specialty drink with as little effort as possible. Have more than one coffee drinker at home? Look for a pot that offers a carafe options, this way you can brew enough for everyone.
Beans or No Beans
There is nothing more delicious than a hot cup of coffee brewed from freshly ground beans. Unfortunately, life does not always cooperate and sometimes we just do not have time to grind our beans. Not to worry, many of Gaggia’s coffee makers come with bean hoppers and grinders built-in. This means that with the touch of a single button you can enjoy fresh ground coffee every time. Some of their machines are also compatible with ESE pods and pre-ground coffee, so you only need to choose the option that is right for you.
Milk to Go
Have you ever watched your local barista steam milk to frothy perfection? If you want that same experience at home, then you can choose a machine with a steaming wand. Many Gaggia machines offer steaming wands that have the capability of steaming at different levels, allowing you to make your milk foam dense and thick or light and fluffy. Again, it all depends on you. If you love specialty drinks with foamy milk, but do not want to hassle with a frothing wand, then you can choose a machine that offers an attached milk carafe. With this option, you simply choose the drink you want and your Gaggia does the rest.
Do not just take our word for it, take a look at what customers are saying:
“Better than the rest.
This is the best espresso machine on the market for the money. Everything in it is industrial strength and will last for decades. This thing is a machine, not an appliance. Look up videos from Whole Latte Love on YouTube about how great this machine is, it’s always a top pick for home espresso machines.”
“If you are serious, but not obsessed with your espresso, this is absolutely the machine for you! I’ve bee down that road we’re over the years I’ve spent more than this machine’s cost, all while looking for that perfect prosumer espresso machine. Do I wish I would had just bitten the bullet all along? U betcha! The Gaggia classic lives up to its hype and more! I have to warn you tho… once you dial it in and learn how to brew a more than decent espresso shot, visiting Starbucks will become a thing of the past!”
“Great quality machine!
I lived in Italy for a few years and have been waiting to buy an espresso machine since I came back to the US because I was afraid I would be disappointed. After making a lot of comparisons, and shopping around a lot, I am happy to say I am not disappointed! I can’t wait to get up in the morning and drink my espresso with steamed milk. Great price for what your getting, easy to use, and easy to clean.”
first off, I look at these reviews with skepticism. i expect most of these are less than objective which is why i rarely post reviews. instead i research through other means. which is what i did with this espresso machine before deciding to buy.
that said, this machine is outstanding. had a krups espresseria which broke down for the 3rd time in 6 years at 150 dollars each time to fix. Decided to get something else and wanting something more simple but not wanting to shell out for a cafe machine. Looked at several before deciding on the Gaggia. The machine makes the best coffee I’ve ever tasted at home. The grind is critical if you’re using the pressurized basket however so you do need to get a quality grinder. We’ll see how long it lasts but those reviews look good as its been around in one incarnation or another for about 30 years. Love it so far.”
The Classic Pro is exactly what you would expect from a classic espresso maker, only with a little extra Gaggia class. This machine offers dual brewing, so you can make two espressos at once, and a 72oz water reservoir so you make as much as you need without having to stop for a water refill. You can use your own freshly ground beans, pre-ground, or ESE pods with this one, so you have complete control. On top of that, it comes with improved pump mounts that provide quieter brewing. The Classic Pro also has a commercial-grade steaming wand that is capable of producing even the tight microfoam required for latte art. In addition, it comes with a commercial style portafilter, so you can enjoy the full barista experience at home.
- Quiet Brewing
- Professional Grade Wand
- 72oz Water Reservoirm
If you are looking for a classic espresso maker with a few extra bells and whistles, then look no further than the Carezza De LUXE. This machine offers rapid heating, it gets up to temperature in approximately 60 seconds, as well as pre-infusion, which wets the grounds before brewing to increase flavor extraction. It comes with a 47oz water reservoir which has a front view, making it possible for you to easily see when you are running low. The frothing wand works both as a professional milk steamer and a hot water dispenser for tea. With the luxury addition of a cup warming plate on the top and an eye-catching retro design, this espresso maker is sure to please.
- Rapid Heat
- Water Infusion
- Retro Design
Now for something a little more high-tech. The Anima Prestige is super automated, offering both preprogrammed specialty drinks as well as the option to program your own favorites. It has an 8.8oz bean hopper, 60oz water reservoir, and one-touch bean to cup brewing. This machine also offers other drink options such as variable temperature and flavor strengths. With easy to use specialty buttons on the front as well as easy to access bean hopper and water reservoir, you are sure to have a blissful coffee experience with the Anima Prestige.
- One-Touch Brewing
- Bean Hopper
The Velasca Prestige has some similarities to the Anima Prestige. It comes with a 10.5oz bean hopper, an internal ceramic grinder, and a 54oz water reservoir. You know what that means: super simple, one-touch brewing of your favorite specialty drinks. It is also preprogrammed with the classics, like latte, cappuccino, and espresso, as well as being programmable so you can save your favorites. What makes the Velasca unique is its compact designed. Gaggia designed this espresso machine with your counter space in mind. Its decreased height allows the Velasca to fit on your counter with ease.
- Ceramic Grinder
- Coffee Hopper
- Front-Load Water Reservoir
If you are looking for something with even more options, then we present to you the Accademia. This is no normal home espresso maker; with a 12oz bean hopper and 54oz water reservoir, plus the option for carafe brewing, this machine is a crowd-pleaser. You can still brew all your favorite preprogrammed specialty drinks, such as lattes, latte macchiatos, and espressos, as well as caffe and caffe lungo. It comes with an attached milk carafe as well as a flavor knob, so you can adjust the drink to fit your specifications without any extra fuss. The Accademia also comes with an adjustable dispenser, so you can use your favorite travel mugs with this one as well.
- Adjustable Dispenser
- Carafe Brewing
- Milk Carafe
Now for the espresso machine of espresso machines, the Babila. This machine comes with everything you need to have the full coffee house experience, whether you are a barista or not. It is super automatic, so you get one-touch brewing on eight preprogrammed favorites, plus the option to program your own specialty drinks. Want to be a little more creative? Not to worry, the Babila also comes with a commercial-grade frother, so you can steam your milk to frothy perfection. With an adjustable dispenser and flavor control knob, you have complete control over volume and flavor. With this coffee maker, you will be able to easily create all the espresso drinks you desire.
- Super Automatic
- Wand and Milk Carafe
In 1938, Achille Gaggia set out on a mission to obtain a better understanding of espresso. The fruits of his labors can be seen in the quality of Gaggia’s wide range of espresso machines. Although there are many models to choose from, they all have one thing in common, the ability to produce great espresso, every time. Choosing an espresso maker can seem intimidating, but with Gaggia, you do not have to worry. No matter what your coffee and espresso needs entail, you will find a Gaggia to meet your needs. We hope this list provides you with all the information you need to make the right decision and purchase the best espresso machine for you.