Capacity: 2.1 litres
Today we are looking at the Gaggia Classic, a benchmark in the domestic coffee machine sector. Quality, quality and more quality is what we will find in every piece and detail of this fabulous espresso machine, which is characterized by having behind it one of the most prestigious brands in the industry: Gaggia. Buying a Gaggia coffee maker is synonymous with success and guarantees.
Gaggia is a prestigious Italian coffee company, although it also sells other products such as refrigerators and other small household appliances. Its links and prestige in the world of coffee come from the fact that – as many users do not know – it is a subsidiary of none other than Saeco.
Gaggia has been manufacturing professional coffee machines (for the hotel and catering industry) since 1947, and domestic coffee machines since 1977. In other words, this brand is not lacking in experience and guarantees. A reference in the sector.
This is an image of the “old” model of the Gaggia Classic, which was renewed a few years ago under the name Gaggia Classic II (2015). In this review, we will always talk about this latest machine. More recently we have the new model Gaggia Classic 2019 New Edition.
Gaggia Classic: Reference Manual Espresso Machine
Apart from the brand’s reputation and the guarantee that it is designed in Italy (the homeland of espresso), buying a Gaggia coffee machine is synonymous with success.
In particular, the Gaggia Classic coffee maker stands out for its materials, designed and chosen to withstand a very long service life (for example: stainless steel on the outside, or aluminium on the internal parts which make it much more resistant to corrosion and calcification), and for being significantly less expensive than comparable machines, including several commercial coffee makers designed for the hotel and catering industry.
For this reason, we recommend not to twist the gesture at first sight when you see that the Gaggia Classic is more expensive than other manual espresso machines. Its competitors and references are in a much higher range.
Ease of use is a very positive note in a coffee machine of this calibre. The water tank, for example, can be either filled or removed directly from the top of the coffee machine (i.e. you don’t have to take it out to fill it with water).
The Gaggia Classic also removes the pressure immediately after the coffee has been brewed. This allows the filter holder to evacuate all the water instantly, and therefore the ladle is completely dry and easy to remove. It is this kind of detail that sets the Gaggia Classic one step ahead of other models.
You should also know that the Gaggia Classic has a pressurized filter, which means in practice that you do not need to use a finely ground coffee for espressos. Coffee makers with pressurized filters correct, so to speak, the problem of Italian grinds and allow you to obtain a fairly dense foam without worrying about the details of the grind.
Differences Between the New vs. the Old Gaggia Classic
They can be easily differentiated by the logo, but to make it clearer this is a video comparing the operation of the Gaggia Classic (2015 model) to the previous Gaggia Classic:
We will now go into detail and analyse the main qualities of this Gaggia Classic, its weaknesses if any, and the best recommendations to take into account before buying a Gaggia coffee maker.
Gaggia Classic 2015: Main Features
- There is only one model of Gaggia Classic, built-in stainless steel. There is no range of colours or more eye-catching alternatives as with other brands.
- Approximate dimensions: 23.0 x 24.0 x 38.0 cm
- Water tank capacity: 2.1 litres.
- Stainless steel boiler.
- The water tank can be removed for easy cleaning or refilling.
- Internal materials and finishes made of metal and satin stainless steel. There is practically no plastic in this coffee maker. Filters, pump, heater, tubes… all in metal.
- Allows two cups to be served at the same time.
- Non-slip sideburns on the base.
- Switches off automatically after 9 minutes of inactivity.
- Built-in milk foamer. Moves horizontally only (forward or backwards). Later on you will be able to read some very interesting recommendations related to the steam output of this accessory.
- It allows the use of ESE single-dose capsules, as it has a specific filter for these coffee bags.
- Included accessories: 3 filters and a pressing spoon.
- Power: 1300 watts.
Advantages of the Gaggia Classic
- The capacity of the water tank is enormous, more than 2 litres. Furthermore, it can be removed from the front or filled without removing it from the top of the coffee machine (simply by removing the lid). It is very practical and don’t forget that you will be filling the tank very often.
- The finish and the materials, both external and internal: this is a top-quality machine. If we take it, we will notice immediately that it “weighs”, it is undoubtedly designed for a long life.
- It is a very versatile machine: you can make cappuccinos and use ESE single-dose pods.
Disadvantages of the Gaggia Classic
- The Gaggia Classic is a superb manual espresso machine, but its price is notably higher than competing alternatives such as the Oster Prima Latte, the Mini Moka CM-1622 or the Saeco Poemia. Obviously, the difference, especially in the materials used, is also noticeable in the price.
- To say the least, it is a heavy and somewhat large machine… this is not usually the case, but if you are looking for a coffee machine that you can continually move around and take with you everywhere, this is not the best option.
Gaggia Classic: Tips and Tricks
In this section, we would like to collect some tips and tricks that we have been able to collect from various users of the Gaggia Classic.
First of all, we’ll tell you a little trick related to steam output. Some users have even complained that the steam in the Gaggia Classic comes out with little force (although this is something very subjective, but well, in case this is your case).
The point is that this can be solved in a very simple way: you don’t have to wait for the red light to come on, which theoretically indicates that the steamer is ready, and which usually takes about 15 seconds to warn you.
Instead of waiting these 15 seconds, start using it after 12 or 13 seconds (that is, about 2 or 3 seconds before the red light comes on). What do you get out of it? It prevents the thermostat from stopping the resistance, and therefore you can enjoy much more power in the steamer. It is also very useful that whenever you use the steamer you cool it down by removing water (as if you were going to clean it).
Secondly, another recommendation related, on this occasion, to the steam valve. This piece is made of a slightly softer material than the rest of the coffee maker, in theory, to improve the fit between pieces. The fact that it is softer has the risk that if you tighten the thread too much or give it too many turns, you can damage it or break it, and it also has more risk of lime making a dent in it.
What are the consequences of this damage to the steam valve? Well, roughly speaking: when you use the steamer you will have water dripping or leaking from the nozzle. To avoid these leaks, or even worse, having to change the piece due to breakage, we advise you first not to neglect the descaling, secondly to be careful when opening the steam (do not give more turns than necessary, because no more steam will come out and you can load the piece) and especially when you finish close the thread very gently.
If the nozzle drips, it will not stop dripping because you tighten it with pliers to the end, on the contrary, what you can get is to damage it more and worsen the problem.
Another aspect that you should not neglect in a coffee maker of such quality as this Gaggia Classic is the ground coffee. The better the coffee is and the more suitable its grinding degree, the better the results you will get from your Gaggia, so if you are looking for a good grinder, be sure to have a look at our coffee grinder analysis section.
Videos of the Gaggia Classic
Much better than reading analyses and opinions (however extensive and detailed they may be), is to see the coffee machine you want to buy in operation in order to make up your mind. And that’s precisely what we want to show you by collecting these Gaggia Classic videos for you. We recommend that you watch them carefully before buying your Gaggia Classic coffee machine.
First of all, we’ll show you how to prepare a cappuccino coffee in your Gaggia Classic.
And secondly, a very complete video review of the Gaggia Classic. The important thing is that you see the machine in operation and we believe that the video perfectly fulfils that function (which is why we have selected it).
Gaggia Classic New Edition: Reviews
The highest quality, made again to last and ready for baristas to talk about again.
Made in Italy, constructed in a stainless steel of the best quality (above this we would have the surgical steel), the plastics have been replaced by steel, the buttons replaced by pushers that guarantee the durability that one expects, we add a professional steam wand in steel that ends with two holes and we have again the prestigious and recognized 3-way solenoid valve.
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Why Buy a Gaggia Classic?
Well, in the case of this coffee maker perhaps our opinion is a little simple, but it’s what we really think: The Gaggia Classic is a unanimously recognized coffee maker, one of the best-selling in the manual espresso segment, and of which it is very difficult to find any unfavourable opinion.
So we think there are many reasons to buy a Gaggia Classic, and only one not to: its price. So the conclusion is very clear: if you are thinking of buying a manual espresso machine and can afford to pay this money, don’t think twice: buying the Gaggia Classic is an unbeatable option.
And if you want options with a similar range, you can find the Gaggia Carezza from the same company.