Gaggia Viva

Name: Viva
Brand: Gaggia
Type: Espresso
Operation: Manual
Capacity: 1 litre

Pressure coffee maker from Gran Gaggia Viva Deluxe Black
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Pressure coffee maker from Gran Gaggia Viva Deluxe Black
  • Brushed stainless steel housing. Cup warmer. 15 bar pump. Foaming nozzle. 1 liter water tank.
  • Convenience of use. You decide for coffee. Auto power off. Portafilter compatible with 43mm tamper.
  • Color: black / silver. Width: 20 cm. Height: 29.7 cm. Depth: 26.5 cm. Weight: 3.9 kg. Plug type: Type C/EF - 2 pin (Europlug/FR-DE Hybrid).

The Gaggia Viva model is one of the latest additions to the catalogue of hand-held espresso machines from the prestigious Italian firm Gaggia. As with the Gran Gaggia coffee machine, this Gaggia Viva slightly lowers expectations and is aimed at a wider type of public, who do not give up making their quality espresso every day, but who may not have the level of demand and skill of users who are aiming, for example, at the emblematic Gaggia Classic.

The performance of the Gaggia Viva coffee machine is the usual and classic performance of a mid-range espresso machine. We particularly like its small dimensions (the casing is really compact) and the stainless steel finish and chrome finishes on many elements.

It is a 15 bar pressure espresso machine, with 1 litre capacity in the tank, and with pressurised filters that guarantee the formation of a perfect crema on top of the espresso. As with the other Gaggia hand-held coffee machines, the Gaggia Viva is compatible not only with ground coffee but also with the traditional ESE-type single-serve machines.

Some versions of the Gaggia Classic (we’ll talk about them later) have a tray on top so that you can preheat the cups and glasses before serving the coffee.  And all of them have the usual dial on the right side to regulate the steam emission of the pannarello.

What is the situation in which this Viva model could be included in the Gaggia catalogue? Well, in the most affordable group, both in terms of price and some details on the components. For example, the boiler of this Gaggia Viva is made of aluminium, instead of stainless steel or brass as some more advanced models do.

As far as performance is concerned, the average user will honestly not notice much difference from higher ranking Gaggia coffee machines. In this respect, the guarantees of one of the most famous firms and guardians of the authentic traditional Italian espresso can be noted.

The control panel of the Gaggia Viva is quite simple, as befits a coffee maker that does not make a great deal of technical fuss and focuses only on making good espressos.

In the centre of the front panel you can see the main operating dial, which is used to select whether you want to make an espresso or use the steamer. On the left, the three indicator lights show us the status of the coffee machine at all times (whether the boiler is already hot, whether the steamer is at the right temperature, etc.).

Gaggia Viva: Style, prestige and deluxe

The Gaggia Viva coffee maker is sold in three different versions, although with few differences between them. It is exactly the same strategy that the Italian brand implemented with its Gran Gaggia coffee maker, and with the same versions: Style, Deluxe and Prestige.

Let’s briefly summarize what the most important differences are between the Gaggia Viva Deluxe, Prestige and Style, and thus eliminate any doubts that may arise before buying.

  • The Gaggia Viva Style model has the panarello in black plastic. The other two are in stainless steel.
  • The Gaggia Viva Style has only one finish: in black and with plastic body. The other two are finished in stainless steel.
  • The drip tray is in black ABS plastic for the Style, and in stainless steel for the other two.
  • The Style does not have a cup-warming tray on the top.

As you may have understood, the Gaggia Viva Style is the most basic model of the three, the Deluxe would be the intermediate one, and the Gaggia Viva Prestige is the most advanced one. The difference between the Deluxe and the Prestige is basically the finishings; functionally there is no excessive change.

Gaggia Viva: Main features

  • ULKA pump of 15 bar pressure.
  • Removable water tank of 1 litre capacity.
  • The tank is compatible with water filters.
  • ABS plastic bodywork.
  • Simultaneous pouring of 1 or 2 cups of espresso.
  • Stainless steel front panel, and chrome finish.
  • Set of 2 pressurised filters.
  • Panarello or manual stainless steel steamer tube, for foaming milk.
  • Aluminium boiler.
  • As an accessory, it includes a dosing/pressurising spoon.
  • Dimensions of the coffee maker: 20 x 30 x 26.
  • Approximate weight: 4.7 kg.

Advantages of the Gaggia Viva coffee maker

  • The size of the coffee machine is very convenient and compact. It is perfect for small kitchens.
  • The possibility of using single doses apart from ground coffee.
  • The finishes, materials and, in general, everything related to the machine’s external appearance, with all the Gaggia guarantees.
  • There are not many Gaggia coffee machines aimed at the general public and with a relatively “affordable” price.

Disadvantages of the Gaggia Viva coffee machine

  • It is one of the most affordable models of the entire Gaggia brand. It is ideal for medium-low profile users, but for more demanding users it may be a bit short.
  • The aluminium boiler is something that can take a bit of a toll on more experienced consumers.
  • This Viva is a model that does not yet have much stock or distribution, and this makes the price of some versions a little high. Not that it is an expensive machine, but it is not too far from the price of the Gaggia Classic; a clearly superior model.

Gaggia Viva Prestige : How it Works

If you’ve had other espresso machines before, you’ll be familiar with how they work, but in any case a refresher is always good. In this promotional video you can take a closer look at some details of how this Gaggia Viva works: how it’s used, what components it has, and so on.

Is it worth buying the Gaggia Viva?

Our conclusion after evaluating this Gaggia Viva, in any of its three versions, is that few manual espresso machines on the current scene offer so much in so little space. If you can afford it, opt for the Prestige model, which is the best of all.

This is a model that is perfect for bringing the reliability and prestige of Gaggia, one of the best Italian espresso brands, to the market. We cannot talk about a cheap espresso machine, because there are many cheaper models, but to carry the signature of Gaggia is not bad at all.

If we want to look for alternatives within this same manufacturer, the Gaggia Classic (slightly higher range) or the Gran Gaggia (similar) are good options. In another brand, perhaps the well-known Delonghi Dedica is the most equivalent model, both in price and performance.

Pressure coffee maker from Gran Gaggia Viva Deluxe Black
310 Reviews
Pressure coffee maker from Gran Gaggia Viva Deluxe Black
  • Brushed stainless steel housing. Cup warmer. 15 bar pump. Foaming nozzle. 1 liter water tank.
  • Convenience of use. You decide for coffee. Auto power off. Portafilter compatible with 43mm tamper.
  • Color: black / silver. Width: 20 cm. Height: 29.7 cm. Depth: 26.5 cm. Weight: 3.9 kg. Plug type: Type C/EF - 2 pin (Europlug/FR-DE Hybrid).