"Gaggia is a familiar coffee maker brand, manufacturing quality espresso machines to be enjoyed by its customers."
The Gaggia Classic is a timeless espresso machine, creating fantastic quality coffees with ease. Gaggia is a familiar coffee maker brand, manufacturing quality espresso machines to be enjoyed by its customers. The Gaggia Classic is no exception to this, having been created to deliver coffee that is nothing short of exceptional. With a price tag of between $350 and $380, the Gaggia Classic is certainly a coffee maker to invest in. But the price reflects the quality, and it’s easy to tell this semi-automatic espresso machine has been built with both durability and usability in mind.
One of the first things to notice about the Gaggia Classic espresso machine is that it's commercial, even industrial-looking in its style. It’s clear that Gaggia has stuck to their roots in the design of this classic coffee maker, making it characteristically traditional. The finish is stainless steel, so it’s very durable and has an attractive silver casing which will look great in any kitchen theme. The other thing that stands out about this espresso machine is how incredibly heavy-duty it is. With dimensions of 9.5 x 8 x 14.1 inches, the Gaggia Classic has a surprising weight of 20 pounds, so it doesn’t mess around when it comes to sturdiness.
The overall design of this coffee maker may well be commercial, but so is the quality of it. For example, it comes with a three-way solenoid valve and 58mm chrome-plated brass portafilter, located on the front of the machine. These are features you’d expect a barista to be using in a coffee shop, so it’s great to know you can get this barista-style coffee maker in your own home. The water reservoir on this Gaggia model can be refilled from the top of the machine but is easily visible underneath from behind where the cups are placed so you can keep on top of the water level. There are also three buttons on the front of this coffee maker, one to switch it on and off, another to activate the steam prep and the final one stops and starts the flow of water when making the coffee.
The on and off switch, as well as the water flow button, have red lights on them which light up to let you know when the water is up to temperature. There is also a handy tool on the side of the machine that allows you to steam the milk frother and doesn’t interrupt the general design of this coffee maker.
Like with other coffee machines from Gaggia, the classic espresso maker is extremely versatile and comes with a range of different features to keep even the most renowned coffee connoisseur happy. One of the great things about the Gaggia Classic is that it’s compatible with both ground coffee or ESE pods, so you have the option to choose what is best for you. This coffee maker allows you to make either a one-shot or two-shot espresso and has a useful Pannarello wand to steam and froth milk so that you can create lattes and cappuccinos to your heart’s content. Not all espresso machines come with this option so it’s great to see Gaggia have included it in this classic model, as it does make a difference to the coffees you can make. Although some customers have stated the plastic covering on the wand isn’t high quality for those wanting to dabble in latte art and foam texturizing, others have said that for beginners in coffee making, it’s ideal in creating a perfect cup of milky coffee.
In addition, this espresso machine comes with a heated cup warmer thanks to the heat from the boiler, so you can place your cup of coffee on top of the Classic machine and warm it before the brewing process. As there is no keep-warm system with this coffee machine, this method will also mean your coffee stays warmer for longer in a pre-heated cup. If you’re in a rush and need your espresso or coffee of choice made quickly, the Classic comes with dual heating components to make your coffee brew ready in 5 minutes and steam ready in 20 seconds. Although this isn’t as quick as other coffee machine models, the taste of the coffee from this espresso machine does make it worth the wait.
The Gaggia Classic also comes with a pressurized basket in the portafilter, so you can get a consistently top-quality shot of espresso without even having to be a trained barista yourself! With this, the professional 3-way solenoid valve for easy pressure release and the sturdy portafilter, it’s easy to see why this coffee machine ranks highly in bringing barista-style coffee into your home. The commercial aspects of the Gaggia Classic are all set in a durable device, promoting longevity of this product and showcasing its specialized features.
Ease of Use
The main features of the Gaggia Classic are removable, so it makes cleaning this coffee machine much more manageable. There is no automatic cleaning function on the Classic, so all the cleaning requires elbow grease, except for the steam clean function. It’s important to note that as well as giving this coffee maker deep cleans to keep it in working order, cleaning should be done little and often maintain its quality. The stainless-steel finish makes it easy to wipe clean, and the various removable parts mean they can be taken off and cleaned separately.
The Pannarello wand is easy to use, making milky coffees fun to create. It should always be steamed after use to get rid of any milk in the tube and to keep it functioning correctly. The water reservoir can hold up to 72 oz of water, but it’s fixed in the machine, so you must fill it up from the top. This isn’t ideal if you want to store this on a shelf but ideal for countertop use. But it can be refilled easily without removing anything, but if you're going to give it a deep clean, it can easily be detached, along with the drip tray. It’s useful to remove the drip tray for cleaning purposes but also to make room for larger cups, as the Gaggia Classic caters for small espresso mugs. Although there’s no automatic function to create a freshly brewed cup of coffee for you when you wake up, this coffee machine is easy to get to grips with, so you’ll be serving up delicious coffees in no time!
Overall, the Gaggia Classic Espresso machine gives you the opportunity to create coffee-shop quality coffee in the comfort of your own home. Although it is missing some features such as automatic settings to make coffee and switch off after use as well as taking longer than other models to heat up, the Classic is classically efficient. The appearance of it is undoubtedly a commercial-style, but this is complemented by the commercial-quality features, like the milk frother and the portafilter. It’s versatile, being compatible with both pods and ground coffee and while it does require a hands-on approach to coffee-making, it’s still comfortable to use and operates with ease. The Gaggia Classic is durable enough to last a long time, but it does come with a 1-year warranty should anything go wrong. If you’re happy to customize your coffee in a barista-style way and achieve great tasting coffee, this is a coffee machine for you.