The Gaggia Classic presents a strong entry-level semi-automatic espresso machine, made from quality commercial components and built to last. The stainless-steel housing is solid, with heavy-duty rocker switches for controls. The chrome-plated brass brew group and portafilter are commercially styled, with the portafilter enjoying a 58 mm diameter, the usual for commercial machines. The pressurized portafilter basket makes brewing easy, in a position to extract a crema from just about any coffee without trouble. For more regulate, you’ll switch out for the included commercial-style basket and develop your technique. Frothing milk is made easy with the Turbo-Frother steam wand attachment, making cappuccinos and lattes a fun, effortless experience. In spite of everything, the three-way solenoid valve keeps coffee pucks dry in the portafilter when you’re able to discard, a feature usually only found in more expensive, commercial machines.
Combining advanced technology with a classic design, this coffee/espresso machine for making hot drinks at home includes all of the benefits of a commercial system. Designed in Italy by Gaggia, one of the crucial respected names in the espresso industry, the unit uses standard 58 mm filters to provide ample room for brewing rich, full espresso. Its commercial-grade construction includes stainless-steel housing, a high-power 17-1/2-bar pump with a high-voltage boiler for quick warm-up times, and an independent expansion valve. A three-way solenoid valve is also included, providing immediate pressure release from the grouphead once an espresso pull is completed, allowing the portafilter to be removed and the next shot to be prepared instantly. For excellent temperature stability, its portafilters and grouphead are made of heavy-duty marine-grade brass with chrome plating. The machine works with coffee pods and is designed to deliver two cups at once. Other convenient features include a hot-water dispenser for tea, a frothing wand for crema, and a cup warmer. A single- and double-shot stainless-steel filter basket, coffee tamper, and 7-gram measuring scoop are included. Its 72-ounce water reservoir is removable for easy filling or cleaning. To keep the espresso machine clean, simply wipe it down with a damp cloth. The unit measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches. –Catie Unger
Rugged brushed stainless steel housing
Commercial three-way solenoid valve
Commercial-style 58mm chrome-plated brass portafilter and Brew Group
Easy-to-use Turbo-Frother steam wand attachment