Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine Review

PROS:

    Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine1. Rugged Construction: The Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine was designed in Italy and comes from the highly respected company, Gaggia, a leader in the espresso industry. Many of today’s coffee makers are made from plastic housing and plastic parts, but not the Gaggia. The housing is made from stainless steel, which you’ll find to be solid and sturdy. Both the portafilters and grouphead are made from marine-grade brass, with chrome plating for added durability. You can expect this machine to last for many years, even with everyday use. The rugged construction is certainly a step above what other coffee machines have to offer.

    2. High Performance: If you want a professional-grade machine, the Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine is the one to choose. Not only is it made from stainless steel and brass parts, but also the machine boasts a three-way solenoid valve and independent expansion valve. It has 17 ½-bars of pressure and a high-voltage boiler that makes warm-up times especially fast. The forged brass components help to stabilize temperature, while the solenoid valve creates immediate pressure release from the grouphead. Even after an espresso shot has been pulled, another shot can be prepared immediately after thanks to the portafilter that is removed in the process. The internal system that allows the Gaggia to operate is simply amazing and executes top performance at all times.

    3. Accessories: Tired of investing in an espresso machine that doesn’t have worthy accessories? The Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine is the exception. The espresso maker includes two stainless steel filter baskets for a single shot and double shot, a coffee tamper, seven-gram measuring scoop, frothing wand, cup warmer and hot water dispenser for tea. These accessories are what give espressos and gourmet coffee drinks that special touch, plus will help you achieve perfection in the kitchen. And thanks to the hot water dispenser, you can use the espresso machine for teas and hot chocolates instead of needing to heat a kettle.

CONS:

    1. Poor Steaming Wand: Unfortunately, one of the accessories didn’t make it through quality control: the steaming wand. Some people have had no issues, but those that are truly dedicated to becoming their own barista have reported that the steaming wand is subpar on this machine. First, the wand is very low, making it hard to remove a cup without spilling. Second, the wand does not turn in every direction like it should. This prevents the coffee from reaching the bubbly foam at the top. Although this is a drawback, it shouldn’t deter you from the machine. If you find the wand gives you the same problems, you can replace it with a better quality steam wand.

    2. Not for Beginners: Only experienced espresso lovers will be able to maneuver their way around this machine. It’s not for novices, and if you do end up purchasing the machine and don’t have experience making espressos, you’ll find yourself highly frustrated. Fortunately, the Gaggia does have the option to use ESE pods that can be purchased online and from some coffee shops. However, they are expensive and not ‘true’ espresso, at least according to some espresso drinkers. If you do have experience making espressos, you will appreciate the options you have with this machine since you can control the four main components: temperature, pressure, amount of espresso and time. But if you’re not willing to take this up as a hobby, you may want to spring for a less complicated machine.

BOTTOM LINE:

    The Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine makes a great investment, but only for some people. If you enjoy making espressos and have a solid understanding of the various steps, this machine will be a wonderful addition to your home.

    Yet if you’re a beginner or don’t have the time to invest in learning how to make espressos, you’ll find yourself frustrated with this machine. For espresso-making experts, you’ll appreciate the quality of the Gaggia, especially since it comes at an affordable price point.

    The durable parts, stainless steel housing and heavy-duty brass components give this machine a professional image. And you can’t argue with the 17-1/2-bars of pressure, three-way solenoid valve and range of accessories for adding cremas, froths and foams. If you ever find yourself in a rush, it’s great to know that the Gaggia can take ESE pods as well.

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Gaggia 14101 Overview

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso MachineThis professional-grade machine by Gaggia, one of the most respected names in the espresso industry, has 17-1/2-bars of pressure, single- and double-shot stainless steel filter baskets, a three-way solenoid valve and an independent expansion valve. The portafilters and grouphead are made from brass for added temperature stability, and you can deliver two cups of espresso at once. 

You may not notice it at first glance, but the Gaggia is made from a rugged construction, including the stainless steel housing and marine-grade brass parts, giving this machine the same durability as some of the more expensive espresso makers on the market. You will need to have a good understanding of how to make an espresso in order to achieve the best results, but the Gaggia can be used with ESE pods for quick espressos without the measuring, the balancing or the mess. Overall, this is a great machine that rivals top-end machines but for much less. It’s no surprise that the Gaggia is one of the best sellers on the market. 

Specifications & Features:

    Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine

  • High-power 17-1/2-bar pump
  • Product Dimensions: 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches
  • Material: Stainless steel housing, brass portafilters, chrome plating
  • 72-ounce removable water reservoir
  • Hot water dispenser
  • Single- and double-shot stainless steel filter basket
  • Includes: Frothing wand, tamper, measuring scoop, cup warmer

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