When you’re shopping for a home cappuccino machine Gaggia is one of the most trusted brands around. In fact, the Gaggia Classic is based on the Coffee Gaggia model that’s been a staple in coffee lovers’ kitchens for more than 20 years. It’s seen a lot of refinements and improvements since then, and the Gaggia Classic brings it to a whole new level.
But, as an entry-level machine that might appeal more to newcomers than serious coffee fanatics, it’s not a purchase for everybody. Is the Classic the right home cappuccino machine for you? Let’s take a closer look and find out.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Gaggia Classic is its sleek design. The chic design combined with a slender footprint will help it fit into any modern kitchen. Most of the components are solid and high-quality making this an especially durable consumer cappuccino machine. As you’d expect from Gaggia the machine is easy to use and clean with responsive switches and a “user friendly” reservoir.
The tank heats water in a snap, and the pump will stand up to constant use. Overall, the Classic’s construction compares favorably to commercial models and it’s welcoming enough for newcomers. Many users have been pleased with it as a strong, fair-priced entry-level machine which performs well if you learn its intricacies and know how to get the most from the machine.
Naturally, the performance of a cappuccino machine will depend on the barista, but there are a few areas where the Gaggia Classic misses the mark. The boiler uses aluminum, not brass, which makes it harder to clean and more likely to corrode. This can cut years off your machine’s life; so if you expect consistent use you may want to look for a cappuccino machine with sturdier internal parts.
The espresso basket has some trouble with clogging, and the metal frothing wand is inferior to the “Turbo-Frother” Gaggia is including with its latest models. Although the Classic is a good choice overall but it won’t compensate for a lack of knowledge about your machine and how to create a great espresso; so, the less experienced crowd for whom it’s intended might be disappointed.
If you’re just getting started in the exciting journey of becoming your own home barista the Gaggia Classic is a cappuccino machine you should consider. Among entry-level espresso makers it’s one of the best thanks to its quality construction and ease of use. That said, it doesn’t have the advanced functionality of mid-range coffee makers, and if you’re a devoted coffee hobbyist, you will probably grow out of it – or find that the boiler needs replacement right around the time you’re thinking about moving up.
The final verdict? The Gaggia Classic is a great starter, and a fine gift for family or friends who love coffee but haven’t made the jump into the hobbyist world yet. Steer clear of it if you have years of espresso expertise; check out other models instead.