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By | September 10, 2013

under counter coffee maker

under counter coffee maker

under counter coffee maker

under counter coffee maker

Gaggia is a long standing espresso machine brand in Italy, but is much less well known in the United States, which is a place that has long been dominated by ‘house’ brands such as Krups, Mr. Coffee, or Cuisinart. At the high end of what we define as a consumer espresso machine, the 14101 Classic from Gaggio is a good contender with both strikingly classic looks and good operation as a result of it’s well done construction.

While we do like the machine itself, and as you will see from the review it did perform very well and is pretty maintenance free, there are some build issues that make the Gaggia Classic more of a temporary step to another machine than a long-lasting espresso maker.

 under counter coffee maker

under counter coffee maker


under counter coffee maker
Taste:

Where the Gaggia excels is the taste; you won’t find a much better espresso machine out there are this price that can make as good of an espresso as this one. The water is evenly heated in the aluminum boiler, and the pressure is even and consistent, making for a smooth shot all around, and a good, but not overpowering crema.
Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel

under counter coffee maker



Ease of Use:

In keeping with it’s classic functionality, there aren’t a lot of options to change on the Gaggia. You are really able to make a good espresso without playing around with too many settings, which is a definite plus for ease of use. Now you just need to know how to tamp and do some of the other things that using a manual machine asks you to do.

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This isn’t a grind and brew by any means, but the amount of work that you have to do to get this machine working well is far less than many machine at or below this price range.

under counter coffee maker

under counter coffee maker

Build Quality:

The overall quality of the Gaggia 14101 Classic is very good. Everything fits together well and there aren’t that many issues reported of things breaking or not working properly, with one exception. The boiler on this machine is made out of aluminum, which is much less resistant to corrosion than brass, which is the material used in higher end boilers.

For the price, you would expect that the Gaggia would use a brass boiler as well. While this isn’t a deal breaker, heavy users will find that they will have to replace the boiler far earlier than you would otherwise expect from a machine of this caliber.

Gaggia 14101 Classic

Add-Ons/Accessories:

The Gaggia comes with a tamper, but it is of fairly low quality. To replace this, we recommend buying a Terry’s Tamper or using one that you may already have as a replacement, as it will do a far better job.

On the side of the machine you will also find a frothing want, perfect for frothing milk for a cappuccino or other mixed drinks.

Summary:

The Gaggia 14101 Classic is a fantastic, commercial grade machine that will perform extremely well. As with a few machines that we have reviewed here, the Gaggia Classic is on the low end of the Gaggia line, so much of the engineering that has gone into their commercial and semi-commercial lines has been used in the creation of this machine as well. This is especially seen in features like the triple-solonoid valve that releases pressure immediately after making a shot so that you are immediately ready to prepare your next one.
[Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel]

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Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel List Price: $599.00 Price: $399.00 Read Reviews Buy Now

While being able to do this may seem like an unnecessary feature after using it a few times, you will be sure to miss it if you ever go back to using a machine that doesn’t offer it.

While there are concerns about the boiler corroding faster than machines with a brass boiler, given the quality of the machine and the relatively inexpensive repair that would have to be done to fix this problem, it shouldn’t cause you to shy away from buying this machine.

The Gaggia is definitely a great buy in this price range and will give you great espresso for a long time to come.

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