Gaggia Achille Manual Espresso Machine

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Overview

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The designers at Gaggia know a good thing when they see it. Just one look at this lever operated espresso machine and you’ll journey back to the golden age of espresso, when Gaggia founder Achille Gaggia was king. This vintage-looking espresso machine is a real throwback, and with its cylindrical body, stainless steel housing, and domed water reservoir, the Achille is sure to grab your attention.

To operate the Achille, simply raise the lever on the front of the machine and a piston inside the group is raised, allowing water under pressure to infuse the coffee in the filter holder. When you lower the lever, the pressure causes the piston to force water through the coffee and into your cup. And with the Achille’s easy-to-use Turbo frothing wand, your friends will not only be impressed with your old-world brewing skills, but also with the decadent, creamy froth you are able to create. When you have a Gaggia Achille on your counter, it makes a bold statement: you are serious about making coffee. The Gaggia Achille comes with both single and double shot filter baskets, as well as a tamper.

Features

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Features & Benefits: Coffee

Portafilter

The Achille’s 58mm commercial style portafilter is crafted of chrome-plated brass to retain heat and keep a stable brewing temperature. You can use the portafilter to brew with either ground coffee or ESE certified espresso pods, thanks to the included stainless steel double shot and single shot/ESE filter baskets that are easily interchangeable.

Water Reservoir

On top of the Achille sits a 28 oz water reservoir that can be removed for filling at the faucet or simply refilled in place.

Boiler

Equipped with a large capacity boiler constructed of stainless steel, the Achille is ready to brew or steam within 10 minutes.

Pressure Control

The boiler temperature and pressure, which can be monitored using the Achille’s pressure gauge, are controlled with a pressure regulator. The oversized boiler cycles on and off consistently and is set to maintain steady pressure.

Controls

The main power switch is the only switch used to operate the Achille. Once the Achille is powered on, the boiler maintains a steady pressure and temperature.

Heat Exchanger Boiler

Equipped with a heat exchanger boiler, the Achille has the ability to go from brewing to steaming without the wait.

Sight Glass

The sight glass is located on the left side of the Achille. It gives the operator the ability to monitor the water level within the boiler.

Features & Benefits: Frothing & Hot Water

Gaggia Turbo Frothing Wand

Gaggia’s Turbo Frothing Wand takes the guesswork out of steaming and frothing milk for cappuccinos and lattes. Its user-friendly design ensures you’ll produce great foam from the get-go.

Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance & Other

Removable Cup Tray

The Achille features a removable steel cup tray that is attached to the back of the machine. It can hold up to 4 demitasse cups at a time for easy access.

Safety Shut Off

There is a thermal fuse that will shut off the boiler in the event of overheating for any reason. The fuse turns the boiler off and can easily be reset.

Pressure Relief Valve

The pressure relief valve is located underneath the clear domed water reservoir on the top of the machine. It is designed to release any excess pressure in the boiler.

Maintenance

The exterior of the Achille has a beautiful high-gloss chrome and stainless steel finish. Any cleaning should be done with a soft, damp cloth. The boiler should be decalcified at least 3 times a year, depending on usage, with Cleancaf by Urnex to maintain optimum performance. In addition, the boiler should always be turned off when not in use since there is not an energy saving feature on this lever machine.

Housing Construction

The Achille is made of heavy gauge stainless steel and is plated with chrome. Even the drip grate is stainless steel.

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Parts

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Part Part Number Page/Index
WATER TANK UNIT WITH VALVE 8319004000 1/2
Cup Rest Bracket, Achille 4318037000 1/2
Cup Rest, Achille 4318007000 1/2
PISTON SHAFT GASKET 4318091000 1/2
Piston 4318038000 1/2
Piston gasket 4318090000 1/2
O-RING 3181 EPDM 70 SH DM0041/115 1/2
CYLINDER 4318049000 1/2
Water Tank Receiving Valve, Achille 4318045000 1/2
Boiler Pressure Gauge 4318081000 1/2
o-ring for steam wands. DM0041/088 1/2
Level Tube Gasket 4318043000 1/2
Chrome Nut for Level Glass 6318063000 1/2
Level Glass Protector, Clear Plastic 4319010000 1/2
Level Tube Glass 4318044000 1/2
Water tank support, black plastic 4318027000 1/2
Boiler Assembly, 120V Achille 8318001010 1/2
Gaggia Group Gasket NG01/001 1/2
ALUM.SHOWER HOLDER ASSY. DY0036/A 1/2
Shower Screen DM0704 1/2
Shower Screen Screw, M5X8 UNI 7688 DIN 965 Stainless DI7987-5X8I 1/2
One-Way Valve 4318042000 1/2
Water Tank Valve Spring, Achille 4318087000 1/2
O-Ring 2015 black viton WGADM0041/032 1/2
Water Reservoir Grommet, black rubber 145842900 1/2
Steam knob, Achille 8318017000 1/2
Steam Valve Assembly, Achille 8318008000 1/2
Brew Head Spacer Nut 4318103000 1/2
O-Ring 114 black EPDM WGADM0041/053 1/2
Spring for Steam Wand Joint 4310024000 1/2
Bushing for Articulated Steam Joint 4310023000 1/2
Sticker for Steam Knob WGADM0794/003 1/2
Steam arm, Achille 8318016000 1/2
SS/SS PANNARELLO G100 ASSY. 227431321 1/2
Lower Insulation Ring For Boiler 4318062000 1/2
Boiler Fixing Ring 4318061000 1/2
Pressurestat, 1.2 Bar pre-calibrated 120V 5008001010 1/2
3 Prong Power Socket, Molex 12000280 1/2
Switch, DPST Toggle 120V 5318004000 1/2
RESET THERMOSTAT 5008006000 1/2
Strengthening Flange 4318096000 1/2
TWO CUPS FILTER 12/14 GRS. NF08/005 1/2
Gaggia 58mm Pod/Single Filter Basket NF08/002 1/2
Portafilter handle, Achille 8318006000 1/2
Complete Double-Spout Portafilter, Achille 8318014000 1/2
SS DRIP TRAY GRATE ACHILLE 4318006000 1/2
Drip Tray Insert, Black Plastic 4318024000 1/2
Check Ball, White PTFE 4318089000 1/2
One-Way Valve Seat 4318068000 1/2
Cotter Pin, Retaining Clip for D4 Tube 9011.144 1/2
Boiler Safety Cap, 2 Bar limit 8318009000 1/2
Part Part Number Page/Index
WATER TANK UNIT WITH VALVE 8319004000 1/2
Cup Rest Bracket, Achille 4318037000 1/2
Cup Rest, Achille 4318007000 1/2
PISTON SHAFT GASKET 4318091000 1/2
Piston 4318038000 1/2
Piston gasket 4318090000 1/2
O-RING 3181 EPDM 70 SH DM0041/115 1/2
CYLINDER 4318049000 1/2
Water Tank Receiving Valve, Achille 4318045000 1/2
Boiler Pressure Gauge 4318081000 1/2
o-ring for steam wands. DM0041/088 1/2
Level Tube Gasket 4318043000 1/2
Chrome Nut for Level Glass 6318063000 1/2
Level Glass Protector, Clear Plastic 4319010000 1/2
Level Tube Glass 4318044000 1/2
Water tank support, black plastic 4318027000 1/2
Boiler Assembly, 120V Achille 8318001010 1/2
Gaggia Group Gasket NG01/001 1/2
ALUM.SHOWER HOLDER ASSY. DY0036/A 1/2
Shower Screen DM0704 1/2
Shower Screen Screw, M5X8 UNI 7688 DIN 965 Stainless DI7987-5X8I 1/2
One-Way Valve 4318042000 1/2
Water Tank Valve Spring, Achille 4318087000 1/2
O-Ring 2015 black viton WGADM0041/032 1/2
Water Reservoir Grommet, black rubber 145842900 1/2
Steam knob, Achille 8318017000 1/2
Steam Valve Assembly, Achille 8318008000 1/2
Brew Head Spacer Nut 4318103000 1/2
O-Ring 114 black EPDM WGADM0041/053 1/2
Spring for Steam Wand Joint 4310024000 1/2
Bushing for Articulated Steam Joint 4310023000 1/2
Sticker for Steam Knob WGADM0794/003 1/2
Steam arm, Achille 8318016000 1/2
SS/SS PANNARELLO G100 ASSY. 227431321 1/2
Lower Insulation Ring For Boiler 4318062000 1/2
Boiler Fixing Ring 4318061000 1/2
Pressurestat, 1.2 Bar pre-calibrated 120V 5008001010 1/2
Switch, DPST Toggle 120V 5318004000 1/2
RESET THERMOSTAT 5008006000 1/2
Strengthening Flange 4318096000 1/2
Foot for Coffee and Classic, Rubber CC5021 1/2
TWO CUPS FILTER 12/14 GRS. NF08/005 1/2
Gaggia 58mm Pod/Single Filter Basket NF08/002 1/2
Portafilter handle, Achille 8318006000 1/2
Complete Double-Spout Portafilter, Achille 8318014000 1/2
SS DRIP TRAY GRATE ACHILLE 4318006000 1/2
Drip Tray Insert, Black Plastic 4318024000 1/2
Check Ball, White PTFE 4318089000 1/2
One-Way Valve Seat 4318068000 1/2
Cotter Pin, Retaining Clip for D4 Tube 9011.144 1/2
Boiler Safety Cap, 2 Bar limit 8318009000 1/2

Question & Answers

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Recent questions
daniel asked:
posted on Apr 13, 2007 08:58AM

Question by daniel h.

It seems that even on the finest setting, my grinder just isn't grinding the beans fine enough. The flow rate is too fast and I have lost the crema that I was getting when I had the beans ground for me. Does that sound right? As far as solutions, is "the perfect crema" insert a viable solution...
Whole Latte Love aswered:
I would recommend a more powerful grinder that can offer a consistent, finer grind. Many grinders under $50 can grind for the occasional espresso, but should be used primarily for drip coffee and French press. Prices for heavier-duty espresso grinders start at about $70, and usually have a... more

adelina asked:
posted on Apr 07, 2006 06:34AM

Question by adelina n.

From the image, I don't see the frothing wand? do I have to wait from brewing for this machine to cool down before I can froth the milk?
Whole Latte Love aswered:
The Achille does have a frothing wand that’s mounted on the right side of the machine. Gaggia also built this machine with a heat exchanger boiler, so there’s no wait time between brewing and steaming.

Karen asked:
posted on Feb 16, 2006 10:47AM

Question by Karen C.

How easy is the new Gaggia Achille to use?
Whole Latte Love aswered:
Like all manual espresso machines, the Achille does have a bit of a learning curve to it. This is because the barista - you - controls the rate at which water flows through the ground coffee in the portafilter by using the brewing lever. Everything else about the Achille is just as easy as any... more

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The Gaggia Achille Manual Espresso Machine

Posted By: mjackson
Apr 20, 2011 12:42PM
Related Categories: Manual Espresso Machines

If you have ever wanted to pull a shot of espresso the traditional way, using a lever machine, you should watch this video on the Gaggia Achille. It is a heat exchange lever machine, which makes it unique. You can brew and steam at the same time, as well as add water to the boiler when the...

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