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|Extended Warranty - 1 year||$49.99|
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The Gaggia Classic is one of our best sellers since we began Whole Latte Love in 1997. Over time, Gaggia has added improvements designed to enhance the user experience while staying true to their commitment to produce espresso equipment that is on par with the best in the industry.
New to 2003 Gaggia has replaced the nickel plated carbon steel housing with brushed stainless steel. This produced a machine with an even more durable housing that will not rust or flake overtime. The portafilter handle was also upgraded to include a stainless steel dispensing beak. This improved consistency of the espresso flow when split between 2 demitasse cups or shot glasses. The main design of the portafilter remained the same at a whopping 1 pound of chrome plated brass with a commercial size, 58mm diameter. Gaggia also uses a massive chrome plated brass brew group, which is where the portafilter handle locks onto. Heat stability and retention is remarkable with this much mass, and is a Gaggia standard that only the Rancilio Silvia can match. All Gaggia espresso machines received a new Pannarello style frother to replace what was known as the Turbo Frother. This wand has proved to be both easier to use, and clean. Our testing showed that it is less finicky and requires less technique to produce frothed milk quickly, and of good quality. Also new is that Gaggia has finally dumped the pod adapter and replaced it with a stainless steel combination single shot/pod basket. For those that know, the old pod adapter was a true contraption; it was difficult to attach and too much effort to remove if you wanted to use ground coffee as well. The new pod basket was designed with the approval of Illy, who has been a founding member of the ESE (easy serving espresso) consortium. Our internal tests, and those of Illy USA, performed by both East and West Coast divisions has backed up this claim as well. With this approval all Gaggia machines can use espresso pods from any roaster that is ESE approved - the largest standard in the coffee industry.
The overall wattage of all Gaggia machines stay at an industry high 1425 watts. The electric pump accounts for 55 watts and is the strongest in it’s class. The remaining wattage is directed to Gaggia’s unique boiler system that incorporates not 1 but 2 heating elements. Unlike every other manufacturer at this price range, Gaggia does not position them in direct contact with water. They are actually embedded into the sides of the boiler which prevents a major reason espresso machines are brought in for warranty repair - corroded heating element. This design has proved to be highly efficient by causing the entire boiler to become a heating element. A fast method that further supports temperature stability.
The Classic further distinguishes itself by sporting a 3 way solenoid valve. This is a feature generally only found on commercial and prosumer equipment. It’s main purpose is to relieve the pressure that develops during the brewing process. As you may have read, espresso is brewed best at 8 to 9 bar or atmospheres of pressure. With a single bar being 14.7 lbs of pressure per square inch you can calculate that espresso is brewed at 132 lbs per square inch. The 3 way solenoid valve instantly relieves that pressure and diverts it to the drip tray. You may notice the chrome tube leading to the drip tray in the larger image. The benefit of this is that the quick release of the pressure takes much of the water left over in the group and leaves a relatively dry coffee puck. Drier puck means less coffee grounds to clean.
We recommend that you consider a quality burr grinder capable of producing a commercial grind like the Baratza Maestro Plus or Gaggia MDF for best results. Includes two Commercial grade quality stainless steel filter baskets (single/pod and double shot), coffee tamper and 7g measuring scoop. Available in Brushed Stainless Steel (Satin Finish).
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Features & Benefits: Coffee
Commercial Size and Style Portafilter Handle
Some of the most crucial elements for producing high quality espresso are influenced by the Style, Size and Construction of the portafilter. Style: This portafilter is designed like a commercial machine and works in the same way. The coffee is ground fine and is tamped (pressed) firmly into place. Size: The size of the portafilter is also the same as a commercial machine. Is has a large diameter (58 mm) so that the water is distributed evenly over a wide surface area. Construction: The portafilter is made up of two parts, the handle and the filter holder. The handle is made of high quality plastic. The heavy chrome plated brass filter holder keeps the temperature stable throughout the entire brewing process, therefore producing a quality cup of espresso.
Commercial Brewing Group
This is the portion of the machine that the portafilter locks into. It is made of chrome plated marine brass which provides a superior brewing environment through maximum heat stability and component longevity.
The Gaggia boiler system is very unique. It is designed of highly conductive aluminum with two heating elements. The heating elements are embedded into the exterior sides of the boiler, providing even heat distribution. Having the highest wattage system available, incorporated into a low volume boiler (3.5 ounces) provides excellent temperature stability and will heat up quicker.
3 Way Solenoid Valve
The three-way solenoid valve is a commercial feature that relieves the water pressure off the coffee when the brew switch is turned off. This serves two functions; it dries out the coffee to prevent dripping and makes it easy to knock the coffee out of the portafilter with one knock.
High Quality Controls with Temperature Ready Light
The Classic contains three rocker arm switches. The one on the left is the main power switch. It has an indicator light built into it that is illuminated whenever the machine is turned on. The middle switch is the steam switch. When turned on it will heat the boiler up to steam temperature. The far right switch operates the pump and is also known as the brew switch. To start the brewing process just turn on the brew switch, wait until you have reached your desired volume and then turn off the switch. There is an indicator light built in that is illuminated whenever the boiler reaches operating temperature.
Preheating your cups is very important. The Classic has a cup warmer that will hold up to five espresso cups. It is a passive type heater which means it is heated with the residual heat from the boiler.
Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water
Hot Water Dispenser
If you want hot water for any reason, be it Hot Chocolate, Tea or Americanos it is very easy to do. Just turn on the pump (brew) switch and open the steam knob. Hot water will start to stream out.
Improved Pannarello Steam Wand
The Gaggia Classic comes equipped with a new Pannarello steam wand. The new design makes great froth every time with no problems.
Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance & Other
The large removable 64oz reservoir can be refilled from the top any time during the operation, for an endless supply of coffee.
ESE Pod Capable
Comes ready to use with pods or ground coffee. Use the single shot filter basket with Easy Serve Espresso (ESE) pods. Pods are single serve prepackaged shots that are designed to be quick and clean.
Thermostat and Safety Switches
The Gaggia has three temperature controls. There are two thermostats and one high limit. There is one thermostat for maintaining brew temperature and one for maintaining steam temperature. The high limit will turn off the power to the boiler in the event of a malfunction thus preventing the boiler from overheating.
The Classic is made of stainless steel for extreme durability and a professional appearance. The drip tray is chrome plated while the drip grate and pan are made of a durable plastic.
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- Gaggia Classic Wiring Diagram - rev X - 02-18-2002
- Gaggia Classic Parts Diagram - rev 04 - 11-26-2008
- Gaggia Classic Wiring Diagram 120V - rev 00 - 10-22-2009
- Gaggia Classic Parts Diagram - rev 03 - 12-21-2006
- Gaggia Classic Parts Diagram 8/14/2012
- Gaggia Classic Parts Diagram, Rev 12-2006
- Gaggia Classic Parts Diagram, Rev 03-2012
- Quickstart Guide
- Changing a Thermostat
- Steam Valve Replacement
- Priming an Old-Style Machine
- User's Manual
- User's Manual
- Quickstart Guide
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|Dimension - Width (Inches)||8|
|Dimension - Height (Inches)||14.2|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches)||9.5|
|Housing Materials||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Material||Plastic|
|Drip Tray Cover Material||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz)||16|
|Power Cord Length (Inches)||44|
|One Touch cappuccino|
|One Touch Cappuccino||No|
|Steam Wand Style||Pannarello|
|Usable Length (Inches)||3.75|
|Height Off Counter (Inches)||4|
|Number Of Holes||1|
|Optional Steam Tips Or Wands||Latte art Pannarello|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed||Reservoir|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz)||72|
|Water Level Visible||Yes|
|Type Of Controls||Rocker|
|Size (Inches)||7 x 5|
|Passive / Active||Passive|
|Material||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Commercial Filter Baskets Included||2|
|Pressurized Filter Baskets Included||Single/Pod & Double shot|
|Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible||Ground & ESE Pod|
|Bottomless Portafilter Available||Yes|
|Tamper Size (Millimeter)||58|
|Material||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Capsule / Pod Friendly||Pod|
|Number Of Boilers||1|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type||Small Volume|
|Brew Boiler Watts||1370|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz)||3.5|
|Brew Boiler Material||Aluminum|
|Brew Boiler Orientation||Vertical|
|Brew Boiler Heater Location||External|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar)||15|
|Self Priming Pump||Yes|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds)||65|
|Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds)||420|
|Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup)||176|
|Brew Time for 2 Oz||25|
|Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup)||174|
|Time To Produce Steam (Seconds)||39|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds)||32|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F)||168|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds)||11|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds)||17|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db)||63|
|Descaler Used||Gaggia Descaler or Urnex Cleancaf|
|Country Of Manufacture||Italy|
|Repairs By||Whole Latte Love|
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Question & AnswersAsk our Community any quesiton you may have about this product! We are happy to help. Back to Top
DanielCulver aswered:First impression, without more information, is that your grind was more than a little coarser; perhaps much courser. Go back to original grind for comparision. This machine is usually VERY reliable so first place to look for solutions is changes in your bahavior (no criticism intended). If the... more
Antonino Tumeo aswered:Thanks for the suggestions, looks like you figured it out correctly. It looks like that I somehowÂ did something wrong (not sure what, the shot where I experienced low pressure was, paradoxically, with the "safe settings", where I returned after the early morning shot with finer grinding - not... more
DanielCulver aswered:Antonino, that is the glory of making your own espresso. Just when you have it handled, you can totally blow it, with just one small change. This may sound a bit arrogant but I have found a solution that works for me. I own several machines, all Gaggia. Two Achille manuals and a Classic. I use... more
ShaneAncefsky-Sales aswered:Hello Jerry, You would want to tamp with 30lbs of pressure with either basket.With the unpressurized basket is the basket the tamp pressure will make the most difference.Â As with that basket you're using the coffee as the resistance to the pump.
DanielCulver aswered:Not answering your question directly, but I have been using the Durgol Swiss Espresso descaler very successfully in my wife's Gaggia Classic. It cleans quickly and rinses out easily. Absolutely no after taste. I clean the shower separately with a painters brush and mild detergent using light... more
Sanfam aswered:At some point within the last year, Urnex reformulated Cleancaf in such a way as to not make it entirely suitable for machines like the Classic.Â I second Daniel's suggestion fo Durgol Swiss Espresso Descaler, as it's designed explicitly for this type of use and is aluminum safe.
Thomas aswered:Thanks for the responses. Urnex also makes Dezcal. Is that OK for the Classic?
DanielCulver aswered:First, it sounds like a valve problem, in that the valve isn't completely cycling. If you haven't cleaned your machine in awhile that is the first thing to do. Order this: http://www.wholelattelove.com/Durgol/durgol_swiss_espresso.cfm . If cleaning doesn't restore your machine call the... more
Maggie aswered:I do apologize, that is not a modification we are able to do. It is something that the consumer can do after the fact, but please be aware that that sort of modification will violate the warranty on the machine.
DanielCulver aswered:I believe they are made in Estonia right now of Italian design. It is a very nice machine, I have one. They are reliable, easy to use, and easy to clean. It performs as well as my Achilles just a whole lot faster.
mjackson aswered:Jose, I am sorry we do not sell the PID or install it. We do sell the Rancilio steam wand, You may want to try this one as well. http://www.wholelattelove.com/Gaggia/Gaggia_Latte_Art_Pannarello_Wand.cfm
techkathy aswered:Thomas - We do not recommend backflushing the Gaggia Classic. The small solenoid can be damaged. Regular descaling of the unit will keep the solenoid valve clean.
Thomas aswered:Kathy -- Thanks for your quick answer. All the veterans on user groups for the Classic seem convinced that backflushing (frequently with water and occasionally with detergent) is necessary for good maintenance and to prevent bad performance. So it's interesting -- and for a new user, very... more
DanielCulver aswered:Thomas, my wife has this machine and I find that a simple flush with the Durgol Swiss Espresso Descaler works very well. What some people are seeing as a need for frequent back flushing is that the shower screen is getting dirty. On this machine, when you are finished brewing and steaming, you... more
mjackson aswered:Jeff the simple answer is yes. The better question is if you would notice. Some people can and some may not. But yes both of these efforts to adjust your shot making with the Gaggia can be productive in getting you a potentially better shot. I would start by getting a better grinder first say... more
Stephen aswered:I added an Auber PID controller to my Classic. Because I never learned to temperature surf, the difference was dramatic. I bought the model with the pre-infusion and I am happy with the results.
Stephen aswered:BTW, I already had a decent grinder, a Rocky.
gophishin aswered:Personally, I'd go with the classic for a few reasons. It has a long running reputation of being a very solid machine that is also pretty easy to fix if you did have an issue. There are plenty of resources online and parts are readily available. It has a proven track record of being plenty of... more
DanielCulver aswered:I would second gophishin's opinion. I don't have a Classic, but I have three other Gaggia machines. Gaggia products generally are very nice quality and easily serviceable. Parts are everywhere too. The 58mm filter is good too! :)
techkathy aswered:It would depend on the quality of the burr grinder. We carry the Breville smart grinder which can do a good job for espresso. If the grinder you have is a smaller or less expensive grinder then I would not recommend it for brewing espresso.
Stephen aswered:Mike - The only way to truly know if your Breville burr grinder will grind fine enough for your Gaggia Classic is to try it and see. If it does not, then I suggest the Capresso Infinity burr grinder as your replacement. At $140 or less, I have found that it does an excellent job of grinding beans... more
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