I'm looking to purchase my first espresso machine. Whats the difference between the Gaggia Espresso and the Gaggia Evolution? Which one would be better.
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The Gaggia Espresso Pure blends the traditional with the innovative, featuring black housing for a classic design and a durable stainless steel boiler to provide proper temperature and strong steaming power. The elegant black color brings out the stainless steel detailing, and its chrome plated brass filter holder results in a professional café quality shot of espresso. The Espresso Pure is simple and straightforward to use, and the superior drinks it produces hearken back to espresso’s beginnings in Italy. With its commercial quality construction and time-tested design, the Espresso Pure is sure to satisfy any true espresso lover.
You’ll see the stainless steel control panel on top of the machine. The left push button, designated by a coffee cup, controls brewing and hot water – it also has an indicator light next to it to show when the machine is at brewing temperature. The center knob has a steam cloud and water droplet icon, and opens the steam valve. The right push button has a steam icon, and heats the machine up to steam temperature – you’ll know it’s reached that temperature when the indicator light next to it illuminates. An on/off button is located at the back of the machine. Thanks to the commercial quality stainless steel boiler, heat up time takes only a little more than five minutes, so you’ll soon be able to start brewing using your chrome-plated brass portafilter.
Choose the appropriate filter basket for brewing a single shot, double shot, or pods, and add your coffee. Insert the chrome-plated brass portafilter into the group head, and press the coffee/hot water button. Coffee will begin dispensing – all you have to do to stop the flow of coffee is press the button again.
Do you prefer pods or ground coffee? Pods are pre-measured, pre-ground, and pre-tamped servings of espresso, so they cut down on any mess. Ground coffee gives you more control over the size of the grounds, tamping pressure, and dosage. Since the Gaggia Espresso Pure is compatible with both, it’s up to you which you prefer.
Crema is the layer of golden marbleized foam that is produced from a properly brewed shot of espresso. It helps seal espresso’s flavors and aromas. Use this filter when brewing single or double shots to achieve a thick layer of crema.
The stainless steel boiler does more than heat water for brewing and steaming – it also heats the cup warmer located on top of the machine. Brewing espresso into a warm cup helps preserve its temperature, so you can enjoy your espresso longer. Store your demitasse cups on the cup warmer for a great display and hot espresso.
If you’re a beginner to frothing and steaming, don’t worry. The Pannarello frothing device is designed to inject hot steam into your milk, so it’s easy to make cappuccinos, lattes, and more. Just press the steam button, and wait for the temperature ready light to illuminate. Once it’s lit, open the steam knob carefully to begin frothing and steaming. Close the knob and press the steam button again to stop the flow of steam.
If your house is populated with tea drinkers, the Gaggia Espresso Pure will win them over with its hot water dispenser. As long as the machine is at brewing temperature, you can press the coffee/hot water button and open the steam knob for hot water – perfect for tea, an americano, or hot cocoa. When you have your desired amount of hot water, close the steam knob and press the coffee/hot water button again to stop the flow of steam.
The 42 oz reservoir is located in the back of the machine, so all you need to do is pull it straight up to remove it. Gaggia recommends using purified or bottled water, as it increases the length of time between necessary descaling cycles. When descaling is necessary, check you user manual for simple, step by step instructions on how to proceed.
Keeping the Gaggia Espresso Pure clean is simple – just wipe down the housing when needed with a damp cloth. A water level indicator becomes visible when the drip tray fills, so just empty and clean the drip tray and cover with warm soapy water. Remember to clean the steam wand after using it to foam and steam milk. Wiping it down with a damp cloth and running steam through it will prevent milk residue from building up, keeping your drinks tasting fresh.
The Gaggia Espresso Pure comes with a detailed instruction manual, portafilter, single shot basket, double shot basket, pod basket, filter, tamper, measuring spoon, and warranty.
If you would like to know a little about the many types of espresso machines we sell, this would be a good video to get you started. This video covers the machines we sell and based on your lifestyle, what you like to drink, and ease of use. It will give you an overview of different espresso machines and help you determine which one best suits to your needs.
I would watch the video and focus on a particular kind of machine—prosumer, semi-automatic, and super-automatic to decide which kind is ideal for you. Then, you can go and look at individual models to get a better idea of exactly what you want. Of course, if you narrow it down to a few espresso machines and are still undecided, give us a call and we would be glad to help!
Ok so you just received your new semi-automatic machine and are getting ready to make a nice cappuccino. You have watched the local Barista, done your online research and have quickly come to the conclusion that you are getting conflicting information on how to properly make a cappuccino or latte with your new machine. In some instances, you may have seen the drinks being made by brewing your espresso and then steaming and frothing your milk. Likewise, you may have also watched videos that show a latte being made in a glass cup where the espresso is being poured into the steamed milk. So which is it you might ask. "Do I brew first or do I steam first"?
The consensus with our team here is that it is better to steam/froth your milk first and then brew your espresso. This especially holds true when using a single boiler espresso machine like the Gaggia Classic or Rancilio Silvia. This serves three main purposes:
First, it is much more fast to make a latte or cappuccino by cooling the machine to brew after steaming then to wait for the machine to heat to steam after brewing. You can very quickly have the machine ready to brew simply by switching to the brew button and running hot water through the steam arm. The wand will change from producing steam to producing hot water very fast. Once you have hot water instead of steam you are ready to brew. This should take mere seconds with most mid level semis like the Gaggia machines.
Second, it is better for the machine and its internal components to be at the cooler brew temperature then the hotter steam temperature. In fact, Rancilio states in their manual that the steps mentioned in point one is necessary in the normal operation to prevent the machine from burning out heating elements and boilers.
Third, performing step one with the mid level semi-automatic machines is a great way to maintain a relatively consistent temperature when brewing. If you start brewing at about the same time after the steam turns to hot water you can maintain a consistent brew temperature with every shot. This is something known as temperature surfing which is a topic all of its own.
|Dimension - Width (Inches)||8.3|
|Dimension - Height (Inches)||14|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches)||10.8|
|Housing Materials||ABS Plastic|
|Drip Tray Material||Plastic|
|Drip Tray Cover Material||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz)||6|
|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)||3.5 to 4.5|
|Number Of Holes||1|
|Optional Steam Tips Or Wands||Latte art Pannarello|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed||Reservoir|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz)||42|
|Water Level Visible||Yes|
|Water Filter||Mavea intenza|
|Type Of Controls||Push Button|
|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|
|Capsule / Pod Friendly||Pod|
|Number Of Boilers||1|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type||Small Volume|
|Brew Boiler Watts||1100|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz)||9|
|Brew Boiler Material||Stainless Steel|
|Brew Boiler Orientation||Vertical|
|Brew Boiler Heater Location||Internal|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar)||15|
|Self Priming Pump||Yes|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds)||125|
|Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds)||420|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds)||54|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F)||175|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds)||28|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds)||25|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db)||64|
|Descaler Used||Gaggia Descaler or Urnex Cleancaf|
|Water Filter||Mavea intenza|
|Country Of Manufacture||Italy|
|Repairs By||Whole Latte Love|
I've had my machine for almost a year with at least a drink a day and I'm pleased with it. I do get a bit of leaking when the machine is heating to steam temp but its not to much of an issue. One thing I didn't like was the steam wand was letting way to much air into the milk. There is a small slit in the outer plastic piece that lets air past the rubber seal on the inner piece. Recently I found an easy fix to this problem is to remove the O-ring seal and install it lower on the inner piece of the wand which prevents air from getting to your milk. With the seal lower the machine will make much smoother foam and is easier to control. All and all great machine for the price.
Simple to use, easy to clean, makes a consistently great cup of espresso. There's nothing fancy or complicated, just a straightforward tamp and pull semi auto machine. It does take a few minutes to heat up, but at it's price point, the quality of Gaggia is well worth it for an entry-level machine.
This my second machinr anf it is,amazing personally of all machines,ive seen it has the best frothing ability.
First, the shipment from WLL was packed really well, all boxes intact and fill with foam. Also with WLL, in your account, it lists all the manuals and such for the products you have purchased, quite nice. With this machine, I aquired the MDF grinder since I needed a new one and really a good espresso is also about the grind and the beans. I am fanatical about coffee and espresso so originally I wanted a 50# machine with a PID. But, I changed my tune as noted below. Like the video on WLL states, this is an entry level machine, however it is equipped with the components of more expensive machines. So what exactly does that mean for you. Well, for me, it brews an excellent shot of espresso and I didn't break the bank. In fact, it is better than anything I've received at Starbucks. I am currently using Starbucks Christmas espresso roast beans. There is lots of crema, no bitterness and tastes great. So thinking about this, maybe Starbucks is the McDonalds of coffee. I can cook a much better burger at home than MCDs and such is true for Starbucks and coffee. For some reason, I had them on a pedestal but thinking about all those dopios I had there over many years, they were really garbage, truly, no exaggeration. With that said, why did I buy the Gaggia pure. First is the Stainless steel boiler. For health reasons, I didn't want my hot water contacting aluminum, brass, or copper so right there that eliminated a lot of products. Second is the video explained that the components were the same as more expensive models. Yes, this machine has a plastic housing and yes it is lighter but really in the end of it all, you just want a good shot of espresso and that is what this machine will deliver. You will need to wait to make another shot, about a minute, but that is the time it takes to get set up anyway so boiler size isn't really an issue unless you are needing mass quantities. The advantage of a lighter machine is that, if I ever have to send it back for warranty, it won't be too heavy, the disadvantage is when you lock on the portofilter, you have to forearm the side of the machine as it will move. No big deal. Also, there is a little plastic piece for the portofilter which could be lost easily down the drain so you may opt for ordering a spare at the time. Also, I have not trying steaming yet so ignore my rating for steaming as a 5. So for an excellent shot, get a good grinder like the MDF (grind setting 4 for these beans) a good heavy tamper, I bought a nice SS one from WLL and this machine. Now I've only had this machine for 2 days now, so if it $@*s the bed and breaks down I have an extended warranty thru WLL so hopefully if I ever have to use it, it will go smoothly. So for right now, I am impressed with Gaggia and would recommened their products and ordering from WLL.
Love it!!! I returned a Krups because it did not get hot enough, and took forever to heat...This is an AWESOME entry level espresso maker, unbeatable bargain at Whole latte love. I am very happy with this purchase. Shipping was fast, and with the Whole latte love instructional video, I was able to master making an espresso and cappuccino right after unpacking. My only issue is I wish it was more weighty so that you don't have to hold the machine down to insert and turn the portafilter. Now I'm motivated to start saving for an even more automatic espresso maker from Gaggia.
My first ever experience with an espresso machine and am very happy with the results. Had been using a Technivorm Moccamaster drip machine for years and wanted to see how my Coffee Fools Zambian beans would fare as expresso. It's delicious. It's perfect now. Took about a week to get the right grind, right amount, right extraction time. Bought this model for the stainless steel boiler, choice of stainless inserts and brass portafilter. The instructions that Gaggia wrote for using the machine are adequate, however, they fall short when explaining how you are actually supposed to get a decent cup of coffee. Therefore I recommend this link to anyone who lacks experience: http://www.espressotec.com/media/pdf/Perfect_Extraction.pdf because it explains what's happening.
I recently purchased the Gaggia Espresso Pure and while this review may be a bit premature, I just have to say how happy I am with this machine! For those that love espresso drinks (I prefer wet cappucinos or a good mocha every now and then) this is the machine for you. I have only used pods (Starbucks, $5 for 12 pods) to brew my espresso and I have a feeling, based on other reviews, that this is the easiest way to achieve a great tasting cup of espresso with no fuss or muss...I even get a good crema from using the pods. My only concern is that it takes awhile for it to pour...its more like long drips than a stream of liquid. I don't know if its because I'm using a pod, so I may have to call WLL customer support on that. Other than that, it's awesome! I don't mind the on/off button on the back of the machine. The actual weight (or lack thereof) of the machine makes it difficult to get the permafilter in, but I found that if I place it at an angle with a corner against the wall, I don't have to put much force with my other hand on the machine as I would if it was placed directly against the wall (this also helps reach the on/off button). The color/design isn't as bad as others have stated. I actually watched the WLL video and had a pretty good idea of what it would look like and it looks good with my other black/stainless appliances. As for the steam, I have to admit (and don't judge me), I haven't tried it yet, as I prefer to heat my milk in the microwave. Yes, I know...but hey, it works for me. As my espresso brews, I just heat my milk in the microwave and voila! I will eventually try to froth milk (I know how as a former barista), but for now, I like a non-messy way to make my coffee.
This is my first espresso machine so I can't compare it to others. I bought the machine on sale, and I am very happy with my purchase from WLL. While the plastic housing is not as attractive as the stainless steel of other machines, the Pure seems to solid where it counts and can make a great shot of espresso. I have had the machine for a few months and recently added a Gaggia MDF so I can grind whole beans - wow! what a difference from the coffee I was grinding at the store.
Rated 4 out of 5
Has owned for:
1 - 6 months
Best for the money
1 - 6 months
Larger PF 58 mm
Rated 5 out of 5
Has owned for:
Less than 1 month
This Gaggia Pure is the best entry level machine I have seen. I use the already ground Illy dark roast from Italy and it produces a perfect crema and shot. This machine can make perfect cappuccino's and puts starbucks to shame. I project to save over $700 a year now and have better coffee.
Less than 1 month
Illy from Italy.
I love having Alterra Coffee Roasters here in town, what a wonderful treat to have a local "chain" of cafes so dedicated to making the best espresso. It's the best, Jerry, the best! However, time (did I wake up in?), parking, and once you get there, long lines can hamper the ability to get your fix efficiently. So I decided to go in on a home machine at least for my weekday fix and save the cafe trips for the weekend. At first, I was scoping a lever in the $800-$1000 range, but I did some more research and came up with a "starter" machine. After a bit over a month of use, I have the perfect shot dialed in and I couldn't be happier. I get a consistent shot in the 95th percentile range of the $20K La Marzocco's at the cafe, seriously! It takes some time, but once you do some trial and error, you too will enjoy excellent shots from this fine machine. I'll still stop by the cafe to pick up a pound of beans or to take a break on a Ducati ride, but from here on out I'm at home saving time and money. As for the wand, I cannot say as I have not used it yet. Frothy milk just isn't my thing, just pour me shot or two, partner!
1 - 6 months
The ability to make great shots at a small price. Apparently, it's all about what's inside, this machine has all the inside components of machines costing 2-3 times more. They don't have a 4.75 rating for espresso quality (95th percentile) so I rounded it down to 4.
I use the scoop provided and load it up slightly over capacity (the scoop that is), use the 3rd from the finest setting on the Infinity and a fairly firm tamp, and voila, ici, une belle tasse de cafe! Buy a decent tamper! The one included is akin to using a pizza box support.
Alterra Espresso Toro- Local Milwaukee roaster.
It's not bad looking. But it ain't that pretty either for an Italian designed product. Plastic, plastic , plastic. If you want pretty look elsewhere, if you want great shots at a small price, you're here. Instruction materials are bit "translated". I imagine it's like reading The Inferno in English.
Rated 4 out of 5
Has owned for:
1 - 6 months
I've enjoyed this machine. It's reliable and sturdy and has made good espresso from day one. I'm not a huge fan of the pods, I use the double shot basket and it makes a nice cup.
1 - 6 months
Jura Capressa Fully auto
none, i was shamed into not getting a cheap one by this site.
Rated 4 out of 5
Has owned for:
Less than 1 month
Gaggia does it again! I own the Espresso and this model is its replacement. You can read the specs and watch the video on the DOSE to get a good idea of the machine. I will add my personal analysis.
Less than 1 month
PROS: ++WWL is great to deal with ++very attractive shape and design presentation of machine itself ++water reservoir is nice and big, is easy to pull out from the top (low cabinets will get in the way, tho) ++water level is on the left side of machine ++the steam channel has a ball and joint for easy maneuverability, can slip any size froth pitcher under wand ++Stainless steel boiler, very FAST heat times ++No inlet TUBES, water will be sucked from bottom of reservoir, so very easy now to change out reservoir ++new portofilter with plastic dual spout ++steaming is now easier than before! Great steamer for 20oz pitcher
I would buy this machine again. Just know that you will need to take time to learn how she works. Also make sure to get a lb of beans to experiment with this coffee. Each bean brand will require some adjustments...Use the WLL Golden rule to get a baseline test. Pressure builds up fast with this model, so make sure to take your portofilter OUT right after you pull a shot, or you will get a mini espresso explosion when you remove it from the boiler head after about 5-10 minutes.
Buzzopolis, Lavazza, Starbucks espresso
--Drip tray does not have larger holes to allow drips through, is stainless steel so shows mess more than dark tray covers --ON/OFF button is on rear of machine, so have to learn muscle memory --this machine weighs much less than my Gaggia Espresso, which was surprising --Plastic dual spout, why not a steel one? --received machine with Buzzopolis espresso beans, which turned out to be stale. WLL was good in providing a solution. --it seems that this model exerts enough pressure to "spit" grinds up into the brewhead latch which makes the portofilter leak the next time. Cleaning the brewhead slot where the portofilter fits is very difficult. (don't overfill the portofilter helps)
Gaggia Espresso, Delonghi
Rancilio Rocky BURR grinder
Super fast shipping - arrived in a just a few days, even with free ground shipping... packaging was three boxes thick (no skimping, which was good because outside box was gashed open on one side). Assembled, cleaned and tested. Filter basket impossible to lock one-handed, but that I anticipated with a lightweight unit. I'll have a more extensive review as my Gaggia Pure and I become acquainted, but it immediately seems like an excellent value for the price. To be continued...
Hello. Everyone seems to love this machine, so I'm wondering why I hate it. I have been brewing espresso and lattes at home for over 5 years, so I am not a beginning. I use high-quality coffee for a local coffee shop that grinds the beans for espresso. However, every time I brew espresso with the Espresso Pure, the coffee tastes bitter and nasty. I thought maybe I had just purchased a bitter coffee, so I tried a different variety. Same results. I do not fill the brew basket to the top, so the coffee is not coming in contact with the heating element. What am I doing wrong? I was also going to complain that by the time the machine warms back up enough to steam milk, the espresso is not only bitter but cold. But I did just read that steaming the milk before pulling the shot may solve that problem. I am also unamused that I paid $249 for this machine about a month ago, and now it is selling for $199. :( Thank you.
I was thinking about buying the Gaggia Espresso Pure. See http://www.wholelattelove.com/Gaggia/espresso_pure.cfm .
I noticed in the video that the basket holder has only the two-spout version. There did not appear to be a one-spout version.
How would I make only one demitasse of espresso, if the basket holder has two spouts?
Would I be forced to use two jiggers each time I wanted to get one serving?
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|Part Diagram: Gaggia Espresso Parts Diagram - Pure and Color Rev 08-2007.pdf||Part Number||Diagram / Page / Index|
|Single Shot 58mm Filter Basket, 5.5-6.5 Gram||NF08/002|
|Double Shot 58mm Filter Basket, 12-14 Gram||NF08/005|
|Pod Filter Basket||11005535|
|Drip tray Grid for New Espresso, Stainless Steel||4337004000|
|Drip Tray for Espresso Color, Red||11006932|
|Switch, SPST Push-Latch 120V||5337002000|
|Top cover plate, chrome with black lettering||8337008000|
|Steam Knob for New Espresso||8337005000|
|Spring for Water Tank Valve, Stainless Steel||126764718|
|Water tank lid New Espresso||4337010000|
|Portafilter Handle End Cap, black||4332038000|
|Double Spout, Black Plastic 3/8in BSP||4301006000|
|HEAT ELEMENT SS.BOILER NEWGEN 120V-1000W||11004509|
|Brass Nut for New Gen Stainless Boiler||11001465|
|Body Mount O-Ring||140323062|
|Hose Connection for New Gen SS Boiler, Plated Brass||11000998|
|Stainless Steel New-Gen Boiler, Upper Half||11001462|
|O-ring 0850-30 red silicone||12000087|
|Nut hex secures steam valve - internal to boiler.||123390109|
|Stainless Steel New-Gen Boiler, Lower Half||11004588|
|SEAL FOR VALVE||EF0012|
|SPRING FOR BOILER VALVE||EF0013|
|Group valve retaining bolt for Espresso Pure, Color, Dose||11000996|
|FILTERH.RETAIN.RING SS.BOILER NEWGEN S/S||11009073|
|Screw, SS TSP Torx 10 AB 3.5X9.5 for Sheetmetal||129535721|
|Water Reservoir Grommet, black rubber||145842900|
|Water tank inlet fitting - black/grey||0701.014.150|
|Main Chassis Plate for New Espresso||4337008000|
|Shower Screen Screw, M5X8 UNI 7688 DIN 965 Stainless||DI7987-5X8I|
|Gaggia New Espresso Group Gasket||11004543|
|Support for Steam wand ball joint, SS||4332055000|
|Steam wand ball joint, black plastic||4332049000|
|o-ring for steam wands.||DM0041/088|
|Steam wand 3 prong coupling, black plastic||4332050000|
|Gaggia Plastic Pannarello Wand||8301006000|
|On-Off Switch, Round DPST Black Push-Latch 120V||5332004000|
|Ulka EAP5S Pump, 120V 60Hz||12000142|
|T connector D8 clear/white||147920300|
|Pump Safety Valve, 11 Bar||11001007|
|Cotter Pin, Retaining Clip for D4 Tube||9011.144|
|Steam Valve Body, Self-Priming style||11007270|
|Brass Tap Assembly for New Gen SS Boiler||11001003|
|Outlet Fitting for Self-Priming Steam Valves||EF0099|
|Teflon Seal for Outlet Fitting, Self-Priming Steam Valves||EF0111|
|O-Ring, Viton 2018 70 SH||WGADM0041/031|