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Gaggia has thrown its hat into the prosumer market, with the launch of the TS, a top-of-the-line espresso machine with commercial components. This unit has been meticulously constructed with the espresso connoisseurs, enthusiasts, and perfectionists in mind. Even at first glance, the superior build quality is evident in the Gaggia TS.
Housed in a powder-coated, heavy-duty stainless steel body, the TS looks, feels, and performs like a professional-grade machine. Switch and knob-based controls are fully accessible from the front panel, to ensure hassle-free brewing, steaming, frothing, and hot-water dispensing. This unit also has 2.5-inches tall stainless steel legs with slip resistant feet for easy maintenance—allowing you to keep your kitchen counter clean.
Look beyond the cosmetics and you’ll begin to understand why this machine has earned the coveted prosumer badge. The TS caters unapologetically to the barista in every coffee lover; this model is meant for those who take pride in the art of making espresso and truly enjoy the brewing process. From its commercial portafilter and four-hole steam wand to the robust 1500-watt heating element and a 2.3 liter copper boiler, the Gaggia TS has a spec sheet that is very similar to its professional counterparts.
Working with the philosophy that great espresso requires temperature precision, the TS has been built to deliver optimal brewing conditions. With its thermostat-operated, electrically heated brew group and precision engineered heat exchanger, the Gaggia TS offers excellent temperature stability. This machine offers the brewing experience that a professional would enjoy and creates great tasting espresso that even the novice would appreciate.
The Gaggia TS has a horizontally mounted copper boiler and 1500-watt heating element, to maintain temperature stability without overheating. The horizontal mount keeps the heating element submerged when hot water is in use, helping to prolong the life of the unit. In addition, the boiler has a generous 2.3 liter capacity to accommodate regular, heavy use and allow for quick heat-up and recovery. A pressure gauge, mounted on the front panel of the machine, allows you to keep an eye on the boiler pressure. If you’re a stickler for heat stability and temperature control, the Gaggia TS is a great choice. A commercial-grade heat exchanger has also been integrated into the unit to allow for simultaneous steaming/frothing and brewing.
The TS has an electrically heated brew group that is monitored and controlled by a dedicated thermostat to deliver optimal brewing conditions. This professional grade group is made of chrome-plated brass to ensure temperature stability and longevity.
Another commercial feature, the three-way solenoid valve relieves water pressure post extraction to dry out the coffee and prevent dripping. The TS’s three-way solenoid valve empties directly into the drip dray for mess-free operations.
Critical to the longevity of the machine, the pressure relief valve is a safety feature that releases boiler pressure, should it get too high. The Gaggia TS also has an anti-suction valve that prevents milk from being drawn into the steam wand and boiler of the machine. This feature helps safeguard your steam wand from being clogged and prevents the boiler from being contaminated.
The Gaggia TS comes equipped with a four-hole, commercial steam tip to deliver café-style milk ideal for lattes, cappuccinos, macchiato, and more. The four-hole steam tip allows for better milk rotation and lets you evenly distribute the steam for superior milk consistency and texture. The steam wand can be swiveled for greater mobility, allowing it to accommodate different sized frothing pitchers. It is controlled by a dedicated steam knob, located on the front panel of the machine.
Two 58mm portafilters come included with the Gaggia TS. Both, the single and double spouted portafilters, are chrome-plated brass for increased durability and heat stability. A stainless-steel backflush disc is also included with the machine.
The Gaggia TS has an internal water reservoir that can be easily removed for hassle-free refilling and maintenance. An electronic low-water sensor has been integrated into the design of the reservoir. The sensor monitors water levels and an indicator light on the front panel will alert you when the reservoir needs to be refilled.
The hot water dispenser can be swiveled left and right to meet your needs. It is controlled by a knob located on the left hand side of the front panel, which allows you to manage water flow. Take advantage of the hot water dispenser to make tea, Americano, soup, and more.
The Gaggia TS has a passive cup warmer located on the top of the machine. This integrated warmer allows you to pre-heat cups, properly prepping them for brewing. The cup warmer is made of stainless steel for easy cleaning and maintenance.
The TS comes with a set of four stainless steel legs with slip-resistant feet, a commercial feature, to elevate the machine. Raising the machine will allow you to easily clean spills and protect your counter surface from being damaged or stained.
The Gaggia TS has a stainless steel front panel and drip tray that allow for easy maintenance. The rest of the machine is made of durable and attractive silver powder-coated metal. A small Gaggia logo is visible on the front of the machine; the back showcases the brand name in big block letters.
Here is the video I wanted to make about one of my favorite drinks: the classic cappuccino. I will go into some detail on how to make the drink as well as help you understand that both proportion and technique are equally important when crafting a cappuccino.
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!
|Dimension - Width (Inches)||12.3|
|Dimension - Height (Inches)||18|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches)||20|
|Housing Materials||Powder Coated Steel|
|Drip Tray Material||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Cover Material||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz)||22|
|Power Cord Length (Inches)||40|
|One Touch cappuccino|
|One Touch Cappuccino||No|
|Steam Wand Style||Commercial Style|
|Usable Length (Inches)||7|
|Height Off Counter (Inches)||5.50|
|Number Of Holes||3|
|Optional Steam Tips Or Wands||Yes|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed||Reservoir|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz)||96|
|Type Of Controls||Push Button|
|Passive / Active||Passive|
|Material||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Commercial Filter Baskets Included||Single & Double|
|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|
|Back Flush Capable||Yes|
|Number Of Boilers||1|
|Brew And Steam Simultaneously||Yes|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type||Heat Exchanger|
|Brew Boiler Watts||1500|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz)||2.2 Liter|
|Brew Boiler Material||Copper|
|Brew Boiler Orientation||Horizontal|
|Brew Boiler Heater Location||Internal|
|Brew Boiler Auto Fill||Yes|
|Steam Boiler Data|
|Steam Boiler Type||One Boiler for the Brew and Steam|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar)||15|
|Brew Pressure Adjustability||Yes|
|Self Priming Pump||8 to 9 Bar|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds)||1.7 mins|
|Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds)||7 mins|
|Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup)||169|
|Brew Time for 2 Oz||25|
|Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup)||167|
|Time To Produce Steam (Seconds)||39|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds)||42|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F)||168|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds)||22|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds)||19|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db)||69|
|Back Flush Cleaner Used||Cafiza|
|Country Of Manufacture||Italy|
|Recommended Applications||Home / Commercial|
|Repairs By||Whole Latte Love|
For over 12 years my Gaggia Classic and my MDF grinder had been a part of my family. Finally, the Classic was in need of an overhaul, which Whole Latte Love did a beautiful job of doing, and then I decided that it was time to hand her and the grinder over to my daughter who is in grad school. I also decided that it was time for me to treat myself and go to the next level as a prosumer. I live in an old warehouse that I have converted into a loft apartment with a kitchen that has tons of counter space and no overhead cabinets, so the sky is was the limit in terms of espresso equipment. With so many choices out there for prosumer machines, I had my work cut out for me in terms of research. The contenders included Rocket Espresso Cellini Evoluzione, Expobar Brewtus III, Pasquini Livia 90, and the Gaggia TS. I had to weigh out which of the multitude of features were important to me, and in the end, I ended up with my old friend, Gaggia. There were key features that led me to choosing the Gaggia TS, besides my loyalty to the brand. The horizontal copper boiler seemed to be a really common sense design because the heating element would never be exposed to the air. The other thing that was a big decision maker for me was the separate brew group heater instead of a unit with an E61 (which I had a chance to try out at a friend’s house). I have found that my brew temperatures are far more consistent than those of a standard heat exchanger machine. Other features like the huge commercial steam valves and steam wand, the low water indicator system in the reservoir and all copper tubing help seal the deal. The overall style and look of this machine are exactly what I was looking for in my loft. I could not be happier with my choice of the Gaggia TS, which, by the way, I have paired with the Ceado E7 Timer grinder (I am writing a whole separate review of that work-of-art). There is no doubt that I have reached a new level of espresso quality.
Well I started with a Silvia from you folks and then upgraded to a Salvatore from you again some years ago; and although the Salvatore works great, every now and then I catch a little case of upgrade fever...
Does this machine have a PID controller and can the user set the brew temp? Have you received any feedback about this machine?
Other than this what pro-sumer machines would you recommend assuming my priorities are good steaming capability and PID control?
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