The Gaggia Platinum Swing has a simple exterior, underscoring the impressive technology housed within. This model from Gaggia uses Rapid Steam Technology to provide ample power when switching back and forth between brewing and steaming. The boiler is made of stainless steel for ultimate heat retention and durability, and steam from the boiler is even used on the Gaggia Milk Island to make automatic cappuccinos and lattes.
Programming comes in the form of a click wheel similar to the one you use to program your iPod. Move your finger around the click wheel to scroll through options, which are displayed on the digital LCD screen above the circle. This digital LCD screen ensures that you’re always aware of programming options and what’s going on inside the machine, making the Gaggia Platinum Swing a straightforward machine no matter how much experience you have with super automatics.
Features & Benefits: Coffee
Control Panel Design
The digital LCD screen is located directly above the click wheel, and it displays instructions and programming options. The click wheel is the center of the control panel, and has a coffee cup in the center – this is the confirmation buttons. A column of buttons to the left of the wheel consists of a top button to reach the programming menu (it has an M on it) and a bottom button for coffee dosage and bypass doser (it has a coffee bean icon). The column to the right of the wheel has a top button with an icon of a steam cloud and activates steaming, a bottom button with an icon of a water droplet to dispense hot water.
So what are your options, anyway? You can adjust the volume of your drink, quantity of coffee to be brewed, coffee temperature, and pre-infusion. You can also set the menu language, energy saving mode, water hardness, and rinsing cycle. To keep your machine clean, you have access to the water filter menu, the descaling menu, and you can wash the brew group automatically.
Brew a Single or a Double
Use the click wheel to scroll through your coffee options – espresso, short coffee, or long coffee. Press the confirmation button once to brew one of that beverage, or press it twice for a double.
Rapid Steam Boiler System
The Gaggia Platinum Swing uses a stainless steel boiler that assures Rapid Steam function, so you can switch back and forth between brewing and steaming without downtime. Stainless steel is known for its heat retention properties, as well as for its durability.
The clear plastic bean hopper holds 8.8 oz of beans, so they’re always fresh and ready for your next brew. You can easily monitor bean levels just by looking in, or the Platinum Swing will alert you on the display screen when it runs low. Beans travel from the hopper to the ceramic burr grinder – this kind of grinder uses a stationary burr and a rotating burr. Beans are drawn in between and crushed consistently and quietly. To change the fineness of the grind, use the included tool to adjust the grind settings to coarse, medium, or fine.
For those time when you would prefer a blend other than what is in the doser, you can pour pre-ground coffee into the bypass doser and brew using that instead. Select your drink (espresso, short coffee, or long coffee) and press the coffee button until the pre-ground option appears on the display screen. Press the confirmation button, add a measured scoop of ground coffee into the bypass doser, and press the confirmation button again.
Espresso Plus System
The Espresso Plus System allows you to change the strength of your drink – even while you’re brewing. Turn the knob located on the cup dispenser to the left for a milder brew, and to the right for a more intense drink.
Another way to change the strength of your drink is with Gaggia’s Opti-Dose System, which allows you to vary the amount of ground coffee in each shot from 7-10.5 grams. To change the dosage, press the coffee bean button and use the click wheel to scroll through your options.
Warm cups are an important part of a well-brewed espresso. They help preserve the temperature of the espresso, as well as preserve the layer of golden crema on top. The Platinum Swing’s cup warmer is heated using residual heat from the boiler, so when the boiler warms up, your cups warm up too. Placing your cups on the cup warmer also creates a great display in your kitchen or workstation.
Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water
Frothing and Steaming
Use the Pannarello steam wand to froth and steam milk to perfection – just press the steam button and open the steam knob to the steam setting. The display screen will read “Brewing steam” as steam flows from the wand. Close the knob to stop the steam, and remember to wipe the wand down with a damp cloth after you’re done.
The steam wand also functions as a hot water dispenser – great for soup, tea, or an americano. Just press the hot water button, open the steam knob to the steam setting, and hot water will be dispensed. While hot water is being dispensed, the display screen will read, “brewing hot water.” To stop the flow of water, close the steam knob.
Gaggia Milk Island
For automatic steaming and frothing, the Gaggia Milk Island is a convenient option. It connects directly to your steam system, and froths up to 13.5 oz of milk at a time. Just turn the steam knob to the "Milk Island" setting to froth and steam.
Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance & Other
The 57 oz water reservoir is removable from the back of the machine – just slide it out like a drawer. To keep your drinks tasting fresh, remember to rinse out the reservoir with mild soap and warm water before refilling it. The display screen will let you know when you’re running low on water.
Included Aqua Prima Water Filter
If your tap water is adulterated with chemicals and sediments, your espresso will taste of those impurities. Rather than recommend you use expensive bottled water, the Gaggia Platinum Swing comes with an Aqua Prima Water Filter, so your water tastes its best and you don’t have to descale as frequently. The machine will alert you when descaling is necessary.
Drip Tray and Cover
You can move the drip tray up and down to accommodate cups of different sizes – from 3” to 4.5”. The drip tray should be removed and cleaned when the machine alerts you to do so.
Removable Brew Group and Spent Grounds Box
Open the door on the right side of the machine to remove the brew group and spent grounds box. The display screen will alert you when the grounds counter is full, so you can empty it and rinse the container. The brew group can also be removed, and should be rinsed under running water to remove coffee oils and residue. You should also run a brew group rinse cycle about once a month – just press the menu button, scroll through your options and select “maintenance,” then select “group wash.”
The Gaggia Platinum Swing comes with an Aqua Prima water filter, ground coffee measuring scoop, power cable, grinder adjustment key, water hardness tester, and lubricant for the brew group.
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