Gaggia Platinum Vogue: This week I was able to get my hands on the Gaggia Platinum Vogue. With its stylish design and great price point I was eager to pull some shots with it. After rigorous testing and lots of caffeine I have given the Vogue a worthwhile review. What I liked about the...
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“Live the espresso,” says Gaggia regarding its Platinum line. And the Gaggia Platinum Vogue’s sophisticated design and technological brewing system allows you to incorporate espresso into your life, on all levels. Display the Vogue prominently, as its sleek, simple design fits well into all kinds of different environments, such as private offices, kitchens, and living rooms. Inside it's housing is a Rapid Steam stainless steel boiler system, providing excellent power and temperature to pull the right shot of espresso, as well as power to foam and steam milk using the Pannarello frothing attachment or optional Gaggia Milk Island.
Crafted to bring great taste and beauty to your home or workstation, the Gaggia Platinum Vogue is for someone serious about espresso and design, in all areas of life.
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Features & Benefits: Coffee
At the center of the control panel is a large circular knob, and in the center of that knob are two buttons. This knob controls coffee volume, while the larger button with a coffee cup controls brewing. The smaller button with coffee beans controls the dosage of coffee used in each drink. To the right of the knob is the backlit hot water button, which has a water droplet icon. When it illuminates, hot water is selected, and when it is off, the steam function is selected.
To the left of the knob are four indicator lights. The top light illuminates when the coffee grounds drawer needs to be emptied, and the bottom light blinks when descaling is necessary. One of the middle lights is an alarm light – when it is permanently on, it means that the hopper is out of beans, the water tank is empty, or the drip tray needs to be emptied. When it is blinking slowly, the brew group is not inserted, the grounds drawer is not inserted, the service door is open, or the steam/hot water knob isn’t turned correctly. If it is flashing quickly, the boiler needs to be primed. The other middle light is the machine ready light. When it is blinking, the machine is warming up, and when it illuminates steadily, the machine is ready.
Brewing on the Vogue
First, choose you preferences – move the coffee dial for an espresso, short coffee, or long coffee. Then press the Opti-Doser for a mild, medium or strong dose of coffee. Press the coffee cup button in the center once for one coffee, or twice for two coffees, and the machine automatically starts brewing. You can stop the brew at any time by pushing the coffee button again.
Rapid Steam Boiler System
The Platinum Vogue’s Rapid Steam boiler system allows you to switch between brewing and steaming without too much downtime. The boiler is made of stainless steel, which provides hot water for brewing as well as assures rapid steam for frothing and steaming milk.
Bean Hopper and Grinder
The clear plastic sealable bean hopper on top of the Platinum Vogue holds 8.8 oz of whole beans, keeping them fresh and ready for the next brew. You can monitor your bean levels just by looking in, or from the indicator light. Beans travel from the bean hopper to the ceramic burr grinder whenever you tell the machine to brew. This burr grinder crushes beans consistently and quietly, so you won’t wake up the house every time you want a drink. You can adjust the coarseness of your grind to fine, regular, or coarse using the included grinder adjustment key.
Stainless Steel Cup Warmer
The stainless steel cup warmer is heated using residual heat from the boiler, so you don’t have to remember to turn it on or off. Store your cups here to create a great display, and when the boiler warms up, your cups will warm up too. Brewing espresso into a warm cup helps preserve its temperature better than brewing into a cold cup.
Espresso Plus System
On your coffee dispenser is a knob to adjust the intensity of your coffee using the Espresso Plus System. Turn it to the left for a milder brew, leave it in the middle for a normal drink, and turn it all the way to the right for a strong drink. You can even turn this knob as your espresso is brewing.
Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water
Pannarello Steam Wand
The steam wand rotates out from the machine, so you can froth and steam with ease. Frothing and steaming is already aided by the Pannarello frothing device. Open the steam knob to release steam, and when you have your desired amount, close the steam knob.
Hot Water Dispenser
The steam wand also dispenses hot water for soup, tea, or an americano. Press the hot water button to select the hot water function – it will be steadily illuminated. Open the steam knob located on the left side of the machine, and hot water will begin dispensing. Once you have your desired amount, close the knob and press the hot water button again.
Optional Gaggia Milk Island
If you prefer ready-made cappuccinos and lattes, use the Gaggia Milk Island to foam and steam milk automatically. It connects to the Vogue’s steam system, so all you have to do is turn the steam knob to the “milk island” setting to begin. With a capacity of 13.5 oz, you’ll have more than enough milk for a full menu of café style drinks.
Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance & Other
Water System with Aqua Prima Water Filter
The 57 oz removable water reservoir comes with an Aqua Prima Water Filter to remove impurities from your tap water. To remove the reservoir, turn the machine to the back and pull out the reservoir like a drawer. The machine’s indicator light will let you know when you’re running low on water, as well as when you need to descale.
Removable Brew Group
Open up the door on the right side of the machine to access the brew group and dump box. The brew group can be removed and rinsed under running water – this removes coffee oils and residue, giving you the freshest tasting coffee. About once a month, lubricate the brew group using the included lubricant before you replace it. The dump box can also be emptied and rinse – you’ll know it’s time to do so when the indicator light alerts you.
Drip Tray and Cover
Your cups rest on a height-adjustable drip tray – pull the lever in front of the drip tray to manually raise and lower it. When the drip tray is filled and needs to be cleaned, the indicator light will alert you.
The Gaggia Platinum Vogue comes with a grinder adjustment key, power cable, and on new machine only a lubricant for the brew group.
ManualsBack to Top
- Gaggia Platinum Vogue Parts Diagram - rev 00 - 09-03-2007
- Gaggia Platinum Milk Island Parts Diagram - rev 01 - 09-12-2008
- Gaggia Platinum Vogue Parts Diagram - rev 04 - 01-19-2010
- Gaggia Platinum Brew Group Diagram - rev 03 - 11-10-2009
- Gaggia Platinum Vogue Electrical Diagram - rev 01 - 04-16-2007
- Gaggia Platinum Vogue Hydraulic Diagram - rev 00 - 10-11-2007
- Gaggia Platinum Vogue Parts Diagram 8/14/2012
- Gaggia Platinum Vogue Parts Diagram, Rev 03-2012
- Gaggia Platinum Vogue Standby settings 07-01-2008
- User's Manual
- Milk Island Manual
- Milk Island Manual
- Milk Island User's Manual
SpecsBack to Top
|Dimension - Width (Inches)||12.5|
|Dimension - Height (Inches)||14.6|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches)||16.3|
|Housing Materials||Stainless Steel/Plastic|
|Bean Hopper Material||Plastic|
|Drip Tray Material||Plastic|
|Drip Tray Cover Material||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz)||8|
|Ground Coffee Container Material||Plastic|
|Drain Line Adaptable||No|
|Spent Coffee Capacity (Dregs Drawer)||14|
|Easy To Rotate||Yes|
|Power Cord Length (Inches)||36|
|One Touch cappuccino|
|One Touch Cappuccino||No|
|Steam Wand Style||Pannarello|
|Usable Length (Inches)||2.5|
|Height Off Counter (Inches)||5 Stars|
|Optional Cappucinotore||Milk Island|
|Number Of Holes||1|
|No Burn Wand||No|
|Optional Steam Tips Or Wands||No|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed||Reservoir|
|Water Filter Type||Mavea|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz)||57|
|Water Level Visible||No|
|Adjustable Coffee Strength||Yes|
|Type Of Controls||Push Button/ Dial|
|Display Type||Indicator Lights|
|Adjustable Coffee Dosage||Yes|
|Coffee Dosage Quantity||7-10.5|
|Cup Volume Control||Yes|
|Aroma / Flow Control||Yes|
|Low Water Warning||Yes|
|Decalcification Warning Indicator||Yes|
|Brew Temperature Display||No|
|Passive / Active||Passive|
|Number Of Boilers||1|
|Brew And Steam Simultaneously||No|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type||Thermoblock|
|Brew Boiler Watts||1300|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz)||Low|
|Brew Boiler Material||Stainless Steel Lined Aluminum|
|Steam Boiler Data|
|Steam Boiler Volume (Oz)||Low|
|Steam Boiler Heater Location||External|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar)||15|
|Self Priming Pump||Yes|
|Number Of Grind Settings||3|
|Hopper Capacity (Oz)||8|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds)||120|
|Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup)||183|
|Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup)||174|
|Time To Produce Steam (Seconds)||16|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds)||102|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F)||168|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds)||51|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db)||58|
|Sound Level - Grinding (Db)||73|
|Descaler Used||Gaggia Descaler|
|Country Of Manufacture||Italy|
|Repairs By||Whole Latte Love|
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Q & ABack to Top
I am considering moving from the Gaggia Glassic MDF grinder combo to this Platinum Vogue for the convenience and quicker brew time (we have twins arriving in December, and I know I'll need the coffee but don't anticipate having as much time!) I'm not quite clear what the difference is between the...
Answer by techkathy
OptiDose is basically the amount of coffee (in grams) going into each shot. The E-plus system is a flow restrictor that imitates a firmer tamp. It controls the rate at which water passes through the coffee.
Answer by Adam
Thanks for the reply Kathy. But....what does that MEAN to a novice like me? :) How do the two settings compliment each other, or work together? Or don't they? Maybe I just need a refresher on the relationship between amount of coffee and flow rate. I like strong espresso....so would I set...
Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales
Hello Adam,Â If you would like strong espresso, you are correct with the OptiDose to max and the E-Plus to min.Â If you were to make a cafe crema, I would suggest setting the E-Plus to max flow.Â You can set the Optidose to the strength that gives you the taste you are looking for.Â Having the...
My Gaggia Vogue descaling led is blinking.So i descaled the machine and push and hold the hot water button for 6 seconds and the led stops blinking.But when i off and on the machine again the descaling led blinks again.How to reset this permanently?TQ in advance.
Answer by techkathy
Are there any other lights that come on (blinking or solid) when the descaling light comes on?
I've had my platinum vogue for about a year. I have recently noticed that a fair amount of water is leaking out of the steam wand during the brew cycle. Enough to fill up the drip tray. The steam knob is in the off position.. Was wondering if this is a maintenance issue?
Answer by techkathy
The leaking can sometimes be from build up on the steam valve. Regular descaling can prevent any mineral deposits from building up in the machine. If a descaling cycle does not clear up the issue I would recommend sending the machine in for a repair.
BlogBack to Top
My Milk Island Won't Froth, whatâ€™s up with that. The Milk Islands that you find on the Gaggia Platinum and the Saeco Talea machines are extremely impressive. The Milk Islands do an amazing job, you can get the milk as hot as you want it and it creates a beautiful froth. If for some reason...