Hello WLL - I am enjoying getting the hang of brewing on my Gaggia Baby. Question about Cappuccino "process"... I have read in a few places that you should not have your espresso shot "sit" longer than like 15 seconds or something like that before adding your steamed/frothed milk to it? Is this true? I say this because this is a single boiler machine and it takes me a lot longer than 15 seconds to get good steamed/frothed milk going. So do you propose I steam/froth my milk FIRST and then make my shot? Or does the 15 second rule I state above not really matter? And the brewed espresso shot will not go "stale" in as quick as 15 seconds before your steamed/frothed milk is ready? And finally, if I do steam the milk first, do I not then have to run a cup of water thru the brew group WITHOUT the portafilter to "Prime" the boiler? This of course adds an extra step.
My Baby Class has been dripping from the steam spout while brewing ever since I got it and it's getting worse. I have to actually hold the hard in the closed position to get it to not drip water, or turn it in toward the drip tray and just let it drip. Is there a fix for this?
As I was making an espresso, the machine splashed the shots everywhere in the kitchen as if the portafiler was not placed properly. I tried again without coffee in the filter this time, but it did the same.
When I tried the single shot filter, it didn't splash the shot everywhere, but it was very weak, almost no krema.
May I remind you I received the machine two days ago?
Please tell me what needs to be done.
The portafilter for my gaggia Baby Class arrived with some sort of a plastic tab to put in the whole at the bottom of the portfilter. Is this Gaggia's attempt at a "pressurized" portafilter to increase crema? I did not see that feature explained in any of the product descriptions on the site. Do I need to use this tab with the portafilter? It falls out quite easily and seems kind of odd...
Bought my Baby Class less than one month ago and mostly have been using the double brew basket. This morning I attempted to use the single basket but could not get water to flow through it. At first I thought I'd tamped my coffee a bit too much so I emptied the basket and tried to get water flow with it it empty. Still no luck. The basket worked last week and made a shot that was about 3/4 crema. Don't know what's up and would like any advice you might have. Thanks!
I have been trying to perfect my espresso shots. I have a Breville BCG450 grinder that I modified to get a finer grind because that was what I thought the problem was. I put 14 grams of ground espresso into my portafilter, tamp it properly, and I still can only get a 15 second shot. When I remove the portafilter from the grouphead there are grinds up the sides of the portafilter as if I never tamped it. I can not tamp the espresso anymore and I can't grind any finer. Many of the posts I have read about the grinder modification say that fixed their problems, but not mine. What else could I be doing wrong? I let the machine warm up for 20-25 minutes, use fresh roasted coffee, etc. etc. Thanks.
I notice that Gaggia's all have aluminum boilers, where other semi-automatics have stainless or brass boilers. How important is the make of the boiler to how long the boiler lasts? I've read good reviews on Gaggia, but this may be a sticking point for me. My max amount to spend is ~$500... I'd like to strike a good balance between features, durability, and quality. I've been agonizing on what machine to get. Please help!
Hi, I just receive my Gaggia Baby Class and I wanted to know, if I wanted to make 2 cups of espresso, which of the 2 filters should I use?
Is the GAGGIA BABY CLASS MACHINE able to grind regular coffee beans of my choice or do I have to purchase ground espresso coffee? Is it an automatic or semi-automatic model?
I'm currently looking to buy an espresso machine and am trying to decide between a single service (Nespresso Pixie) or the Gaggia baby class. My needs are 1-2 shots a day, occasional milk based drink. My questions are cost per serving difference and quality of shot difference. I have to admit, I tried a couple of shots from the Pixie and they were pretty good. Thank you!