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William Radlinski

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at 05-08-2013 1:52pm
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

I was considering getting the New Baby after owning a Carezza for about 7 years. Is the New Baby and upgrade over the Carezza, or would I just be wasting my money?

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techkathy It is a definite upgrade. The New Baby has a 3 way solenoid valve and its steam wand is on a ball joint. The water tank is also much easier to access.

05-09-2013 11:47am |

James Dunn

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at 04-23-2013 11:50am
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

I am real confused. Do not know if the little black thingy should be in and what screen to use with ground coffee?

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A A James,
The black pin that you are asking about goes along with the double walled filter baskets. You can tell which ones they are by looking on the bottom. They are the ones with a single hole in the center. Those are also the ones that you are going to want to use with pre ground coffee, as they will give you good, consistent shots without having to worry too much about how well the coffee is ground or tamped.

04-24-2013 9:08am |

coffeelee

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at 04-18-2013 7:56pm
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

Will the New Baby do well with a bottomless portafilter? I want to pair it with a grinder in the $250-280 range, and I already roast my own beans.

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techkathy The Gaggia Baby will work with a Gaggia bottomless portafilter. The bottomless portafilter is a great tool to learn proper tamping technique.

Click on the link below:

http://www.wholelattelove.com/Gaggia/gaggia-flush-bottomless-portafilter.cfm

04-22-2013 12:02pm |

AlabamaBob

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at 03-29-2013 9:04am
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

New Baby arrived last night, been playing with it ever since. I've frothed milk gloriously, and I've practiced my tamping pressure with scale and all. I have espresso leaking from the handle side of my portafilter. I've considered the manuals troubleshooting guide and I suppose it's possible I'm inserting the filter holder incorrectly, but it's lined up with the arrow. I hope the gasket/brewhead isn't dirty/worn 4 shots into it. and the rim of the filter holder is clean. Huge note, it only does this with the pressurized baskets. I thought about it and ran the commercial without a problem. Any suggestions?

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techkathy Make sure that the portafilter is on the machine snugly. There is also the possibility you are using just a little too much coffee or tamping unevenly.

03-29-2013 4:31pm |

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AlabamaBob I've adjusted my tamping pressure to closer to 30lbs and closer to 15lbs and still receive the same. I've also tried further the commercial basket, and it does not leak. My shot however does seem to be coming way too fast. I've tamped closer to 30 for it as well, and I'm filling the shot far too quickly (15 seconds or less for a 3 oz shot ). I'm using Lavazza Creme e Gusto pre-ground.

03-30-2013 7:00pm |

Beth Howard

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at 02-17-2013 2:24pm
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

Between this and the Saeco Via Venezia which would you suggest overall?

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A A Beth,
Both of those machines are good machines. The Via Venezia is a pressurized portafilter, while the Gaggia has both Pressurized and Commercial baskets. If you want to learn how to tweak the brewing process to get the best shot you can, then the Gaggia would be your best bet.

02-17-2013 2:44pm |

theresa grieco

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at 02-06-2013 1:25pm
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

i am buying a new baby machine what access do i need to start

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Mary Ann Colvin Theresa, You will definitely need coffee! The tamper that is included with this machine is plastic so you may want to upgrade that. A frothing pitcher will be needed for any milk based drinks and descale is always nice to have on hand for cleaning every 3-4 months. Cheers!

02-06-2013 3:19pm |

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John Seymour Another nice accessory to have is an espresso brush. The angled handle makes it much easier to clean used grounds off the group head.

02-06-2013 8:42pm |

Melinda Wilson

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at 12-24-2012 12:15pm
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

Amend to former question - If I had only read more carefully! I think I see now that commercial means non-pressurized. Right?

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Kristen C Melinda, you are correct. The commercial basket is the non-pressurized basket.

12-26-2012 3:11pm |

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A A Melinda, Correct! The "Commercial" filter basket is going to have holes throughout the whole bottom of the basket, where the pressurized one will have just one hole. You would use the pressurized basket with the black two way pin that came with the machine.

12-26-2012 3:11pm |

Melinda Wilson

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at 12-24-2012 11:57am
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Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

I apologize if this question has already been asked. Does this machine come with only pressurized baskets? If so, do you offer a non pressurized basket for sale (and which one specifically should I chose)? Thank you!

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Kristen C Melinda, the Gaggia New Baby comes with a commercial/single basket, a pressurized basket, and a pod basket. You can find the three baskets here: http://www.wholelattelove.com/searchresults.cfm?query=gaggia filter basket

12-26-2012 3:11pm |

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mjackson ♦ Melinda,
It does some with three baskets. Two pressurized a single and a double as well as a double shot normal basket. You can also get a single shot normal basket and a designated pod basket, that are available for purchase. These are both non pressurized. So you have lots of options with a great machine.

12-26-2012 3:11pm |

Miriam Argueta

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at 12-18-2012 4:22pm
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

I just bought my husband the Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, what type of coffee do I need to buy to go along with this machine?

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Chris Dietrich Definitely a quality grinder and most important some quality fresh coffee.

12-20-2012 6:35am |

mt blakeney

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at 11-30-2012 5:32pm
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Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

I would like to make a good ristretto. Please recommend a machine that is not unreasonably expensive. Thanks a lot.

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mjackson ♦ Great question and thanks. Any Gaggia will do the trick. My favorite is the Classic. But they will all work. If you really want to get a good ristretto, you will want to be able to control the grind. You will need a decent grinder to really be able to control the grind. You may want to think about spending a little less on the espresso machine so make sure you get a true espresso grinder like the Gaggia MDF. That will give you a better espresso. You will want to use the traditional basket and the grind setting at around 5 on the MDF in order to create a good ristretto. I also would get a good tamper any 58 MM tamper will work. This should get you going and good luck.

12-08-2012 8:15pm |

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