Gaggia Baby Class Espresso Machine

Reg. $499.00
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5 out of 5 stars based on 13 customer reviews

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1x 1 Year Extended Warranty $49.99
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The Gaggia Baby Class combines the traditional styling of the time-tested Baby line, with an updated control panel and chic stainless steel housing. This semi-automatic machine lets you brew using ground espresso, but is also ready to brew using ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods for times when you’re on the go. The commercial style brew group and 58mm portafilter are made of chrome-plated brass, for superior temperature stability and durability. Another exciting commercial component on the Baby Class is a three-way solenoid valve to help regulate pressure, a rare feature on home semi-automatics.

For those who love to make café-style drinks, such as cappuccinos, macchiatos, and lattes, the Baby Class has a Turbo Frother attachment to make steaming a breeze. The steam wand is also mounted on a ball joint, so it can accommodate milk pitchers of varying sizes. Maintenance is also straightforward, as the Baby Class has a removable water reservoir and drip tray.

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Features & Benefits: Coffee

Commercial-Style Portafilter

When you want to brew quality espresso, you want to use the best style of portafilter you can. That’s why the Gaggia Baby Class was designed with a commercial-style portafilter, measuring 58mm and made of chrome-plated brass. Brass offers temperature stability for your espresso, a vital factor in the taste of your final shot. This style of tamper requires a nice, firm tamp for ground espresso, but can also be used with ESE pods for added convenience.

Commercial Brew Group

With a heavy duty, professional quality portafilter, you need a commercial-style brew group to match. The brew group on the Baby Class is also made of chrome-plated brass for added temperature stability. Plus, its brass construction ensures it can stand the test of time.

Three-way Solenoid Valve

No one likes trying to get rid of soupy espresso grounds after they’ve brewed their morning shot. That’s why the Gaggia Baby Class features a three-way solenoid valve that relieves pressure from the portafilter once your shot has been brewed. This results in a drier espresso puck and easier disposal.

Simple Controls

The Gaggia Baby Class is controlled by a straightforward panel that features 2 buttons and 2 indicator lights. The top button lets you manually control brewing and the bottom button will bring the machine up to steaming temperature. In the middle are 2 indicator lights: on the left is the On/Off light, and on the right is the steam temperature light. Power is controlled by a switch on the back of the machine.

Cup Warmer

Espresso temperature is a large factor in espresso flavor. The Gaggia Baby Class has a cup warmer that is passively heated by the boiler, so you can always have warm cups on hand whenever you brew.

Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water

Hot Water Dispenser

If you need hot water for tea, an Americano, or hot chocolate, the Baby Class can dispense hot water right from the steam wand. Simply turn the steam knob and then press the brewing and steaming buttons simultaneously. Once your desired amount of water has been reached, close the steam knob and release the 2 buttons.

Turbo Frother

The Baby Class makes frothing easy with its black plastic Turbo Frother attachment. This attachment will help you evenly distribute steam throughout your frothing pitcher, letting you make cappuccinos, lattes, and other café-style drinks with ease. To produce steam, just press the steam button and wait for the temperature ready light to illuminate on the control panel. Then, just turn the black knob on top of the machine and steam will be dispensed.

Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance, & Other

Housing Construction

The Gaggia Baby Class was designed with style and function in mind. That’s why it is housed in brushed stainless steel that is both chic and durable. The new exterior design found on the Baby Class will add a professional look and elegant feel to your kitchen.


The Baby Class comes with a detailed instruction manual, coffee scoop, plastic tamper, and single, double, and ESE pod filter baskets.

Water Reservoir

The Gaggia Baby Class features a large, 60 oz water reservoir located on the back of the machine. You can easily fill this in place, but it can also be removed for easy filling and cleaning.

ESE Pod Ready

To make brewing easy, the Baby Class is ready to brew using ESE pods. These pre-package, pre-measured, and pre-tamped pods eliminate the need for a grinder or tamper. Just use the included ESE pod filter basket to brew.

Average Rating : ( 5 out of 5 )

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Mark Freed asked:

The espresso drip is very slow, but the flow from the milk wand is normal. I tried descaling. I even replaced the solenoid and shower head. Is there anything else that could be causing a restriction to the espresso that I could possibly clean/replace?


Answer by mjackson:

Yes it could be your grind is to fine but what kind of machine do you have?

Answer by mjackson:

Yes it could be your grind is to fine but what kind of machine do you have?

Les Orchard asked:

So, I've had this machine for a few years. But, recently, it's started occasionally spewing steam from the group head and portafilter. That really makes a mess out of things when I try to make espresso. I've probably not been as diligent about descaling as I should have been - could that neglect...

Answer by Maggie:

Thank you for your post.  Lack of descaling can cause this issue-I would suggest calling in to our Technical Support team to get some deep cleaning instructions.  Technical Support is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., EST, at...

I just purchased and received my Baby Class. I am a complete newbie to this and I am having a problem brewing a good double shot of espresso. Is the user manual a bit vague or is it just me??? Could someone walk me through the process? Start from filling the reservoir (how much water if you...

Answer by Maggie:

You want to actually fill the water tank completely-that way, you don't have to worry about the machine running out of water mid shot. The machine heats on its own once it is turned on, and you do want to make certain that you have followed the priming instructions first so that water flows...

Answer by Javaqueenbee:

Thanks Maggie for your reply. I found a video on youtube yesterday and the shot was better this morning. The info about the water is good to know as well as the size to pull. I'm sure it will take some time to get it perfect, so I will keep trying. Many thanks!

Clint asked:

I've had the Baby Class for a few months now, and I've got the brewing down, but the steam wand is still a bit of an enigma. It tends to spurt out a lot of water. Even when I purge the line a couple of times and wait for it to come back up to temp, it still sputters. Recently it has stopped...

Answer by techkathy:

Is the milk heating but just not frothing? There is a small insert inside of the long sleeve of the pannarello wand. It should be sticking out far enough that it looks like 2 small points. Also make sure that the small air hole (pin hole) is clean and clear and able to draw in air for frothing.

Clint asked:

I've had the Baby Class for a few months now, and I've got the brewing down, but the steam wand is still a bit of an enigma. It tends to spurt out a lot of water. Even when I purge the line a couple of times and wait for it to come back up to temp, it still sputters. Recently it has stopped...

Answer by DanielCulver:

The Baby Class has a small aluminum boiler similar to a basic mono-block. Waiting longer or flushing the line won't do too much to help. The water is pretty much heated on demand and the "force" is in part produced by keeping the line diameter small enough to ensure adequate velocity of the steam...

Ari asked:

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...

Answer by mjackson:

There is some validity regarding how long you let your espresso sit and it really should not be more than 15 seconds. I would steam your milk first. You will want to run water out of the steam wand to cool your boiler faster and you may want to run some water out of your grouphead as well...

Chad asked:

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?

Answer by Sanfam:

If your machine is leaking from the steam valve while the machine is on, there are two avenues you can look into:

1. If the leaking has become steadily worse, consider descaling the machine. If small bits of scale have worked its way into your machine's steam valve, they could be preventing it...

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Misc Data
Manufacturer: Gaggia
Model: 12300
Dimension - Width (Inches): 9.6
Dimension - Height (Inches): 15.7
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 10.4
Weight (lbs): 17
Watts: 1425
Volts: 120
Housing Materials: Brushed Stainless Steel
Drain Line Adaptable: No
Tall Legs: No
Cup Height
Adjustable Height: No
One Touch cappuccino
One Touch Cappuccino: No
Self-Cleaning: No
Frothing Wand
Steam Wand Style: Pannarello
Number Of Holes: 1
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 60
Removable: Yes
Type Of Controls: Push Button/ Dial
Pre-Infusion: Yes
Cup Warmer
Passive / Active: Passive
Portafilter Data
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: Commercial Style
Diameter (Millimeter): 58
Commercial Filter Baskets Included: Yes
Pressurized Filter Baskets Included: Yes
Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible: Ground & ESE Pod
Brew Group
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: Commercial Style
Three-Way Valve: Yes
Capsule / Pod Friendly: Yes
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers: 1
Brew And Steam Simultaneously: No
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 15
Descaler Used: Gaggia Descaler
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Italy
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home
Available Internationally: Yes
Service provided
Repairs By: Whole Latte Love
Contact Number: 888-411-5282

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Posted By: Mike
Aug 29, 2011 08:49AM
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We receive numerous calls from customers asking the same question, “What is the difference between the Gaggia Classic, Baby Class and New Baby?” Well in response to this question we have created a video showing you the similarities and the differences of these three machines.

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Posted By: mjackson
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