Gaggia Classic Brushed Stainless Steel Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

$349.00
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The Gaggia Classic is one of our best sellers since we began Whole Latte Love in 1997. Over time, Gaggia has added improvements designed to enhance the user experience while staying true to their commitment to produce espresso equipment that is on par with the best in the industry.

New to 2003 Gaggia has replaced the nickel plated carbon steel housing with brushed stainless steel. This produced a machine with an even more durable housing that will not rust or flake overtime. The portafilter handle was also upgraded to include a stainless steel dispensing beak. This improved consistency of the espresso flow when split between 2 demitasse cups or shot glasses. The main design of the portafilter remained the same at a whopping 1 pound of chrome plated brass with a commercial size, 58mm diameter. Gaggia also uses a massive chrome plated brass brew group, which is where the portafilter handle locks onto. Heat stability and retention is remarkable with this much mass, and is a Gaggia standard that only the Rancilio Silvia can match. All Gaggia espresso machines received a new Pannarello style frother to replace what was known as the Turbo Frother. This wand has proved to be both easier to use, and clean. Our testing showed that it is less finicky and requires less technique to produce frothed milk quickly, and of good quality. Also new is that Gaggia has finally dumped the pod adapter and replaced it with a stainless steel combination single shot/pod basket. For those that know, the old pod adapter was a true contraption; it was difficult to attach and too much effort to remove if you wanted to use ground coffee as well. The new pod basket was designed with the approval of Illy, who has been a founding member of the ESE (easy serving espresso) consortium. Our internal tests, and those of Illy USA, performed by both East and West Coast divisions has backed up this claim as well. With this approval all Gaggia machines can use espresso pods from any roaster that is ESE approved - the largest standard in the coffee industry.

The overall wattage of all Gaggia machines stay at an industry high 1425 watts. The electric pump accounts for 55 watts and is the strongest in it’s class. The remaining wattage is directed to Gaggia’s unique boiler system that incorporates not 1 but 2 heating elements. Unlike every other manufacturer at this price range, Gaggia does not position them in direct contact with water. They are actually embedded into the sides of the boiler which prevents a major reason espresso machines are brought in for warranty repair - corroded heating element. This design has proved to be highly efficient by causing the entire boiler to become a heating element. A fast method that further supports temperature stability.

The Classic further distinguishes itself by sporting a 3 way solenoid valve. This is a feature generally only found on commercial and prosumer equipment. It’s main purpose is to relieve the pressure that develops during the brewing process. As you may have read, espresso is brewed best at 8 to 9 bar or atmospheres of pressure. With a single bar being 14.7 lbs of pressure per square inch you can calculate that espresso is brewed at 132 lbs per square inch. The 3 way solenoid valve instantly relieves that pressure and diverts it to the drip tray. You may notice the chrome tube leading to the drip tray in the larger image. The benefit of this is that the quick release of the pressure takes much of the water left over in the group and leaves a relatively dry coffee puck. Drier puck means less coffee grounds to clean.

We recommend that you consider a quality burr grinder capable of producing a commercial grind like the Baratza Maestro Plus or Gaggia MDF for best results. Includes two stainless steel filter baskets (single/pod and double shot), coffee tamper and 7g measuring scoop. Available in Brushed Stainless Steel (Satin Finish).

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Features & Benefits: Coffee

Commercial Size and Style Portafilter Handle

Some of the most crucial elements for producing high quality espresso are influenced by the Style, Size and Construction of the portafilter. Style: This portafilter is designed like a commercial machine and works in the same way. The coffee is ground fine and is tamped (pressed) firmly into place. Size: The size of the portafilter is also the same as a commercial machine. Is has a large diameter (58 mm) so that the water is distributed evenly over a wide surface area. Construction: The portafilter is made up of two parts, the handle and the filter holder. The handle is made of high quality plastic. The heavy chrome plated brass filter holder keeps the temperature stable throughout the entire brewing process, therefore producing a quality cup of espresso.

Commercial Brewing Group

This is the portion of the machine that the portafilter locks into. It is made of chrome plated marine brass which provides a superior brewing environment through maximum heat stability and component longevity.

Boiler

The Gaggia boiler system is very unique. It is designed of highly conductive aluminum with two heating elements. The heating elements are embedded into the exterior sides of the boiler, providing even heat distribution. Having the highest wattage system available, incorporated into a low volume boiler (3.5 ounces) provides excellent temperature stability and will heat up quicker.

3 Way Solenoid Valve

The three-way solenoid valve is a commercial feature that relieves the water pressure off the coffee when the brew switch is turned off. This serves two functions; it dries out the coffee to prevent dripping and makes it easy to knock the coffee out of the portafilter with one knock.

High Quality Controls with Temperature Ready Light

The Classic contains three rocker arm switches. The one on the left is the main power switch. It has an indicator light built into it that is illuminated whenever the machine is turned on. The middle switch is the steam switch. When turned on it will heat the boiler up to steam temperature. The far right switch operates the pump and is also known as the brew switch. To start the brewing process just turn on the brew switch, wait until you have reached your desired volume and then turn off the switch. There is an indicator light built in that is illuminated whenever the boiler reaches operating temperature.

Cup Warmer

Preheating your cups is very important. The Classic has a cup warmer that will hold up to five espresso cups. It is a passive type heater which means it is heated with the residual heat from the boiler.

Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water

Hot Water Dispenser

If you want hot water for any reason, be it Hot Chocolate, Tea or Americanos it is very easy to do. Just turn on the pump (brew) switch and open the steam knob. Hot water will start to stream out.

Improved Pannarello Steam Wand

The Gaggia Classic comes equipped with a new Pannarello steam wand. The new design makes great froth every time with no problems.

Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance & Other

Water Reservoir

The large removable 64oz reservoir can be refilled from the top any time during the operation, for an endless supply of coffee.

ESE Pod Capable

Comes ready to use with pods or ground coffee. Use the single shot filter basket with Easy Serve Espresso (ESE) pods. Pods are single serve prepackaged shots that are designed to be quick and clean.

Thermostat and Safety Switches

The Gaggia has three temperature controls. There are two thermostats and one high limit. There is one thermostat for maintaining brew temperature and one for maintaining steam temperature. The high limit will turn off the power to the boiler in the event of a malfunction thus preventing the boiler from overheating.

Housing Construction

The Classic is made of stainless steel for extreme durability and a professional appearance. The drip tray is chrome plated while the drip grate and pan are made of a durable plastic.

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Ollie asked:

Hello, I have had my Gaggia for less than a year. I noticed today that I have hard time moving the handle to the right to lock into position. It worked before and now it seems very 'tight'. With or without coffee, the same issue with turning the handle. Do you know why? Nothing is 'stuck' in the...

Answer by Sanfam:

Have you attempted fully dismantling and cleaning the brew head components?  odds are, some coffee has accumulated around there and is making for a rough attachment.  Alternatively (and less likely), the group gasket may be drying out or wearing down prematurely.  As these typically have a 2-ish...

Cara asked:

Hi,

I'm in the market for a new espresso machine (upgrading from a low-end De Longhi model). Could you run through a comparison between the Gaggia Classic Brushed Stainless Steel Semi-Automatic vs. the Gaggia Brera Espresso?

Thanks,

Espresso Newby

Answer by Erik:

The Gaggia Classic is a semi automatic machine and would require preground espresso or a grinder.  The Gaggia Brera has a superautomatic machine that has a built in grinder and would grind, tamp and brew your coffee and espresso for you.  You would have more flexibility to adjust settings with...

Answer by Cara:

Thanks Eric. I'd love to know more about what 'things' specifically besides the grinding I'd be able to do with the classic. I do have a grinder that I'm happy with, so that's not an issue.

 

thanks,

Cara

johnny asked:

I just unpacked my machine, and there are a couple different modifications to the directions, and I'm not sure which one to follow. One of them states that "this machine includes a variation on the accessories supplied. The ground coffee filters (1 cup and 2 cups) and the pod filter have been...

Answer by Sanfam:

Honestly, I would suggest disregarding the included instructions and watching this video instead.  It will give you a much more clear impression of what's different between the three baskets.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSZR7YwPFvA

Answer by johnny:

Thank you for the link. Along with another video clip that I watched, it has helped to clear up some of the inconsistency of the user's manual and supplements. 

Hello, can you let me know what I should purchase in order to clean/descale and backflush the Gaggia Classic?  Looks like I need a blind filer, but then I'm not sure if the cleaning solution for cleaning/descaling and backflushing is the same.

Answer by Sanfam:

To descale a Gaggia Classic, you'd be best off using either the Gaggia Liquid Decalcifier, or Durgol Swiss Espresso Descaler.  Each of these are aluminum-safe, and therefore compatible with the boiler used by your machine.  For backflushing, look into Urnex Cafiza, a powdered backflush detergent....

I received a Gaggia Classic as a gift, and I'm having trouble figuring out the filter basket part. Three baskets are included: 2 of them seem similar (both have a .7" diameter grid on the bottom), while the third has a grid the same width as the interior grid.  

One (or two?) of these I assume...

Answer by mjackson:

It does seem confusing. The two baskets with small pin holes are to be used with the plastic pin. The small one for pods or single shot, the larger for double shots. You use these baskest if you dont have a true espresso grinder that will make the coffee fine enough. These baskets will help you...

irishivor asked:

I just recieved my new unit yesterday, pulled a shot last night and had a great dry puck.  Pulled shots this AM and every one was wet, why isn't the solenoid working correctly?  Does tamping pressure or length of shot pull affect it engaging when I switch off the pump?

Answer by Erik:

This would be a great question for our technical support team.  They can be reached at 1-888-411-5282 option 3

R David asked:

I have a gaggia classic with a rubber insert in the portafilter. This has just torn. Can you help me find replacement part? Thanks  Rich

Answer by Todd Salzman:

Gaggia does not produce that rubber disc any longer. They now have a “pressurized filter basket” that does the same thing. You can find it at this link.  http://www.wholelattelove.com/Gaggia/ga_pressurized_filter_basket.cfm

szaffa asked:

Hi Guys,

Does Gaggia Classic come with a tamper or do I have to buy it separately? And if so can you please advise what's the best tamper in terms of value/cost.

Thanks,Pawel

Answer by Erik:

This machine does come with a plastic tamper but I would recommend upgrading it to something more substantial.  If you are looking for the best tamper as far as value/cost is concerned it would be the Rattleware Tamper.  You will need a 58 mm tamper and it can be found at the link...

DT asked:

Our Gaggia is about 1 year old.   After making the coffee, the coffee holder is extremely moist and still has water in it. Before, it was relatively dry.  Also, the ready indicator oftens goes off after it is on. I am wondering if the water is not getting hot enough or the pressure is not strong...

Answer by DT:

I did give the group head a cleaning but it did not help. I guess the next step is to give it a good descaling. I will proivde an update on how goes after the descaling.

Answer by techkathy:

Have you descaled the machien recently?  Give the group head a good cleaning and descale.  This should help clear up the solenoid valve.  

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oGwJuJ65Dk

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSXC3zuHbNU

Doug W asked:

Is the Double spout separable from the filter handle? Looks like it should unscrew for making one cup. Can't unscrew it 

Answer by Louis-Jordan:

Thank you for your question. Yes, this spout is unscrewable, and can actually be switched out for a single spout. The spout is pretty firmly attached when you receive the portafilter from the manufacturer, so you might need to secure the portafilter with a c-clamp and use a wrench to unscrew it....

Answer by DanielCulver:

The reason they are hard to unscrew is because Gaggia uses Loc-Tight or similiar product so that the double spout remains in a fixed position. Beside the method listed above, I prefer to find the closest fitting phillips (or similiar) screw drive that will pass thru the center diffuser hole (the...

Rex Heck asked:

I have had a Gaggia Classic for about 3 months.  When I brew an espresso with ESE pods it takes more than a minute to make a single shot.  I tried brewing without a pod in the filter and it takes less than 10 secondsl to make a shot.  Any suggestions on how to speed up the process?  By thie time...

Answer by Louis-Jordan:

Thank you for your question. It sounds like your pressurized filter might be blocked. There are a couple of ways to clean it. You can soak it in some descaler and hot water for half an hour. You can also drop the basket in a pot of boiling water. You can also take a needle or a pin and poke the...

Steve Meyer asked:

What kind of warranty do you have on refurbished espresso machines like the Gaggia Classic?

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

Hello,
 

Thank you for the question.  The refurbished model comes with a 6 month warranty.

john asked:

I've owned this machine for over three years, and I cant get a consistently good shot.

-I have thoroughly cleaned and descaled the machine carefully following instructions.

-I am using a Rancillio rocky grinder, which has clean burrs and seems to work perfectly.

-For a double shot I...

Answer by daniel948:

I had similar issues with my Gaggia Classic and it all got down to bad grinders. I had a Baratza Preciso, purchased directly from the manufacturer (refurb) and I was seeing the exact same thing. My double shoots (18 grams) were running fast in about 13 seconds. If I went to almost 0-2 setting...

Answer by john:

Thanks so much Daniel- this is what I've suspected even though its been a constant problem with my Rancillo Rocky- I'll look into getting the grinder refurbished/replaced and take it from there. Good to know the machine is capable of pulling great shots.

 

Answer by Juan Barreda:

I have had mine for about three yrs, cleaned it, it is not performing as before, coffee shots bitter, tried diferent settings on my grinder, if the setting is at the espresso number, it clogs, if I set it back to acourser grind it works, but not enough crema and sometimes bitter, what is up with...

Patrick asked:

how much should I dilute the descaling solution?

Answer by Sanfam:

With any descaling solution, always dilute it as per the manufacturers' instructions.  These vary from one brand to another, but are typically found on the packaging.

Patrick asked:

how much should I dilute the descaler

Answer by Sanfam:

Unfortunately, the amount of dillution varies from one product to another.  Rather than worry about it from the perspective of the machine, try to find the suggested dillution from the manufacturer's packaging for the descaling solution you are trying to use.

Hello, do you have this model or another gaggia machine that it works with a 220V? I'm from Chile and I'm very interested in this model or somthing similar, but I have de voltage compatibility problem (here we use 220V). I really appreciate any suggestion. Thanks!

Answer by Sanfam:

At this time, we only have these machines available in US-friendly configurations; That is to say, 110V at 60hz, with a standard US AC plug on the cord.

Hello, is this the model:  14101 ?

 

in your specs it states that it has a 15 bar pump. in other places they say 17.5 bar pump, can you please confirm the bar preassure of the pump ?

 

Awaiting yours,

Best regards,

 

 

Gianfranco

Answer by Erik:

Our listing is correct.  This machine is a 15 bar pump.  Please see the link to the Gaggia website here http://www.gaggia.com/e/machines.manual.RI9303_01.specifications.html

bar12 asked:

Hello, we have a Gaggia Clasic that we have been using for about 13 months.  Here within the last month it seems to pressure to make the shots has decreased dramatically to the point where it barely drips out.  We had not changed the grind or anything when this started so when it started pulling...

Answer by DanielCulver:

Most likely you are experiencing the symptoms of advanced scale buildup. If you haven't descaled this machine in the past 6-8 weeks, then that is the first step. It is important to use a proper descaling solution. I personally prefer...

Nandor asked:

Hello,

Is there a possibility to place a water filter in the gaggia classic's water reservoir. 

Thank You

Nandor

Answer by Maggie:

Nandor, thank you for your post.  We unfortunately do not have a water filter that will work with the Gaggia Classic.  

Hi, for some strange reason, It seems that my Gaggia Classic suddendly lost pressure... I poured a shot early morning and everything went right. I tried to pour another shot a couple of hours ago and suddendly pressure was much lower. Grinding in the second shot was actually a little coarser (I...

Answer by Antonino Tumeo:

Thanks for the suggestions, looks like you figured it out correctly. It looks like that I somehow did something wrong (not sure what, the shot where I experienced low pressure was, paradoxically, with the "safe settings", where I returned after the early morning shot with finer grinding - not...

Answer by DanielCulver:

First impression, without more information, is that your grind was more than a little coarser; perhaps much courser. Go back to original grind for comparision. This machine is usually VERY reliable so first place to look for solutions is changes in your bahavior (no criticism intended). If the...

Answer by DanielCulver:

Antonino, that is the glory of making your own espresso. Just when you have it handled, you can totally blow it, with just one small change. This may sound a bit arrogant but I have found a solution that works for me. I own several machines, all Gaggia. Two Achille manuals and a Classic. I use...

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Misc Data
Manufacturer: Gaggia
Model: 14101
Specifications
Dimension - Width (Inches): 8
Dimension - Height (Inches): 14.2
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 9.5
Weight (lbs): 20
Watts: 1425
Volts: 110
Housing
Housing Materials: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Material: Plastic
Drip Tray Cover Material: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Capacity (Oz): 16
Power Cord Length (Inches): 44
Cup Height
Adjustable Height: No
High (Inches): 3.25
One Touch cappuccino
One Touch Cappuccino: No
Frothing Wand
Material: Plastic
Steam Wand Style: Pannarello
Wand Movement: Rotating
Usable Length (Inches): 3.75
Height Off Counter (Inches): 4
Number Of Holes: 1
Optional Steam Tips Or Wands: Latte art Pannarello
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 72
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Reservoir Removable: Yes
Water Level Visible: Yes
Controls
Type Of Controls: Rocker
Cup Warmer
Material: Stainless Steel
Size (Inches): 7 x 5
Passive / Active: Passive
Portafilter Data
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Type: Commercial Style
Weight (lbs): 1
Diameter (Millimeter): 58
Commercial Filter Baskets Included: 2
Pressurized Filter Baskets Included: Single/Pod & Double shot
Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible: Ground & ESE Pod
Bottomless Portafilter Available: Yes
Tamper Size (Millimeter): 58
Brew Group
Material: Chrome Plated Brass
Three-Way Valve: Yes
Capsule / Pod Friendly: Pod
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers: 1
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Type: Small Volume
Brew Boiler Watts: 1370
Brew boiler Volume (Oz): 3.5
Brew Boiler Material: Aluminum
Brew Boiler Orientation: Vertical
Brew Boiler Heater Location: External
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Pump Wattage: 55
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 15
Self Priming Pump: Yes
Performance
Initial Heat Up (Seconds): 65
Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds): 420
Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup): 176
Brew Time for 2 Oz: 25
Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup): 174
Time To Produce Steam (Seconds): 39
Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds): 32
Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F): 168
Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds): 11
Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds): 17
Sound Level - Brewing (Db): 63
Maintenance
Descaler Used: Gaggia Descaler or Urnex Cleancaf
Details
Warranty (Years): 2
Country Of Manufacture: Italy
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home
Service provided
Repairs By: Whole Latte Love
Contact Number: 888-411-5282

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