Ok so you just received your new semi-automatic machine and are getting ready to make a nice cappuccino. You have watched the local Barista, done your online research and have quickly come to the conclusion that you are getting conflicting information on how to properly make a cappuccino or latte with your new machine. In some instances, you may have seen the drinks being made by brewing your espresso and then steaming and frothing your milk. Likewise, you may have also watched videos that show a latte being made in a glass cup where the espresso is being poured into the steamed milk. So which is it you might ask. "Do I brew first or do I steam first"? The consensus with our team here is that it is better to steam/froth your milk first and then brew your espresso. This especially holds true when using a single boiler espresso machine like the Gaggia Classic or Rancilio Silvia. This serves three main purposes: First, it is much more fast to make a latte or cappuccino by cooling the machine to brew after steaming then to wait for the machine to heat to steam after brewing. You can very quickly have the machine ready to brew simply by switching to the brew button and running hot water through the steam arm. The wand will change from producing steam to producing hot water very fast. Once you have hot water instead of steam you are ready to brew. This should take mere seconds with most mid level semis like the Gaggia machines. Second, it is better for the machine and its internal components to be at the cooler brew temperature then the hotter steam temperature. In fact, Rancilio states in their manual that the steps mentioned in point one is necessary in the normal operation to prevent the machine from burning out heating elements and boilers. Third, performing step one with the mid level semi-automatic machines is a great way to maintain a relatively consistent temperature when brewing. If you start brewing at about the same time after the steam turns to hot water you can maintain a consistent brew temperature with every shot. This is something known as temperature surfing which is a topic all of its own.
Gaggia Evolution Espresso Machine in Silver
|1x 1 Year Extended Warranty||$0.00|
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One of the newest additions to the Gaggia family introduces the new sleek lines of the Evolution. The housing may be revolutionary but we can thank Gaggia for not messing with a good thing as they kept the internal components the same. The high wattage dual heating element boiler has about the quickest heat up time in the industry. The 55 watt pump has power to spare, and is mounted on vibration resistant rubber mounts. The reservoir is easy to fill. Slide it to the left and pour the water in. You don’t have to remove it from the machine. Gaggia has been tested and approved for use with the world famous Illy pods. Gaggia’s new Turbo-Frother frothing wand is designed to help you get great froth with minimum fuss. The controls are simple and have all the necessary temperature ready lights. Use this espresso machine to its fullest, and each cup will be creamy, tasty, robust, and rich with flavor. The Evolution includes two stainless steel filter baskets (one and two shot), coffee tamper, and 7g measuring scoop. Available in Black.
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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.
The Gaggia boiler system is very unique. It is designed of highly conductive aluminum with two heating elements. The heating elements are imbedded 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.
High Quality Controls with Temperature Ready Light
The Evolution has three rocker arm switches. The one on the top is the main power switch. The middle one is the steam switch that when turned on, will heat the boiler to steam temperature. The bottom switch operates the pump and is known as the brew switch. To start the brewing process, just turn on the switch, wait until you have reached your desired volume and then turn off the switch. There is an indicator light that is illuminated whenever the boiler is up to operating temperature.
The Evolution has a small, two cup warmer. It is a passive type heater which means it is heated from the residual heat of 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.
The Evolution comes equipped with a new Turbo Frothing steam wand. The new design makes great froth every time with no problems.
Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance & Other
The large removable 44oz reservoir can be refilled from the side of the machine.
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 Evolution has three temperature controls. There are two thermostats and one high limit. There is one thermostat for maintaining brewing temperature and one for maintaining steaming temperature. The high limit will turn off the power to the boiler in the event of a malfunction this will prevent the boiler from over heating.
The entire housing is made of a high-impact, heat resistant polycarbonate. The drip grate is made of stainless steel.
I bought my Evolution in Aug 2012 and love it. Several months ago we noticed the espresso spout slowed to a trickle. The steaming wand always worked well. We tried the air lock solution but that wasn't it. We've bought the Gaggia de-calcifying soluiton. That solves the problem. The mystery is that it only works well for about a month after using the de-calcifying solution. Over the past few months we've decalcified the Evolution 3 times. We've lived in the same house for the 2 years we've owned our Evolution. Our water source is the same, we are on a well and have a water softener. Any idea what the problem is after the Evolution worked perfectly for 1.5 years? We've thought about using distilled water, but can't imagine why the sudden change. Truth be told, we hadn't de-scaled it at all until the problems started.
Susan, I have several Gaggia machines, not an Evolution, but if it has the usual Gaggia group then you sometimes need to clean just the shower in the group. If you look in the group underneath where you twist the portafilter in, you will see a round piece of stainless steel that has a lot of small holes in it. There should be a phillips head screw in the center. You will need a short handle phillips screw drive with a number 2 size tip, remove the screen and clean it thuroughly. I use some dish soap and a large artist brush normally used for oil painting. In my experience the more complicated the Gaggia the more fine coffee grounds will trap in the screen. When you replace the screen you don't need to tighten it too severly, just snug.
I too am on well water with a softener for iron. I have to clean screens every 2-3 weeks, but descale only every 4-6 monthes. This is based on many years of experience. I was able to reduce my cleaning and improve the taste of my coffee by adding an Easy Water conditioner to my system (no connect to them, I just like the product) and giving it a few months to clean up the pipes. Easy Water system don't replace the water softener like some people believe, it just reduces the electrical attraction of the minerals allowing them to pass thru the system instead of attaching to your pipes, including your coffee machine (I could go on, but that isn't the point). Some people say that using distilled water can make your coffee taste flat. I personally thought it reduced the crema when I tried it, but it is subjective to say for sure. If you continue to have problems with the descaling not producing lasting results, you may have to experiment with how long you let it soak in the machine. I personally have had the best results with http://www.wholelattelove.com/Durgol/durgol_swiss_espresso.cfm.
Does it have a single serve option? How many oz. of espresso does it put out?
The Evolution does come with single shot and double shot filter baskets. It does not have a preset shot length though, so you can control how much water extracts through the coffee for each shot you pull.
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|Dimension - Width (Inches):||8.7|
|Dimension - Height (Inches):||13.4|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches):||10.6|
|Housing Materials:||ABS Plastic|
|Drip Tray Material:||Plastic|
|Drip Tray Cover Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz):||6|
|Power Cord Length (Inches):||44|
|One Touch cappuccino|
|One Touch Cappuccino:||No|
|Steam Wand Style:||Pannarello|
|Usable Length (Inches):||3.75|
|Height Off Counter (Inches):||3.25|
|Number Of Holes:||1|
|Optional Steam Tips Or Wands:||Latte art Pannarello|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed:||Reservoir|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz):||44|
|Water Level Visible:||Yes|
|Type Of Controls:||Push Button|
|Size (Inches):||6 x 4|
|Passive / Active:||Passive|
|Material:||Chrome Plated Brass|
|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|
|Material:||Chrome Plated Brass|
|Capsule / Pod Friendly:||Pod|
|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|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar):||15|
|Self Priming Pump:||Yes|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds):||1.3 mins|
|Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds):||7 mins|
|Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup):||171|
|Brew Time for 2 Oz:||25|
|Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup):||169|
|Time To Produce Steam (Seconds):||45|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds):||38|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F):||151|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds):||29|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds):||26|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db):||64|
|Descaler Used:||Gaggia Descaler or Urnex Cleancaf|
|Country Of Manufacture:||Italy|
|Repairs By:||Whole Latte Love|