When I found out that some customers were having difficulty with their Gaggia for illy machines I knew I had to do something about it. People who drink coffee brewed with iperEspresso capsules expect it to be a quick and hassle free experience. That's exactly how it should be. In this blog I'd like to address the issue some customers have had with priming their machines before brewing. The Gaggia For illy Plus Single Serve Espresso Machine is similar to other coffee machines that use capsules, cartridges, k-cups or E.S.E. pods in that it can't brew without first priming its water system. This simply means that it needs to take a bit of water from the reservoir before it can brew. You will know that the machine needs to be primed if the hot water and brew button lamps on top of the machine are flashing. If your Gaggia For illy needs to be primed, simply follow these steps to get it ready to brew again: Fill the water reservoir located on the left side of the machine with fresh clean water and replace it. Be sure to push firmly from the bottom of the reservoir to make sure it's inserted all the way. If you push from the top, there is a good chance that it will not be inserted properly. On the top of the machine, the espresso and steam button lamps should both be blinking. Ready to steam Place a cup underneath the hot water wand and turn the dial on top of the machine to the steam position. Be sure to turn the dial until it clicks. The machine will begin siphoning water from the reservoir into the boiler and through the wand. Once enough water has been siphoned, the steam button lamp will shut off and the espresso button lamp will stop blinking. Return the dial to the off position. Your machine is now primed and ready to brew. Ready to brew! If you want to use your Gaggia for illy to make steam, follow these simple instructions: Press and hold the steam button for a few seconds and release it, it should start blinking. Once the buttons' lamp stops blinking, the machine is ready to steam. To begin steaming, turn the dial to the steam position until it clicks. dial in steam position Please note that before steaming, the machine will purge the remaining water in the boiler through the wand so it is important to purge into the drip tray or an empty cup before steaming so that the water does not go into your milk. Purge into empty cup or drip tray. When you are done steaming, return the dial to the off position and press and hold the steam button for a few seconds. When you release it, the steam button and espresso button lamps should both be blinking. Turn the dial back to the steam position until it clicks, the machine will siphon water from the reservoir to prime itself again. Once the steam button lamp turns off and the espresso button lamp stops blinking, return the dial to the off position. Switch clicked to off position. Your machine is now primed and ready to brew. If the steam or espresso button lamps are ever blinking on your machine, it is important that you either turn it off or prime it. While the button lamps flash, the machine's boiler is heating up and if left unattended, it can easily blow a fuse if allowed to do so for too long. Also, to ensure that the water you are using is fresh, whenever you are finished using the machine, remove and empty the water reservoir and purge the remaining water in the boiler through the steam wand. By following these steps, you can keep your Gaggia for illy machine brewing without a hitch.
Gaggia For illy Plus Single Serve Espresso Machine
|1x Illy iperEspresso Medium Roast||$17.99|
OverviewBack to Top
The Gaggia for illy Plus single-serve espresso machine brews authentic Italian espresso using the world-famous iperEspresso capsules. The result of collaboration between two of Italy’s most respected coffee and espresso authorities, the Gaggia for illy does not disappoint. This unique machine utilizes an advanced two-phase extraction process that delivers consistent, crema-rich coffee and espresso every time.
Designed with the home-user in mind, the Gaggia for illy Plus has a small, space-saving frame and simple-to-use push button controls. Thanks to a Mavea water filtration system, your beverages will always taste fresh. This unit has a Pannarello steam wand for one-stop cappuccino and lattes. Additionally, the cup stand can be raised or lowered to accommodate different sized cup and glasses. Consider the Gaggia for illy Plus if you’re looking for a convenient coffee solution. This single-serve espresso machine comes with a one-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
FeaturesBack to Top
The Gaggia for Illy Plus has a 15-bar pump and stainless steel boiler for quick operation. To brew, simply insert your choice of iperEspresso capsule and press the brew button, located at the top of the machine. A programmable beverage volume button allows you to customize drink sizes. The Gaggia for Illy Plus automatically prepares and dispenses the beverage right into your cup. Spent capsules are discarded into an iperEspresso container, capable of holding up to 12 capsules.
Illy’s iperEspresso capsules are pre-measured and packaged for convenient brewing. Illy has created these capsules to yield rich, persistent crema that lasts up to three times longer than comparable capsules and pods. The iperEspresso system is used in some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, restaurants and cafes
Steaming and Frothing
The Gaggia for Illy Plus has a no-burn Pannarello steam wand, capable of creating steamed and frothed milk for cappuccinos and lattes as well as dispensing hot water for teas. The steam wand can be swiveled, allowing it to accommodate different cup sizes.
The one-liter water reservoir utilizes a Mavea Water Filter, a four-stage system that purifies and removes tap water impurities for great tasting beverages. The water filtration system also helps to reduce mineral and scale buildup.
Housing and Construction
The Gaggia for Illy Plus has a shiny black body made of ABS plastic. The famous iperEspresso flower is carved into the front panel of the machine. A height adjustable cup holder lets you raise and lower the stand, as needed, to accommodate different cup sizes.
SpecsBack to Top
|Model:||Gaggia For Illy|
|Dimension - Width (Inches):||8.5|
|Dimension - Height (Inches):||10.5|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches):||13|
|Housing Materials:||ABS Plastic|
|Drip Tray Material:||Plastic|
|Drip Tray Cover Material:||Plastic|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz):||2|
|Drain Line Adaptable:||No|
|Spent Coffee Capacity (Dregs Drawer):||16-20 Capsules|
|Power Cord Length (Inches):||36|
|One Touch cappuccino|
|One Touch Cappuccino Or Milk Carafe:||No|
|Steam Wand Style:||Pannarello|
|Usable Length (Inches):||4.25|
|Height Off Counter (Inches):||2.5|
|No Burn Wand:||Yes|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed:||Reservoir|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz):||33|
|Water Level Visible:||No|
|Stand Alone Frother|
|Type Of Controls:||Push Button|
|Display Type:||Indicator Lights|
|Cup Volume Control:||No|
|Size (Inches):||6" X 2.5"|
|Passive / Active:||Passive|
|Capsule / Pod Friendly:||Capsule|
|Number Of Boilers:||1|
|Brew And Steam Simultaneously:||No|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type:||Thermoblock|
|Brew Boiler Watts:||1350|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz):||Low|
|Brew Boiler Material:||Stainless Steel Lined Aluminum|
|Brew Boiler Auto Fill:||Yes|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar):||15|
|Self Priming Pump:||Yes|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds):||90|
|Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup):||187|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds):||163|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds):||163|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db):||79|
|Descaler Used:||Urnex Cleancaf|
|Country Of Manufacture:||China|
|Recommended Applications:||Home Use|
|Repairs By:||Whole Latte Love|
The Gaggia for Illy Plus Single Serve Espresso machine is the culmination of a joint venture between two of Italy's most respected coffee authorities. At first, Gaggia and Illy may seem like strange bedfellows but, upon reflection, the partnership makes perfect sense. Gaggia brings to the table its vast engineering expertise and rich history. After all, it was Achille Gaggia who invented the first espresso machine. With over 50 years of espresso innovation, Gaggia has earned its place as the #1 manufacturer of home espresso machines in Italy. Gaggia's partner, Illy, has an unmatched reputation for delivering premium coffee and espresso; in fact, 2 million cups of Illy coffee are served daily in Italy, a true testament to the brand's popularity. One of Illy's most significant contributions to the espresso industry has been its invention of the revolutionary iperEspresso system. Unlike most single-serve systems, iperEspresso capsules use a patented two-step extraction process to ensure maximum flavor, aroma and crema extraction. Since the brewing process is self-contained within the individual capsules, you won't run the risk of contaminating your machine with residual coffee. iperEspresso capsules are available in medium, dark and decaf roasts. So, what do you get when you combine the efforts of Italy's leading espresso authorities? The Gaggia for Illy Plus, of course! This groundbreaking machine is designed especially for the iperEspresso system and it brews espresso so good you won't believe your drink came from a capsule. It's one thing to streamline and simplify the brewing process, but it's rare for single-serve espresso to taste as good as its hand-brewed brethrens. Standard Operating Procedure Once you insert an iperEspresso capsule into the machine and press the brew button, the Gaggia for Illy will pre-infuse the coffee to bring forth its full flavor and aroma. The espresso will, then, be extracted and dispensed from the capsule's patented e-valve. Coffee is never exposed to the Gaggia for Illy Plus, so there's no post-brew cleanup to speak of and your drink is guaranteed to be completely pure. After your beverage has been extracted, the Gaggia for Illy Plus automatically discards the capsule into a dedicated container, so you're free to simply walk away and enjoy your espresso. Steam it up Like all Gaggia machines, the Gaggia for Illy Plus has pretty impressive steaming and frothing capabilities. In fact, Gaggia didn't scrimp on this single serve unit; it comes outfitted with the famous no-burn Pannarello steam wand. You'll be able to create rich steam and froth for lattes and cappuccino; it's the best of both worlds—the convenience of a single-serve machine with the steaming capabilities of a semi automatic. The Details Now that you have an idea of what the Gaggia for Illy Plus can do, here's how it does it...This machine is powered by a 15-bar pump and robust stainless steel boiler. The brew button is programmable to allow the Gaggia for Illy Plus to adapt to your preferences. You can set the brewing duration and subsequently drink volume by pressing and holding the brew button; this is one of the unique features that distinguishes the Gaggia for Illy Plus from its peers. Also exclusive to the Gaggia for Illy Plus is the adjustable cup holder and drip tray; it can be raised or lowered to make room for cups and mugs of all sizes. Water purification comes courtesy of a Mavea filter, which removes minerals from the contents of the one-liter reservoir to prevent scale buildup. If you've ever wanted to try a single-serve espresso machine, take the jump with the Gaggia for Illy Plus. The compact footprint of this machine makes it perfect for home use or stash it in your desk at the office and be prepared when a caffeine emergency strikes! Want to see the Gaggia for Illy Plus in action? Take a moment to watch our YouTube video.