The fire engine red ABS housing of the Gaggia Espresso Color may be what makes it stand out on your counter, but the crema-topped espresso it brews will be what makes it stand out in your memory. Gaggia has outdone itself again – the Gaggia Espresso Color features a stainless steel boiler for top notch heat retention, while its pump produces a maximum of 15 bars of pressure to ensure that your espresso is brewed properly. Add in a portafilter with single shot, double shot, and pod filter baskets, and you’re ready for sophisticated, convenient, and great tasting espresso.
Features & Benefits: Coffee
Housing and Design
The Gaggia Espresso Color features an easy to use control panel. From left to right you have the coffee/hot water button, the green ready indicator light, the steam valve knob, and the steam button. Each has an icon, so you always know which is which. The Espresso Color is housed in red ABS plastic, a durable material that wipes down easily with a damp cloth. Inside is the stainless steel boiler, which provides the necessary heat to brew and steam for a cappuccino, latte, espresso, or americano.
Your first step to brewing is deciding pods, single shot, or double shot? Select the appropriate filter basket, add coffee, and tamp down on the grounds using the included tamper. Your machine is ready to brew when the brew indicator light illuminates, so insert your portafilter into the chrome plated brass filter holder and press the coffee/hot water button to start the brewing process. Coffee will begin dispensing. When you have your desired amount, press the switch again to stop the flow of water.
Coffee Pod Option
The included pod filter basket fits ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods, so you can always choose between the convenience of pods or the control afforded by grinding and tamping your own beans. Pods are single servings of ground and tamped espresso, saving you time if you’re in a rush.
Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water
Frothing and Steaming
The Gaggia Espresso Color’s Pannarello steam wand attachment works to inject steam into your milk, making frothing and steaming for a cappuccino or latte simple. To steam, press the steam switch and wait for the temperature ready light to illuminate. Place your frothing pitcher under the steam nozzle, and open the steam valve knob to release steam. The more you turn the knob, the greater your steam pressure. When you have finished frothing and steaming – this shouldn’t exceed 60 seconds – close the steam knob and press the steam switch again.
As long as the machine is at brewing temperature, it can also dispense hot water. Open the steam knob, and press the hot water/coffee switch to dispense hot water out of the steam wand for an americano, tea, or cocoa. When you have your desired amount of water, close the steam knob and press the hot water/coffee switch again.
Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance, and Other
The removable water reservoir holds 42 oz of water and is located in the back of the machine – simply lift up to remove. Gaggia recommends using filtered or bottled water to prevent scale buildup on the Color’s brewing components. When descaling is necessary, use Gaggia descaler for the best results.
Cleaning: Drip Tray and Cover, Steam Wand, and Brew Group
A red level indicator rises when the drip tray fills, and when it becomes visible it’s time to empty the drip tray. The drip tray and cover can be rinsed with water to remove any coffee residue. The body of the machine can be wiped down with a damp cloth when needed, and the steam wand can be cleaned with a damp cloth to keep it free of milk residue. Remember to clean the filter holder and filter in warm water after each use, and the shower disk should be unscrewed and cleaned periodically, depending on frequency of use.
The Gaggia Espresso Color comes with a detailed instruction manual, portafilter, single shot basket, double shot basket, pod basket, filter, tamper, measuring spoon, and warranty.
|Dimension - Width (Inches):||8.3|
|Dimension - Height (Inches):||14|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches):||10.8|
|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):||3.5 to 4.5|
|Number Of Holes:||1|
|Optional Steam Tips Or Wands:||Latte art Pannarello|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed:||Reservoir|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz):||42|
|Water Level Visible:||Yes|
|Water Filter:||Mavea intenza|
|Type Of Controls:||Push Button|
|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|
|Capsule / Pod Friendly:||Pod|
|Number Of Boilers:||1|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type:||Small Volume|
|Brew Boiler Watts:||1100|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz):||9|
|Brew Boiler Material:||Stainless Steel|
|Brew Boiler Orientation:||Vertical|
|Brew Boiler Heater Location:||Internal|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar):||15|
|Self Priming Pump:||Yes|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds):||1 min|
|Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds):||7 min|
|Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup):||177|
|Brew Time for 2 Oz:||25|
|Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup):||175|
|Time To Produce Steam (Seconds):||0|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds):||24|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F):||164|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds):||13|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds):||52|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db):||78|
|Descaler Used:||Gaggia Descaler or Urnex Cleancaf|
|Water Filter:||Mavea intenza|
|Warranty (Years):||6 Months|
|Country Of Manufacture:||Italy|
|Repairs By:||Whole Latte Love|
The leak ussually occurs because the plastic parts in the gasket are glued together and don't hold up to heat for very long. Has that been addressed as part of the refurb process?
While the part has not changed, this sort of failure isn't due to the two-piece assembly, but is most often the result of comining over-tightening the portafilter with heavy use of the steam function, allowing the the super-heated brew head to conduct heat into the portafilter and out to the rails.
I have been researching espresso machines and am really confused about which one to buy. Since I am a novice at this, I do not want to put a lot of money into it, but I do want a good cup of espresso. I am pretty much a latte or cappuccino drinker and am tired of spending $5 for a starbucks. I have narrowed it down to a DeLonghi 155 or a Gaggia, but cannot afford a new Gaggia. The Gaggia seems to be of better quality.That is why I am looking at refurbished ones. Can you advise me, please. I would like to know where the refurbished ones come from, why were they refurbished and how long the model will last. My guess is that a refurbished one would not last as long as a new one. Is that a correct assumption or not? Please help this poor lady find the right machine for her pocketbook which is less than $150 and one that will last me and not break in a short amount of time. Thank you so much!
Hi Debbie, buying refurbished is a good choice when you are purchasing your first machine and Gaggia makes very high quality machines. Any of the Refurbished Gaggia machines in your price point are great beginner machines. Here is a link to a helpful video on refurbished machines that should answer your questions: http://community.wholelattelove.com/videos/1842/certified-refurbished-espresso-machines-from-whole-latte-love
I'm interested in the gaggia color , and I'd like to know 1. Is the refurbished machine still as good as a brand new one , will I still have warranty?
2. Can I use my own ground coffee, or is this for pods only?
First and foremost, expect the same performance out of a refurbished model as a new machine, with only minor wear-and-tear on the body. Refurbished Gaggia Espresso Color models purchased through us ship out with a 6 month limited warranty fulfilled by Whole Latte Love. Regarding coffee types, both will work fine; You can use ground coffee or pods and can freely switch between them.
I replaced the group gasket because of a leak every time I pull a shot. When I did a test run, the pressure moved the portafilter and the new gasket leaks more than the old one. I opened the machine and tried again just in case I made a mistake and the same thing happened again. Any ideas or trouble shooting please.
First did you get the correct group gasket, did you remove the old one completely and was it perfectly clean, did you put it in beveled side down? If you have a question contact us.