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Gaggia Baby Class Espresso Machine

By: Gaggia
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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.


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.


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


Ok so I'm not a complete newbie when it comes to espresso. I've worked as a barista in the past for several years. I decided to get my own machine to save money (I drink between 4 and 6 shots a day). I have a Gaggia Baby Class and am using the Breville smart grinder. I also use fresh roasted coffee. I'm using the grinder on the finest setting recommended for espresso also. No matter how well I tamp my shot and no matter what I seem to do I can't seem to pull a decent shot of espresso. The shot comes out muddy looking and amells burnt. Also the top of the puck looks like wet mud. I just don't know what I'm doing wrong. I've also tried using lavazza preground espresso and it did the same thing. I'm ready to give up I'm so discouraged. 

Answer by Sanfam:

If the shot comes out smelling "burned," I would suggest trying a brief cooling flush before pulling the shot; That is, allowing some water to rinse out through the brew head for 2-4 seconds with the portafilter removed, then attaching the filter (loaded with coffee) and brewing normally.  Additionally, you may want to try stepping up slightly in coarsness (just a notch) to ensure that the grounds aren't over-extracting.  Too fine a grind can result in sludgy grinds with too much surface area, often allowing you to easily over-extract your shot.

schuyler asked:


Can you do a long pull on the Baby Class?  I'd like to make Cafe Crema.  In your Cafe Crema video, the Gaggia Classic was used.  While the differences between these two machines are subtle, can they make the same drinks?  Thanks.

Answer by Erik:

The only difference is that the Gaggia Classic uses a rocker switch to brew and the Baby Class uses a push button to begin and end the brewing process.  Other than that these two machines are nearly idential and a certainly capable of making the same drinks

Seb asked:

How, why, when and most importantly what should I use to backflush my Gaggia Baby Class? Thanks

Answer by Sanfam:

How? You can do a "proper" backflush by way of using a blind filter basket, otherwise known as a backflush disc, or "that basket with no holes."  You would insert this into the portafilter in place of a normal filter basket, add a teaspoon of backflush detergent, attach to the machine, and run the pump until it quiets down (roughly 8-10 seconds).  When you switch the pump off, the excess pressure should discharge into the drip tray.  You can also attempt a "soft" backflush by using the same amount of backflush detergent, but but using the Pressurized Double or Pressurized Single filter basket instead of a backflush disc.  Some detergent and water will dispense through the spouts, but most will discharge to the tray.

Why? This process sends detergent into the passageways between the brew head and the 3-way solenoid valve.  This detergent breaks down coffee residues and flushes them out of the machine, averting the inevitable clogged 3-way Solenoid Valve.

What to use? Urnex Cafiza.  It's the Gold Standard of backflush detergent. 

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 cause this and could descaling help fix it? Thanks!

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 1-888-411-5282, option 3.  Another thing that can cause this is steaming first, and then brewing almost immediately without cooling down the water in the boiler back down to brew temperature-if this is the case, you'll want to either switch to brewing first and steaming second, or run some water through the brew group or steam wand before brewing.

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 just want a double shot?) to heating the machine, to how much (how many ounces) to brew, etc? I will be using Lavazza pods. Help!

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 through the machine properly before brewing. If you are using pods, you want to use the pod basket and the two way pin (known in your manual as the frothing jet device). In general, pods work best if you are only pulling about 1-1.5 ounces through them. If you have any further questions or concerns, please call technical support at 1-888-411-5282, option 3.

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 producing enough steam to do anything more than violently bubble the milk. I hit the steam button, wait for it to come on, then I wait some more. Still nothing but frothing fail. Is it likely that I have a bad thermostat, or could it be something to do with the priming function? Like I said, I've only had it a few months, and we have a water softener. Besides, it has done this from the beginning, its only gotten worse recently. Please help. I am not cool with hot bubbled milk.

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 producing enough steam to do anything more than violently bubble the milk. I hit the steam button, wait for it to come on, then I wait some more. Still nothing but frothing fail. Is it likely that I have a bad thermostat, or could it be something to do with the priming function? Like I said, I've only had it a few months, and we have a water softener. Besides, it has done this from the beginning, its only gotten worse recently. Please help. I am not cool with hot bubbled milk.

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 at the outlet. That creates the problem of the line being easily blocked by scale. WLL has many descalers that will work quite well. If you are in a rush you can empty the reservoir and add about 16-20 ozs of vinegar mixed with water (around 50-50%).Flush the steam line several times until the mix is used up. This should restore the line to full usable diameter and get you back to normal operation. Sometimes you have to use the vinegar at full strength depending on the scale makeup. A water softener will not generally reduce the buildup of scale, that is a function of water quality, which is a function of water source. An Easy Water device does produce a measurable reduction in scale, but not complete reduction. The use of an Easy Water can make scale worse for a time before getting better. Water filters work too. Usually the more expensive they are the better they are.

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 true? I say this because this is a single boiler machine and it takes me a lot longer than 15 seconds to get good steamed/frothed milk going. So do you propose I steam/froth my milk FIRST and then make my shot? Or does the 15 second rule I state above not really matter? And the brewed espresso shot will not go "stale" in as quick as 15 seconds before your steamed/frothed milk is ready? And finally, if I do steam the milk first, do I not then have to run a cup of water thru the brew group WITHOUT the portafilter to "Prime" the boiler? This of course adds an extra step.

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 just to warm it up before brewing a shot. I really would not think of it as an extra step as it will make the time between steaming and brewing less. I hope this helps and enjoy your espresso,

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 from sealing correctly. Please note that it doesn't take much to break the seal, just a teeny chunk. If descaing the machine works, you're all set! if not, check below.

2. Consider sending it in for Repair. Depending on the age of your machine, repair may be the best option. As the steam valve on this machine isn't entirely user-service, I would advise calling into our Technical Support department to discuss this option in detail. They would be able to identify where in its warranty period it stands, or if any other options are available. If it's a relatively new machine, it might qualify as DOA and be eligible for replacement.

I hope this helps point you in the right direction!


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