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Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine

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The Gaggia New Baby puts a new twist on a time-honored Gaggia design. A stainless steel front panel, updated control panel, and your choice of black or ivory housing create an elegant presentation for top-notch espresso brewing components. A commercial-style portafilter and group head, three-way solenoid valve, and ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pod capability make this semi-automatic machine a versatile addition to any kitchen counter.

The control panel on the Gaggia New Baby is beautiful in its simplicity. Just 3 buttons on this espresso machine let you control all of the functions, from brewing delicious espresso shots to frothing pitchers of milk for cappuccinos and lattes. The Turbo Frother attachment on the steam wand makes frothing easy, so you can whip up plenty of delicious drinks for guests as an after dinner treat. Plus, the New Baby’s removable water reservoir and drip tray make cleaning a snap.


Features & Benefits: Coffee

Simple Controls

A 3-button control panel is located on the top front of the New Baby. These buttons, from left to right, control brewing, power, and heating the machine up to steaming temperature. In between the power and steaming buttons is the temperature indicator light that will illuminate while the boiler is heating up to proper temperature.

Commercial-style Portafilter and Brew Group

The New Baby has a commercial-style portafilter and brew group that are made of marine-grade brass. They are chrome-plated for a stylish look, and their brass construction offers excellent heat stability for your espresso shots. With a commercial-style portafilter, you can explore the art of traditional espresso making and have the ability to tamp your own shots.

ESE Pod Ready

For those who enjoy the convenience of brewing with ESE pods, the New Baby comes with a special filter basket just for that. ESE pods are pre-measured, pre-tamped packets of espresso that can be placed in the portafilter, brewed, and dropped right into the trash. They create consistently delicious shots every time you brew, and are perfect for espresso-lovers on the go.

Three-way Solenoid Valve

To ensure pressure is relieved from your group head after brewing, the Gaggia New Baby has a three-way solenoid valve. This results in precise pressure regulation as you brew and drier espresso pucks, so disposal is simple. Plus, there’s no need to worry about a soupy, dripping mess on your counters.

Fast-acting Boiler

The boiler on the Gaggia New Baby has 2 heating elements for even heat distribution. This also helps to make heat up a rapid process, perfect for mornings when you’re in a rush, or when making drinks for guests. Its 3.5 oz capacity also helps to ensure quick heat up time.

Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water

Hot Water Dispensing

If you need hot water for americanos, tea, or hot chocolate, the Gaggia New Baby can instantly dispense it from the steam wand. Simply press the brewing button and open the steam wand using the knob on the top of the machine. When your desired amount of hot water has been reached, just turn the steam knob to the off position.

Turbo Frother

The Turbo Frother attachment on the steam wand lets even novices create luscious frothed or steamed milk for café-style drinks. This black plastic attachment directs steam into your pitcher evenly, so milk is quickly and effectively frothed. This is a great feature when entertaining guests who love cappuccinos and lattes.

Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance, & Other

Water Reservoir

The water reservoir on the Gaggia New Baby has a 60 oz capacity, enough for almost 32 espresso shots. It can be easily filled in place, or removed for cleaning. Plus, the reservoir is made of clear plastic, so you can quickly monitor your water levels with a glance.

Removable Drip Tray

Few things are worse on an espresso machine than a complicated drip tray. To make cleaning simple, the New Baby features a drip tray that’s easy to remove. At the end of the day, it can be rinsed with warm water and cleaned with non-abrasive detergent.

Housing Construction

The Gaggia New Baby is housed in durable thermo-set plastic in your choice of ivory or black. Both colors feature a polished stainless steel front panel for a modern, attractive look.


The Gaggia New Baby comes with a detailed instruction manual, coffee scoop, tamper, and single, double, and ESE pod filter baskets.


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
Initial Heat Up (Seconds): 102
Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds): 420
Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup): 169
Brew Time for 2 Oz: 25
Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup): 167
Time To Produce Steam (Seconds): 49
Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds): 125
Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F): 154
Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds): 28
Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds): 19
Sound Level - Brewing (Db): 71
Descaler Used: Gaggia Descaler or Urnex Cleancaf
Water Filter: Mavea intenza
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
Misc Data
Manufacturer: Gaggia
Model: 12101
Dimension - Width (Inches): 9.6
Dimension - Height (Inches): 15.7
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 10.4
Weight (lbs): 14
Watts: 1425
Volts: 110
Housing Materials: Stainless Steel/Plastic
Drip Tray Material: Powder Coated Steel
Drip Tray Cover Material: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Capacity (Oz): 9
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: Articulating
Usable Length (Inches): 3.75
Height Off Counter (Inches): 3.5
Number Of Holes: 1
Optional Steam Tips Or Wands: Latte art Pannarello
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 60
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Reservoir Removable: Yes
Water Level Visible: Yes
Water Filter: Mavea intenza
Type Of Controls: Push Button
Cup Warmer
Material: Stainless Steel
Size (Inches): 7x4
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


Dave asked:

I have had my gaggia for about 5 months, this is my second one with the first one lasting 7 years, and I am getting water out if the top of the portafilter during brewing.  I clean around the inside where the  portifilter goes after each use and get a lot of grounds but I am still getting water over flowing.  Never had this with my old machine.  Any suggestions

Answer by Sanfam:

In general, five months is a fairly short time for a group gasket to fail in--the rubber has only just started to age and shouldn't be drying out.  It is, however, right around when you could expect to see the symptoms of an over-filled portafilter cropping up.

Early on, the group gasket is fairly firm and is flat/evenly thick.  After the first few months of use, the gasket thins out a bit where the filter basket has pressed into it.  Depending on how much coffee you're using, the ground coffee in the filter may actually be hitting the metal shower screen in the machine's brew head before the rim of the filter basket can make a good seal against the rubber gasket.  Were this to happen, the symptoms would be as you describe; Leaking from above the portafilter while brewing.  

You can test for this by trying to tighten a portafilter into place with an empty filter basket.  Make note of how far it turns.  Then, try loading the portafilter with coffee and try again.  If you can't turn it as far, the cause is simple: Too much coffee!  Try a smaller dose and you should be all set.  

Of course, If the problem does persist and you're confident the water is coming from between the portafilter and the group head, your next best option is to replace the group gasket, as it's the only other part that could be at fault.

My used gaggia new baby has suddenly stopped producing steam . When it stopped producing steam I descaled the machine , cleaned the brew head and even fitted a new steam thermostat . Nothing I have done will overcome the problem . Can anyone advise me where to look next ?

Answer by Maggie:

Sounds like the steam cam isn't connecting properly or is loose.  This is a pretty easy fix, but I don't have a way to send it to you directly through here.  Please contact our Technical Support team at 1-888-411-5282, option 3, and ask for the steam cam instructions. That should get you back on track.

Answer by Frederick Allan Jones:

I cannot understand this as I have had the top off and the cam is fixed to the steam spindle . Does the other end need to be attached to anyting ?

Hal asked:

I have two questions about the New Baby.

1. On which side of the boiler is the brew pump? Does the pump pump cold ot hot water?

2. What does the the steam button control besides the steam temp heater? Does it rearrange the plumbing circuits as well?

Answer by Hal:


Answer by Louis-Jordan:

Thank you for your question.

The pump is not on either side of the boiler. It is located behind the boiler in the central column of the machine.
The steam button also controls the solenoid valve, which will open and close the steam circuit.

mauricio27 asked:

When I use the steam wand, I find myself frothing milk for a very long time (over 5 minutes) before I see any foam developing or even get the milk warm enough. I noticed that initially when I open the knob, water comes out (normal) and then it becomes strong steam but after keeping it open for a little while (5 seconds or so) I don't see any strong steam coming out anymore.

When I submerge the tip of the steam wand into milk, I initially hear the frothing sound, then it gets really low and it seems to be doing mostly steaming which takes a long time. How do I know if my new machine has a problem with the steam wand?

I have seen numerous videos on youtube with this machine and it seems like the steam should be stronger and longer lasting than what I'm getting. Any help here would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Answer by DanielCulver:

Mauricio, I am not familiar with the New Baby specifically, but own 3 Gaggias. First thing to remember when using this machine, and most other machines is to purge the steam wand first until the water is flushed and only steam comes out. Then close the valve for a moment before continuing your steaming. As for how long it's taking, five minutes is certainly wrong. First I would ask about the milk temperature. Is the milk getting hot but not producing foam? That would indicate a problem with technique. If the milk isn't getting hot then you have a problem with your machine. If it is the machine causing the problem, you first need to flush the machine (unless it is new, then proceed directly to calling tech support) and clean the wand to be sure the system itself isn't restricted by calcium buildup. If the problem persist, then it is time to call tech support.

If the milk is getting hot, and just not producing foam, you should look at technique. The easiest way to do that is watch as many of the videos on the Whole Latte Love Youtube channel, as you have time for. 

Answer by DanielCulver:

Mauricio, I meant to add that as far as technique is concerned, it is a common mistake to put the wand to far into the milk, and also, to over fill the milk pitcher. We've all had to put a good deal of time into learning technique, but it is worth the result. Don't watch the barristas at Starbucks too closing unless you want to learn bad habits along with the good. 

mauricio27 asked:

I just got my Gaggia New Baby espresso machine yesterday. I am a complete amateur and I know I have no clue at what I'm doing but I'm hoping you can help me with the following questions:

 - When doing the first brewing flush, should the filter be in the portafilter? Does the partafilter even need to be hooked up? (I have seen people just do a quick flush after the machine has reached temperature but don't have the portafilter even though the instructions do say to have it hooked).
 - How to get hot water vs. steam? (still can't figure this out yet)
 - When cleaning up the machine for the day (or shutting it down for the day), should the knob on top be open to allow steam to fully empty?
   - If this is needed, should the machine be ON or OFF?

   - I guess a better question would be, is there a proceedure that needs to be followed when shutting the machine off to help it continue to perform well and stay healthy?


Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:


With the flush, do not have the portafilter in the machine, if using the special pressurized baskets.  You will get alot of water left in the portafilter.  You can if using the commercial basket and I actually like to because it transfers heat to the portafilter.

To get steam- you will depress the far right button, let the machine heat, make sure steam wand is over drip tray open for a second to get excess what out of the wand, then close, place wand in the milk and re open steam valve to steam.  After you are done steaming, without portafilter on the machine, hit the first button, the brew button, this will refill the boiler after steaming.  You only need to have on for a few second(until water comes out brew group)

To get water out of the wand, you would open the valve on the top(without steam button on) then turn on the brewing button and it will pump out the wand.

-You should not drain the steam daily.  This will leave the boiler near empty and when turning on the machine the next day will cause for a dry boiler and over heating.(See steaming- after steaming turn off the steam button) Close valve, then hit the brew button for a few seconds to refill brew boiler.

No shut down procedure other then if steaming is the last thing you have dont, to rememeber to refill the boiler before shutting the machine off.

I just received my Gaggia New Baby and it came with some updated instructions for redesigned filter baskets and a little doodad that helps the crema. I've used the pressurized portafilters in past machines (Barista's and such) and was looking for something more traditional. 

In the instructions for the new Gaggia super-crema version (I assume it's a pressurizing system) it instructs me to only tamp the coffee lightly in the filter. What surprised me is that the instructions for the traditional ground coffee filter (after take out the little black crema thing) says the same thing,  tamp lightly. 

What happened to the ubiquitous tamping pressure exhortations for traditional portafilters? I even got a new fancy tamper with the pressure gauge. Is that now a waste on this particular machine? I kind of understand not tamping the same if they have a little pressure device in the new filter, but what about the traditional filter? 

Thanks for the help. 


Answer by Sanfam:

First and foremost, largely disregard what the pamphlet that shipped with your machine stated about which baskets do what.  It's somewhat convoluted and kind of confusing.  If you received the normal loadout of baskets, you should have one (1) pressurized doubleshot ground filter basket, one (1) unpressurized doubleshot ground filter basket, and one (1) pressurized ESE pod basket (sort of usable for ground coffee, but occasionally a source of frustration when trying to do so).  When the pressurized baskets, identified by the presence of the single pinhole at the base (when viewed from the bottom), you don't need signifncant tamping force as the basket takes care of creating the appropriate brew pressure.  With the remaining doubleshot basket, identified by the mesh that spans the entire bottom surface, proper tamping is key as it does nothing beyond hold the coffee you wish to brew.  The rule of thumb/tradition that you're referring to is best applied to this basket and its contents.  You'll likely strive for between 30lbs and 40lbs of tamping pressure on a basket full of the correct espresso-ground coffee.

sarai0325 asked:

I'm looking to get either the Gaggia Evo or the Baby for my husband for Christmas. Not sure which one to get. How do they compare? This will be our first but he is very familiar with espresso machines. The only "requirement" is that they be compatible with both grounds and pods (which I know they both are). Any ideas on how to make the decision?

Answer by Darwin55:

There is a great video on this site that compares all of the features of the Gaggia line. Just search Gaggia espresso machines & click on any machine. The video is on all the Gaggia products. I chose the Gaggia Baby Class, great sale & Xmas coupon, should be here next week!

Answer by Rose Knowles:

I have had both machines over the years and I think they work equally well. To me the major difference was the actual design of the machine, the evolution is a much more modern look. Your husband will love either one.  

Answer by Sanfam:

Internally, these machines feature the same boilers, but differ in the fact that the Gaggia Baby line utilizes a 3-way solenoid valve instead of the passive "group valve" used by the Gaggia Evolution.  This means that the Gaggia Baby, when using the standard doubleshot filter basket, will be able to produce dry pucks and deliver more consistent brew pressure to the coffee while brewing.  The downside is the increased need to keep up on maintenace, as mineral deposits (scale) can caused unwanted trouble with solenoid valves if neglected or improperly addressed.  Additionally, the Gaggia Baby has a more accessible (and easily removed) water tank and an articulated steam wand, whereas the Evolutions' wand only spins around. 

William asked:

I was considering getting the New Baby after owning a Carezza for about 7 years. Is the New Baby and upgrade over the Carezza, or would I just be wasting my money?

Answer by techkathy:

It is a definite upgrade. The New Baby has a 3 way solenoid valve and its steam wand is on a ball joint. The water tank is also much easier to access.

James asked:

I am real confused. Do not know if the little black thingy should be in and what screen to use with ground coffee?

Answer by A:

The black pin that you are asking about goes along with the double walled filter baskets. You can tell which ones they are by looking on the bottom. They are the ones with a single hole in the center. Those are also the ones that you are going to want to use with pre ground coffee, as they will give you good, consistent shots without having to worry too much about how well the coffee is ground or tamped.

coffeelee asked:

Will the New Baby do well with a bottomless portafilter? I want to pair it with a grinder in the $250-280 range, and I already roast my own beans.

Answer by techkathy:

The Gaggia Baby will work with a Gaggia bottomless portafilter. The bottomless portafilter is a great tool to learn proper tamping technique.

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AlabamaBob asked:

New Baby arrived last night, been playing with it ever since. I've frothed milk gloriously, and I've practiced my tamping pressure with scale and all. I have espresso leaking from the handle side of my portafilter. I've considered the manuals troubleshooting guide and I suppose it's possible I'm inserting the filter holder incorrectly, but it's lined up with the arrow. I hope the gasket/brewhead isn't dirty/worn 4 shots into it. and the rim of the filter holder is clean. Huge note, it only does this with the pressurized baskets. I thought about it and ran the commercial without a problem. Any suggestions?

Answer by Hal:

It sounds like the same problem I had when I got my machine. The instructions for basket use are confusing. I put the pressurized basket in the portafilter  (I didn't realize it was pressurized) without the crema pin and decorated my kitchen in coffee spray. It took several shots for me to realize what I had done. I put the pin in in the next shot, no spray. Check the bottom of the baskets, if the bottom of the basket is not covered with holes but has only one hole in the center it is pressurized. Pressurized baskets DO NOT need tamping just a generalized smoothing to kinda level the coffee. If the coffee is tamped and  the pressurized basket is used the machine will sound like it is overloaded, which it is, and instead of a 20 -30 second shot it may not even extract a shot at all.

Answer by AlabamaBob:

I've adjusted my tamping pressure to closer to 30lbs and closer to 15lbs and still receive the same. I've also tried further the commercial basket, and it does not leak. My shot however does seem to be coming way too fast. I've tamped closer to 30 for it as well, and I'm filling the shot far too quickly (15 seconds or less for a 3 oz shot ). I'm using Lavazza Creme e Gusto pre-ground.

Answer by techkathy:

Make sure that the portafilter is on the machine snugly. There is also the possibility you are using just a little too much coffee or tamping unevenly.

Beth asked:

Between this and the Saeco Via Venezia which would you suggest overall?

Answer by A:

Both of those machines are good machines. The Via Venezia is a pressurized portafilter, while the Gaggia has both Pressurized and Commercial baskets. If you want to learn how to tweak the brewing process to get the best shot you can, then the Gaggia would be your best bet.

theresa asked:

i am buying a new baby machine what access do i need to start

Answer by Mary Ann:

Theresa, You will definitely need coffee! The tamper that is included with this machine is plastic so you may want to upgrade that. A frothing pitcher will be needed for any milk based drinks and descale is always nice to have on hand for cleaning every 3-4 months. Cheers!

Answer by John Seymour:

Another nice accessory to have is an espresso brush. The angled handle makes it much easier to clean used grounds off the group head.

Melinda asked:

Amend to former question - If I had only read more carefully! I think I see now that commercial means non-pressurized. Right?

Answer by Kristen:

Melinda, you are correct. The commercial basket is the non-pressurized basket.

Answer by A:

Melinda, Correct! The "Commercial" filter basket is going to have holes throughout the whole bottom of the basket, where the pressurized one will have just one hole. You would use the pressurized basket with the black two way pin that came with the machine.

Melinda asked:

I apologize if this question has already been asked. Does this machine come with only pressurized baskets? If so, do you offer a non pressurized basket for sale (and which one specifically should I chose)? Thank you!

Answer by Kristen:

Melinda, the Gaggia New Baby comes with a commercial/single basket, a pressurized basket, and a pod basket. You can find the three baskets here: http://www.wholelattelove.com/searchresults.cfm?query=gaggia filter basket

Answer by mjackson:

It does some with three baskets. Two pressurized a single and a double as well as a double shot normal basket. You can also get a single shot normal basket and a designated pod basket, that are available for purchase. These are both non pressurized. So you have lots of options with a great machine.

Miriam asked:

I just bought my husband the Gaggia New Baby Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, what type of coffee do I need to buy to go along with this machine?

Answer by Chris:

Definitely a quality grinder and most important some quality fresh coffee.

Answer by Hal:

The approach I took when I first got the machine was to use the pressurized basket and preground coffee.Espresso but will be drinkable while learning. That will allow you to make coffee without a grinder. It won't br the GOD IN A CUP. Your hubby is going to spend some time at first just getting the procedure down. You can order Lavazza from WLL, they will set you straight on which to buy. While you are learning the procedure you can research the grinders available. My personal choice was the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso. The final deciding factor after the great reviews was the wide range of grinder settings. I have used it a bit and am happy with the choice. A real plus for me was a pot of French press coffee with mext to no sediment in the cup.


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