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Refurbished Gaggia Espresso Color Espresso Machine

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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.

Hot Water

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

Water Reservoir

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.


Misc Data
Manufacturer: Gaggia
Model: 12700
Dimension - Width (Inches): 8.3
Dimension - Height (Inches): 14
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 10.8
Weight (lbs): 10.14
Watts: 1100
Volts: 110
Housing Materials: ABS Plastic
Drip Tray Material: Plastic
Drip Tray Cover Material: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Capacity (Oz): 6
Power Cord Length (Inches): 44
Cup Height
Adjustable Height: No
High (Inches): 3.5
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 to 4.5
Number Of Holes: 1
Optional Steam Tips Or Wands: Latte art Pannarello
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 42
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): 8x4
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: Aluminum
Capsule / Pod Friendly: Pod
Boiler Data
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
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Pump Wattage: 55
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
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home
Service provided
Repairs By: Whole Latte Love
Contact Number: 888-411-5282


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?

Answer by Sanfam:

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.

Debbie asked:

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!

Answer by Whole Latte Love:

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?

Answer by Sanfam:

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.

mercedes asked:

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.

Answer by mjackson:

Mercedes ,

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.


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