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Refurbished Gaggia Espresso Dose Espresso Machine

By: Gaggia
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The Gaggia Espresso Dose features a dosage button that allows the user to set their preferred water volume dosage for one or two cups of espresso – a convenient twist on the classic semi-automatic Gaggia machine. Housed inside the warm silver ABS exterior lies a durable stainless steel boiler, the heart of brewing and steaming. Stainless steel is an ideal boiler material – it provides excellent heat retention for properly extracted espresso, and it resists scale buildup and deterioration. Not to forget about those cappuccino and latte lovers, the Gaggia Espresso Dose uses a Pannarello frothing wand so you can foam and steam milk easily.


Features & Benefits: Coffee

Housing and Construction

The control panel is located on the top of the machine, and features straightforward push buttons as well as the steam valve knob to control your brewing and steaming. The ABS plastic housing is durable and easy to clean – just wipe down with a damp cloth when needed. The Gaggia Espresso Dose’s stainless steel boiler is a standout feature, especially on a machine with such a small footprint. Even though the Dose is compact, it still provides superior power for making steam and hot water.


The Gaggia Espresso Dose offers you three filter baskets to choose from – single, double, or pod – so select the appropriate one and insert it into the portafilter. Insert the portafilter into the chrome plated brass group head, and turn the machine on – it should take about 6 minutes to warm up. Once it’s warmed up, add coffee to your portafilter and tamp down using the included tamper. Replace the portafilter and press the coffee dispensing button. If your dosage is already set, it will stop when the dosage is reached; if the dosage is not set, press the coffee dispensing button again to stop the flow of coffee. Keep in mind that you should never dispense coffee for longer than 40 seconds.

Programable Water Dosage

To program your coffee dosage, add grounds to the portafilter and insert as you normally would. Press and hold the coffee dispensing button – after about three seconds the pilot light will start flashing, and the water pump will start up. Coffee will begin dispensing, so once you have your desired amount, release the coffee dispensing button to stop the flow of coffee. Your water dosage is now set.

Pods or Ground?

Coffee pods are pre-ground and pre-tamped single servings of espresso – you don’t have to worry about grinding, measuring, and tamping. While they are more convenient than using grounds, they also give you less control over each drink. It’s not a bad idea to try both pods and grounds to see which you prefer – the Gaggia Espresso Dose is compatible with both.

Features & Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water

Pannarello Frothing Wand

The Pannarello attachment on the frothing wand injects hot steam into your milk, making frothing and steaming for cappuccinos and lattes a cinch. Just press the steam switch, and wait for the temperature ready light to illuminate. Open the steam valve knob to release steam, and when you’re finished, close the knob and press the steam switch again. Remember to wipe down the steam wand when you’re finished to prevent milk residue from building up.

Hot Water Dispenser

The Gaggia Espresso Dose’s steam wand also acts as hot water dispenser – great for americanos, tea, or hot cocoa. Just wait for the machine to reach brewing temperature, open the steam knob, and press the hot water button. After you have your desired amount of hot water, press the hot water button again and close the steam knob. To prevent any damage to the boiler, don’t dispense water for longer than 40 seconds.

Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance, and Other

Water Reservoir

To refill your 42 oz water reservoir, simply remove it by lifting it up from the back of the machine. Gaggia recommends using purified or bottled water in the reservoir to decrease the frequency with which you’ll need to descale. Check your user manual for detailed, straightforward instructions on how to descale your Gaggia Espresso Dose.


The drip tray and cover have a water level indicator, which rises as the drip tray fills. When it becomes visible, the drip tray is filled and needs to be emptied and washed in warm, soapy water. To keep your machine looking its best, use a damp cloth to wipe down the body of the machine. The seal inside of the brewing head should be cleaned, and the shower disk should be unscrewed and cleaned periodically depending on the frequency of use.

Included Accessories

The Gaggia Espresso Dose 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: 12800
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
Programmable Brewing: Yes
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): 2 min
Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds): 7 min
Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup): 170
Brew Time for 2 Oz: 25
Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup): 168
Time To Produce Steam (Seconds): 0
Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds): 3.8
Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F): 183
Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds): 26
Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds): 27
Sound Level - Brewing (Db): 65
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


Chris Ann asked:

Would you recommend this for a first-time espresso maker? My husband got caught on them in Rome, but he's pretty clueless about how to use one. So he wants a great result fairly easily, and would make a purchase of this expense if he felt that it would be long-lasting.

Answer by mjackson:

You cant go wrong with a Gaggia, It will last a long time just keep up on cleaning and use soft water. This is a very good first machine and for some the last machine they buy.


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