Gaggia Espresso Machine
Gaggia - A Name Taken From The Father of Modern Espresso
When Achille Gaggia invented the first modern espresso machine in 1947, he had no idea what an amazing trend he was starting. Achille Gaggia's first machine was a manual style espresso machine that created the espresso shots with a piston-driven pressure brewing system.
Gaggia, the espresso machine company that is named after Achille, began making espresso machines for the home use in 1977. These machines have come a long way since Achille's tricky manual machine in 1947. Now models are available in semi-automatic and super automatic machines. To ensure a connection to their roots and influence from where it all began, Gaggia continues to manufacture their machines at a factory in Milan, Italy. If buying a machine that is named after the inventor of the modern espresso machine sounds like a good idea to you, here are some of the most popular Gaggia espresso machines.
Gaggia Achille Manual Espresso Machine
Since it is named after the founder of the company, this model had to stand out in a crowd. If you are the type of barista who likes to highlight your espresso machine as a decorative piece in your kitchen, this one will do nicely. It is shiny stainless steel and has a slim, aesthetically pleasing design with rounded, black handles on the portafilter and the manual lever. You can use that stylish portafilter with pods or ground coffee to brew your espresso.
This machine is not for beginners and it will take some experimenting for you to get the right combination of grind, tamping pressure and timing to make the espresso shots of your dreams. If you are impressed with the style and function of this Achille machine, it will cost you about $800 to own it.
Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine
A lot of people looking to buy a semi-automatic espresso machine in the $500 to $800 price range eventually narrow down their options to choosing between Rancillio Silvia and Gaggia Classic. Some people choose the Classic because it seems a bit more forgiving for a novice barista. Others are attracted by the ease of producing good crema - something that Gaggia espresso machines are known for. Gaggia Classic is a classy looking machine that is capable of producing excellent espresso and also has a good steaming and frothing capabilities. I comes with the pressure relieve valve or 3-way solenoid as it's also called. This is a big improvement over the cheaper models as it makes the cleanup that much more easy.
Gaggia Carezza Espresso Machine
This is another Gaggia espresso machine that is very popular, probably due to the fact that it also is available for under $250. Gaggia seems to have tapped into an ability to produce machines that can make quality espresso and are affordable for those who save up to buy an espresso machine as a luxury purchase.
Gaggia Carezza is a very good choice for those looking to buy their first ever espresso machine. Consumers who bought the machine love the espresso that it makes, but find the steam wand slightly problematic because it is positioned low on the machine. This creates difficulty in moving the milk pitcher in and out from under the wand.
Gaggia Evolution Espresso Machine
Gaggia Evolution is in many ways similar to Gaggia Carezza and it has about the same pricetag. While the Carezza may look a bit more sleek, there is a couple of improvements with the Evolution. The drip tray is larger and there is a cup warming tray. On the downside it does seem to be a little bit more cheaply made than the Carezza.
As with most Gaggia machines, owners are usually very pleased with the espresso quality once they get the grinding, tamping and timing right. All in all, the Gaggia Evolution is well worth considering for an espresso lover on a low budget.
To sum it all up, there is definitely something to be said for a company that takes its name from Achille Gaggia, the man who started it all. Most espresso fiends who buy a Gaggia espresso machine come away feeling proud of the appearance and performance of their machine.
Further ReadingGaggia Classic