We’ve all seen it before; we drive past the coffee shop in the morning and see that it is filled with people eagerly anticipating a cup of coffee or cappuccino. The last thing any of us want to do is go in there and stand in line, and then have to leave a tip for the privilege. So I decided to look into a coffee machine of my own, as I’m sure many people are considering as well. I came across the Gaggia Classic RI8161 Coffee Machine with Professional Filter Holder – Brushed Chrome Body. And I didn’t need anything too fancy in it; I just wanted simple benefits, as I’m sure everyone else does.
I like to make different types of hot drinks in the morning, such as coffee and espresso. The last thing I need is a machine that will not give me the ability to filter out these two things. But I found with the Gaggia Classic RI8161 Coffee Machine with Professional Filter Holder – Brushed Chrome Body that the machine comes with coffee filters for 1 and 2 cups of ground coffee, as well as a special feature for easy serve espresso pods.
I also wanted a machine very similar to what I saw at some of the more trendy coffee shops. I just didn’t want it to be too space consuming, and I’m sure this is a concern many people have about coffee machines. But even though this particular coffee maker is similar to commercial machines, it’s very easy to place in your kitchen and will not consume a lot of space.
This particular machine also comes with a panarello steamer attachment, which rotates in order to give a person easy access to froth milk very quickly. So I and others who are serious about their hot drinks in the morning will be able to enjoy froth milk, and quick access to hot water in order to make tea or any type of hot drink we like.
It is very difficult to speak of any except for those who have no interest in a machine that comes equipped with so many different options for creating hot drinks. One of the problems with other coffee machines is that they didn’t provide any sort of feature to eliminate one of the common problems in them, such as hotspots, which usually burn coffee and have an impact on the taste. But this particular machine offers just that feature. So even though I was concerned about it first, that concern was quickly alleviated.
You may gather more from user experience then you would having what you may feel to be my biased opinion. So here are a few user testimonials from other people that may make you feel a little bit better.
Order received promptly and it’s working fine. The coffee holder is nice and heavy and feels like a professional bit of equipment. We like mugs of cappuccino in the morning and the height under the coffee spout is small but problem solved by buying shorter stouter mugs. The machine fits nicely under tall wall cupboards. Follow the instructions and it produces nice hot coffee and the frother is the best I’ve had on the 4 machines I’ve had. It’s durability is yet to be tested but a couple of years seems to be the norm for this price range of machines.
After several cheaper machines which gave up after a year I splashed out on a Gaggia Classic and Grinder set as sold by John Lewis. Five years on it’s still going strong and producing great coffee. We use Illy beans which are expensive but once tasted you’re hooked. I love my Gaggia, it’s a bit of a performance making the coffee and is quite noisy, but it makes great coffee and is built like a tank. It looks good too.
First of all, I am an espresso lover, and a picky one. I can’t stand bad coffee. The Gaggia is my third espresso machine and I am delighted with it. If you do what the manual says, it produces wonderful coffee. I use freshly roasted coffee beans, which I grind in my Gaggia MDF just before use and I get a wonderful crema without the optional crema filter. Just remember, you get what you pay for and this machine, in my opinion, is top ‘prosumer’ model. Remember, you also get what you pay for when it comes to coffee.
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