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"Makes great coffee…"
We opted for the Gaggia Baby, as an upgrade from our previous machine (Russell Hobbs). It is sturdy, has a 1300W output to ensure the water is heated quickly, 15 bar pressure and it comes with a professional portafilter. We did our research and found out that Gaggia produced the first espresso machine and supply companies such as Caffè Nero. The machines are meant to be reliable and are renowned for its durability.
It's a bit fiddly to use - too much grind and the water won't filter through, not enough and it splutters. If you're in a rush, this isn't really for you. DH is a big fan of coffee and labours over this machine to make the perfect cup, so it's perfect for him.
We bought a Brita water filter to prevent lime scale and ensure our machine runs as smoothly as possible. To clean the machine, you need to buy a special Gaggia cleaner (though I have found a different brand on Amazon for a lot cheaper and works just as well) and run it through the system once every couple of months.Read moreLess