Looking for the best entry-level coffee machine? Well, we’re happy to tell you that you’ve found it. It is the Gaggia Classic Pro coffee maker, and this Gaggia machine can be compared with some higher-end machines.
The Gaggia Classic Pro coffee machine makes the best-quality espresso on the market. The espresso that this machine makes will remind you on the Italian espresso made by professional baristas. Other than that, the machine is well-built, easy to use, and is pretty fast.
Did You Know?
Gaggia Classic Pro’s predecessor, the Gaggia Classic, was the Consumer’s Digest Best Buy back in 2011. The Gaggia Classic Pro is an upgraded version of the Classic model, and it is one of the most demanded entry-level coffee machines.
- Rocker switch controls
- Steam wand
- 58mm portafilter made of chrome-plated brass
- Single and double shot baskets
- Three-way solenoid valve
- Blowout tube
- Passive cup warmer
Can make two shots of coffee
Great for latte art
Heats up fast
The machine doesn’t have a built-in grinder
Sturdy, Stainless Steel Housing
The Pro might be less expensive than the Gaggia Accademia, but it does keep quality close to its design.
The internal components of the Gaggia Classic Pro are enclosed in a stainless steel chassis that starts from the top and goes all the way down to the bottom of the machine. The housing looks a bit robotic and edgy which adds to the overall charm of the Classic Pro. Gaggia Classic Pro’s drip tray surface is also made of stainless steel and it will not rot once water gets on it.
The control panel on the machine is very simple. In comparison to other Gaggia machines, like the Gaggia Brera, for example, the panel on the Pro has nothing more than three simple rocker buttons. The first button turns the machine on and off, the second gets it ready to brew coffee, and the third button turns on the steam. Each of the buttons has a light underneath it that indicates whether one of these two functions or the machine itself is on or off.
Aside from the buttons, there’s a dial that controls the steam located on the right-hand side of the machine.
The water tank of the Gaggia Classic Pro is placed in the back of the machine. You can clearly see the amount of water in the tank from the front of the machine and from the cut-outs on the sides of the machine. Once you need to refill the tank with water, you can get it out from the front or from the top of the Gaggia Classic Pro.
Commercial Steam Wand
To help you make coffee with milk, the Gaggia Classic Pro comes with a commercial steam wand. This steam wand has two holes on the its tip through which steam is forced. There’s also a rubber protector on the wand that prevents you from getting burnt when you steam or froth your milk.
The commercial steam wand works great and can steam your milk in such a way that you’ll be able to create latte art. The frothing is also very good, so you will for sure enjoy many good-quality cappuccinos with the help of the Gaggia Classic Pro coffee machine.
Make sure that you run some hot water through the steam wand before and after frothing milk. Once the wand is rinsed, wipe it with a towel or a cloth.
Portafilter and Filter Baskets
The portafilter that comes with the Gaggia Classic Pro is made of chrome-plated brass and measures 58mm. Shipped in the box with the portafilter are the three filter baskets. With this machine, you get a double pressurized, a single commercial non-pressurized basket, and a double commercial non-pressurized basket.
If you have a good grinder, the non-pressurized basket will do great for you. However, if you’re using pre-ground coffee or coffee pods, it is best for you to use the pressurized basket to get a great coffee flavor.
This machine comes with a three-way solenoid valve. The valve connects to a blowout tube that dispenses the water from the coffee grounds into the drip tray. This way the coffee grounds that you’ll later dispose off will be dry and well-formed.
Passive Cup Warmer
The Gaggia Classic Pro coffee machine has a passive cup warmer on its top to help you heat up your cups before you make coffee. This improves the flavor of the coffee and lets you enjoy your coffee even more.
On the Quality of the Coffee
When Gaggia makes their coffee machines, they have the quality of the coffee as their top priority. Besides its features, this is one more reason why the Gaggia Classic Pro is often considered equal to the brilliant Rancilio Silvia. You can see how the two machines compare in the review that we did on them.
The espressi have a nice consistency and the crema on top of the coffee is great. This because of the great brewing process of the machine which brews the coffee really well. Furthermore, cappuccinos and latte macchiatos also taste very, very good, with the commercial steam wand steaming and frothing the milk very well.
FAQ About the Gaggia Classic Pro
1. What are the dimensions of the Gaggia Classic Pro?
This coffee machine measures 8 x 9.5 x 14.2 in.
2. Is the boiler of the Gaggia Classic Pro made of aluminum?
Yes, it is.
3. Which accessories does the Gaggia Classic Pro come with?
The machine comes with a coffee scoop, a tamper, three filter baskets, and a portafilter.
4. Can I use this machine in my small coffee shop? I’d need it to serve from 15 to 20 coffee shots a day.
The Gaggia Classic Pro coffee machine was made for home use only. Don’t risk using it in a coffee shop since you might damage it.
Like many others, we think that the Gaggia Classic Pro coffee machine is one of the best entry-level coffee machines currently available on the market. This machine is easy to use, will not confuse you with many control buttons, makes great coffee, and is affordable. If you think that the Gaggia Classic Pro fits your standards, we recommend you buy it.
There’s one more thing to keep in mind when making your own personal conclusion about the Classic Pro, though: this is an espresso machine that made it on our best espresso machines under $500 list.