Gaggia 102532 Espresso-Pure Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
I always wanted a real espresso machine and I don’t mean one of those disc machines that say they make tea, coffee, hot chocolate and espresso. I enjoy a genuine cup of espresso and after a lot of research decided to purchase the black Gaggia 102532 Espresso-Pure Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine. The Gaggia has a reputation for quality and durability and this machine lives up to that reputation. The espresso and cappuccino produced by this machine is on par with the expensive espressos you purchase at leading coffee shops.
Some features of the Gaggia 102532 Espresso-Pure Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine are:
- Stainless steel boiler
- Impact resistant ASB construction
- Pannarello frothing attachment
- Removable 42 oz water tank
- ESE coffee pod compatible
Although the Gaggia 102532 Espresso-Pure Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine might initially appear bulky, it has a classic barista design that will enhance any kitchen space. The neutral black color will blend in with any kitchen décor and the compact square shape means the machine will easily fit into the corner of your counter space or easily into a cupboard.
Compared to similar espresso machines, the cost of the Gaggia 102532 Espresso-Pure Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine won’t break the bank. It’s sold at most leading department stores, which means it is competitively priced. Many other similarly priced espresso machines do not offer the same options, such as the commercial portafilter and stainless steel boiler. I am also impressed that this machine has the ability to accommodate ESE coffee pods. This is a handy option to have in case you do not have any fresh coffee beans on hand or if you just want a quick Starbucks brand coffee. Pods also make for easy clean up.
While on the topic of cleaning, the Gaggia 102532 Espresso-Pure Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine is very easy to keep clean. The black body means you don’t have to constantly wipe off finger prints like you would on a chrome or stainless steel finish machine. As well, the removable water tank makes for cleaning it with soap and water even easier and consistent cleaning will help optimize the flavor of your coffee beans.
Another feature of the Gaggia 102532 Espresso-Pure Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine that I thoroughly enjoy is the Pannarello steam wand. This steam wand produces fantastic foam and there is enough clearance for a large coffee cup which means you can create a lot of foam at one time instead of having to do each cup separately like you would with other espresso machines. Before I owned the Gaggia 102532 Espresso-Pure Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine I didn’t know making foam could be so easy! You simply make sure the brew button is off and then fill the frothing pitcher half full of milk. Then twist the steam knob with the wand in the milk. Wait for it to heat up and then when it is finished, twist the knob to get the last blast of steam and clear the lines. The foam is consistently thick and luscious – it’s what I look forward to most in my morning espresso!
The thing to remember with a quality espresso machine such as the Gaggia 102532 Espresso-Pure Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, is that you must be consistent in how you grind your coffee beans. This machine is made to make quality espresso like those you would find in a reputable coffee shop, so like those coffee shops you have to be mindful and consistent with how you coarse or fine you grind your coffee beans as the wrong grind can make the difference between a good and terrible espresso! The second thing to remember is that you must preheat this machine according to the instructions. Failure to do this will result in a cold espresso, and no one likes that. If you read the instructions and follow each step until you become an expert at operating the Gaggia 102532 Espresso-Pure Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, you will always have a great cup of espresso.