Espresso is a beverage brewed when hot water under pressure is forced through some finely ground coffee beans. Everything else from the flavor to the richness of quality depends, in some way, on the type of machine used. History shows that espresso making began in Milan, Italy. The machines used back then were of course not very sophisticated and probably didn’t produce the much carved for thick cream beverage common these days.
Today, machines used in making espresso differ in many ways, but the techniques largely remain the same. For instance, the use of Thermo block technology to instantly heat water and force it through the ground coffee berries is a classic procedure that is still common in most of the today’s espresso making machines. The Gaggia 14101 classic is one modern coffee maker that still incorporates the technique into its system. However, there is more to the Gaggia than a Thermo block technology. Continue reading this Gaggia 14101 review to learn more about it.
One reason Gaggia 14101 has lasted so long is because of its simple but great design. It is metallic made for the better part, has a stainless steel that makes it look great on the outside and comes with several compartments that offer meaningful services. The designing is mostly made that way because it is made mainly to prepare espresso. The machine’s arm is only short enough to accommodate small sized or medium sized cups only.
This machine’s drip tray can be easily pulled out, a feature that lets you rest a mug into the bare metal frame of the coffee maker. However, the tray itself is no different to that of the previous generation makes and some customers often complain of its lack of proper molding. But the fact that you can easily remove it still makes it a great deal when preparing coffee. It also lacks a cup warmer unless you take advantage of its upper part molding and rest your cups there.
Reservoir Design and Size
The machine’s reservoir is uniquely designed to allow easy refilling. The reservoir is first of all served by a plastic flap covered by a chute from the top down. That means that you never have to remove the tank to refill it unless you want to give it a proper wash in which case you simply remove the drip tray first.
Low Energy Standards
The classic 14101’s main difference with the older models lays in its energy conservation abilities. Its energy conservation while at standby mode is incredible. Besides energy conservation, the new Classic has a stainless steel boiler as opposed to the aluminum you may have seen in older models. It is easier to maintain and the boiler is also less powerful as per the new EU regulations.
The machine’s temper is plastic, and though this may appear like it can’t last for long, it is surprisingly efficient. You may also upgrade the temper if you feel like it as longer as you buy the right diameters. The classic has also got many other upgradeable features, something that makes it highly rated in Gaggia 14101 classic reviews. Besides, the core elements of the Gaggia Classic are more efficient than those of any other coffee machines priced $500 and below. Again, the classic is not so demanding and will work well as long as you use the three buttons placed on its front part properly.
The three buttons we just mentioned above helps with everything you would like done in the classic. One of the buttons is meant to specifically switch the machine on and off. The second one regulates steam as you make coffee while the last one keeps in check water movement as it passes through the coffee holder.
As most Gaggia 14101 classic reviews put it, the coffee produced by this machine is largely fine. There maybe a few complaints here and there, but coffee produced is often dark, smooth and a rich crema. It is also very consistent in terms of the quality of coffee produced; something that makes it a great deal for people who prefer to stick with one variety of a beverage over a long period of time. The machine’s steam arm is also very powerful and it will often heat and froth up a latte in just a few seconds.
Pros and Cons of Gaggia 14101 Espresso Machine
- It is consistent with the quality of coffee it produces. The rich, tasty espresso the machine produces while new retains the same quality after years and years of use.
- It is considerably cheap. In fact, the machine offers so much at just the $350 or about price asked for it in most stores
- It is high in quality. Made mostly of metal with some parts being exclusively made of stainless steel, the classic is such a high quality machine.
- Energy conserving. Though it is not the best at it, its low heat boiler helps a lot in terms of energy consumption
- It has a specially made 72 ounces water reservoir which you don’t have to remove while refilling water.
- It takes long to heat. The classic can take up to two minutes before it finally gets hot enough to make espresso.
- It has a low level steam arm, which means that people who love serving espresso in large cups can’t do it.
- It’s not the most users friendly. Some of the machine’s parts don’t work very properly.
- It is inflexible. It barely makes anything more than espresso. It can froth a latte for you but is not as flexible as most modern designed coffee makers.
The Gaggia 14101 classic may not be the best designed coffee maker, but it is a consistently high quality espresso maker worth its every penny. Most of its features are streamlined and you can hardly get stuck with anything as you use it. It is reliable and durable as most customers will tell you, and for a coffee enthusiast with a tight budget, this is definitely the machine to buy.