Gaggia Carezza Deluxe Espresso coffee Machine – RI8525/08 : Overall happy with this coffee machine

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Manual, but tries to protect you from yourself. Choosing this was a bit of a leap of faith, as it’s a new product (late 2012, early 2013 i believe) and there aren’t many reviews out there yet. There’s a not-very-complimentary ‘first look’ on which, that i disagree with now i’ve had it for a while. Among the criticisms were that the temperature gauge is not much use, and it’s ‘messy’ and ‘slow’ to use. I’ll try to refute these points. A few negative points:the machine is operated by push buttons which respond a bit sluggishly – certainly compared to switch-operated models i have used before. You get used to holding the button long enough for it to register. The machine won’t operate if it is flashing an error, and – this could be that it is out of water, has been refilled after running on empty, or been out of use for a few days and needs to be ‘primed’. That means leaving it on the coffee setting and shooting a jet of water into a cup from the steam nozzle until the error light goes out. Sometimes you have to turn the steam nozzle right off and on again before you get a jet.

The gaggia coffee machine is easy to use and produces perfect coffee every time.

Gaggia Carezza Deluxe Espresso coffee Machine – RI8525/08

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Does a decent enough job for the money. This is my 3rd gaggia (and 5th pump espresso machine not counting nespresso) and is an interesting mix that is okay but not great. It does make an okay cup of espresso but not a great one (it also makes better coffee if use a britas filter)ignore the deluxe title this is one of gaggia lower end machines (although better than some cheaper models). At a distance it looks the part although close up it is mainly abs plastic bodied not metal. The dial on the front does indeed indicate temperature but you have no control so really is entertaining frippary. The filter holder feels heavy enough but infact this only as it’s effectively double weighted due to a gimmicky spring back feature. In reality the buisness end as is the actual filter basket are pretty lightweight compared to my last gaggia baby. The holder also has a plastic membrane to improve crema that was on my entry level (and almost 3rd of the price) gaggia which i got about 15 years ago. That said that gaggia made reasonable coffee and lasted more than 5 years and the same in coffee terms is true here.

Gaggia Carezza Deluxe Espresso coffee Machine – RI8525/08 : Great espresso and cappucino guaranteed. Ordered this machine after my previous one (delongi) started to play up after 5 years. Not the simplest machine to use if you have no previous experience with this type of coffee maker but well worth getting to grips with. The espresso is great, and the milk frother is superb. Definitely a step up from my old one. I agree with other reviewers that the instruction booklet is next to useless, but it is not too difficult to work out what to do if you think it through. Only real surprise was that when you recieve the machine the rinse function is already activated, so you need to remember to put a cup under the coffee dispensing nozzles to catch the hot water that is ejected as it warms up. You can switch this function off but it is worth bearing in mind that the rinse function cleans the nozzles and makes sure the coffee holder is hot so dispenses coffee at a higher temperature than if you dont rinse. For those of you who enjoy a cappucino i would recommend you invest in a milk thermometer to ensure that you froth the milk to the correct temperature to get extra creamy frothall in all i would thoroughly recommend this machine as it appears to be a scaled down commercial model rather that a domestic version which inevitably would be a poor imitation of the real thing.

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Have a question about this machine because is a good one but could i use the coffee pods as. Hi i have a question about this machine because is a good one but could i use the coffee pods as well ,please reply thank you.
Have a question about this machine because is a good one but could i use the coffee pods as. Hi i have a question about this machine because is a good one but could i use the coffee pods as well ,please reply thank you.

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I bought this to replace a francis francis x1 illy machine ( the capsules proved way too dear and limiting in the end). We’ve previously owned a gaggia cubika, which was good, and decided on this over a delonghi, etc. It’s surprisingly lightweight for a start.The set up is a little fiddly, what with flushing and refilling, etc. Every time the machine is used it flushes out the brew head with copious quantities of water, so beware you don’t run the tank dry without realising. It also does the same with the steam wand, which can be a little stop-start, even after the flushing process. Let it do its first flush into an empty container and not your milk jug as it will dilute your milk.As the machine is so lightweight i find i have to hold onto it when putting the filter holder in, otherwise it skates around a little on the working top.

This review is from : Gaggia Carezza Deluxe Espresso coffee Machine – RI8525/08

I bought this to replace a francis francis x1 illy machine ( the capsules proved way too dear and limiting in the end). We’ve previously owned a gaggia cubika, which was good, and decided on this over a delonghi, etc. It’s surprisingly lightweight for a start.The set up is a little fiddly, what with flushing and refilling, etc. Every time the machine is used it flushes out the brew head with copious quantities of water, so beware you don’t run the tank dry without realising. It also does the same with the steam wand, which can be a little stop-start, even after the flushing process. Let it do its first flush into an empty container and not your milk jug as it will dilute your milk.As the machine is so lightweight i find i have to hold onto it when putting the filter holder in, otherwise it skates around a little on the working top.

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500gbp on this has been a great investment. . Loving this machine still after over 9 months of usage, the same quality of coffee you would expect in a bar at home. 500gbp on this has been a great investment.
500gbp on this has been a great investment. . Loving this machine still after over 9 months of usage, the same quality of coffee you would expect in a bar at home. 500gbp on this has been a great investment.

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The name says it all just a great product from great company gaggia.
Best ever and excellent value and design. Best coffee machine i have ever had. Produces first class drinks every time, just make sure you clean and descale regularly. I use gaggia cleaner from amazon, half a bottle each time keeps machine in tip top condition.

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Best ever and excellent value and design. Best coffee machine i have ever had. Produces first class drinks every time, just make sure you clean and descale regularly. I use gaggia cleaner from amazon, half a bottle each time keeps machine in tip top condition.
Good machine, but not as good quality as when. Good machine ,but not as good quality as when made by gaggia.

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Good machine, but not as good quality as when. Good machine ,but not as good quality as when made by gaggia.

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Delivered much, much earlier than expected, excellent product. Good coffee, good cappuccino, definitely worth the money.

This review is from : Gaggia Carezza Deluxe Espresso coffee Machine – RI8525/08

Delivered much, much earlier than expected, excellent product. Good coffee, good cappuccino, definitely worth the money.
Overall happy with this coffee machine. The reason i gave only 4 stars was the fact that the plug was european and not compatible with uk sockets, because my partner is an electrician and was able to safely change the plug i was able to keep machine and not return so be careful and check with seller before you order as this plug was not specified. Otherwise the pros are- looks good- fairly simple to use once you have read the instructions- there is no wait time as with other gaggia’s my old one you had to wait 6 minutes, this one heats up in a minute or 2 and gives 2 cups of hot espresso with a pump that is clearly good quality for the price- no spluttering provided you don’t overfill the coffee holder- the frother works fine provided you are confident with frothing milk- overall we are pretty happy with this machine having replaced our old gaggia with this one- it also has a nifty cup warmer on top where you can store your cups. Cons- as i said before be careful not to overfill the coffee holder because it fills up quickly and splutters out- the steam nozzle, if it is not over a vessel of over the drip tray it leaks water sometimes even when you dont use it. You end up with a puddle of water underneath the machine so not good- the crema this is a big deal to us and to be honest the crema on top of my espresso is not the best- although the coffee is hot so its not the end of the world- i am not sure why as the pump seems powerful enough- getting the water dispenser out is tricky at first there is a knack to it you have to pull it fairly hard but carefully so as not to break. For the price this is a nice coffee machine and i would recommend it if like me you love a good espresso but are less concerned with frothing milk :).
Overall happy with this coffee machine. The reason i gave only 4 stars was the fact that the plug was european and not compatible with uk sockets, because my partner is an electrician and was able to safely change the plug i was able to keep machine and not return so be careful and check with seller before you order as this plug was not specified. Otherwise the pros are- looks good- fairly simple to use once you have read the instructions- there is no wait time as with other gaggia’s my old one you had to wait 6 minutes, this one heats up in a minute or 2 and gives 2 cups of hot espresso with a pump that is clearly good quality for the price- no spluttering provided you don’t overfill the coffee holder- the frother works fine provided you are confident with frothing milk- overall we are pretty happy with this machine having replaced our old gaggia with this one- it also has a nifty cup warmer on top where you can store your cups. Cons- as i said before be careful not to overfill the coffee holder because it fills up quickly and splutters out- the steam nozzle, if it is not over a vessel of over the drip tray it leaks water sometimes even when you dont use it. You end up with a puddle of water underneath the machine so not good- the crema this is a big deal to us and to be honest the crema on top of my espresso is not the best- although the coffee is hot so its not the end of the world- i am not sure why as the pump seems powerful enough- getting the water dispenser out is tricky at first there is a knack to it you have to pull it fairly hard but carefully so as not to break. For the price this is a nice coffee machine and i would recommend it if like me you love a good espresso but are less concerned with frothing milk :).

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Gaggia carezza coffee machine. I find it very hit-and-miss fitting the pressurised container to the machine. When it works it is excellent but it is not fool-proof.

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Gaggia carezza coffee machine. I find it very hit-and-miss fitting the pressurised container to the machine. When it works it is excellent but it is not fool-proof.

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Great espresso using lavazza rosso coffee. Great espresso using lavazza rosso coffee. Cups warm up if you store them on top.

This review is from : Gaggia Carezza Deluxe Espresso coffee Machine – RI8525/08

Great espresso using lavazza rosso coffee. Great espresso using lavazza rosso coffee. Cups warm up if you store them on top.

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Bought this in october 14 and within 12 months the steamer knob had broken. Philips replaced it but it broke again 6 months later. Now the plastic handle has snapped off the filter holder. In both cases when you can see the whay it is constructed it is obvious that this is not a robust product and should only be used once a week at most if you want it to last over two years. I have sent comments to philips but have not received a response after a month of waiting. Wish i had spent a little more on a gaggia classic which is tried and tested.
Bought this in october 14 and within 12 months the steamer knob had broken. Philips replaced it but it broke again 6 months later. Now the plastic handle has snapped off the filter holder. In both cases when you can see the whay it is constructed it is obvious that this is not a robust product and should only be used once a week at most if you want it to last over two years. I have sent comments to philips but have not received a response after a month of waiting. Wish i had spent a little more on a gaggia classic which is tried and tested.

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It has a couple of things that a newbie like me finds interesting. It has a couple of things that a newbie like me finds interesting. First it’s a step up from my previous machine a cuisinart em-200, as it delivers coffee always at the right temperature. Still there are one or two issues. The porta-filter is tricky at first, as when you try to fit it in the machine, due to the lightness of the machine it moves when you fix it. It only takes a couple of fittings to get accostumed to but the cuisinart em 200 is a lot heavier so this didn’t happen. Also the ese pods don’t work too well i’m afraid, most of the time the machine almost stalls midway brewing the coffee as if it becomes hard to keep it going. Maybe i am the one at fault. Regarding the coffee brewing itself it is nice to be able to feel some sort of control. I use pre-ground coffee and i have a burr grinder (a cuisinart that is not that good).

This review is from : Gaggia Carezza Deluxe Espresso coffee Machine – RI8525/08

It has a couple of things that a newbie like me finds interesting. It has a couple of things that a newbie like me finds interesting. First it’s a step up from my previous machine a cuisinart em-200, as it delivers coffee always at the right temperature. Still there are one or two issues. The porta-filter is tricky at first, as when you try to fit it in the machine, due to the lightness of the machine it moves when you fix it. It only takes a couple of fittings to get accostumed to but the cuisinart em 200 is a lot heavier so this didn’t happen. Also the ese pods don’t work too well i’m afraid, most of the time the machine almost stalls midway brewing the coffee as if it becomes hard to keep it going. Maybe i am the one at fault. Regarding the coffee brewing itself it is nice to be able to feel some sort of control. I use pre-ground coffee and i have a burr grinder (a cuisinart that is not that good).
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