Gaggia Espresso Cubika Plus RI8151/60 Coffee Machine – – perfect expresso

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Gaggia ri8151/60 espresso cubika plus black coffee machine. The routine for using it took me a couple of days to get used to. If you don’t get it exactly right, the coffee will come out cold so you need to watch the lights carefully before moving on to the next stage. I’ve actually used the steamer just for warming up drinks that have gone cold and they come out as hot as you like, but you need to run it for a couple of seconds to vent a bit of water before heating the milk with steam only. I see that some people have had trouble with the machine cutting out permanently. Mine cuts out if i accidently leave the steam button depressed for a long period after the coffee has been made. There’s a reset button inside the machine which is quite easy to reset as follows: remove the water tank. Remove the 2 small phillips screws holding the chrome lid.

Excellent little machine for one/two people. I’d thought i’d make a couple of points because there were a couple of questions gone unanswered; even though some things may seem trivial they turn out to be quite important when in practice with the machine. Also i find reviews the most helpful way to buy an itemso at first, my biggest concern was wondering what exactly could fit under the portafilter. Other reviews have stated that there is no space for the standard sized mug/cup, which is correct (although personally i don’t see why you would use a normal mug but that’s just me) however one and even two average sized cappuccino cups can easily fit snugly underneath (mine being 6. 5cm in height; i wouldn’t recommend buying anything over 7cm but that’s quite tall for a cappuccino cup anyway). Yes you do have to buy your own cups/glasses but i find that nicer as you’ve the liberty of personalisation. The portafilter’s nozzles that distribute the coffee are apart enough to supply two cappuccino cups/espresso shot glasses simultaneously (but obviously make sure you add more ground coffee)if you prefer to use an irish coffee glass for lattes and would like to experiment with the latte macchiato style (for basically making it look nice) you will have to use a small container for the espresso, around 50ml (giving you the option on how much coffee you feel like having). I recommend this container to be metal for conducting heat more effectively from the warming platform (turned on a few minutes earlier anyway) to keep the espresso hot/warm. Alternatively you could just heat it up when using it to prep the steam wand (to get rid of excess water in the nozzle). Something similar to that of a latte macchiato will need a small container to dribble the coffee smoothly over the top of the milk anyway.

  • It’s not perfect, but I like it
  • Nice results but
  • Two machines died within months – but see important updates

Two machines died within months – but see important updates. I got one of these machines as a gift at christmas. Great coffee until march (3 months) when it just suddenly died. Just a complete failure to respond. Given that gaggia is generally thought of as a good brand, i assumed this was just unlucky and accepted a replacement. Six months later, in september, it died in exactly the same way. No indication of what was wrong, just a complete failure to respond. Needless to say i won’t be risking another one. I’ve taken a refund and will be looking for an alternativeit has rather reduced my faith in gaggia.

Good machine but so so coffee froth rather than crema and not great taste. Ok i love my espresso, no milk, no sugar. I have had a francis francis x1 for 5+ years but it died and service is non existent and the reviews of the redesigned product are not great and the price it high sooooo i opted to buy the cubika plus. Arrived in no time, easy to assemble, great service from amazon.And the build quality is good, the water tank huge. And it works, produces coffee with a frothy crema but the coffee is a bit too thin and the crema a bit too frothy. Reminds me of the netspresso coffee, looks a heck of a lot better than it tastes. You do not tamper the coffee grinds, it doesn’t work if you do; and too fine a grind, the machine doesn’t work, literally will not produce coffee. Goes against all i know (or think i know) about producing a great coffee.Steam through finely ground coffee and all that.

Merkmal der Gaggia Espresso Cubika Plus RI8151/60 Coffee Machine – Black

  • ‘Perfect crema system’ for great-tasting coffee with a delicious crema layer
  • Rotating steamer for easy and fast milk frothing
  • Can be used with either ground coffee or coffee pods
  • Make professional quality espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, mochas, hot chocolates and even frappuccinos at home
  • Stylish, compact machine looks great in any kitchen

This is now the third coffee machine i’ve owned and each time i’ve taken a step up the barista scale of technicality (if there is one in existence of course. ) this natty, compact entry level machine manufactured by the leaders in the field of professional machines, gaggia is lovely and sleek to look at and would grace any kitchen, the fact that it’s about a third of the size of my previous model is a bonus, but i do miss the filter coffee facility, but you can’t have it all. As for operating the unit itself, there’s a large plastic water reservoir at the back of the machine which has a large capacity, so ensure that has enough water in it for your specific needs, empty the filter, switch on the machine, select the top `boiler’ button, allow some water to run through the system, switch the boiler button off which stems the flow, affix the coffee filled filter and wait until the boiler button glows red. Once that happens position one or two cups (squat cappuccino or espresso sizes are the only ones which will fit ) under the spouts and a perfect espresso with an excellent crema layer will emerge. If you require steamed milk for a cappuccino switch on the steam button, wait for it to heat up, place the nozzle in the milk jug and froth away. The steam nozzle is also useful for making other drinks such as hot chocolate, which i can heartily recommend. So, what do i personally think about the machine?. On the positive side it’s a great size for a domestic kitchen and does the job well and the espresso it produces tastes fantastic. I love the steam nozzle’s manoeuvrability which allows it to fit inside jugs and cups of different sizes.

Very good coffee but look at the alternatives too. I am not quite a coffee snob but i do like my coffee. For the past couple of years i have had a nespresso coffee pod system at home nespresso essenza by magimix m100a, smooth silver which delivers perfect espresso each time every time. The one single drawback of the system is the running costs. 27 compare that to about £0. 07p per espresso for the gaggia system which uses ground coffee and you can appreciate that if you are a heavy drinker of coffee that the savings will mount up. What you pay for with the nespresso systems is convenience and lack of mess. The gaggia looks and operates like the espresso maker that you see the barista’s using in starbucks or costa. Ground coffee beans are scooped into the metal container with a built in handle which is then locked into place under the machine’s hotplate. Hot water is pushed through at high pressure and one or two cups of espresso coffee are delivered in a few seconds. The handle is then unscrewed and the old coffee grounds binned and then it is cleaned. There is some mess as you do this and you have to clean the coffee holder after each use. If you want one decaff coffee and one normal then you have to use the machine twice and clean it twice. If you are doing a round of coffees then you can just shake out the old coffee and refill. Besten Gaggia Espresso Cubika Plus RI8151/60 Coffee Machine – Black Bewertungen

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Not a bad wee coffee machine. Not a bad wee coffee machine. Not to be used with normal height mugs but i have 3″ mugs that fit under it fine. Had this well over a year now and it’s still going strong. Remember to grind your coffee fairly fine to get the flavour out of it.

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Not a bad wee coffee machine. Not a bad wee coffee machine. Not to be used with normal height mugs but i have 3″ mugs that fit under it fine. Had this well over a year now and it’s still going strong. Remember to grind your coffee fairly fine to get the flavour out of it.
Great as a gift and works brilliantly over time. Bought this for my now husband as the first proper birthday present when i started working about 5 years ago. I hate coffee so i researched well and this gaggia has not let us down. Makes a great cup of coffee, good crema, if you take the tray out you can fit a regular sized mug under it too, and great for milk frothing and making lattes etc too. Also came with an adaptor for coffee pods but never tried that. If left switched on at the side for long periods when not in use it does tend to drip, so we just turn it off in between uses as it works very rapidly. Water tank easy to take out and clean/refill. Worked so well we bought one for my dad a year or so later and he loves it toostill going strong 5 years on and the quality of coffee it makes is still great.

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Great as a gift and works brilliantly over time. Bought this for my now husband as the first proper birthday present when i started working about 5 years ago. I hate coffee so i researched well and this gaggia has not let us down. Makes a great cup of coffee, good crema, if you take the tray out you can fit a regular sized mug under it too, and great for milk frothing and making lattes etc too. Also came with an adaptor for coffee pods but never tried that. If left switched on at the side for long periods when not in use it does tend to drip, so we just turn it off in between uses as it works very rapidly. Water tank easy to take out and clean/refill. Worked so well we bought one for my dad a year or so later and he loves it toostill going strong 5 years on and the quality of coffee it makes is still great.

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I got this baby back in 2012 and three years later it is still going strong with everyday use. A very good introduction to the world of real coffee. I give it three stars for its endurance and easy use. It doesn’t get five because the steaming/frothing mechanism came apart after a few months and i’ve had to find alternative ways to steam and froth my milk. All in all, not bad considering i spent £60-something on it as it was reduced and i had a voucher. At one time after two years i was kinda hoping it breaks so we can upgrade but now i’ve accepted that it might go on for few years more.
I got this baby back in 2012 and three years later it is still going strong with everyday use. A very good introduction to the world of real coffee. I give it three stars for its endurance and easy use. It doesn’t get five because the steaming/frothing mechanism came apart after a few months and i’ve had to find alternative ways to steam and froth my milk. All in all, not bad considering i spent £60-something on it as it was reduced and i had a voucher. At one time after two years i was kinda hoping it breaks so we can upgrade but now i’ve accepted that it might go on for few years more.

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Thought this would be a one day wonder, but we love it and use it every day.

This review is from : Gaggia Espresso Cubika Plus RI8151/60 Coffee Machine – Black

Thought this would be a one day wonder, but we love it and use it every day.

This review is from : Gaggia Espresso Cubika Plus RI8151/60 Coffee Machine – Black

It’s not perfect, but i like it. I’m giving the cubika 4 stars. I like it, but it’s not perfect. I bought it on an extended trip to the uk, having been used to making my own coffee in sydney on a better – & more expensive – machine. First, let’s be clear that this is an entry level machine. That means it’s basic, has virtually no bells and whistles, but it does the job – and it’s relatively cheap. So imho, reasonable value for money. You have to take the time to learn how to use it, but with a little practice you’ll be making much better coffee than the average, frothy, weak nonsense that come out of some cafes here in the uk. The pressurised group head on this machine produces good crema pretty much every time (just don’t over tamp the coffee). We use the illy ground coffee (available in all good supermarkets) which is good quality and a lot easier than grinding your own. It looks good, and seems well made. I’ve been using it for a month and no problems so far.
It’s not perfect, but i like it. I’m giving the cubika 4 stars. I like it, but it’s not perfect. I bought it on an extended trip to the uk, having been used to making my own coffee in sydney on a better – & more expensive – machine. First, let’s be clear that this is an entry level machine. That means it’s basic, has virtually no bells and whistles, but it does the job – and it’s relatively cheap. So imho, reasonable value for money. You have to take the time to learn how to use it, but with a little practice you’ll be making much better coffee than the average, frothy, weak nonsense that come out of some cafes here in the uk. The pressurised group head on this machine produces good crema pretty much every time (just don’t over tamp the coffee). We use the illy ground coffee (available in all good supermarkets) which is good quality and a lot easier than grinding your own. It looks good, and seems well made. I’ve been using it for a month and no problems so far.

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Very good machine, easy to use makes great. Very good machine ,easy to use makes great espresso.

This review is from : Gaggia Espresso Cubika Plus RI8151/60 Coffee Machine – Black

Does what it says on the tin. Found the coffee to be slightly hotter if you press the steam button in until it lights up then switch it off and press the brew button.

This review is from : Gaggia Espresso Cubika Plus RI8151/60 Coffee Machine – Black

Does what it says on the tin. Found the coffee to be slightly hotter if you press the steam button in until it lights up then switch it off and press the brew button.
Great, but had to open it up and reset. Great, but had to open it up and reset the fuse (see other reviews for details), as it stopped working after 1 year. Apart from this, it works great and makes amazing coffee.

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Great, but had to open it up and reset. Great, but had to open it up and reset the fuse (see other reviews for details), as it stopped working after 1 year. Apart from this, it works great and makes amazing coffee.
Machine just before christmas after recommendation by a friend delighted so far. Bought this machine just before christmas after recommendation by a friend delighted so far. A bit of trial and error at first, and a bit more time needed than with the pod types, but well worth the effort. After many years of searching i’ve finally found a machine that makes a perfect hot cappuccino. Also searched around to find a coffee to suit my taste. Friends and relatives love it.
Machine just before christmas after recommendation by a friend delighted so far. Bought this machine just before christmas after recommendation by a friend delighted so far. A bit of trial and error at first, and a bit more time needed than with the pod types, but well worth the effort. After many years of searching i’ve finally found a machine that makes a perfect hot cappuccino. Also searched around to find a coffee to suit my taste. Friends and relatives love it.
This machine served me reasonably well for a couple of years. Easy to clean but the milk frother should not be dismantled to clean. Unfortunately, the water pump has now gone so no long of any use. Shame as it is metal and feels solid. Loads of other machines now on the market to produce both espresso type drinks and multi drinks in one machine. Maybe i will get one of those.
This machine served me reasonably well for a couple of years. Easy to clean but the milk frother should not be dismantled to clean. Unfortunately, the water pump has now gone so no long of any use. Shame as it is metal and feels solid. Loads of other machines now on the market to produce both espresso type drinks and multi drinks in one machine. Maybe i will get one of those.

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Well pleased with this coffee machine makes a lovely cup of coffee.
Easy to use and clean and doesn’t take up too much space on the worktop. Had it a while now and still works perfectly.
Easy to use and clean and doesn’t take up too much space on the worktop. Had it a while now and still works perfectly.

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Still make just one coffee at the time, to long wait to make another one.

This review is from : Gaggia Espresso Cubika Plus RI8151/60 Coffee Machine – Black

Perfect, gaggia one of the best most reliable and a pleasure to use everyday.
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