Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, Very good machine

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I use this as my other machine when in london.

After having our beloved krups coffee machine for many years finding a replacement was going to be hard. After looking at many different ones we decided on the gaggia. The reviews were very mixed but we are thrilled with it. It’s looks good, is easy to use and makes great coffee. My only niggle is i think the milk frother is too long, l struggle to get the jug out without spilling anything as there isn’t much of a gap between the frother and the worktop, i never had this problem with our previous machine.

Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

  • Perfect pressure for full Espresso taste
  • Classic milk frother for a tasty Cappuccino
  • Cup plate
  • Coffee pods compatible
  • Pressurized filter holder for perfect crema

I took a chance and bought this item. Knowing the brand well, i thought it was worth a try. And so far im delighted with the product. Very easy to use, makes very good coffee. Suprised that it hasnt gotten any reviews yet, but here you go.

Great machine, good looks and taste.

Great machine, good looks and taste.

Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black : Really couldn’t ask for more as a starter (or everyday) espresso machine. . I have been developing a taste and love of “proper” coffee over the past couple of years, having moved on from a senseo machine to an aeropress to a nespresso machine, and i wanted to try my hand at making my own espressos and cappuccinos at home. As i wasn’t sure how much of a faff it would be, or if it would actually taste any better than my nespresso coffees, i didn’t want to spend too much and end up with yet another in-the-cupboard gadget. Being a snob, i wanted a “name”, and that name had to be gaggia (i don’t profess to be a particularly bright snob, so i went for a name i’d recognise and which would look nice on the worktop). The gran manual ticked all the boxes in terms of price, looks and functionality. With a price tag just over £100, you have to be prepared for a few compromises, and that this has a plastic body is one of them, rather than a stainless steel shell – however, the gloss black / matt black contrast is very stylish and attractive, and very easy to clean. The frother nozzle is plastic, but again, is unobtrusive and does the job. The drip tray is functional, but is a pain to clean (it has very deep slots that defy most cleaning cloths). Other than that, you are getting pretty much what you’d get with a more expensive model – a proper pressurised filter holder, 15 bar pressure, large (and easy to fill) water reservoir, and a stainless steel boiler. It comes with an interchangeable ese pod holder – may be of interest to some, but the whole point of an espresso machine to me is the whole theatrical production of grinding beans, measuring out a scoop of lovely coffee into the filter holder, tamping it down.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

Lovely gaggia machine, tasty espressos. Bought this after a recent trip to rome, which reinvigorated my love for espresso. The model i bought though, only has 2 buttons on the front panel. The centre button is now just the on/off light. Is this a newer model?anyway, having said that, so far so good. Makes lovely espresso and as i’m using ese pods, less easy too. I love the look of the gaggia design. It was either this or a delonghi. I think i made the right choice.
Lovely gaggia machine, tasty espressos. Bought this after a recent trip to rome, which reinvigorated my love for espresso. The model i bought though, only has 2 buttons on the front panel. The centre button is now just the on/off light. Is this a newer model?anyway, having said that, so far so good. Makes lovely espresso and as i’m using ese pods, less easy too. I love the look of the gaggia design. It was either this or a delonghi. I think i made the right choice.
Produces just the same quality of coffee as my old one possibly a bit better. Only downside because its plastic as opposed to the last one it is a bit light.
Produces just the same quality of coffee as my old one possibly a bit better. Only downside because its plastic as opposed to the last one it is a bit light.
A great starter espresso machine. . Very happy with the machine. Instructions aren’t the most clear and it’s obviously built to a budget, but the innards are the same as the rest of the gaggia 15-bar units. As a starter machine for my daughter, it does a fine job.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

A great starter espresso machine. . Very happy with the machine. Instructions aren’t the most clear and it’s obviously built to a budget, but the innards are the same as the rest of the gaggia 15-bar units. As a starter machine for my daughter, it does a fine job.
I was pleased with it but after two years it stopped working altogether. Can’t find any helpful info on the website or int manual, other than go and check solenoids etc which is beyond my level of diy.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

I was pleased with it but after two years it stopped working altogether. Can’t find any helpful info on the website or int manual, other than go and check solenoids etc which is beyond my level of diy.
Five stars for value for rmoney – but spend more and you will get better. . Makes a great coffee for so little money but this is a machine at the cheaper end of the market. Our second machine is a rancilio silvia which, when partnered with a top quality grinder, simply can’t be beaten if you want to make commercial coffee-shop style coffee. The problem is that the second option is £700 and this gaggia is £90. I did find that when using the benchmark lavazza qualita rossa coffee in pre-ground form, it ran quite fast through the gaggia and you did not pull out the expected flavour. Still not bad, but you ideally need to get a finer grind coffee to get the best out of this machine. 2 points worth mentioning – get a cheap metal 51mm tamper, as the supplied one built into the measuring spoon is a complete joke. Also, i always recommend using these machines just for making the espresso – if you want to froth milk, use a stove top jug with frothing mesh (amazon item b001u8gb18 or similar). The reason is that no home machine i have ever had can make frothed milk to the standard of a stove top jug. Home machine frothing wands always water the milk down too much and run out of power just when you need it.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

Five stars for value for rmoney – but spend more and you will get better. . Makes a great coffee for so little money but this is a machine at the cheaper end of the market. Our second machine is a rancilio silvia which, when partnered with a top quality grinder, simply can’t be beaten if you want to make commercial coffee-shop style coffee. The problem is that the second option is £700 and this gaggia is £90. I did find that when using the benchmark lavazza qualita rossa coffee in pre-ground form, it ran quite fast through the gaggia and you did not pull out the expected flavour. Still not bad, but you ideally need to get a finer grind coffee to get the best out of this machine. 2 points worth mentioning – get a cheap metal 51mm tamper, as the supplied one built into the measuring spoon is a complete joke. Also, i always recommend using these machines just for making the espresso – if you want to froth milk, use a stove top jug with frothing mesh (amazon item b001u8gb18 or similar). The reason is that no home machine i have ever had can make frothed milk to the standard of a stove top jug. Home machine frothing wands always water the milk down too much and run out of power just when you need it.
Looks great, compact, makes a nice cup of coffee. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to get that hot – i think due to a combination of small reservoir and low-wattage element – which is a particular shame if like me you enjoy a longer drink. The only other downside is that it has quite a shake to it when on – so you have to watch that your cup/glass underneath isn’t going to move out and miss the flow due to all the vibrations. Other than that, it’s great – easy to use, easy to clean.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

Looks great, compact, makes a nice cup of coffee. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to get that hot – i think due to a combination of small reservoir and low-wattage element – which is a particular shame if like me you enjoy a longer drink. The only other downside is that it has quite a shake to it when on – so you have to watch that your cup/glass underneath isn’t going to move out and miss the flow due to all the vibrations. Other than that, it’s great – easy to use, easy to clean.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

The knob broke off in 5 minutes and. The knob broke off in 5 minutes and it leaks. Couldn’t be bothered returning it. I just don’t buy that brand again.
The knob broke off in 5 minutes and. The knob broke off in 5 minutes and it leaks. Couldn’t be bothered returning it. I just don’t buy that brand again.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

If you read the instructtions. It has a plastic casing, but does that matter?.Only to keep the price down. It is neat, not large and obtrusive, and fits well into any kitchen or small places. And works very well, giving a great coffee. If you read the instructtions. The only gripe i have is, it’s size means think about your cups size.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

If you read the instructtions. It has a plastic casing, but does that matter?.Only to keep the price down. It is neat, not large and obtrusive, and fits well into any kitchen or small places. And works very well, giving a great coffee. If you read the instructtions. The only gripe i have is, it’s size means think about your cups size.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

Machine is a little more plastic than i expected but. Machine is a little more plastic than i expected but as this is my first gaggia machine worth the initial experiment before i look to up grade.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

Machine is a little more plastic than i expected but. Machine is a little more plastic than i expected but as this is my first gaggia machine worth the initial experiment before i look to up grade.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

Proper coffee, you can’t beat it. Hope we don’t wear it out, such a quick delivery, thankyou.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

Proper coffee, you can’t beat it. Hope we don’t wear it out, such a quick delivery, thankyou.
Excellent entry level machine, good pressure and heats up quickly. The steamer nozzle isn’t great as doesn’t give you enough clearance between the end of the nozzle and the counter top.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8323/01 Gran Manual Espresso Machine, 1 Litre, 950 Watt, 15 Bar – Black

Excellent entry level machine, good pressure and heats up quickly. The steamer nozzle isn’t great as doesn’t give you enough clearance between the end of the nozzle and the counter top.
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