Gaggia RI8525/08 Carezza Manual Coffee Machine : Fantastic little expresso maker

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Recommended by my local coffee shop/italian deli owner (italian welshman) who has had one at home for ages.

Fantastic little expresso maker. I hade a mini gaggia before so is not new for me this type of coffee maker, i nearly by another mini but my good i’m glad to get this one, is by far the best expresso machine u can get without being a professional, i’m glad i spend time reading the reviews and the technical side of this product.

Reasonable coffee, not so straightforward to use. We bought this (a bit in haste) to replace our francis francis x1 that finally bit the dust after 8 years of daily use (see my review of the x1). My impression of the gaggia is therefore inevitably coloured by the experience of the x1, which is maybe an unfair comparison, as the x1 is more than twice the price of the carezza and a much more ‘manual’ machine, which depends more on the operator’s skill than on the technology of the machine (the carezza is the opposite). In use, the carezza can make a pretty decent espresso or cappuccino, but not, in my opinion, as good as you get with the x1. I think this is due to the fact that the carezza gives you very little control. To consider the espresso first, you can vary the amount of coffee you put in the holder, and how long you pump the water through, but the design of the holder (a bit of technological wizardry from phillips, who seem to own gaggia, that puts the grounds under pressure – but there’s no way to control the pressure) means that you can’t tamp the coffee down, so you lose control of that variable. The espresso from the carezza seems to me more bitter than that from the x1 (using the same beans and grind), as if the water temperature is too high. The carezza also uses the system of running some water into the grounds and letting it sit there briefly before continuing the water flow, which some other machines also use, and this might slightly over-brew things, in combination with the pressurised coffee holder (just a theory). Foaming the milk for cappuccino is also a bit sub-optimal. The steam control knob is marked as if you can vary the flow of steam, but in practice it is an on or off affair. Here are the specifications for the Gaggia RI8525/08 Carezza Manual Coffee Machine:

  • Panarello steamer attachment
  • Ground coffee and easy serve pods
  • Descaling alarm
  • Frontal water tank extraction
  • Double walled pressurized crema filter

Great coffee machine very robust. Hii bought this item for my birthday present and i have been using it now for 8 months. The overall quality of the item is very good. The build quality is good and very robust. I use the item pretty much everyday and it makes great coffee. The coffee maker is maybe a little noisy when pumping the water but apart from that it is very good and very minor draw back. Good size water tank on it but have to take the drip tray off to put big tall coffee cups under it again only a small problem. The milk has to be fresh to get good frothing but think that is common with most of the machines. If you live in a hard water area like i do then the unit may need de-scaling a bit more than usual. About 26 seconds from when coffee starts to pour is good time for nice crema.

Great coffee, nice machine, poor instructions. I’ve been using this for nearly a year now and have not regretted buying it. This was bought to replace a cuisinart machine which we owned for 3 years and which was replaced 4 times under the guarantee – it made good coffee but was clearly a dudd design from a technical point of view. This consistently makes good coffee. It’s nice to use and looks good. However, other reviews are correct in that it has an apallingly rubbish instruction manual. It took me a while to work out that after steaming your milk for a latte you then need to clear the steam in order to extract your coffee. This means pressing the ‘coffee extract’ button then removing the milk from under the wand, replacing it with another container, and then turning the steam knob to clear the remaining backlog of steam into your spare vessel. Then, when the ‘extract’ light stops flashing and turns a steady green, you can press the extract button and get your coffee. This is all fine and adds a bit to the performance of making coffee – which i quite enjoy – but none of it is explained in the instructions.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Reasonable coffee, not so straightforward to use
  • Great Coffee Machine Very Robust
  • third time lucky

Reasonable coffee, not so straightforward to use. We bought this (a bit in haste) to replace our francis francis x1 that finally bit the dust after 8 years of daily use (see my review of the x1). My impression of the gaggia is therefore inevitably coloured by the experience of the x1, which is maybe an unfair comparison, as the x1 is more than twice the price of the carezza and a much more ‘manual’ machine, which depends more on the operator’s skill than on the technology of the machine (the carezza is the opposite). In use, the carezza can make a pretty decent espresso or cappuccino, but not, in my opinion, as good as you get with the x1. I think this is due to the fact that the carezza gives you very little control. To consider the espresso first, you can vary the amount of coffee you put in the holder, and how long you pump the water through, but the design of the holder (a bit of technological wizardry from phillips, who seem to own gaggia, that puts the grounds under pressure – but there’s no way to control the pressure) means that you can’t tamp the coffee down, so you lose control of that variable. The espresso from the carezza seems to me more bitter than that from the x1 (using the same beans and grind), as if the water temperature is too high. The carezza also uses the system of running some water into the grounds and letting it sit there briefly before continuing the water flow, which some other machines also use, and this might slightly over-brew things, in combination with the pressurised coffee holder (just a theory). Foaming the milk for cappuccino is also a bit sub-optimal. The steam control knob is marked as if you can vary the flow of steam, but in practice it is an on or off affair.

I have tried different coffee machines until i settled for this one. I love the milk froth it makes. The machine i had before this one was the dualit espressivo which has very good reviews and few negative ones i’ve seen. On the outset it was leaking as in some revies have mentioned and other little niggles so within 2 weeks of having it, it was returned to the shop. I then got this gaggia and the quality was very different. In use, the gaggia is a bit tricky to use and manual wasn’t too clear but once you get the to the routine it’s all straight forward from there. If i worked with gaggia, i would put a video instruction on the web instead of the user manual. I even googled for videos but couldn’t find any.

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Having worn out three cheaper efforts in as many years i decided to buy a premium product. Totally superior in build quality and performance.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8525/08 Carezza Manual Coffee Machine

Having worn out three cheaper efforts in as many years i decided to buy a premium product. Totally superior in build quality and performance.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8525/08 Carezza Manual Coffee Machine

Bought this based on good reviews. It has stopped working after 2 years. Bought this based on good reviews. It has stopped working after 2 years with no help as to why or what i can do to fix it from the manual. When it does work the coffee is grear.

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Bought this based on good reviews. It has stopped working after 2 years. Bought this based on good reviews. It has stopped working after 2 years with no help as to why or what i can do to fix it from the manual. When it does work the coffee is grear.
The best machine you will ever get for the money, would reccomend to anyone who wants good coffee at home.

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The best machine you will ever get for the money, would reccomend to anyone who wants good coffee at home.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8525/08 Carezza Manual Coffee Machine

Love my coffee – love my gaggia. Although the drip tray was scuffed and marked when the package arrived (actually two of them, we eventually settled for a scuffed one as that seemed to be they way it is) i have rated the product 5 stars. Well, it’s because of the coffee it makes which is frankly the best i’ve ever had. The instructions aren’t the best but you can easily work through them if you stick with it and follow your instincts once in a while. I can honestly say the crema and depth of flavour bettered my expectations by a distance. I’ve also taken delivery of some pure gusto ese pods as an experiment and i’ve been really impressed given what most pod-coffee is like. These are well worth a try and good value – also less clearing up if you’re in a hurry. But that said, if you have five mins to devote to preparing a drink made from your favorite ‘pre’ or ‘home’ ground coffee, i would imagine you’d struggle to beat this for the price. Also, it looks great too, so why not treat yourself.
Love my coffee – love my gaggia. Although the drip tray was scuffed and marked when the package arrived (actually two of them, we eventually settled for a scuffed one as that seemed to be they way it is) i have rated the product 5 stars. Well, it’s because of the coffee it makes which is frankly the best i’ve ever had. The instructions aren’t the best but you can easily work through them if you stick with it and follow your instincts once in a while. I can honestly say the crema and depth of flavour bettered my expectations by a distance. I’ve also taken delivery of some pure gusto ese pods as an experiment and i’ve been really impressed given what most pod-coffee is like. These are well worth a try and good value – also less clearing up if you’re in a hurry. But that said, if you have five mins to devote to preparing a drink made from your favorite ‘pre’ or ‘home’ ground coffee, i would imagine you’d struggle to beat this for the price. Also, it looks great too, so why not treat yourself.
Gaggia ri8525/08 carezza manual espresso. The machine it looks good quality but i had to send it bake because it was faulty the seller was very kind i got my money bake with no problem, thank you.

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Gaggia ri8525/08 carezza manual espresso. The machine it looks good quality but i had to send it bake because it was faulty the seller was very kind i got my money bake with no problem, thank you.

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Love this coffee machine it makes the perfect latte and whats more it makes a large cup not a tiny cup like some coffee makers , it is easy to work and easy to clean. Would suggest this machine to eanyone wanting to buy a coffee maker.

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Love this coffee machine it makes the perfect latte and whats more it makes a large cup not a tiny cup like some coffee makers , it is easy to work and easy to clean. Would suggest this machine to eanyone wanting to buy a coffee maker.
Used for the first time today and after some trial and error, its all working good. I got crema straight away from grinding my own beans using the bodum burr grinder in red (£93) on the finest setting. The dispensing is a bit uneven when doing 2 cups, with one cup getting more crema than the other, but i’m hoping this is just because its new and because i cheated on the initial priming. I think with use, it will get better. Steaming of milk took a bit of getting use to, and i haven’t been able to get the temperature up enough, but that got better when i read instructions properly. Have ordered some illy ese pods to try too so will see as well as a tamper to see if this makes the ground coffee taste better.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8525/08 Carezza Manual Coffee Machine

Used for the first time today and after some trial and error, its all working good. I got crema straight away from grinding my own beans using the bodum burr grinder in red (£93) on the finest setting. The dispensing is a bit uneven when doing 2 cups, with one cup getting more crema than the other, but i’m hoping this is just because its new and because i cheated on the initial priming. I think with use, it will get better. Steaming of milk took a bit of getting use to, and i haven’t been able to get the temperature up enough, but that got better when i read instructions properly. Have ordered some illy ese pods to try too so will see as well as a tamper to see if this makes the ground coffee taste better.

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Makes my wife a perfect cappa and me agreat latte. Only problem no press to compact coffee.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8525/08 Carezza Manual Coffee Machine

Makes my wife a perfect cappa and me agreat latte. Only problem no press to compact coffee.

This review is from : Gaggia RI8525/08 Carezza Manual Coffee Machine

Agree with the comments in the last review. Geat service from amazon and delivered in 2 days with free delivery. I brought this to replace a pavoni machine that has given years of constant use. The gaggia doesn’t make such a good coffe though – even though the coffeee holder is bigger than the pavoni, the coffee does not seem to come out as strong. For some reason, if you want to foam milk the machine will only let you do this after making the coffee, not the other way round. My old machine would let me froth the milk first and then add the coffee directly to the milk in the cup. Try it with the gaggia and various error lights start to flash. As noted by others, the instructions are poor (or porrly translated). In summary, ok but not great for the money.
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