Philips Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker : Good machine, odd power button

Espresso & Cappuccino Machines
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Gaggia 74841 coffee maker,deep red. My spouse beloved it, he utilizes it all the time. The water is alot hotter than our final coffee maker.

This is the ideal espresso coffe maker i have owned so far,quick to use makes wonderful coffee wonderful price tag and seems to be beautiful in the kitchen.

Wherever do we get started with this wee terror?. I will commence off by indicating that although i’m not a experienced barista, my coffee information is quite extensive and i understand the ideas of espresso extraction. To that conclude i have realized some good outcomes but this hasn’t occur conveniently. I have owned this machine for a couple a long time now and my feeling is constantly shifting. To begin with, when i understood naff all about great coffee, i cherished this machine. But this was at a time the place i was quite content to wander into a starbucks/costa/nero. The success had been pretend espresso and milky cavity wall insulation. So let’s appear at the reasons for this: this machine was evidently built to make foolproof espresso analogs as a result of the use of a pressurised basket and crema pin. What this does is force a jet of coffee into the pin, which effects in aeration and so a foam on top of the coffee.Here are the specifications for the Philips Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker:

  • Striking deep red housing and a durable stainless steel boiler to provide proper temperature and strong steaming power
  • Comes with coffee filters for 1 and 2 cups of ground coffee, and a special filter for ESE (easy serve espresso) pods
  • Panarello steamer attachment rotates for easy access to froth milk in seconds; also delivers hot water for tea and other hot drinks
  • Anti-drip feature stops dispensing immediately for an accurate measure of espresso while the reservoir is located in the back of the machine, so all you need to do is pull it straight up to remove it
  • The stainless steel boiler does more than heat water for brewing and steaming–it also heats the cup warmer located on top of the machine so you can enjoy steaming hot espresso

Excellent device if you are prepared to perform :). I like this device a great deal, and have experienced some pretty fantastic coffees out of it. I would say it is feasible to create the type of coffee you can get from an artisan coffee shop with a small function and perhaps a minor luck. I assume, getting go through close to a very little, that the most important strengths of a much more expensive equipment come from the potential to do additional at as soon as (eg smaller sized hold out concerning beverages, frothing although espresso is remaining created etc), and from the increased temperature/stress stability granting superior consistency. Nevertheless, as i have only owned this equipment i can not assurance that is proper. I would also say if you can manage the gaggia typical it may be a much better alternative as all the gains of this equipment exist but there appear to be even much more choices for areas and many others. It is a awesome colour and shape. The most important internals are rather great, the team head, portafilter and boiler are all of very good good quality, which would make this device a improved selection than the lower price household devices.

Excellent device if you are prepared to perform :). I like this device a great deal, and have experienced some pretty fantastic coffees out of it. I would say it is feasible to create the type of coffee you can get from an artisan coffee shop with a small function and perhaps a minor luck. I assume, getting go through close to a very little, that the most important strengths of a much more expensive equipment come from the potential to do additional at as soon as (eg smaller sized hold out concerning beverages, frothing although espresso is remaining created etc), and from the increased temperature/stress stability granting superior consistency. Nevertheless, as i have only owned this equipment i can not assurance that is proper. I would also say if you can manage the gaggia typical it may be a much better alternative as all the gains of this equipment exist but there appear to be even much more choices for areas and many others. It is a awesome colour and shape. The most important internals are rather great, the team head, portafilter and boiler are all of very good good quality, which would make this device a improved selection than the lower price household devices.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Sensational coffee, Plastic body: the five year life of a coffee machine
  • Good coffee but you need a crema pin which is easily lost
  • Super coffee for the connoisseur

Very good coffee but you need to have a crema pin which is simply missing. Charming looking machine which makes a nice coffee and a very good froth. Nonetheless if you use new floor coffee (rather than capsules) and don’t use the best crema pin the coffee splutters all in excess of the spot. It is a little unfastened section which is v conveniently missing.I have just purchased my 2nd one (£5. 28/4/2013 it has now commenced to leak terribly, as expert by yet another reviewer, if i go away it turned on following generating the coffee, all of the h2o will inevitably drip out into the tiny tray and leave a significant puddle on the do the job floor. I have only had the device for 5 months so am going to return it.

Gaggia 74841 coffee maker,deep red. My spouse beloved it, he utilizes it all the time. The water is alot hotter than our final coffee maker.

Good machine if you are willing to work :). I like this machine a lot, and have had some very good coffees out of it. I would say it is possible to produce the kind of coffee you can get from an artisan coffee shop with a little work and possibly a little luck. I think, having read around a little, that the main advantages of a more expensive machine come from the ability to do more at once (eg smaller wait between drinks, frothing whilst espresso is being made etc), and from the greater temperature/pressure stability granting better consistency. However, as i have only owned this machine i can’t guarantee that is correct. I would also say if you can afford the gaggia classic it might be a better choice as all the benefits of this machine exist but there seem to be even more options for parts etc. It is a nice colour and shape. The most important internals are quite good, the group head, portafilter and boiler are all of good quality, which makes this machine a better choice than the lower cost home devices.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

Good machine if you are willing to work :). I like this machine a lot, and have had some very good coffees out of it. I would say it is possible to produce the kind of coffee you can get from an artisan coffee shop with a little work and possibly a little luck. I think, having read around a little, that the main advantages of a more expensive machine come from the ability to do more at once (eg smaller wait between drinks, frothing whilst espresso is being made etc), and from the greater temperature/pressure stability granting better consistency. However, as i have only owned this machine i can’t guarantee that is correct. I would also say if you can afford the gaggia classic it might be a better choice as all the benefits of this machine exist but there seem to be even more options for parts etc. It is a nice colour and shape. The most important internals are quite good, the group head, portafilter and boiler are all of good quality, which makes this machine a better choice than the lower cost home devices.
Where do we begin with this wee terror?. I’ll start off by saying that whilst i’m not a trained barista, my coffee knowledge is fairly extensive and i understand the principles of espresso extraction. To that end i have achieved some decent results but this hasn’t come easily. I’ve owned this machine for a few years now and my opinion is constantly changing. Initially, when i knew naff all about good coffee, i loved this machine. But this was at a time where i was quite happy to walk into a starbucks/costa/nero. The results were fake espresso and milky cavity wall insulation. So let’s look at the reasons for this: this machine was clearly designed to make foolproof espresso analogs through the use of a pressurised basket and crema pin. What this does is force a jet of coffee into the pin, which results in aeration and so a foam on top of the coffee.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

Where do we begin with this wee terror?. I’ll start off by saying that whilst i’m not a trained barista, my coffee knowledge is fairly extensive and i understand the principles of espresso extraction. To that end i have achieved some decent results but this hasn’t come easily. I’ve owned this machine for a few years now and my opinion is constantly changing. Initially, when i knew naff all about good coffee, i loved this machine. But this was at a time where i was quite happy to walk into a starbucks/costa/nero. The results were fake espresso and milky cavity wall insulation. So let’s look at the reasons for this: this machine was clearly designed to make foolproof espresso analogs through the use of a pressurised basket and crema pin. What this does is force a jet of coffee into the pin, which results in aeration and so a foam on top of the coffee.
Love this, i bought it again. I love coffee and i love gaggia for making it at home. This is the second one i bought after my first broke, however after using it daily for over 6 years i accept that nothing lasts forever. I have bought delonghi for a friend before but it doesn’t compare to the gaggia, this makes an excellent cappuccinosome reviews are negative stating that the coffee is no good and is just brown water, however i find it great. It did take me quite a while to master the art of making the cappuccino however once u get it the way you like it there’s no going back. I found the key is 2 things (1) use a very fine grind of coffee, i use lavazza or illy. Supermarket brands are not ground as fine and i find this affects the crema layer on top that u get. (2) get a good stainless steel cup to froth the milk and try over and over until the milk is just right to finish things off.
Love this, i bought it again. I love coffee and i love gaggia for making it at home. This is the second one i bought after my first broke, however after using it daily for over 6 years i accept that nothing lasts forever. I have bought delonghi for a friend before but it doesn’t compare to the gaggia, this makes an excellent cappuccinosome reviews are negative stating that the coffee is no good and is just brown water, however i find it great. It did take me quite a while to master the art of making the cappuccino however once u get it the way you like it there’s no going back. I found the key is 2 things (1) use a very fine grind of coffee, i use lavazza or illy. Supermarket brands are not ground as fine and i find this affects the crema layer on top that u get. (2) get a good stainless steel cup to froth the milk and try over and over until the milk is just right to finish things off.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

5 years on and still going strong. I bought mine from a kitchen utensil shop for £ 162 , 5 years ago it had been reduced from £210. I bought the special crema basket as i found it difficult to get the head on it. I love the coffee from this machine. When it dies i want a bean to cup machine but i look like i am going to have to wait a while.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

5 years on and still going strong. I bought mine from a kitchen utensil shop for £ 162 , 5 years ago it had been reduced from £210. I bought the special crema basket as i found it difficult to get the head on it. I love the coffee from this machine. When it dies i want a bean to cup machine but i look like i am going to have to wait a while.
We like our espresso and this machine does not disappoint. Easy to use and easy to clean. However it won’t last forever – replaced an identical model we had used for around 2 1/2 years before it started to clog up, but is it worth paying the earth to go to the next level?.
We like our espresso and this machine does not disappoint. Easy to use and easy to clean. However it won’t last forever – replaced an identical model we had used for around 2 1/2 years before it started to clog up, but is it worth paying the earth to go to the next level?.
Good coffee but you need a crema pin which is easily lost. Lovely looking machine which makes a nice coffee and a good froth. However if you use fresh ground coffee (rather than capsules) and don’t use the perfect crema pin the coffee splutters all over the place. It is a tiny loose part which is v easily lost.I have just bought my second one (£5. 28/4/2013 it has now started to leak badly, as experienced by another reviewer, if i leave it turned on after making the coffee, all of the water will eventually drip out into the small tray and leave a large puddle on the work surface. I have only had the machine for 5 months so am going to return it.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

Good coffee but you need a crema pin which is easily lost. Lovely looking machine which makes a nice coffee and a good froth. However if you use fresh ground coffee (rather than capsules) and don’t use the perfect crema pin the coffee splutters all over the place. It is a tiny loose part which is v easily lost.I have just bought my second one (£5. 28/4/2013 it has now started to leak badly, as experienced by another reviewer, if i leave it turned on after making the coffee, all of the water will eventually drip out into the small tray and leave a large puddle on the work surface. I have only had the machine for 5 months so am going to return it.
I used to have a gaggia cubika. I had it for 6 years and it had served well but when i went to replace it with something newer and choose the gaggia espresso. Firstly, it’s better than the cubika.It’s faster to heat up (less than 2 minutes and it’s good to go) and makes a better coffee. We got a metal jug from ikea (5. 95) and using this machine we can complete with the local coffee shops. It makes an amazing espresso and a stunning cappuccino. It’s used in our offices and easily handles making 6 cups of coffee a day. The body is made from plastic which at first made me question it but it is lighter and very easy to clean as a result.
I used to have a gaggia cubika. I had it for 6 years and it had served well but when i went to replace it with something newer and choose the gaggia espresso. Firstly, it’s better than the cubika.It’s faster to heat up (less than 2 minutes and it’s good to go) and makes a better coffee. We got a metal jug from ikea (5. 95) and using this machine we can complete with the local coffee shops. It makes an amazing espresso and a stunning cappuccino. It’s used in our offices and easily handles making 6 cups of coffee a day. The body is made from plastic which at first made me question it but it is lighter and very easy to clean as a result.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

A new morning essential – update 2 years on. . Regarding my review below, gaggia coffee maker bought in the january sale nearly 2 years ago – a quick update. . No problems (other than when my husband accidentally dropped that little black widget in the filter down the sink – replacement ordered quite painlessly via amazon bless them). Two year’s of happy trouble free coffee drinking from our little red gaggia. My only issue is going to be ensuring that my daughter (now 18) doesn’t “accidentally” drop it in her suitcase when she goes to uni in september——————————————————————–we’ve never had an espresso machine before – and i was concerned that it might be too much of a fiddle – but my 16 yr old daughter, my husband and i mastered it very quickly. Now the smell of brewing coffee is part of our morning routine. Yes there is the usual post brew dribble but other than that the coffee is great and the steam jet very effective. To echo previous reviewers of this kind of machine – there are a few handy pointer:1. Get yourself a s/steel jug & milk thermometer. Espresso is not in measured shots. A couple of basic espresso cups are also useful (cheapest we found were at d***** mill @ around 1. In the beginning – you will get it wrong. Buy some supermarket basic to practice with and save the good stuff for later when you’ve got the hang of it.
A new morning essential – update 2 years on. . Regarding my review below, gaggia coffee maker bought in the january sale nearly 2 years ago – a quick update. . No problems (other than when my husband accidentally dropped that little black widget in the filter down the sink – replacement ordered quite painlessly via amazon bless them). Two year’s of happy trouble free coffee drinking from our little red gaggia. My only issue is going to be ensuring that my daughter (now 18) doesn’t “accidentally” drop it in her suitcase when she goes to uni in september——————————————————————–we’ve never had an espresso machine before – and i was concerned that it might be too much of a fiddle – but my 16 yr old daughter, my husband and i mastered it very quickly. Now the smell of brewing coffee is part of our morning routine. Yes there is the usual post brew dribble but other than that the coffee is great and the steam jet very effective. To echo previous reviewers of this kind of machine – there are a few handy pointer:1. Get yourself a s/steel jug & milk thermometer. Espresso is not in measured shots. A couple of basic espresso cups are also useful (cheapest we found were at d***** mill @ around 1. In the beginning – you will get it wrong. Buy some supermarket basic to practice with and save the good stuff for later when you’ve got the hang of it.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

Gaggia 74841 espresso coffee maker. I bought this machine as a christmas present for my son and apart from now being the very proud owner of a gaggia coffee maker (he has previously always bought dualit products) he finds the coffee from this machine superb as the pressure is so much higher than his dualit model. He is overjoyed with the gaggia machine and the coffee is far superior to anything tasted before.
Gaggia 74841 espresso coffee maker. I bought this machine as a christmas present for my son and apart from now being the very proud owner of a gaggia coffee maker (he has previously always bought dualit products) he finds the coffee from this machine superb as the pressure is so much higher than his dualit model. He is overjoyed with the gaggia machine and the coffee is far superior to anything tasted before.
Gaggia 74841 coffee maker,deep red. My husband loved it, he uses it all the time. The water is alot hotter than our last coffee maker.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

Gaggia 74841 coffee maker,deep red. My husband loved it, he uses it all the time. The water is alot hotter than our last coffee maker.
This is the best espresso coffe maker i have owned so far,easy to use makes lovely coffee great price and looks lovely in the kitchen.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

This is the best espresso coffe maker i have owned so far,easy to use makes lovely coffee great price and looks lovely in the kitchen.
Reviewing an espresso machine is tricky. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of saying “it makes good coffee” or, “it makes bad coffee”. There are so many variables to take into account –is the water quality ok; is the grind just right and did you use sufficient pressure when tamping the coffee. You also need to find the right beans for your tastes. Beans from dry, arid countries like kenya will taste a lot different to those from tropical or rainforest regions like columbia and costa rica for example. Getting your espresso just right is arguably more to do with technique than the machine itself. Fortunately, this gaggia does at least give you the tools you need to have a pretty good stab at the perfect shot. The standard 15-bar pump is here, as is a full-size 58mm portafilter that is reassuringly heavy, metal and fitted with two spouts for your coffee to travel down. There’s also a milk-frother/steamer that my costa-trained wife is very happy with.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

Reviewing an espresso machine is tricky. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of saying “it makes good coffee” or, “it makes bad coffee”. There are so many variables to take into account –is the water quality ok; is the grind just right and did you use sufficient pressure when tamping the coffee. You also need to find the right beans for your tastes. Beans from dry, arid countries like kenya will taste a lot different to those from tropical or rainforest regions like columbia and costa rica for example. Getting your espresso just right is arguably more to do with technique than the machine itself. Fortunately, this gaggia does at least give you the tools you need to have a pretty good stab at the perfect shot. The standard 15-bar pump is here, as is a full-size 58mm portafilter that is reassuringly heavy, metal and fitted with two spouts for your coffee to travel down. There’s also a milk-frother/steamer that my costa-trained wife is very happy with.
Good machine, odd power button. Very good coffee machine, making great espresso. Power switch at the back of the machine, so needs to be switched on and off at the mains.
Good machine, odd power button. Very good coffee machine, making great espresso. Power switch at the back of the machine, so needs to be switched on and off at the mains.
I’m a trained barista and can definitely recommend this as a great little coffee machine. It certainly looks the part and although someone people have highlighted the fact that it is plastic,it certainly doesn’t detract from it’s looks – you wouldn’t know until you picked it up. Plus it uses a pro coffee ‘handle’ with a real heavy qualityobviously the coffee that comes out of it is down to your technique of making it but it produces the espresso very well complete with a great standard of crema. I was surprised at how good the milk steamer is – it’s fantastic. Again this is about technique but it’s not hard and you’ll pick it up in no timegreat value for money. I would have no hesitation in recommending it.
I’m a trained barista and can definitely recommend this as a great little coffee machine. It certainly looks the part and although someone people have highlighted the fact that it is plastic,it certainly doesn’t detract from it’s looks – you wouldn’t know until you picked it up. Plus it uses a pro coffee ‘handle’ with a real heavy qualityobviously the coffee that comes out of it is down to your technique of making it but it produces the espresso very well complete with a great standard of crema. I was surprised at how good the milk steamer is – it’s fantastic. Again this is about technique but it’s not hard and you’ll pick it up in no timegreat value for money. I would have no hesitation in recommending it.
I bought this machine because i decided the kitchenaid artisan was too dear for me and it seemed to be a good consolation option. The machine has good build quality and produces a good coffee (which is the most important thing) i’m not a big cappuccino drinker so haven’t used the wand yet.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

I bought this machine because i decided the kitchenaid artisan was too dear for me and it seemed to be a good consolation option. The machine has good build quality and produces a good coffee (which is the most important thing) i’m not a big cappuccino drinker so haven’t used the wand yet.
Sensational coffee, plastic body: the five year life of a coffee machine. First – it makes *delicious* coffee – the cappucinos are light and frothy, the espressos dark and dominated by a wonderful crema that sits, porter-like, dreamily upon the hot dark depths that lie beneath. And the difference between beans becomes so much more noticeable. The sharp focus of taste with coffee made this way make cafetieres and filter machines seem like fuzzy approximations in comparison. But you have to remember how strong the gaggia name is when you get one of these – they’re actually part of the philips network of companies now, and it helps to understand the somewhat more plasticky nature of this machine than i was expecting – the metallic cover makes it look like a nice piece of polished steel, but it’s actually plastic. However there are positive sides to this ‘brand awareness’ coin – it’s lighter to move around, and it’s better for the environment as well as being cheaper for yourself too. So i try to relate to it as a philips machine as i seem to expect less from it that way, somehow. It keeps the ‘if only it had.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

Sensational coffee, plastic body: the five year life of a coffee machine. First – it makes *delicious* coffee – the cappucinos are light and frothy, the espressos dark and dominated by a wonderful crema that sits, porter-like, dreamily upon the hot dark depths that lie beneath. And the difference between beans becomes so much more noticeable. The sharp focus of taste with coffee made this way make cafetieres and filter machines seem like fuzzy approximations in comparison. But you have to remember how strong the gaggia name is when you get one of these – they’re actually part of the philips network of companies now, and it helps to understand the somewhat more plasticky nature of this machine than i was expecting – the metallic cover makes it look like a nice piece of polished steel, but it’s actually plastic. However there are positive sides to this ‘brand awareness’ coin – it’s lighter to move around, and it’s better for the environment as well as being cheaper for yourself too. So i try to relate to it as a philips machine as i seem to expect less from it that way, somehow. It keeps the ‘if only it had.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

Super coffee for the connoisseur. This is a brilliant machine for the real coffee lover – stunning good looks in deep shiny red, combined with superb coffee making. It really is a machine for making the best coffee you can at home. I am delighted with it in every way, and look forward to my weekend treat now coming from my kitchen rather than being bought when out shopping. That said though, i have some recommendations to make. * do give yourself plenty of time (and repeat attempts) to work through the machine and all its features before trying to make your perfect cup of coffee. It takes a little while to perfect the method and is worthwhile taking the time to do it properly. * have a cheapy bag of espresso to try out first, as there may be failures in your first few goes (there was here and i didn’t mind throwing out a few cups as it was supermarket espresso). * when confident and proficient, do make sure you use the finest espresso you can. Preferably grind your own beans to the finest setting (australian beans are divine) with a burr grinder such asdualit burr coffee grinder 75002.

This review is from : Gaggia 74841 Espresso Coffee Maker, Deep Red

Super coffee for the connoisseur. This is a brilliant machine for the real coffee lover – stunning good looks in deep shiny red, combined with superb coffee making. It really is a machine for making the best coffee you can at home. I am delighted with it in every way, and look forward to my weekend treat now coming from my kitchen rather than being bought when out shopping. That said though, i have some recommendations to make. * do give yourself plenty of time (and repeat attempts) to work through the machine and all its features before trying to make your perfect cup of coffee. It takes a little while to perfect the method and is worthwhile taking the time to do it properly. * have a cheapy bag of espresso to try out first, as there may be failures in your first few goes (there was here and i didn’t mind throwing out a few cups as it was supermarket espresso). * when confident and proficient, do make sure you use the finest espresso you can. Preferably grind your own beans to the finest setting (australian beans are divine) with a burr grinder such asdualit burr coffee grinder 75002.
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