Updated: Mar 29
Well, my February coffee post was unexpectedly delayed by the arrival of a new baby in our home. A baby in the form of a Gaggia Classic Pro accompanied by her little cousin the Eureka Facile grinder. That's right! I caved and bought an espresso machine.
Now, this wasn't a hasty decision. I had actually planned to purchase one in the fall of this year and had been researching different machines for months. Unfortunately things didn't go to plan and I put the whole thing on pause. But with a few things lining up this past month I decided it was time to take the leap.
Once again, there were many weeks of research that went into this decision. It was a toss up between a few different machines but then one day all the start aligned and I felt ready to take the leap.
So why a Gaggia Classic Pro? It came down to a few basic things:
For a "pro-sumer" machine and one of the best rated in it's class, it's almost a bargain. Almost! Because this machine is a little less expensive than it's peers, it allowed me to also put some of my hard earned money into purchase a quality grinder to go alongside it.
Resale value! To be honest, I was scare I wouldn't like having the machine in the house, or that I wouldn't enjoy using it. Should that be the case, I wanted something I would be able to sell and not feel too bad about only loosing a small part of my investment.
James Hoffman. He is a Gaggia fan and gave this machine his approval which was more than I needed to hear.
So as I embark on a new adventure of pulling great espresso shots, my usual consumption of brewed coffee has stalled a little. But never fear! One of my friends has shared with me beans from a selection of Canadian roasters to allow me to discover a few more in a short amount of time. That means that for March, rather than placing an order from roaster, I'll be doing a short piece on a few different roasters - stay tuned!
In the meantime, I'm now researching all the recommendations to make my Gaggia purr.
So far, I'm pulling quite good shots after only a few minor adjustments.
As for the latte art, you'll need to give me a few more months at least.
Are you also honing your at-home barista skills?
If so, I'd love to hear more about your experience and what you've learned. Drop that in a comment or send me a message.