Gaggia Classic Prestige in Thunder Black
The Gaggia Classic Prestige is a tricked out Gaggia Classic Pro, featuring both official Gaggia wooden accessories and precision brewing equipment like the 18g nanotech basket from Baristapro. This machine delivers the best of both worlds in terms of aesthetics and value.
The Gaggia Classic Prestige is an upgraded version of the Classic Pro semi-automatic espresso machine. Bundled with both official Gaggia accessories and precision brewing components from IMS, it improves on the performance and look of the Classic Pro while remaining an incredible value.
Features and Performance
With its 58mm chrome plated brass portafilter and precision IMS 18g basket, the Classic Prestige can pull shots on par with specialty coffee shops. The portafilter itself is a serious upgrade, featuring a high quality ashwood handle and comes paired with an ashwood handle 58mm tamper. The commercial style chrome plated brass brew group provides further temperature stability and the 3-way solenoid valve relieves pressure after brewing for clean and easy to knock out pucks of espresso.
Internally, the Classic Prestige brews using a vibration pump with thick rubber mounts for noise reduction. Its aluminum boiler features externally embedded heating elements that are protected from burning out and heats up to brew temperature in roughly one minute.
To operate the machine, a suite of high quality rocker switches are used to power the machine on and off, brew, and switch between brew and steam mode. A pair of two thermostats regulate the boiler for brew and steam temperatures with LED ready lights to indicate when the machine is up to temp for your selected mode.
For steaming milk, the commercial style steam wand takes a bit of practice, but can produce latte art quality milk foam when used with proper technique. Final touches include the one-piece steel housing which encompasses the entire machine with a timeless brushed finish and curved elements to match the contours of the drip tray.
Why You Should Get It
If you liked the Gaggia Classic Pro and were interested in taking it to the next level, the Classic Prestige bundles a number of terrific accessories that enhance both the look of the machine and its performance. Authentic ash wood, precision Italian made components, and unbeatable value for commercial quality components like the chrome plated brass 58mm portafilter and brew group make the Classic Prestige a winner in our book.
– Gaggia Ashwood Handle Tamper 58mm
– Gaggia Ashwood Handle Portafilter
– Caffewerks Orange 8mm Silicone Group Gasket
– Barista Improving Taste 18g Basket