Gaggia Classic

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Gaggia Classic

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The Unboxing

  1. Get the power cord and the accessories out of the water tank.
    • Remove the drip tray.
    • Remove the metal tube sticking down on the left side of the machine, between the drip tray and the top of the machine.
    • Remove the water tank and retrieve the accessories. Plug the cord into the back of the machine.
  2. Plug the machine directly into an outlet. Don't plug it into surge protectors, extension cords, or timers.
  3. Fill the water tank to the max fill line, making sure the inlet/outlet tubes are submerged.

Get the Water Flowing

  1. Place a cup under the steam wand. Turn the steam knob to the open position.
  2. Flip the power, brew, and steam switches so they're all on.
  3. Dispense water until 3-4 oz. has been dispensed into the cup.
  4. Once the machine is primed, close the knob and switch the steam and brew buttons off.
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Gaggia Classic: Installation



Get it Good & Hot

It's time to get heated.


With the machine on, the boiler will be at temperature within a few minutes. We suggest waiting 10-15 minutes before using the machine, with the portafilter attached while the machine heats. Take this time to enjoy some light reading or call a friend to boast about your new espresso machine.


Just don't leave it on forever. The machine won't like that.

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Get Brewing

  1. Grind your beans into the portafilter.
  2. Tamp your grounds with about 30 lbs. of pressure.
  3. Lock the portafilter into the brew group.
  4. Flip the brew switch down to brew.
    • Aim for 2 to 2.5 oz. in about 25 seconds.
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How To: Basic Espresso Technique - Dialing in Grind Size


For new users, we recommend that you pop in the pressurized basket and 2-way pin into your portafilter. The 2-way pin is a small, black plastic piece that should be installed beneath the brew basket, with the tapered side down. The pressurized basket takes it easy on you when it comes to the nuance of tamping, grind size, and dosing. To swap baskets, you can use the lip of a spare basket to pry the installed basket out of the portafilter.

For now, stick with double shots until you're comfortable pulling a shot. If you are having trouble getting good results, give us a call. We've got your back.


Get Frothing

If you plan on steaming with the machine, but don't know how, we've got some tips for you.


  1. Press the steam button. Wait to reach temperature. Easy.
  2. Purge the steam wand.
    • Open the steam knob. Leave the steam knob open until mostly steam is jetting out.
    • Close the steam knob.
  3. You are now ready to begin frothing.
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Gaggia Classic: How to Use



The Latte Art Wand

For more stylish creations and finer control while frothing milk, the Latte Art Pannarello Wand attachment turns the Classic into a tiny Barista.

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How To: The Gaggia Latte Art Pannarello Wand