Making its debut in 2019, nearly 3 decades after the original Classic was introduced, the Gaggia Classic Pro is the successor to what is considered by many to be the best entry-level espresso machine of all time. With many subtle improvements, the now 100% Italian made Classic Pro doesn't change what it doesn't need to; it features the same rapid heating boiler, 3-way solenoid valve, and 58 mm commercial chrome-plated brass portafilter as before. Something that has changed is the new commercial style steam wand. This highly requested feature helps the Classic Pro punch above its weight class, and is capable of producing rich, velvety milk foam, perfect for latte art.
More nuanced updates include the change from a single control panel to distinct rocker switches for power, brew, and steam. The housing of the Classic Pro has also been refined. Indents in the frame make it easier to remove the water reservoir, while the drip tray has been streamlined with rounded edges that accentuate the contours of the machine. The decompression duct has also received a rubber grip for safer and easier removal. Internally, the brew boiler still features embedded heating elements and is ready to brew in five or so minutes. Switching to steam takes another sixty seconds, and a quick flush brings you right back to brew temperature. Brewing on the Classic Pro is even quieter than before thanks to improvements to the pump mounting that reduce noise while operating.
Each Classic Pro ships with a plastic tamper, a single and double shot commercial basket, and a pressurized double shot basket and two-way pin. Out of the box you're equipped to brew both pre-ground and freshly ground coffee, but your best shots will be pulled with freshly ground coffee from a burr grinder. Whether you're cutting your teeth as a new barista, or a veteran looking for a return to form, the Gaggia Classic Pro makes authentic home espresso more accessible than ever.