You don’t have to go to Italy to enjoy an authentic espresso or cappuccino. But you will need an authentic Italian espresso machine. Gaggia S.p.A. is the Italian manufacturer of espresso machines to be used in the home, and it’s name is identified with convention and reliability all over the world. The company was created in 1948 by Achille Gaggia, the person to which we’re indebted for the success of espresso coffee throughout the world: it was this gentleman who on September 5th 1938 registered patent number 365726, which in due course evolved into the modern espresso machines that we know today. In 1977 Gaggia began manufacturing coffee machines for the home, giving to the Italian marketplace Baby Gaggia, which to the present day is regarded as being the ideal family coffee-maker. Gaggia espresso machines are still manufactured exclusively in Milan, Italy where pride of craftsmanship is joined with today’s technology to make exquisite and ease-of-use machines.
Great Espresso Every Time
Brewing a great shot of espresso has never been less complicated. The Gaggia Platinum Vision Espresso Machine provides just the right amount of power behind each shot of espresso. The Gaggia system delivers a maximum of 15 bars of pressure, more than sufficient to pull each and every shot.
An additional fantastic design feature that you’ll recognize the value of is the rapid steam boiler system. This system will allow you to switch immediately between brewing and steaming while not waiting around for lengthy re-heating times. The quick switch enables you to begin the process of steaming and frothing your milk while your espresso remains at it’s optimal temperature.
Every time you brew, the Gaggia Platinum Vision grinds espresso beans for just that shot, guaranteeing the very freshest taste. Brewing a fresh cup of coffee is as easy as pressing an icon on the machines touchscreen display. You’re able to select from three icons, appearing as cups, which when pressed will brew either a small espresso, a medium, or a large coffee. If you are brewing two cups then all you have to do is press the button two times and the machine will measure and grind the precise measure of beans, and brew two perfect cups of your chosen coffee drink.
Ground Beans Exactly the Way You Like Them
The ceramic burr grinder quietly produces a uniform, no-static grind. When using the grinder adjustment tool that comes with the machine you can also adjust the grind setting between fine, medium, and coarse. The seal-able bean hopper will accommodate approximately 8.8 oz. of your preferred roasted whole beans. When you begin to run low on espresso beans the machine will let you know by notifying you with a message to add beans. Its a no-brain er!
Espresso Plus System
Does your better half like their coffee a little stronger than you do? It’s no problem using the Platinum Vision Machine because all you have to do is turn a dial to adjust the intensity and body of each coffee drink. Leave the dial directed to the center for a normal strength drink, but turn it left to get a more mild brew or right to get a stronger one.
Another way to delight in your coffee all the more is to tweak your brew. With the push of another button you can choose the amount of ground coffee used to brew your ideal cup. You’ll be able to fine-tune the quantity of espresso beans to be ground from 7.5 to 10 grams.
How Cool is This? A Cup Lift
When making a cup of coffee your cup sits on an spill tray that can be adjusted for height according to how large or small your coffee cups are. A push of a button will electronically adjust the height of the drip tray for you. Always empty and thoroughly clean the cup tray daily with warm water.
Another Gotta Have – A Cup Warmer
If you want a great cup of coffee you must brew right into a warm cup. Why? Because brewing into a cold cup will instantly lower the temperature of your brew and you won’t get the optimal crema. Not good.
Pannarello Frothing Wand
Frothing milk for a cappuccino or a latte is easy using the Gaggia Platinum Vision’s frothing wand. The Pannarello attachment allows you to steam and froth milk every bit as good as the young lady behind the counter at Starbucks. When you’re ready to steam and froth your milk just press the steam icon on the touchscreen. This takes you to the steam/hot water sub-menu. Look for the word “steam” on the touch screen and press it, then turn the steam knob on the left side of the machine. Get Ready! Froth and steam away!
The Gaggia Milk Island (Included if you Know Where to Buy this Machine)
The Gaggia Milk Island was designed to easily connect with the Gaggia Platinum Vision machine to make it that much easier to foam and steam milk for a superb latte or cappuccino. It’s as easy as turning the steam knob to the “milk island” setting and the machine will effortlessly steam and froth your milk.
It’s like having Your Own Barista in Your Kitchen
What could possibly be better than being able to enjoy a perfect, creamy-smooth latte within minutes of rolling out of bed, and taking it out to the patio to see the sun rise. What if you never had to reluctantly wait in line yet again for your morning eye-opener? No more tips! Just a cup of coffee made just the way you like it best. You can even use Starbucks espresso beans!
In my experience a good quality cup of coffee, regardless of how you take it, is best savored while still wearing a bathrobe, and not while driving to work.