100points

Breville Barista Express

48points

Gaggia Classic

Comparison winner
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Gaggia Classic
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31 facts in comparison

Breville Barista Express vs Gaggia Classic

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
100
points
Breville Barista Express
48
points
Gaggia Classic

Why is Breville Barista Express better than Gaggia Classic?

  • Indicates when drip tray is full
    ?
  • Has a commercial steam wand
    ?
  • Has a pressure gauge
    ?
  • Has cleaning alert
    ?
  • Has PID controller
    ?
  • 4.99kg lighter
    4.08kgvs9071.85g
  • Has a pre-infusion function
    ?
  • Has integrated filter
    ?

Why is Gaggia Classic better than Breville Barista Express?

  • Water tank is transparent
    ?
  • Has a 58mm portafilter
    ?
  • 1 more years under manufacturer's warranty
    ?

    2vs1
  • 93.7mm thinner
    241.3mmvs335mm
  • 7.3mm shorter
    360.7mmvs368mm
  • 50.87% less body volume
    17685.9cm³vs35997.76cm³
  • 88.8mm narrower
    203.2mmvs292mm

Price comparison

General info

1.weight
?

Best

Keurig K-Elite

2.99kg

4.08kg

9.07kg

2.warranty period
?

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction.

Best

Quick Mill 02820

2

1

2

3.thickness
?

Best

Capresso Café

203.2mm

335mm

241.3mm

4.height
?

Best

Gaggia New Espresso

275mm

368mm

360.7mm

5.Uses ground coffee
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Ground coffee, especially if freshly roasted and ground, results in much better quality coffee than the kind of results you get with pods or capsules.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
6.volume
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Best

Capresso EC50

14004.28cm³

35997.76cm³

17685.9cm³

Components

1.Has a commercial steam wand
?

It comes with a commercial style steam wand as opposed to a pannarello steam wand. These are harder to master but can allow you to produce better, richer milk froth.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
2.Has a pressure gauge
?

One of the most important aspects to pulling a great espresso is the amount of pressure used. Aspects such as how tightly tamped the portafilter is can affect the pressure and therefore the overall quality of the extraction. A pressure gauge helps you to adjust your process to achieve a perfect 9 bar of pressure.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
3.Has a steam wand
?

It has a steam wand, which allows you to make steamed/frothed milk to create other drinks from an espresso base.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
4.Has a 58mm portafilter
?

A 58mm portafilter is the most common size in the industry, offering a greater range of accessories to purchase such as portafilter baskets and tampers.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
5.Has cup warmer
?

With a cup warmer you can heat the cups before pulling your espresso so that it doesn't go cold quickly, which affects the taste and quality. It also means that you don’t have to manually heat them using hot water.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
6.Has burr grinder
?

A burr grinder works in such a way that you can get a consistent, uniform size of grind each time, which is one of the key aspects of getting great tasting espresso. On the other hand an inferior blade grinder often leaves you with an inconsistent grind.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic

Water source

1.Water tank is transparent
?

With a transparent water tank you can easily see when it needs to be filled up. This is important as attempting to make an espresso with an empty tank can damage the machine.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
2.Has PID controller
?

A PID controller controls the temperature of the boiler electronically. It offers a far greater degree of accuracy and consistency than a regular, mechanical thermostat used to control temperature. This is very important as a temperature of around 92°C to 96°C is key to pulling the perfect espresso.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
3.Has integrated filter
?

An integrated water filter produces cleaner water for brewing espresso. It also helps to prevent the build up of limescale.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
4.Has a removable water tank
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The water tank is removable, making it easier to refill.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
5.Has a hot water outlet
?

A hot water outlet is useful as it can be used to heat cups, as well as making americanos, long blacks and teas.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
6.Has direct water connection
?

The coffee machine can connect directly to the water supply. This ensures you never have to refill the machine with water.

For example

Rocket Espresso Professionale

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic

Maintenance

1.Indicates when drip tray is full
?

With a drip tray indicator the machine informs you of when you need to empty the tray.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
2.Has dry puck feature
?

At the end of the extraction process, all moisture is removed from the puck. This allows you to easily tap out the coffee from the portafilter afterwards, reducing mess and the need to clean it as often.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
3.Has cleaning alert
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The machine alerts you when it requires cleaning.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
4.Has sleep mode
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After a certain period of being idle, the device will switch to a sleep mode to conserve power.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic

Features

1.Has a 3-way valve
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A 3-way solenoid valve relieves the portafilter of pressure and moisture after the extraction. This produces a dry puck which can easily be removed afterwards. It also means that you don’t have to wait for the pressure to equalise, so that you can make back-to-back coffees.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
2.Has a pre-infusion function
?

With a pre-infusion function you get a low pressure of water before it ramps up to around 9 bar of pressure. This gently expands the grinds to get a smooth extraction and to help prevent channeling in the cake.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
3.Can brew and steam simultaneously
?

With a double boiler or heat exchanger system, you can brew and steam milk at the same time. This has an advantage over single boiler machines where you have to wait between brewing and steaming for the temperature to adjust.

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic
4.Has a shot timer
?

The time taken to pull an espresso shot is one of four key elements, and should be around 19-22 seconds. Once you have the grind, dose and tamp correct, you can use the shot clock to time the pull perfectly.

For example

La Marzocco GS3

Breville Barista Express
Gaggia Classic

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