Gaggia Carezza Deluxe Espresso coffee Machine - RI8525/08

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Gaggia Carezza Deluxe Espresso coffee Machine - RI8525/08

Gaggia Carezza Deluxe Espresso coffee Machine - RI8525/08

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The thing I find the most off-putting is the 9 minute auto off. I understand the need for an auto off, and I don't think anyone is under the illusion these days about climate change, it really is happening and we need to be doing something about it, but 9 minutes seems a bit odd, and a bit over the top. So given that I've been asked about the Gaggia Carezza a few times, a machine that I just thought looked really old-fashioned and was probably just in their range still because they're sentimental and don't like discontinuing stuff, I thought I'd better get hold of one and see if I was wrong about that too… If you decide to use coffee beans, grind them at the right size: not too coarse (or water will flow too fast) and not too fine (or water will not flow)

Combining the tactile benefits of a manual espresso machine with many of the digital innovations of an automatic machine, the Gaggia Carezza Deluxe features a pre-infusion function for espresso, allowing for maximum flavour to be extracted from the coffee, as well as an auto-clean function that gives the machine a short rinse every time it is turned on. But, slide the panarello wand off, and pull the plastic panarello holder off, and you have a slim pro steam wand that works really well, which I'll talk about in more detail shortly.

Great coffee and stunning looks, but you can get slightly better espresso for less

Until you get used to the way the machine works, the rhythm of its heating system, it can feel as though you’re not really in control. And that sense of control is one of the reasons to buy a manual espresso machine rather than one that boasts of its ability to make 78 different drinks at the press of a single button. But, I have to say that I think for the kind of user this – and other cheaper machines – is intended for, it's not a problem. This included the Gaggia Carezza, or the “Gaggia Carezza Deluxe” to give it its full, official title. It included the Sage Duo Temp Pro too.

As a largely traditional espresso machine, the design caters primarily for smaller espresso cups, and the portafilter height is fixed, but there is enough room to fit a mug if you like your coffee Americano-style. Frothing up milk with a steam spout naturally requires a bit of expertise, but we also found its occasional stop-start operation to be a complicating factor. The analogue-style control knob is also a slight red herring, with the actual delivery of both steam and water being much closer to a straight on/off relationship. Much like the temperature gauge, its design is as much for the pro look and feel it provides as anything else. Yes, I believe so. Why? Well, overall the Gran and the Viva will produce just about the same espresso quality if you were to use them with the same portafilter and the same grinder, but I prefer the build quality of the Carezza, and for me, it's worth it just for the steam wand. If you're not interested in steaming milk, then there's less value in the Carezza vs the Gran Gaggia or Gaggia Viva, but still, I think the Carezza is just slightly nicer to use overall, and I would expect it to last longer. This machine is made to work with pressurised baskets, so the pressure cut off is roughly 14 bars. What this means is that although you can use it with a standard basket, the overpressure valve is set to about 14 bars of pressure, instead of the more desired 9 bars.Although it may seem a bit excessive to use 100ml of the small 1.3L water tank for this, it's actually a clever feature. It heats up fast, about 30 seconds, but as with all fast heating machines, this just means that the water heater is warmed up. The brew path (the pipes from the tank to the group), the group itself, the portafilter and the cup, will all be stone cold, so if you pull a shot when it's just heated up, the temperature will be zapped as it's brewing. I'm referring to this as the “Gaggia Carezza Deluxe” because that's the official title, but really it's just the Gaggia Carezza, it's the only option – so it's not that there's a standard “style” version and a “deluxe” version available as is often the case with Gaggia machines. This is notable because of the machine’s manual style. You have to twist in the portafilter – the coffee holder with the long handle – and the force it requires means you may need to hold the machine in place with another hand to ensure it doesn’t move on the kitchen top, especially if the water reservoir’s running low. The coffee arm uses a spring-loaded mechanism, meaning it automatically centres itself, helping you to align your cups properly if you want to serve two coffees at once. This is the only other cheap espresso machine I've seen with a thermometer, and I was actually pleasantly surprised with this machine too, both where espresso and milk steaming were concerned.

I don't think it's fair or even necessary to compare the Carezza with the likes of the Gaggia Classic, or other similarly priced machines from Sage, Lelit, Rancilio etc., but I do think it makes sense to compare them with machines that are slightly cheaper, simply because in some cases at least, these machines will produce roughly the same cup quality, so the question would be whether the Carezza is worth it vs the slightly cheaper options. They both have 1L water tanks, they both have slightly smaller drip trays than the Carezza, they both have a Panarello steam wand, and you can remove the wand, but the pipe underneath is just the usual steam pipe. Is the Carazza Worth It vs the Gran or the Viva? You may see certain Gaggia models selling for a lower price than shown at Coffee-Direct, but it is important to note that these products are often imported from outside of the UK and are sold with no UK warranty. The ultimate is the machine with, both the milk carafe and the traditional frother.​ This is available on the following : It’s not worth attributing too much value to the temperature gauge, either. The Gaggia Carezza Deluxe offers no control over water temperature, and there are no markings to tell you what level it’s actually at – aside from ‘pretty hot’.From there I tried to get my mitts on whatever machines I could get sent to me on loan for review, and it made sense to focus on newer machines, as brands are usually wanting to promote their latest releases, rather than machines that they released years ago.

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