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file Gaggia Pure or Saeco Aroma

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12 years 6 months ago #3735 by joanna
Gaggia Pure or Saeco Aroma was created by joanna
I think I have narrowed down my search for our first espresso machine to these two. The price is about right (then we can also buy a Baratza grinder).

Any insight to which one is better? Thank you in advance!
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12 years 6 months ago #3740 by nikotine
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The Saeco Aroma has a pressurized portafilter, which I read is a big no-no for espresso quality, whereas the Gaggia doesn't.

Therefore, the Gaggia is probably better.
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12 years 5 months ago - 12 years 5 months ago #3795 by joanna
Replied by joanna on topic Re:Gaggia Pure or Saeco Aroma
My husband was in Vancouver so he went and visited Espresso Tec. Service was amazing. He ended up buying the Saeco Aroma Inox and we are loving it. I am mostly a latte girl and a complete novice but for a first espresso machine we are really happy. The price was right ($350). We also purchased the Baratza Maestro Plus grinder.

When we looked at the Gaggia Pure it seemed to flimsy (plastic, plastic everywhere) which then had us looking at the higher end Gaggia's which were more $$$ than we wanted to spend.

As for having the pressuried porta-filter, we get consistently good espresso everytime - which is all we need for now.

Thanks for all the advice. Colin suggested the Aroma to me when I initially emailed him and his advice was perfect for our needs.
Last edit: 12 years 5 months ago by joanna.
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12 years 5 months ago - 12 years 5 months ago #3798 by Barista Man
Replied by Barista Man on topic Re:Gaggia Pure or Saeco Aroma
Congrats, hope you enjoy it! How is the Maestro Plus treating you? I bought an espresso pure and the basic maestro with the portaholder (awesome $20 attachment, holds my portafilter in place while I pace the kitchen). My grinder is on almost the finest for espresso and the coarsest for french press, could stand to go coarser still . . .
Last edit: 12 years 5 months ago by Barista Man.
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