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The Gold Standard of Espresso Machines

 A Review of the Gaggia Classic Evo Pro

By: James Butler        Revised by: Mark Cambell    Last updated: Feb 3, 2024

The Gaggia Classic Evo Pro espresso machine is a real piece of Italian espresso art! When you first see it, you can just tell it's built to last. And even though it's built tough, it's still compact enough to fit perfectly on your counter without taking over the whole area.

As I began testing the Gaggia Classic Evo Pro, the first feature that stood out was the 9-bar spring. This is a crucial element that differentiates it from many other machines that typically operate at a higher pressure. The 9-bar pressure is the golden standard for espresso extraction, and the Gaggia Classic Evo Pro adheres to this, ensuring each shot of espresso is smooth with a rich crema.

The synthetic boiler coating is another standout feature. This food-safe inert coating on the aluminum single boiler is designed to reduce scale build-up. Not only does this improve the flavor of the coffee, but it also promises a longer lifespan for the machine. During my time with the Gaggia Classic Evo Pro, I noticed the consistency in temperature and taste of coffee, shot after shot, which can be attributed to this innovative boiler design.

Crema thickness and body aligned with specialty standards. Flavor profiles from light to dark roasts of coffee beans showed balanced acidity and complexity extraction. Subsequent espresso shots pulled identically through sustained temperature stability.

Steam performance smoothly frothed milk microfoam within seconds. Controllable pressure operation allowed intricate designs of latte art.

The polished steel group cover and the commercial 58mm group and portafilter further add to the machine's professional feel. The portafilter is hefty and well-balanced, reminiscent of what you would find in a café setting. The 3-way solenoid valve is a feature often overlooked but greatly appreciated, as it ensures a dry coffee puck post-extraction, making cleanup easy. In terms of usability, the Gaggia Classic Evo Pro espresso machine is really user-friendly. 

After extensive testing, it's clear that the Gaggia Classic Evo Pro stands out in the crowded market of home espresso machines. Its adherence to the 9-bar extraction standard, combined with a suite of features that enhance both the user experience and the longevity of the machine, make it a worthy investment for any espresso enthusiast. The Gaggia Classic Evo Pro not only meets the expectations for a high-quality espresso machine but exceeds them, offering a slice of Italian coffee culture right in your home. 

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