Post By bradsteven
About 2 months my Breville dual boiler carked it, and I'm now looking for a replacement machine!
I have a Gaga Classic ('08/1400w model) but have a choice to go to a Smeg ECF01, can anyone tell me anything about these? Are they good/worth it as an upgrade to the Gaggia? would be making 2-4 coffees a day minimum.
No mate, the Smeg unit is not an upgrade from a Gaggia Classic if one is talking about the quality of the coffee in the cup.
If you're focussing on quality, the Gaggia will deliver, so long as your technique is correct, you use freshly roasted beans (between one and two weeks post roast), use a decent steel-burr grinder and only grind the coffee immediately prior to pulling the shot.
Have all those ducks in a row, and you'll enjoy excellent coffee. Of course, like anything, you need to maintain the Classic properly and regularly. Lots of info to be found here on how to do that...
All the best,
I found the grinder from the Dual Boiler to work good so far, however it needs to be set on the finest grind setting.
It looks like next stop on the classic is to change the steam wand!