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    Gaggia classic coffees for a group

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    Hi all

    My friend and I are having some guests over for a small party, and we were (naturally) talking about coffee. In particular - whether I could help make some drinks after dinner, when everyone is lounging about and just hanging out.

    I have a Gaggia Classic that Ive been using for a while, and regularly make drinks for smaller crowds (4-6 milk drinks). Usually take 5 minutes for 2 drinks, using a standard "pull 2 shots>heat up boiler>steam 2 cups of milk > flush to cool > repeat" pattern.

    Now there would be about 10-15 guests. None of real coffee geeks/snobs, and would be given a choice of an espresso drink or an affogato (naturally the latter would make things easier - just a straight shot). I wouldnt be TOO pressured for time since 1. Im not really the host and dont know the guests too well so I dont need to mingle, and 2. we have tea available and a nespresso machine for people who dont really care.

    Nonetheless, Im looking for recommendations people have on* making a series of shots with a Gaggia classic single boiler machine (and all its limitations). Is there a better, faster technique than the one Im currently using?

    Thanks
    Sing Chee




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    Re: Gaggia classic coffees for a group

    google "coffee for six challenge" (without the quotes) for a different technique.

    Have you considered french press rather than espresso based?

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    Re: Gaggia classic coffees for a group

    Thanks. I tried the steaming trick with the Gaggia and it works! :)

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    Re: Gaggia classic coffees for a group

    With that number of people the classic just wont be a practical option I would do trentski suggest and concentrate on really good French press

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    Re: Gaggia classic coffees for a group

    One option here is to use the Gaggia for the shots and a stand alone milk frother (aldi $20) for the milk.
    You could do one jug of gaggia steamed milk to mix in with the other milk if it gives you better texture.

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    Re: Gaggia classic coffees for a group

    I have a Classic too, and honestly, with that many people, I just microwave the milk.

    The non-purists are usually very happy to have freshly ground, smooth tasting coffee, and the purists totally understand the logistics issues, so everyone is happy.

    -JC



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