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Gaggia 16100 Evolution Home Espresso Cappuccino Machine Review

Updated on April 24, 2016

A Little History of Espresso

Have you ever wondered who invented Espresso coffee? It seems that at the beginning of the last century, 1901 to be exact, Luigi Bessera filed a patent for the espresso machine. He wanted to brew coffee faster so he came up with the idea of adding pressure to the coffee brewing process.

Bessera’s machine was such a success because it ended up making coffee fast, but as well it turned out to taste better as well. His method was not only more efficient, but the quality of the beans was better extracted.

The term espresso is actually Italian for fast, hence you are drinking “fast coffee” when you have an espresso.

In 1903, Desidero Pavoni purchased the espresso machine rights for Bessera. He marketed the product so successfully that people started drinking espresso regularly. By 1905 Pavoni’s company was manufacturing the machine but it wasn’t until 1927 that the first espresso machine was found in the United States. In fact, a restaurant in New York, by the name of Regio, was the first place that an espresso machine was installed.

I love my morning espresso but I was tired of stopping at the local coffee shop each morning so I decided it was time for me to purchase one for the home. After doing some research I came across the Gaggia espresso and cappuccino machine.

The Gaggia Evolution Home Espresso Cappuccino Machine has sleek lines that give it a classic look. The internal housing of this machine works very well.

The machine has a high wattage heating element that offers the quickest heating time. The 55 watt pump has enough power to spare and is also mounted on resistant rubber mounts.

Gaggia espresso machines have been designed to fit any kind of lifestyle. As well the Gaggia 16100 Evolution Home Espresso Cappuccino Machine has a stylish filter basket.

The water reservoir is easy to fill because all you have to do is slide it a bit to the left and then pour water into it. This is a great benefit since you don't have to remove the entire water reservoir from the machine. You will also find that the controls for this machine are easy to use and the temperature ready lights let you know when the water has reached the right temperature.

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Gaggia 16100 Features

  • It has a sleek thermo set housing made of plastic.
  • This espresso machine has a commercial style brew group.
  • It has a 55 watt pump is used to heat the water in the reservoir
  • There is also a dual heating element boiler that provides great heat needed to heat the water in the reservoir.
  • The water reservoir can hold up to 44 ounces of liquid.
  • It also has several controls that are easy to use.
  • There is a classic turbo milk frothing wand in this machine.
  • This machine also has two stainless steel filter baskets. The two baskets are coffee tamper and the measuring scoop.
  • It measures 13.4 x 8.6 x 10.6 inches. This machine weighs 17 pounds when empty,

Gaggia 16100 Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • The controls for this equipment are easy to use.
  • Each cup of cappuccino is always tasty, creamy and rich with a lot of flavor.

Cons:

  • The machine is a bit pricey.
  • The screws of the machine may loosen easily falling into your cup.

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Still More About Espresso

Did you know that besides drinking an espresso straight up you can make a number of other drinks with this delight beverage as well?

If you like to keep it simple you can have an Americano which is simply espresso with some water added.

Or perhaps you like Lattes. You will need to steam some milk for this drink but it is probably one of the most popular espresso drinks around. If you like you can add a little foam on top.If you like you can add a little sprinkle of cinnamon on top or perhaps some shaved chocolate!

Or maybe a Cappuccino. This is a little different in that it has less milk and more foam than a latte.This drink uses 1/3 espresso, 1/3 milk and 1/3 milk foam.

Then there is the Macchiato. This drink is made using espresso and a touch of milk foam. The word Macchiato means stained, as in the espresso is stained with the foam.

How about an espresso Mocha. This beverage is made of 1/3 espresso, 1/6 cocoa, 1/3 milk and 1/6 foam. You first add in the cocoa and then add a double shot of espresso on top.Milk and foam are added at the end.

Now if you like iced coffee you can add room temperature regular coffee to a glass with ice cubes, pour in the cooled espresso and add sugar if you so desire. The perfect drink on a hot summer's day or a way to cool off after some exercise.

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