"It comes with a warming plate for you to store your coffee cups on and you can adjust settings so that you control the strength, length and temperature of your chosen brew."
The Gaggia Swing Up coffee machine is a top-end product for the serious coffee enthusiast.
It was Achille Gaggia who invented the espresso system in Italy back in 1948, so you know that with Gaggia you’re getting the quality that comes from an authentic heritage stretching back throughout the last century.
However, there’s precious little about the Gaggia Swing Up coffee machine that’s pre-War. It is a contemporary machine with crisp modern looks, and digital features that offer a great user experience.
While there is no getting away from the initial cost, we think that over the course of its lifetime the Gaggia Swing Up offers good value for money, if you’re a daily coffee drinker.
The Gaggia Swing Up coffee machine works in a very simple way: you place your coffee beans in a ceramic grinder on the top of the machine, select which coffee type you want (espresso, short or long) using the touch sensitive digital dial, then push the button. That’s it!
The Gaggia grinds down the beans, pushes the steam through, and then dumps the used grounds in a tray for you to clean later on. Those of you wanting to froth up some milk have access to a hot steam nozzle.
It comes with a warming plate for you to store your coffee cups on and you can adjust settings so that you control the strength, length and temperature of your chosen brew.
Maintenance is quite simple thanks to the fact that most of the parts are removable. The used grounds container, water tank and internal coffee system all detach for cleaning. The water tank also comes with a filter to prevent the build-up of lime scale.
Despite an initially heavy outlay, the ease, simplicity and quality of the Gaggia Swing Up makes it a very desirable coffee machine. We like that you just add the beans to the grinder and press a button – no need for wasteful capsules or irritating little handles. While the cost is significant, we think that someone who drinks one to two cups a day will more than recoup their investment over the course of their machines lifespan. Ultimately, the Gaggia Swing Up looks good, feels exceptionally well-made, and makes a very decent espresso.
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H370 x W320 x D415 mm
The Gaggia Swing Up Coffee Machine is a fantastic example of high quality Italian design and functionality. With its ceramic grinder and bean-to-cup technology the Gaggia Swing Up Coffee Machine is without doubt one of the most desirable coffee machines on the market.
Gaggia Swing Up
Bean to cup is as simple and convenient as it sounds. All you need to do is push a button and the Gaggia Swing Up Coffee Machine grinds down the beans, packs them into a compartment and then pushes steam through to create the perfect thick espresso, complete with that perfect dark espresso crema.
The Gaggia Swing Up Coffee Machine is by no means cheap. Find one for under £800 and you’ll be doing well, but although that does sound like a lot of money, is it really when you work it out? We all casually spend a few pounds every day at our local coffee shops, but when you work it out over the course of a year, the Gaggia Swing Up Coffee Machine actually turns out to be quite good value.
Anyway forget the price, the Gaggia Swing Up Coffee Machine makes fantastic coffee and looks amazing – and performance and style like this doesn’t come cheap. If you love your coffee, then this one is worth saving for.
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"It sort of looks like a safe from a distance. I bought it for it's bean grinder which is pretty great. Gaggia make the best coffee machines."
Tony 29 March 2012
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