Gaggia Classic 14101 Espresso Machine

Gaggia Classic 14101 Espresso Machine


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If you are looking for an espresso machine that is esteemed by coffee lovers around the world, the Gaggia Classic is definitely on the list. Year after year, it has been a timeless best seller in countless countries. It has great heat stability, provided by a chrome-plated marine brass portafilter and a commercial style brew group. This factor, as well as intuitive controls make the Gaggia Classic a machine that is very easy to operate.


Buy at the Best Price Online

Espresso Outlet sells the Gaggia Classic at the best price possible. In fact, our agreements with the supplier don’t allow us to sell the products for any less. If you find a competitor selling the product for less, they may be selling refurbished products, or could be breaking their agreements with the manufacturer/supplier.

Chrome Plated, Commercial Style Portafilter

The portafilter is what is used to hold tamped, finely ground coffee in place for the espresso extraction process. The size and style of the Gaggia Classic’s portafilter is identical to those typically found on commercial grade espresso machines. It has a large, 58 mm diameter that allows water to be evenly distributed over a wide surface area, creating more even extraction for optimal espresso flavor. For enhanced temperature stability, the filter holder is made of chrome plated brass.

Marine Brass Brewing Group

For additional temperature stability, the brew group, or, the part of the espresso machine that the portafilter connects to, is made of high quality, marine brass. The brass construction material is also something that helps make the Gaggia Classic a machine that runs and runs.

1300+ Watt Boiler System

The boiler system in the Gaggia Classic has a distinctive design – it is made of aluminum with two heating elements mounted to the exterior of the 3.5 oz boiler. The dual heating elements and low volume capacity provides users with a machine that heats up quickly and has a stable temperature.

Solenoid Valve

The Gaggia Classic has a 3 way solenoid valve feature that reduces pressure on the coffee and dries it out post extraction. This creates a drip free operating experience and makes getting coffee grounds out of the portafilter effortless.

Rocker Arm Switch Controls

The Gaggia Classic has three easy to use switches – one is a power on and off switch, one is a steam switch and one is a brew switch. A temperature ready light indicates when the boiler temperature is ready for extraction.

64oz Water Reservoir

With a 64oz water reservoir that is fillable during operation, you can make espresso after espresso without turning the machine off.

Easy Serve Espresso (ESE) Pods

Use ESE pods in the single shot filter basket for a quick operating experience.

Temperature Controls

A high limit control will automatically turn the boiler off if it starts to overheat during operation, preventing heating element damage. Another temperature controller maintains the brew temperature, and a third one maintains the steam temperature.

Stainless Steel Body Construction

Stainless steel provides long term durability and a beautiful aesthetics.

Accessories Included

Accessories included with the Gaggia Classic are a coffee tamper, a 7-gram measuring scoop, a one shot stainless steel filter basket, a two shot stainless steel filter basket, and an instructional CD.

Boiler Size

The boiler size of the espresso machine is 3.5 oz. The small boiler size volume makes it nice for quick warm up times, but some users find it on the small size for frothing milk.

Cup Warmer for Up To Five Espresso Cups

Preheating cups helps ensure your espresso will have the best taste possible. The Gaggia Classic uses residual heat from the boiler to warm up to five espresso cups.

Hot Water Dispenser

With the brew switch on and a simple switch of a steam knob, you’ll have hot water whenever you need it.

Steam / Frothing Wand

Froth to perfection with a Pannarello steam wand – a newly upgraded feature of the Gaggia Classic espresso machine. Turbo Frother attachment mounted on a ball joint.


14.25”H x 8”W x 9.5”D

Machine Weight

20 LBs


1425 Watts - 110/120 Volts

Aluminum Boiler

The Gaggia Classic’s boiler is made of highly conductive aluminum. It has two heating elements that are attached to the boiler sides, a feature that helps prevent corrosion without contact with water. The design makes the whole boiler become a heating element, providing quick warm up and temperature stability.




Misc Data
Manufacturer Gaggia
Model 14101
Dimension - Width (Inches) 8
Dimension - Height (Inches) 14.2
Dimension - Depth (Inches) 9.5
Weight (lbs) 20
Watts 1425
Volts 110 
Housing Materials Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Material Plastic
Drip Tray Cover Material Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Capacity (Oz) 16
Power Cord Length (Inches) 44
Cup Height
Adjustable Height No
High (Inches) 3.25
One Touch cappuccino
One Touch Cappuccino No
Frothing Wand
Material Plastic
Steam Wand Style Pannarello
Wand Movement Rotating
Usable Length (Inches) 3.75
Height Off Counter (Inches) 4
Number Of Holes 1
Optional Steam Tips Or Wands Latte art Pannarello
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz) 72
Reservoir Material Plastic
Reservoir Removable Yes
Water Level Visible Yes
Type Of Controls Rocker
Cup Warmer
Material Stainless Steel
Size (Inches) 7 x 5
Passive / Active Passive
Portafilter Data
Material Chrome Plated Brass
Type Commercial Style
Weight (Lbs) 1
Diameter (Millimeter) 58
Commercial Filter Baskets Included 2
Pressurized Filter Baskets Included Single/Pod & Double shot
Ground, E.S.E. Pod And Capsule Compatible Ground & ESE Pod
Bottomless Portafilter Available Yes
Tamper Size (Millimeter) 58
Brew Group
Material Chrome Plated Brass
Three-Way Valve Yes
Capsule / Pod Friendly Pod
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers 1
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Type Small Volume
Brew Boiler Watts 1370
Brew boiler Volume (Oz) 3.5
Brew Boiler Material Aluminum
Brew Boiler Orientation Vertical
Brew Boiler Heater Location External
Pump Data
Pump Type Vibration
Pump Wattage 55
Maximum Pressure (Bar) 15
Self Priming Pump Yes
Initial Heat Up (Seconds) 65
Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds) 420
Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup) 176
Brew Time for 2 Oz 25
Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup) 174
Time To Produce Steam (Seconds) 39
Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds) 32
Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F) 168
Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds) 11
Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds) 17
Sound Level - Brewing (Db) 63
Descaler Used Gaggia Descaler or Urnex Cleancaf
Warranty (Years) 2
Country Of Manufacture Italy
NSF Certified No
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Additional Resources / How To Information

Owners / Instruction Manual

For important safeguard information, a description of Gaggia Classic parts, power supply instructions, or guidance on preparation, starting up, frothing, making espresso, etc. with the Gaggia Classic, download the instruction manual here.

Gaggia Classic Reviews

For reviews, read the customer reviews on this page, or read consumer reviews on

How to Froth Milk with the Gaggia Classic

Make espresso in a large cups. Position steam switch to position “1”. After 15 to 20 seconds or, when temperature ready-light goes on, place the frothing pitcher halffilled with low-fat milk under Turbo Frother steam nozzle so that tip is just under the surface of the milk. Slowly turn steam valve knob counter clockwise to release steam (IMPORTANT. The more you turn the knob, the greater the steam pressure for frothing. Move pitcher in circular motion keeping the tip of steam nozzle just under surface of milk as it begins to froth. Do not let milk come to a boil since it will not froth. When you have made enough froth,turn steam knob clockwise to shut off steam and remove pitcher. Put steam switch to pos. “0”. When you have made enough froth,turn steam knob clockwise to shut off steam and remove pitcher. Put steam switch to pos. “0”.

Maintenance / How to Clean the Gaggia Classic

  1. IMPORTANT: the steam nozzle should be cleaned after each use in order to avoid build up of milk deposits that are very difficult to clean. The outside of the steam pipe can be cleaned with a damp cloth. The steam jet is cleaned by running a shot of steam through it. The hole in the steam nozzle must be kept open. A needle may be used.
  2. Clean filter holder and filter in warm water after use.
  3. Wipe the body of the espresso machine with a damp cloth as required.
  4. Remove the drip tray and plate and wash in warm, soapy water. Do not use abrasive substances.
  5. Clean the seal inside the brewing head. Be sure to keep this as clean as possible.
  6. The shower disc should be unscrewed and cleaned periodically depending on frequency of use.
  7. After long periods of non-use, drain stale water from the espresso machine by turning hot water/coffee switch to “1”. Make sure you do this only after the water reservoir has been filled with fresh water.
  8. Empty drip tray as required.

How to change the group gasket on the Gaggia Classic

This article provides in-depth details on how to change the group head gasket.

Gaggia Classic Parts and Accessories List

  1. On-Off-switch/Power-on light
  2. Hot water/brew switch (pump)
  3. Temperature ready-light
  4. Steam switch (temperature)
  5. Drip plate
  6. Removable water tank
  7. Steam/hot water knob
  8. Turbo frother steam nozzle (removeable)
  9. Filterholder
  10. 1 cup filter (or coffee pod)
  11. 2 cup filter
  12. Drip tray“Perfect crema” device
  13. Brewing head
  14. Filterholder gasket
  15. Shower disc holder
  16. Shower disc
  17. Tamper
  18. Power cable and plug
  19. Measuring spoon
  20. Delivery spout
  21. Tank cover
  22. Removable decompression duct
  23. Milk frother (removeable)



Does Espresso Outlet sell refurbished or used Gaggia Classic espresso machines?

No. We don’t feel the short term savings customers gain from buying a refurbished or used machine is worth the long term risk. For this reason, we only sell new, high quality products.

How can you make an Americano with a Gaggia Classic?

To make an Americano with a Gaggia Classic, simply make a double shot of espresso, and then add about 6 oz of hot water.

Does the Gaggia Classic come with a built in espresso grinder?

No. An espresso grinder that works best with the Gaggia Classic is the Gaggia MDF Grinder. The Gaggia MDF has a dosing feature that lets you dispense a consistent amount of coffee every time you brew. For additional details on this grinder, view the product details page.

What are Alternatives to the Gaggia Classic?

The Gaggia Classic is a great espresso machine, but if you are looking for similar products for comparison, the Rancilio Silvia and the Ascaso Dream UP v2 (available in 13 different colors) are good alternatives.

How do you start the Gaggia Classic?

The startup procedure fills the water boiler with fresh water. This should be done whenever the machine is switched on. This machine, featuring a pump to brew coffee, is equipped with a self-priming system. Place an empty cup under the brewing head, do not insert filter holder and press hot water/coffee switch.

You will hear the sound of the operating pump and after few seconds, water will start to escape from the brewing head. Once cup is filled, set coffee switch onto pos “0”. The Gaggia Classic espresso machine is now ready to be used.

What kind of coffee can be used with the Gaggia Classic?

A fine “espresso grind” for pump-driven machines must be used. If you have a coffee grinder, make sure it can grind fine enough for espresso. If you buy your coffee pre-ground, be sure to ask for espresso grind when buying it or when having it ground. Do not use a blade-type grinder because it makes too much coffee dust and produces an irregular grind.

Is the Gaggia Classic going to be discontinued?

Not that we are aware of. It’s one of the bestselling espresso machines on the market, so it wouldn’t make sense to discontinue it.

Why Choose the Gaggia Classic over other similar espresso machine?

For one thing, it’s quite cheap for a boiler espresso machine. Cheaper machines, or machines in the same price range tend to have thermoblocks rather than true boilers. Boilers provide greater temperature stability – a critical aspect in creating great shots of espresso. One drawback of the Gaggia Classic when compared to other machines in a higher price range, the boiler size on the Gaggia Classic is rather small. A small boiler means you won’t be able to steam as much milk at one time. The boiler on the Gaggia Classic provides enough steam for a couple lattes. Once these are made you’ll have to wait for more steam. The boiler on the boiler is made of aluminum, which is a decent material and better than most lower cost machines, but not as good as brass boilers on more expensive machines, like the Rancilio Silvia. Brass boilers are more long lasting and provide better temperature stability.

What is a good replacement steam wand for the Gaggia Classic?

Some customers have reported that the steam wand that comes with the Gaggia Classic doesn’t meet their expectations.  The wand that comes with the machine is a good steam wand for someone who hasn’t mastered the art of creating microfoam. If you wish to perfect this skill, a replacement steam wand that is frequently recommended is a Rancilio Silvia steam wand.

With an aluminum boiler, are their corrosion issues?

Yes. Aluminum boilers aren’t as durable as brass boilers, especially if you are using acidic descaling solutions. For best results and to protect the life of your espresso machine, we recommend using a descaler that has a buffer substance in it. Customers who have descaled frequently using an acidic solution have reported significant boiler damage after only a year or two. Please keep this in mind as we want your machine to last as long as possible!

Is there anything special required when unpacking the shipping container?

Yes, be careful! Make sure it’s right side up and remove accessories from around it to prevent any scratching when taking it out of the box. When pulling the machine from the box, people have an automatic tendency to lift with the steam knob – don’t do this! This could cause significant damage to the machine. Locate the instruction manual as soon as possible (it will probably be in the water reservoir) and go through and follow all instructions thoroughly.

Does the machine require assembly?

Not really. Some transparent film needs to be removed, and basic components need to be put in place, but there is no major assembly needed. For complete assembly instructions, read the owners manual.

How do you prime the Gaggia Classic  for first use?

Once you have assembled your machine, you can prime the machine for first use. Priming involves filling the empty boiler with water. Several users have made the comment that the priming instructions that come with the machine should not be followed. Instead use the following steps:

  • Put your frothing pitcher under the steam wand and gently turn the steam wand all the on.
  • Turn on the power/boiler switch
  • Turn on the steam switch
  • Turn on the brew switch.
  • Once the machine starts steaming, fill your frothing pitcher with water using the Gaggia Classic’s steam wand.
  • Turn off the brew switch, then the steam switch, and close the steam valve.
  • Repeat similar steps for the brew group.
  • Make sure at any point during the process that your water pump isn’t running long without water as it could cause catastrophic damage. 
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  • Best Christmas Present ever

    Posted by Unknown on 28th Dec 2014

    The unit is a good size and it does not take up a lot of counter space at all. The tank is removable, but you don't have to remove it to fill which is nice. The perfect crema filters actually do make a thicker crema as opposed to the double shot filter. The filters and holder are solid and well made. The directions are a bit confusing because to brew coffee and froth milk, it says to position the switch to "1". There isn't actually a "1", it's just down. The unit is loud when in operation, but I suppose that is to be expected. The unit heats up fast and brews very fast. The espresso I've made thus far has been to my liking, although it does take practice and the correct grind to get it right.

  • 3.9 out of 5 rating

    Posted by Unknown on 16th Jul 2014

    Based on 228 Amazon customer reviews.

Returns Policy
We have a 60 day return policy (Starting November 24th, 2017) on espresso machines and grinders designed for home use (exceptions below). If you return within 30 days, you get a full refund minus shipping costs. If you return after 30 days, you get a store credit. Unlike our competitors – this is a 60 day trial period. Most competitors only allow 30 day returns if the product hasn’t been used. Many competitors will also charge expensive restocking fees if you read the fine print. The customer will receive a refund if the item is returned in like new condition, with all accessories that came with it, with all original, undamaged packaging, clean and packaged according to the specifications we provide. If the product is returned in this condition you will receive a full refund (or store credit if over 30 days) minus all shipping costs. We reserve the right to charge a restocking fee as outlined in our terms and conditions if the product is not returned as specified above.

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Free shipping with most orders - you must be located in the lower 48 continuous states and there is a minimum order amount of $29. An exception to this is commercial espresso machines and espresso machines that require shipment on a pallet via Less Than a Truckload. This is sometimes included free, but contact us for details.

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PLEASE NOTE: Most machines and grinders are inspected for damage after being shipped from overseas. This means most boxes will have signs of being opened even though they are brand new products. This is done to ensure that the equipment made the international shipment in good condition and working order.

COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT NOTE: Most commercial equipment ships on a pallet and has to be bench tested prior to shipment. For this reason, commercial equipment usually ships out three to five business days after the order is received. Some commercial equipment is also special order and/or has limited availability, so please check with us prior to placing an order. Check terms and conditions page for terms relating to commercial equipment.