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Home Barista – Entry Level Espresso Machine – Gaggia Classic Evo Pro

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With humble beginnings as a cafe owner in Milan, Achille Gaggia’s ingenuity and passion for coffee inspired him to invent a new way to brew espresso without the use of steam. That vision led to the creation of the Lampo device which produced the characteristic crema which has since become the hallmark of quality espresso.

The Gaggia Classic Evo Pro improves on one of the best entry-level semi-automatic espresso machines available. Now offering 9-Bar espresso extraction, the Evo Pro is truly a best value machine. Texture milk for a velvety microfoam perfect for latte art with the commercial steam wand and brew expert espresso with the commercial-style 58 mm portafilter. Internally the Classic Evo Pro has been updated to resist scale buildup for improved longevity.

Disadvantages of the Gaggia Calssic Pro Evo

  • Learning Curve
    Operating the Gaggia Classic Pro efficiently may take some time and practice, especially for beginners who are new to making espresso. Dialing in the grind size, tamping pressure, and mastering the milk frothing technique can be challenging initially.
  • Small Water Reservoir
    The water reservoir of the Gaggia Classic Pro is relatively small, which means wel’ll need to refill it more frequently, especially if we make multiple drinks back-to-back.
  • Lack of PID Temperature Control
    The Gaggia Classic Pro does not have PID temperature control, a feature found in some higher-end machines that helps maintain more precise and consistent brewing temperatures. While the Classic Pro’s temperature stability is generally good, a PID system could provide even more control over the brewing process.
  • No Pressure Gauge
    Some espresso machines have built-in pressure gauges to help users monitor and adjust extraction pressure. The Gaggia Classic Pro does not have this feature, which may make it a bit more challenging to fine-tune the shots.
  • Steam Wand Placement
    Some users find the steam wand’s positioning on the Gaggia Classic Pro to be slightly inconvenient, as it requires us to move the cup to a different position when frothing milk.

Benefits of the Gaggia Calssic Pro Evo

  1. Durable Build Quality
    The Gaggia Classic Evo Pro features a robust stainless steel construction, providing a solid and long-lasting build. This durability ensures the machine can withstand regular use and remain in good condition over time.
  2. Commercial-Grade Components
    Despite being an entry-level machine, the Gaggia Classic Evo Pro incorporates commercial-grade components, such as the portafilter and three-way solenoid valve. These components contribute to better temperature stability and pressure release, resulting in more consistent espresso extractions.
  3. Professional Steam Wand
    The machine is equipped with a professional-style steam wand, which allows for better control over the milk frothing process. This makes it easier to create microfoam for lattes and cappuccinos, enhancing the overall espresso experience.
  4. High Wattage Heating Element
    The Gaggia Classic Evo Pro features a high wattage heating element that quickly heats up the water to the ideal brewing temperature. This ensures that the machine is ready for use within a short period, reducing waiting time.
  5. User-Friendly Interface
    While it may require a bit of practice to master, the Gaggia Classic Evo Pro is considered user-friendly for a semi-automatic machine. It provides a good balance of manual control and automation, allowing users to learn and experiment with their barista skills.
  6. Easy Maintenance
    Gaggia machines, in general, are known for their straightforward maintenance, and the Classic Evo Pro is no exception. Regular cleaning and maintenance help ensure the machine’s longevity and consistent performance.
  7. Repairability and Availability of Parts
    Gaggia is a well-established brand in the espresso machine market, and the Classic Evo Pro is a popular model. This means that it is well-supported, and replacement parts are widely available, making it easier to maintain and repair in case of any issues.
  8. Value for Money
    The Gaggia Classic Evo Pro offers a competitive price point for the features it provides. It’s often regarded as a good investment for coffee enthusiasts who want to take their espresso-making skills to the next level without investing in a high-end machine.
  9. Customization Options
    The Gaggia Classic Evo Pro allows for some level of customization, such as modifying the portafilter baskets or upgrading certain components. This flexibility can appeal to those who like to tweak their espresso setup to suit their preferences.

Caring for the Gaggia Classic Pro Evo

  1. Regular Cleaning
    Clean the espresso machine regularly to prevent the buildup of coffee oils, mineral deposits, and other residues that can affect the flavor of the coffee. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and descaling the machine.
  2. Backflushing
    Backflushing is a process that helps clean the three-way solenoid valve and the grouphead. It is recommended to perform backflushing with a blank portafilter and a cleaning detergent made specifically for espresso machines. This process should be done regularly, but make sure to consult then  machine’s user manual for the specific backflushing frequency.
  3. Descaling
    Over time, mineral deposits can accumulate inside the machine, affecting performance and potentially causing damage. Descaling helps remove these deposits and should be done periodically, following the manufacturer’s guidelines. Use a descaling solution that is safe for espresso machines.
  4. Cleaning the Portafilter and Basket
    After each use, rinse the portafilter and basket with hot water to remove any leftover coffee grounds. Use a brush to clean any stubborn residues and ensure the filter basket holes are clear.
  5. Steam Wand Care
    After frothing milk, purge the steam wand by opening the steam valve for a few seconds to remove any milk residues. Wipe the wand with a damp cloth to keep it clean and free from milk buildup.
  6. Water Reservoir Maintenance
    Regularly clean and refill the water reservoir with fresh water to avoid any bacterial growth. If the water quality is poor, consider using filtered water to minimize mineral buildup.
  7. Group Gasket Replacement
    The group gasket, which seals the portafilter to the grouphead, should be replaced periodically to maintain a proper seal. If we notice water leaking around the portafilter during brewing, it may be time to replace the gasket.
  8. Regular Maintenance Checks
    Occasionally inspect the Gaggia Classic Pro Evo for any signs of wear or damage. Ensure that all parts are tight and functioning correctly.
  9. Use Fresh Coffee Beans
    Use freshly roasted and ground coffee beans for the best-tasting espresso. Stale coffee beans can negatively impact the flavor of the brew.
  10. Follow User Manual Instructions
    Always refer to the user manual that came with the Gaggia Classic Pro Evo for specific care and maintenance instructions. The manufacturer’s guidelines are essential to ensure we are properly caring for our machine.

Using the Gaggia Classic Pro Evo

  1. Grinding Coffe
    Grind fresh coffee beans to a fine consistency, similar to table salt. It’s best to use a burr grinder for consistent results.
  2. Preparing the Portafilter
    Insert the portafilter into the grouphead to warm it up. Lock it in place and run water through it briefly.
    Empty the portafilter and dry it.
  3. Dosing and Tamping
    Dose the portafilter with the ground coffee, making sure it’s evenly distributed.
    Use a tamper to press the coffee down firmly and evenly. The ideal pressure is about 30 pounds (15 kg) of pressure.
  4. Brewing Espresso
    Place the portafilter back into the grouphead and lock it in place.
    Position the cup(s) under the portafilter spouts.
    Turn on the brew switch (for the single or double shot, depending on preference) to start the espresso extraction.
    Aim to extract a shot in about 25-30 seconds. The liquid should have a golden crema on top.
  5. Frothing Milk (Optional)
    If we want to froth milk for cappuccinos or lattes, ensure the steam wand is clean and free from milk residues.
    Submerge the steam wand into a pitcher of cold milk, slightly tilting the pitcher to create a whirlpool effect.
    Turn on the steam switch to start frothing. Keep the wand near the surface of the milk to incorporate air and create microfoam.
    Once we’ve reached our desired milk texture, turn off the steam switch and wipe the wand with a damp cloth to remove any milk residues.
  6. Cleaning
    After brewing and frothing, remove the portafilter and knock out the used coffee grounds into a knock box or trash.
    Rinse the portafilter and basket with hot water and wipe it clean.
    If we frothed milk, remember to purge the steam wand to remove any milk residues.
  7. Turning Off the Machine
    Turn off the brew switch and the steam switch.
    If we’re done using the machine for the day, turn off the main power switch.


  • Incorporates commercial-grade components for better temperature stability and pressure release
  • User-friendly interface and easy maintenance, with readily available replacement parts and good repairability
  • Learning curve for beginners
  • Small water reservoir, lack of PID temperature control and pressure gauge

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Latte Art Wand, Commercial Steam Wand, Latte Art, Cappuccino

Espresso, Ground Coffee, Crema, Perfect Crema, Professional Espresso, Cafe Quality Espresso

The polished steel commercial portafilter retains heat and is free from blemishes.

The professional 3-Way solenoid valve ensures dry, easy to knock out pucks.

Commercial Steam Wand

The commercial steam wand offers full control while steaming and frothing milk, capable of producing tight microfoam for latte art.

Filter Baskets

Get consistent shot quality and a thick layer of crema out of almost any coffee with the pressurized basket. Or use the commercial basket with your own grinder for cafe-quality espresso.

Commercial Style Portafilter

The durable 58mm polished steel portafilter is commercial size and weight and is free from blemishes and other imperfections that can occur during the chrome plating process.

3-Way Solenoid Valve

Typically found in commercial machines, the 3-way solenoid valve relieves pressure off the coffee for a dry, easily discarded puck.

Modern Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel Espresso Machine

Quiet Espresso, Quiet Brewing, Quieter

An updated OPV guarantees professional 9 bar espresso extractions.

High quality rocker switches offer good tactile feel and unambiguous operation.

Updated Frame

The stainless steel frame features a streamlined look that matches the contours of the drip tray and allows for easy removal of the water reservoir.

Improved Pump Mounts

Superior mounting of the vibration pump dampens sound produced while brewing. As a result, the Classic Evo Pro produces the same excellent espresso with less noise.

9 Bar Extractions

Brewing performance on the Classic Evo Pro has been improved with the inclusion of an updated OPV to ensure that espresso is extracted at 9 bar as recommended by the Specialty Coffee Association.

Premium Controls

The Classic Evo Pro’s control panel has three high quality rocker switches for power, brewing, and steaming. Each switch has its own indicator light to tell you when the machine is on, ready to brew, and ready to steam.

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