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Gaggia 12300 Baby Class Manual Espresso Machine

I've spent a lot of my life living in large cities, and I mean right in the middle of them. That means one thing; tiny apartments! I've lived in more tiny apartments then I care to remember! They all have two things in common, awesome views of the city and tiny kitchen space...

If you're in a similar boat, then you need an espresso machine that takes up as little space as possible! The Gaggia 12300 Baby Class Manual Espresso Machine might be just the machine you're looking for. After all, it's pretty hard to go wrong with Gaggia!

A while back I spent some time looking for smaller machines. Know what I found? A lot of very small and very cheap machines. We're talking plastic, cheap-looking, and sometimes even steam-powered instead of pump-powered! (Don't get me started on why steam powered machines aren't really espresso machines!)

It's Hard To Find A Small Machine That's High Quality!

Then I found the Gaggia Baby class. It's true that this is a pretty expensive machine, there's no doubt about that! At around $500 you can almost get a lower-end super-automatic machine! But of course, those are huge...which brings us back to our original dilemma of needing something small...

Let's Look At The Specs

Gaggia 12300 Baby Class Manual Espresso MachineThis is a full powered 15-bar PUMP driven espresso maker. It has a heavy fifty-eight millimeter porta filter and a three-way solenoid valve. Pretty standard and nothing to get too excited about.

It also has a sixty ounce water tank. That's pretty amazing considering the size of the machine. Sixty ounces is nothing to shake a stick at!

Let's talk size. It measures just ten and 2/5 by nine and 3/5 by fifteen and 2/3 inches. That's a full 2 inches narrower than the only other comparable small machine I've been able to sniff out over the years. That's small! How they pack all that power into such a tiny machine is beyond me, but they do!

It comes with a regular filter basket, but also an E.S.E. pod basket so you can use pods as well as coffee beans. That's usually an awesome feature, but at this price the thing darn well better have a pod attachment!

Finally, of course, it has a steam frother wand so that you can make your favorite drinks like lattes, cappuccino, mocha, or anything else.

What Are Other People Saying?

Reviews are important, but this machine simply doesn't have many. I would have expected that because of the high price and low user base. After all, for this price people are just going to buy a regular sized machine. It's only a few of us that really *need* a smaller espresso maker.

Still, there are five reviews at Amazon and they're all great. Four of them were 5-star and one was 4-star. Everyone uniformly liked the machine after owning it and using it for a while. You hardly ever see reviews that are so one sided like that. It's a great indicator.

What's The Bottom Line

This machine is not for everyone.

  1. It's super expensive.
  2. It's super tiny.

But if you're looking for a small machine because you just don't have a lot of space to spare and you want something that's very high quality that will last for a long time and make very good espresso, then the Gaggia 12300 Baby Class Manual Espresso Machine is probably exactly what you're looking for. We've got 'em below for $100 off while supplies last (grab it now - I'm just saying!).