Gaggia Coffee: The Instructions

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Gaggia Coffee: The Instructions
You can use the Gaggia coffee maker to make a cup of joe. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The Gaggia coffee maker will make coffee and cappuccino. The coffee maker doesn't fill into a pot, as many coffee makers do. Instead it pours into single cups of coffee; it will fill two cups of coffee at a time. There are more parts on the Gaggia coffee maker than is common with many household coffee makers including a barometer, which you must know how to read, and a steam rod for making cappuccino.

Skill level:



  1. 1

    Plug the power cable into the electric outlet on the bottom of the Gaggia coffee maker. Then insert the prongs into the power outlet.

  2. 2

    Remove the lid on top of the Gaggia and fill the tank with cold water.

  3. 3

    Push the "O" on the power switch to place the machine on standby. The power switch is located on the front of the machine.

  4. 4

    Check the barometer located under the power switch. The needle inside the barometer will point to 1,2 to 1,3 when the machine has reached normal operating temperature.

  5. 5

    Select the correct filter. There are few filters to choose from. Use the 20 or 20.45mm filter to fill one coffee cup, or use the 24.5mm and double pod, labelled with a "C," filter for two coffee cups.

  6. 6

    Place the filter into the filter holder. To remove the filter holder, grab the handle right above the basin and pull the holder out of position. Place the filter into the holder and fill the filter with coffee grains. Replace the filter holder back into position.

  7. 7

    Attach a spout to the attachment underneath the filter holder with your hands. You can use a single spout for one cup of coffee, or a double spout to fill two cups of coffee. The spouts also come in different heights to accommodate different size coffee cups.

  8. 8

    Place one or two coffee cups underneath the spout(s).

  9. 9

    Push the power switch to "I" and the coffee will begin to pour into the cups. When the cups are full, push the power switch back to "O."


  1. 1

    Prepare a cup or two of coffee as described in Section 1.

  2. 2

    Fill a pot halfway with cold milk. Then put the "steam rod" into the pot with milk.

  3. 3

    Rotate the "tab knob" slowly, counterclockwise with your hand to release the steam. The knob is located right above the steam rod.

  4. 4

    Rotate the pot in a circular movement with your other hand. The end of the steam rod should just touch the top of the milk to emulsify it, or to make the foam. Don't allow the milk to boil.

  5. 5

    Pour the foamed milk onto the cup of coffee. Add a little cinnamon, cocoa and nutmeg on top to garnish and add flavour.

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