It was one man’s determined quest for the perfect espresso in 1930s Milan that gave birth to one of Italy’s most iconic brands. For more than half a century, Gaggia has been supplying both bars and homes with innovative, state-of-the-art coffee machines. Beautiful, timeless products inspired by the fashion, design and culture of the day – as well as the inherent Italian passion for la dolce vita. From the crema layer to the crème de la crème of coffee machines, discover more about Gaggia’s rich history
1938 On 5 September 1938, Milan coffee bartender Achille Gaggia (born 1895) files patent No. 365726 for a steam-free coffee machine, heralding the modern age of espresso. Unlike its predecessors, Gaggia’s design uses a revolutionary piston mechanism which forces water through the coffee grounds at high pressure – it takes 15 seconds to produce a single espresso shot. It’s believed the idea for the piston mechanism came to Gaggia after he observed the engine of an American army jeep which used a hydraulic system.
CREMA DI CAFFE NATURALEAchille Gaggia’s 1938 patent becomes a reality and Gaggia starts producing its first coffee machine for use in bars: the Classic. Its unique piston mechanism produces crema – a natural layer of coffee oils resembling foam – on the surface of the coffee. It makes Gaggia’s espressos unlike anything else, giving the diminutive drink a more intense aroma and flavour. Gaggia installs his machines in bars around Milan accompanied by huge signs in the window saying caffé crema di caffe naturale (coffee cream from natural coffee). And the espresso craze begins…
1948The Gaggia company is founded in Milan, Italy. Within a few years, Gaggia is exporting commercial coffee machines to United Kingdom, America and Africa.
GIOVANNI ACHILLE GAGGIA IS BORN IN MILAN, ITALY.
ON 5 SEPTEMBER 1938, MILAN COFFEE BAR OWNER ACHILLE GAGGIA (BORN 1895) FILES PATENT NO. 365726 FOR AN INNOVATIVE STEAM-FREE COFFEE MACHINE, HERALDING THE MODERN AGE OF ESPRESSO.
THE GAGGIA COMPANY IS FOUNDED IN MILAN, ITALY.
ACHILLE GAGGIA’S 1938 PATENT BECOMES A REALITY AND GAGGIA STARTS PRODUCING ITS FIRST COFFEE MACHINE FOR USE IN BARS: THE CLASSIC.
A GAGGIA ESPRESSO MACHINE TAKES PRIDE OF PLACE AT CLUB ASTORIA, A LEGENDARY 50S NIGHTCLUB FOR FASHIONABLE YOUNG ITALIANS IN DOWNTOWN MILAN.
ACHILLE GAGGIA INTRODUCES THE GILDA, THE FIRST ESPRESSO MAKER FOR HOME-USE. APPARENTLY, HE NAMED IT AFTER SEEING 1946 FILM NOIR CLASSIC GILDA, STARRING GLAMOROUS HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS RITA HAYWORTH.
WITH ITS ICONIC STAND DESIGNS, GAGGIA MAKES A HUGE IMPRESSION AT THE FIERA MILANO (MILAN TRADE FAIR). AROUND 50 DIFFERENT NATIONS EXHIBIT HERE AND GAGGIA QUICKLY GARNERS INTERNATIONAL APPEAL.
SIROCCI BAR, ALSO IN LONDON, WHERE THE BEST ITALIAN ESPRESSO IS SERVED BY GAGGIA.
THE ASSEMBLY LINE INSIDE THE GAGGIA FACTORY. THE DEVELOPMENT OF A NUMBER OF NEW PROFESSIONAL PRODUCTS BOOSTS THE ITALIAN BRAND.
AFTER YEARS OF RESEARCH AND TESTS, GAGGIA UNVEILS THE BABY GAGGIA – A PROFESSIONAL MACHINE FOR HOME-USE. IT BECOMES AN INSTANT SUCCESS.
GAGGIA LAUNCHES THE SEMI-AUTOMATIC MACHINE. GAGGIA CLASSIC TO THIS DAY, IT REMAINS A BESTSELLER ALL OVER THE WORLD.
THIS VINTAGE ORIONE 1G-U – SERIAL NUMBER 1153 – MADE ESPECIALLY FOR MICHAEL JACKSON FEATURES A CUSTOMISED PLAQUE SAYING NEVERLAND.
WEIGHT AND DIMENSIONS
Product dimensions: 23,0 x 24,0 x 38,0 cm
Water tank capacity: 2,1 l
Frequency: 50 Hz
Power: 1300 W
Pump Pressure: 15 bar
Voltage: 230 V
Materials and finishing: stainless steel
Hot water / Steam Nozzle: Yes
Interface: Direct buttons
Simultaneous brewing: Yes
Suitable for Kit Pods E.S.E.: Yes