When you purchase a Gaggia semi-automatic espresso machine, you can do so with the confidence that you are equipping yourself with the tools to brew consistent, quality espresso. Each of these machines comes standard with three types of filter baskets for your convenience, the pressurized single-shot, pressurized double-shot, and commercial style filter baskets.
For entry level users, the pressurized filter baskets provide a simplified approach to brewing espresso. Pressurized filter baskets eliminate the need to tamp, simply fill the basket with ground coffee (7 to 9 grams for a single-shot and 14 to 16 grams for a double shot) and lock it into the brew group. These types of baskets allow for the use of most types of pre-ground coffee, eliminating the need to own a grinder.
Pressurized ESE Pod Basket
The pressurized single-shot basket is compatible with ESE (Easy Serve Espresso) pods, further simplifying the brewing process and eliminating mess.
Two-Way Pin Insertion into Pressurized Basket
*PLEASE NOTE* To use the pressurized filter baskets, the black two way pin included with the machine must be inserted in the portafilter prior to inserting the filter basket.
Commercial Style Filter Basket
The commercial style filter basket is a traditional double-shot basket ideal for those who prefer a finer degree of control over the brewing process. Fill the basket with 14 to 16 grams of coffee and apply approximately 30 pounds of pressure to the grounds with your tamper. Factors such as tamp pressure and grind fineness play a much larger role when brewing espresso with the commercial style basket.