This machine is awesome! My wife and I received a silver Giggia Carezza as a Christmas gift about four years ago and it has run flawlessly ever since. We use it daily and it has always kept us jacked up on espresso. The machine makes great shots (when the beans are ground at about 3.5 at Starbucks) and the foaming wand makes great foam.
The box included a little primer on how to best use the machine and I highly recommend looking it over. As long as I follow those simple instructions (grind the beans correctly, tamp them sufficiently, heat the machine completely) and keep the machine clean it never gives me problems. What it does give me is killer espresso.
On the downside, if the milk is cold from the fridge foaming milk seems to drain the reservoir of steam. To work around this I warm the milk in the microwave and then finish it with the steam wand.
The machine is also loud. I guess that’s to be expected but the pump that pulls water into the heating chamber is only slightly quieter than a downshifting semi-truck. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but it does cause the whole machine to vibrate slightly which makes the shot glasses (used to capture that sweet nectar flowing from the portafilter) wander around.
I would definitely recommend this machine to anyone looking to make their own espressos. It has been as solid as a rock and has saved us some serious cash. If we paid Starbucks for all of the espresso we’ve made we would be out of house and home. This machine has literally (well, not quite literally) kept us out of foreclosure!Pros
- Flawless operation
- great foamCons
- Steam can run out
- loud pumpRating
5 out of 5