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On Sept. 5, 1938, Achille filed the patent no. 365726 for "Lampo". This disruptive mechanism used hot water pressure instead of steam and prepared a delicious espresso, characterized by a soft layer of "crema naturale". A true revolution! This moment marks the beginning of the modern era of espresso.
Achille Gaggia registered his second patent, for a lever-piston brewing mechanism. The legend says that this idea came up to his mind after seeing the piston engine of an American Army's jeep that used a hydraulic system. The new patent implied a spring, loaded by a lever, that pushed the piston through the filter: in this way hot water at high pressure passed through ground coffee, extracting all its marvelous aromas. The barista could obtain a creamy and flavorful espresso in just 25-30 seconds, and the mass production of the patent was just around the corner…
The worldwide diffusion of espresso machines begins. When coffee was often made from chicory and essences, Gaggia was the protagonist of a true revolution. At the famous “Moka Bar” - inaugurated by Gina Lollobrigida - “Bar Italia”, "Sirocci Bar", "El Cubano" and "The French House", Gaggia machines gleamed on counters and served even 1000 people a day. The innovative “espressos with crema naturale” and cappuccinos delighted youngsters, as well as the most known writers, authors and actors.
Design and research on materials became every day more important, and Gaggia started collaborating with designers, experimenting lines and combinations. The first project of this kind is "Tel 70", created with Giuseppe de Gotzen. It was available in different colors, with a die-cast Silumin bodywork, a horizontal heat exchanger and two shells crossed by a neon tube. Another collaboration with de Gotzen was for "Modello 80" launched in 1975
Gaggia's desire to become a part of the daily life of families, by bringing to their houses the same espresso of the coffee bars, increased. The first model to be launched was "Duo", but it was with the unforgettable "Baby Gaggia", that the dream became true. Developed with the Japanese designer Makio Hasuike, it was the very first espresso machine to be mass produced. With a unique compact design and the high quality of its espresso, Baby Gaggia immediately entered the homes and hearts of the Italians, becoming a must have!
Gaggia presented to the market "Classic". Characterized by a stainless steel body and bold lines, this domestic espresso machine perfectly combined Gaggia's long professional tradition with a timeless design. Beloved all over the world since the beginning, Classic has always been a best selling symbol of the brand's tradition, reliability and quality.
When the majority share of the group was acquired by Saeco, Gaggia could refine its offer of fully automatic espresso machines. The company launched "Syncrony Digital", "Syncrony Logic", "Titanium" and "Platinum". The new era of domestic machines began: at the push of a button, it automatically grinds, tamps and brews an espresso directly in cup!
2018 represents a milestone for GAGGIA : 80 years ago, on September 5 1938, Achille Gaggia filed the patent n. 365726 for “Lampo”, an innovative mechanism for coffee extraction. On that day, Achille started the era of the “Italian Espresso with crema naturale”.
His system was revolutionary: instead of steam, hot water under pressure was forced through ground coffee which enabled the extraction of a range of aromas and natural coffee oils producing a soft layer of “crema naturale” on the top of the drink. The espresso became different and better, more intense and captivating, characterized by a rich and bold flavor. People immediately fell in love with it, allowing Gaggia, some years later, to enter not only in bars but also in people’s homes and hearts.
2018 is also the year of an ongoing change that celebrates a new era marked by important novelties aimed to strengthen the brand, its tradition and unique values, such as the decision to move the production of the Fully Automatic Espresso Machine range and three Manual models to Italy.
We are the UK arm of GAGGIA Milano. Caffe Shop Ltd was established in 2009 by RajBeadle, who was the managing director of Gaggia UK, prior to Gaggia becoming part of Philips. Raj has over 25 years association with Gaggia and wanted to use his knowledge and skills to make Caffe Shop "the Gaggia Specialist" in the United Kingdom and worldwide. In 2015, Gaggia's sole distribution was given to Raj Beadle. Caffe Shop Ltd is committed to helping Gaggia users to get the best out of their machines and coffee.
Caffe Shop runs three Gaggia Shops and also retails Gaggia products through coffee specialists.