Side By Side – $500 Gaggia Classic Vs. $5,000 Linea Mini

If there is one question...

I get asked on a very regular basis it's why a relatively simple espresso machine like the La Marzocco Linea Mini is worth $5,000, and to be honest it's not an easy question to just answer off the cuff. The response I often use is related to cars, because you can get to work in an inexpensive beater, but people still spend far more on something that serves that exact same purpose. With all of this in mind I decided to pick up a $500 Gaggia Classic Pro to do a full side by side comparison with my longtime daily, the Linea Mini.

So in this video I take a closer look at the differences between these two machines from the inside out. Comparing things from the raw build materials all the way to the espresso they produce in an effort to truly show why they vary so widely in retail price. So if you're curious about how this all shakes out hit play on the video above for the full side by side of the Gaggia Classic Pro and the La Marzocco Linea Mini.

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