Making The Perfect Cup of Espresso With The Gaggia Besana Espresso Machine

The Gaggia Besana espresso machine is the perfect solution for bringing authentic Italian coffee to your kitchen. With its compact size, curved housing, and intuitive controls, it’s easy to make cafe-style drinks in the comfort of your home.

The machine features a powerful pump pressure system and stainless steel boiler that heats up quickly, so you can enjoy a delicious cappuccino or latte almost immediately. For added convenience, the Pannarello wand makes frothing milk simple and mess-free. Whether you’re just starting with espresso making or an experienced barista looking for a reliable coffee maker, the Gaggia Besana is an ideal choice for creating great-tasting drinks every time.

Preparing The Machine

It’s essential to understand how to prepare it properly:

  1. Fill the water tank at the back and ensure you fill it appropriately.
  2. Plug it in and turn on the power switch near the base.
  3. Please wait a few minutes for the boiler to reach its ideal operating temperature.

It will ensure that your coffee is brewed at just the right temperature for maximum flavor extraction and perfect crema formation. You can adjust the machine settings to fine-tune shot strength and pre-infusion time. Once your Gaggia Besana is ready, you can experiment with different recipes or enjoy an espresso with your favorite milk-based drink.

Choosing The Right Beans

The quality of your espresso will largely depend on the beans you choose. Look for freshly roasted, high-quality Arabica beans with an intense aroma and flavor profile. Dark roast is ideal for creating a rich and full-bodied espresso shot. If you don’t have access to freshly roasted beans, consider buying pre-ground coffee designed explicitly for use in espresso machines. For added convenience, you can purchase compostable capsules compatible with the Gaggia Besana, so you don’t need to grind or measure each dose yourself.

Storing Your Beans Properly

Store your coffee in an airtight container away from direct light and heat sources such as ovens and windows to ensure your coffee stays fresh. If you’re using pre-ground coffee, the shelf life will be shorter than when you grind your beans. For best results, grind as much coffee as you need for each shot.

Grinding Your Coffee

The Gaggia Besana has a built-in, conical burr grinder to help you achieve the perfect consistency for espresso brewing. When grinding your beans, aim for a medium-fine texture so it doesn’t become too clumpy and blocks up the filter holder. Select one of the preset doses or manually set your desired dose weight on the control panel. Then press the start button to grind until enough is dispensed into the filter holder before pressing stop.

Tamping The Grounds

Once you’ve ground your beans, it’s time to tamp them down into the portafilter to ensure that water flows through them evenly. The Gaggia Besana has a manual tamper. It’s essential not to over-tamp, as this can cause an uneven extraction, resulting in poor flavor and crema formation. Once tamped correctly, attach the filter holder to the group head of your espresso machine and start brewing! With practice, you’ll soon master making perfect espressos using your Gaggia Besana espresso machine.

Pulling The Shot

To pull a shot of espresso:

  1. Press the brew button on your Gaggia Besana. It will activate the pump pressure system and extract espresso from the filter holder.
  2. Monitor the extraction process as it flows out of the machine – you’ll want to aim for 20-30 seconds, depending on your desired strength.
  3. Adjust the grind setting or pre-infusion time to help troubleshoot any issues.

When complete, you should have a perfectly extracted shot with a beautiful crema on top!

Texturing The Milk

If you’re making a latte or cappuccino, you must texture the milk to the right consistency. Fill a jug with cold milk and attach it to your Gaggia Besana’s steam wand to get started. Please press the button on top of the machine to activate its pump system, then slowly lower the wand’s tip into the jug until it’s about halfway in. Move it around gently in circles as more steam enters until you start seeing bubbles form. Then raise the wand slightly and keep moving until you achieve your desired frothiness. Adjust settings such as temperature or pressure from your espresso machine if needed. With practice, you can you’ll texture your milk perfectly every time.

Latte Art

Once you’ve pulled your shot and textured the milk, it’s time to add latte art or presentation elements. For example, use a spoon to scoop some slippery foam drops for bubbles or combine multiple espresso shots with different colored syrups for a marbled effect. The possibilities are endless! But remember: practice makes perfect! With enough experience using your Gaggia Besana coffee maker, you can make delicious espressos every time.

Cleaning And Maintenance

It’s essential to keep your Gaggia Besana machine clean and adequately maintained. After each use, wipe down the steam wand, filter holder, drip tray, portafilter, and other components with a damp cloth. For a more thorough cleaning, you can purchase a descaling solution from Gaggia that should be used every few weeks or months, depending on usage. Additionally, you can check for any blockages in the pipes or valve problems that might arise. Finally, ensure all parts of the espresso machine are dried before storing them away until next time.

Following these steps will help ensure your Gaggia Besana espresso maker continues making delicious coffee drinks with ease! Regular cleaning and maintenance allow you to enjoy your homemade espresso drinks for years.

Thank you for choosing Gaggia Besana! We hope you enjoy using our espresso machine and making delicious coffee drinks with it.


The Gaggia Besana espresso machine is an excellent choice for home baristas looking for an easy-to-use and reliable coffee maker. It allows users to extract perfect espresso shots and texture milk quickly and precisely. With regular cleaning and maintenance, your Gaggia Besana can always provide delicious espressos. Thank you for reading our guide on using the Gaggia Besana espresso machine! We hope it was helpful! Enjoy your homemade espressos – cheers!

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