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Gilda '54


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The GAGGIA was founded in 1948 by Giovanni Achille Gaggia, a bartender born in Milan in 1895 and that in the bar where works devotes all its energies to improving the quality of coffee produced.

To him we owe the idea of avoiding the steam in the production of coffee, through the use of a spring which combined with a piston to lever ensures sufficient pressure to push the water through the coffee for a small enough time to allow the extraction of a espresso coffe.

Is the year 1947 and with this invention Achille Gaggia determines the beginning of the worldwide success of the coffee and of his espresso machines.


Alongside the production of bar machines, the Gaggia begins the production of models for household: the first model is named Gilda (1952) with Lever and boiler closed, followed by the model GildA '54 (1954), with two arms and boiler open.The Gilda first model was produced also in version maxi.


We have to wait until today to have the new lever model Achille Gaggia, named in honor of the founder, with tank removeable, unlucky machine produced only for few years.

For the american market we have the model Factory G105 (analogous to Pavoni Romantica) and the model Factory G106 (analogous to Pavoni Gran Romantica), made for Gaggia by La Pavoni.

1952/10 Gilda

(v. 1.0)

model 220V
1952/11 Gilda

(v. 1.1)

there are small differences compared to the previous model, as the label on the right and the sub-base metal, 260 V

 version maxi

(contributed by Ezia D'Aversa)
  Gilda '54

(v. 1.0)

model with two lever and open boiler - brown bakelite - 220-280 volt
  Gilda '54

(v. 1.1)

next model with logo modified - black bakelite - 220 volt
  Gilda '54

version Monaco

model produced in the Principality of Monaco
  Gilda '54

(v. 2.0)

model characterized by the power cord embedded in the base
  Achille Gaggia model dedicated to founder of Gaggia

(contributed by Marcio Carneiro)

  Factory G105 model analogous to La Pavoni Romantica
  Factory G106 model analogous to La Pavoni Gran romantica
1954 gaggia spagna


  commercial machine for bars, offices, small communities

Links Gaggia website  
  Manual Achille Gaggia  
  Manual Factory G105-G106  




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