Slim drip tray complete with long vent tube for Gaggia Classic (any model)

Slim drip tray and vent tube

Slim drip tray complete with long vent tube for Gaggia Classic (any model)

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We've custom designed these slim or shallow drip trays, and are having them vacuum moulded in thick and durable black ABS plastic.

They are designed to accept the original black plastic undertray as well as the original stainless steel drip plate from your original Gaggia drip tray.

As they are shallower than the original, at 25mm high - which is around 30mm lower than the original drip-tray, we are also supplying a custom stainless steel vent tube (6mm OD, 0.5mm walls, just like the original - but better quality and with a quality stainless finish rather than chrome) that is longer (158mm) so that it reaches just above the drip tray perfectly.   This longer vent tube is also available on its own from us here.

This single tray design has been made to fit all models of Classic as well as possible. The image gallery shows the drip tray in use within a Classic Pro (where it sits at the very front of the case) and also with an earlier traditional Classic (where it either sits right at the very front, or back around 2mm, depending on case/tank design).  

These trays are no longer 3D printed - and are now being made for us by a UK plastics moulding company to our design and specification.

Unlike 3D printed drip trays, these drip trays are very durable - being manufactured from ABS with a textured finish on the top surfaces and a smooth finish on the underside.  Having tested these drip trays along with the standard Gaggia tray, and various 3D printed drip trays (including ones made from PLA, PLA+ and PETG) the difference in temperature resistance is significant - with these and the original Gaggia drip tray easily being able to take multiple trips through a domestic dishwasher = whereas the 3D printed parts suffered in a number of ways (including warping, flexing and delamination of the layers).

This product contains:

  • Slim drip tray, 25mm high (by 195mm wide and 130mm deep) and vacuum moulded in black ABS plastic  (without plastic undertray and stainless steel grille)
  • Custom 6mm OD x 0.5mm walls (5mm ID) stainless steel vent tube, 158mm long

DISCLAIMER:  The installation of any of our parts or kits, and any modification of any espresso machines undertaken by reference to our installation and/or user guides, should only be conducted by persons with proper electrical safety knowledge who are capable and qualified to undertake such work and modifications.  Many of the components within espresso machines operate at high temperature, high pressure and with mains electrical voltages at high current in the presence of water – any of these could cause serious personal injury, shock, burns, fire, explosion, other property damage and possibly death.  We shall hence not be liable for any damage to property, personal injury or other loss caused by the improper or incorrect use of the aforementioned installation and/or user guides or the provided kit(s) or any of those kit’s component or constituent parts.  By commencing installation of our kit(s) you agree to accept all liability associated with the modification of your espresso machine, and agree to hold us in no way responsible or liable for any loss, damage or injury howsoever, wherever or whenever caused.  You further agree to indemnify us and our agents, officers, directors and employees, immediately and on demand, against all claims, liability, damages, costs and expenses, including legal fees, arising out of any installation, use, misuse or failure of any of our kits or component parts thereof.

Perfect addition for taller cups and glasses - works really well and Mr Shades service as always is brilliant

Neil Cutts

Tray fits a treat and looks fantastic, great for taller cups and glasses well worth the investment. Service and delivery was excellent.

Tim Cross

A great addition to the Gaggia Classic. Looks great and gives you lots of room for larger cups or with using scales. Service is top notch too.

Mike M

I originally downloaded a tray design from the internet for 3D printing locally. Unfortunately it leaked - maybe I selected the wrong construction - and it was also quite pricey. This one from Mr Shades is much cheaper and doesn't leak, plus the extended metal pipe is perfect. Would definitely recommend.


Really useful for using with standard big mugs. No more pulling out the drip tray and messy spillage - winner!

Margo Simpson

Excellent piece of kit. Not everyone is an Expresso freak & thats the cup the OE tray is set up to support or at best a very shallow coffee cup . For the first time since 2002 I've put the stainless platform back in place & proudly placed my favourite mug in position for my afternoon livener. Many thanks, Mike

Mike McGarry

I honestly couldn't be more pleased, or impressed with this product and the service received. I asked to be notified when back in stock and ordered straight away when given the chance. It was delivered a few days later, nicely packaged and ready to go. The main thing, of course, is that it does what it's supposed to do; everything fits nicely with the machine and I can now get a mug under there. Quality is terrific, too, the grain from the printing only really shows up under the scrutiny of a camera lens, day to day this fits in perfectly. Well done; a really elegant solution, perfectly executed!!


The drip tray that comes with GC as standard was doing my head in. This lower profile tray is fantastic and made a huge difference. Would highly recommend this.

Craig A

Exactly as I had hoped and now allows me to put a range of coffee cups under the portafilter. Everything fits perfectly with no rattle or anything looking uneven. The extended stainless tube also does what it should. Packaged well and dispatched promptly. Would heartily recommend.

Nick Smith

Overall, I'm glad I found this little gem. It works, and has the look and feel of OEM rather than some cheap knockoff modification, especially with inclusion of the longer pressure relief tube. Service to the US was seamlessly efficient. However, I have two complaints which drop the rating down. First, the original tray has two little nubs on the bottom which match up with cutouts on the metal frame base and stabilize its position. This tray lacks those stabilizers. They are important because the edges of this tray rise above the level of the stainless platform creating a catch point. Dragging a cup out from under the portafilter risks pulling the tray out with it and onto the counter because of the lack of resistance to its movement. Nagging deficiencies that need correction. Second, even for the affluent, this seems overpriced. I'd always award an extra $ solely for innovation filling a void, but not $$$ (especially for the imperfect). [SoC reply] Thanks for the review Laryenth, all feedback is greatly appreciated and we're very glad to hear that you're generally enjoying your drip tray. We know very well that our trays don't include the small notches in the bottom - and this is by design. Over the last few models of the Classic, Gaggia have changed the position of these notches slightly. In the Classic Pro they are in a different position (and they use a different drip tray) to the original Classic, for example. We wanted and needed one drip tray design that would work for any model of Classic - and if those notches are in the wrong place then they are much more of a hindrance than a help. Should you have issues with the tray moving when removing cups then we have found that the (often black, waffle design) non-slip thin rubber matting works very well for both the standard drip tray and ours, and prevents movement as well as preventing rattling. Concerning price - we wanted to make these available at a similar price to the standard Gaggia drip tray - and Gaggia injection mould these by the million (so they have very low unit production costs); we are having these made in much much lower volumes using vacuum formed plastic - and our unit costs are hence much greater - but we still manage to keep our selling price similar to Gaggia. Shipping globally can be a challenge, especially when shipping something that is relatively large but low weight. Our shipping prices are simply our shipping costs passed directly on, and we're always looking to find ways of making our shipping (especially to the US) both more economical and efficient. In a post Covid world where the price of everything has increased hugely (especially global shipping) we've maintained our product and shipping prices throughout - despite having higher costs ourselves.

Laryenth Lancaster

Awesome addition. A must have, especially if you haven't gotten the bottomless portafilter and if you drink large milk drinks with big cups :D

Jovana Cubrilo

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from Daryl

Your question:

Will the lip of the drip tray extend to make contact with the work surface? My current 3D printed drip tray is flush with the base, so there is a gap between the tray and the table which makes the tray a little unstable.
Our answer:

Thanks for your question - and, yes - concerning the extended one, the new one will drop down further at the front so that it is touching the countertop.

We are conscious of this aspect of the design and function, and our previous 3D printed version had additional supporting feet under it to allow for it - whereas this new version will simply have a slightly deeper front.

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from Michael Keats

Your question:

Hi, Does this provide more clearance under the grouphead/portafilter for scales or other vessels?
Our answer:

Yes, that's exactly the idea.  If you're using a spouted portafilter then there is hardly any room for regular sized coffee cups between the standard drip tray and the spouts.  If you use a bottomless portafilter then you can increase this space slightly, and you can increase it further by using a slim drip tray like this.

As it's much lower, we provide a new stainless steel vent tube that is perfectly sized to reach down to the hole in the slim drip tray.

Obviously the downside of the slim drip tray is the water capacity, as you can't have something physically smaller without effecting the capacity of it - and hence increasing the frequency with which you have to empty it.

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from NeilR

Your question:

What is the capacity of the skin drip tray compared to the original?
Our answer:

Thanks for your question - standard drip tray is around 400ml, ours is around half the height and hence around half the capacity at around 200ml.

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