Gaggia Brera Fully Automatic Review

Gaggia Brera Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Espresso Coffee Machine

Gaggia is a company deeply rooted in Italian espresso heritage, yet its coffee machines have evolved over the decades, from the original pressure-generating, lever-activated piston, to the latest fully-automated, bean-to-cup technology which, at the touch of a button, grinds, brews and dispenses a delicious cup of espresso. However you prefer to brew your coffee–whether you want the simplicity of bean-to-cup or crave domestic barista status–there is a Gaggia for you.

  • This energy-efficient machine automatically switches to standby mode after one hour, then uses less than one watt per hour
  • Program the dispensing buttons on the electronic control panel to suit your own personal coffee preferences
  • Durable ceramic grinder retains the purity of the coffee aroma, and can be adjusted to grind as coarse or as fine as you like
  • Via the ground coffee compartment you can brew a different blend without changing the beans
  • Removable brewing unit for easy cleaning and maintenance

Treat your taste buds, with over 60 years of Italian espresso tradition

Review

Like all bean-to-cup machines in this price bracket you will be expecting high quality in terms of build quality and ease of use not to mention a fine cup of coffee. The Gaggi Brera delivers in every way possible here and would be an excellent choice for your coffee making requirements.

If you have a kitchen on the smaller size this will happily sit in a corner as it’s not that big, but do remember to leave space on the right hand-side to access for cleaning. Access for cleaning operations is easy enough with the panel on the right hand-side, when cleaning remember to turn off the machine as a safety precaution.

Cleaning operations are simple with the machine instructing you via the front panel what is required, with the machine set to a “medium water” hardness for de-scaling it’s recommended that you increase the cleaning more regularly if you live in a “hard water” area.

Adding beans and ready ground coffee is done via the top of the machine, this is great because you can have decaf coffee in the form of ground and regular in beans without to much of a problem.

Using the machine is easy with various functions made simple with a push of a button. To change the strength to your taste you would choose one of three pre-programmed or you could fine tune one of these to your taste.

The machine also has the ability to make two cups at the same time, you just press the button twice, the machine will grind one set and then another until the cups are full.

The machines steaming capabilities are very good with the machine having a double-boiler the water comes to temperature quickly, usually within 5-10 seconds. After some practise you can make coffee shop standard froth which is great!

This machine is excellent, the quality of the coffee is very good and the ease of use is also a very good thing here. I have read comments that this machine is a little overpriced when compared to other machines in a similar price range, I see their point to a degree – but this is still a fantastic product and I believe the price is about right.

History

In 1938 Achille Gaggia filed patent number 365726, an ingenious invention which saw steam pressure applied to ground coffee, so that the water forced through the coffee extracted all its flavours and aromas to create a rich foam crema layer. However, the real revolution came 10 years later when Achille filed a new patent, for a lever-operated piston machine incorporating a spring. This spring provided additional pressure, and this pressure forced water through the coffee in a shorter time, producing a short black espresso in just 15 seconds.

In the 1950s Gaggia found fame in the trendy coffee bars of Rome and Milan, and most notably in London’s prominent Sirocci in Soho. These coffee bars soon became icons of the ’50s lifestyle. With the launch of Baby Gaggia in 1977 the company began producing domestic espresso machines, making the professional values inherent in Gaggia’s commercial machines widely available for use in the home.

Energy saving

The Gaggia Brera super-automatic coffee machine is characterised by compact design, simplicity of use, practicality of cleaning and its energy-saving capabilities.

Gaggia Brera saves energy when not in use because it automatically switches to standby mode after one hour, then uses less than one watt per hour when in standby mode. If you’re concerned about your energy consumption, Brera can help you save energy as well as make great coffee.

Twin boiler reduces the waiting time between coffee brewing and steam output to just a few seconds

A twin boiler reduces the waiting time between coffee production and steam delivery to just a few seconds. This coffee machine is ideal for preparing espresso coffee using either coffee beans or ground coffee, and is equipped with a device for dispensing steam and hot water. The elegantly styled machine is designed for normal home use only.

The twin boiler reduces the normal waiting time between coffee brewing and steam output to just a few seconds. Twin boilers means that you are able to brew coffee and add milk to make a cappuccino or latte without an additional wait, so you can froth milk to make cappuccinos, lattes and macchiato coffee at a simple turn of the steam knob.

Removable brewing unit for easy cleaning and maintenance

Cleaning your coffee machine removes hard water mineral deposits, old oils from previously brewed pots and other impurities that can make your coffee taste bad. The Gaggia Brera automatic coffee machine comes with a removable brewing unit for easy cleaning and maintenance. Maintenance and cleaning should only be carried out when the machine is cold and disconnected from the power supply. For better durability and long-lasting results, clean the brewing unit of the machine with water. The brewing unit needs to be removed for cleaning, then rinsed thoroughly with hot water. Use a soft cloth moistened with water to clean the machine from the outside. Scale forms while the machine is in use, so it’s necessary to remove scale every three to four months of use or whenever you observe a decreased flow of water.

Ceramic grinder retains the purity of the coffee aroma

The durable ceramic grinder retains the purity of the coffee aroma, and can be adjusted to grind as coarse or as fine as you like. The quality and flavour of your coffee will depend not only on the blend you use but also on how finely you grind it.

Every machine is factory-regulated to a medium-sized grind–turn the knob to higher numbers to obtain a coarser grind, turn the knob to lower numbers to obtain a finer grind. The finer you grind the coffee, the more flavour can be extracted from the same volume. But it’s the type of coffee making equipment you own that will determine what grind you can get away with. The ceramic grinder in the Gaggia Brera automatic coffee machine was chosen after careful consideration and research. Ceramic material is durable and safe in use. It is inert and thus ensures the best results without changing the consistency and flavour of the coffee.

The ceramic grinder in this Brera machine also provides a more consistent grind from start till end, allowing perfect dosing and blending. It gives you more control over the body and density of your coffee. And that’s not all–the amount of coffee residue left in the cup is substantially reduced. Moreover, ceramic grinders are long-lasting and make minimum noise. Thanks to its powerful, robust build, the ceramic coffee grinder will quietly grind to the same consistency and high standards for a longer period of time so you can have perfect-tasting coffee every time.

Customise everything to your personal taste

Program the dispensing buttons on the electronic control panel to suit your own personal coffee taste. The ‘Personalise Your Coffee’ function allows you to choose the desired taste of your coffee every time you make a cup. Every cup is freshly brewed and prepared with the ultimate balance of your choice between coffee and water–a guarantee for a smooth, full taste and delicious aroma.

You can customise everything to your personal tastes, from the number and size of coffees you make through to the amount of milk or coffee that is dispensed. The Gaggia Brera coffee machine has a finger touch function to save user settings, which is a novel way to easily access your preferred coffee settings. The machine has two buttons which can each be programmed for a personalised coffee, so it stores up to two individuals’ customisations. Since you store coffee beans in the machine, brewing a morning cup made exactly to your liking will be as easy as pressing a button.

Ground coffee compartment

Variety is still an option; via the ground coffee compartment you can brew a different blend without changing the beans. With the Brera machine you can rest assured that everything is as fresh and delicious as if it were being prepared in the finest café. The machine allows you to adjust the amount of coffee (dose) to be ground according to your requirements. Gaggia Brera is an effortless and efficient bean-to-cup espresso maker.

This coffee machine is ideal for preparing espresso coffee using either coffee beans or ground coffee, and is equipped with a device for dispensing steam and hot water. The integrated water and bean tanks are easily accessible from the top and front, and perfectly complement the machine’s ergonomic design. Special insulation and super-silent ceramic grinders preserve the peaceful kitchen atmosphere.

Strength selector

Coffee has a huge variety of different flavours and undertones as well as strengths. Much of your decision will come down to personal taste. To assist you, Gaggia have included a ‘strength selector’ feature in the Gaggia Brera coffee machine which will help you in your decision making process. The strength of a coffee is mainly determined by a two things: how long the beans are roasted for and the amount of coffee you use in a cup.

With Gaggia Brera you can make anything from very mild to very strong coffee, and everything in between. Just select the amount of coffee beans to be ground for your espresso and have the coffee strength of your choice.

User friendly

A compact bean-to-cup espresso maker in a stylish, modern design, Gaggia Bera is simple to use and allows easy access to the water tank and coffee ground waste via the front of the machine. Gaggia Brera is the bean-to-cup, super-automatic espresso machine from Gaggia that delivers excellent quality coffee in style and in the comfort of your own home. This compact and lightweight espresso machine comes with electronic controls, LED display, a 250g bean chopper and a 15 bar pressure pump for outstanding results. Its integrated ceramic coffee grinder gives you five choices for ground coffee, while the removable brewing unit, stainless steel boiler and 1.2 litre water tank ensure this super-automatic espresso machine is easy to clean.


Get The Best Deal
£472.49 
£472.49 as at 12:32 UTC. (Details)
£612.77
 
BUY FROM AMAZON

Home » Bean-to-Cup » Gaggia Brera Fully Automatic Review