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Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine, Super Automatic Frothing for Latte, Macchiato, Cappuccino and Espresso Drinks with Programmable Options
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- ONE TOUCH BREWING AND FROTHING: Bean-to-cup feature with automatic milk frothing for cappuccinos, macchiatos and lattes
- PROGRAMMABLE: Programmable brewing options for lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and espresso
- TEMPERATURE CONTROL: 3 different temperature settings. Min/177.5 °F, Med/182.9 °F, Max/184.5 °F
- EASY ACCESS TO WATER RESERVOIR AND BEAN HOPPER: Features a removable 60 oz water reservoir that can be accessed on the top left of the machine, and an 8.8 ounce capacity bean hopper with access from the top right of the machine
- 2 YEAR WARRANTY: Hassle free 2 year warranty handled by Gaggia USA directly. For Gaggia USA's call center, call 888-389-4123.
- NOTE: Kindly refer the Instructional Video from the image section also the User Manual which is highly essential before use
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Make Great Coffee, Cappuccinos & Lattes at Home.
With humble beginnings as a cafe owner in Milan, Achille Gaggia's ingenuity and passion for coffee inspired him to invent a new way to brew espresso without the use of steam. That vision led to the creation of the Lampo device which produced the characteristic crema which has since become the hallmark of quality espresso.
Gaggia Anima Prestige
One-Touch Automatic Coffee Machine
The Gaggia Anima Prestige is an automatic coffee machine with one-touch espresso and milk capabilities. Featuring stainless steel front paneling and a vibrant LED display, modern design blends with Italian tradition. Brew espresso and long coffee with the push of a button and adjust temperature, volume, and strength to you liking.
- One-Touch Milk Beverages
- Programmable Brewing
- Three Temperature Settings
- Simple Maintenance and Operation
Stainless Steel Paneling
The modern appearance of the Anima Prestige is further accentuated by its stainless steel front paneling.
Programmable Drink Buttons
The Anima Prestige has 4 programmable buttons to brew espresso, long coffee, cappuccino, and macchiato.
Auto-Frothing Milk Carafe
The milk carafe froths milk automatically and dispenses it directly into your cup for true one-touch brewing.
Removable Brew Group
For ease of maintenance, the variable brewing group can be removed from the machine for regular rinsing.
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The Gaggia Anima Prestige has the distinction of being the fully one-touch machine in Gaggia’s Anima series. Like the Anima and the Deluxe, the Prestige has programmable buttons, yet what sets it apart is the auto-frothing milk carafe.
INTEGRATED MILK CARAFE: Specialty milk drinks can be made at the push of a button with an integrated milk carafe and auto-cappuccino system. The double chambered carafe locks into the front of the machine to froth and dispense milk directly into your cup. When the milk carafe is removed, there is a hot water spout that can be attached in its place to dispense water for drinks like cafe Americanos and hot tea.
SLEEK DESIGN: The Anima Prestige features stainless steel front paneling for a modern style that incorporates classic Gaggia flare for a truly timeless design, has a slim profile (less than 9 inches wide), and a simple and intuitive programming menu.
PROGRAMMABLE: Each individual drink button on the Gaggia Anima Prestige can be programmed with your preferred beverage volume, strength, and temperature (Min/177.5 °F, Med/182.9 °F, Max/184.5 °F). For additional control over the brewing process, you can also program pre-infusion to gently moisturize the coffee grounds prior to brewing. These settings can all be saved for future use at the touch of a button.
LARGE CAPACITY: The Anima Prestige has a 60oz removable water reservoir and an 8.8oz bean hopper. The drip tray can hold up to 24oz of water and the internal dreg bin can hold up to 15 pucks of spent coffee.
EASY MAINTENANCE: The machine features a removable brew unit as well as an automatic rinse and descale cycle. The integrated milk carafe uses an automatic cleaning cycle to keep the milk circuit clean.
LOW-ENERGY STANDBY MODE: After one hour of idle time, the Anima Prestige will enter a low energy (-1 W) standby mode to reduce power consumption.
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I don't always read the fine print, so here's what you should know, and what I wish I knew, prior to purchasing this or any Gaggia unit. They have only one repair location, and it is in New York. They will allow me to ship it there at my expense, where they will determine if my misuse caused it to fail. Prior to allowing me to ship it to them, they pre-charged my credit card $40 for return shipping so that if/when they determine that it is a warranty-eligible repair and if/when they fix it they will return it to me. To me, this kind of service is pretty unexpected after investing $1200 in an espresso machine and having it fail after only 8 months.
Update: someone from the Gaggia importer (Importika) read my review here, sent me an email, and left me a voicemail. They indicated that my review was inaccurate and that although the customer support person told me they were pre-charging my credit card, they don't charge it until it ships back. When I called the supervisor back they offered to "put the repair into a priority queue" since it normally takes three weeks to do a warranty repair, and to waive the return shipping charge. I let her know I don't really care, as I'm still stuck with a $1200 machine that broke after 8 months of minimal usage, and that I still have to find a box, pack it up, pay to ship it to them in New York, and will not have an espresso maker for weeks. Charging me slightly less and returning it to me marginally faster will not make me a satisfied customer. As soon as I get this back and repaired I will be selling it and will never own another Gaggia. I recommend that buyers beware of this machine in particular, and the Gaggia line of products in general.
The Anima is manufactured by Gaggia, an espresso machine company in Milan, Italy with over 50 years of experience making commercial and domestic espresso machines. Today Gaggia is owned by SAECO International Group, another espresso machine maker with an excellent reputation.SAECO is owned by the giant Dutch conglomerate Phillips. If you compare Gagia and Saeco machines side by side you will see that several models contain similar DNA. Parts appear interchangeable and menu operations look alike. Interestingly, Saeco espresso models with features similar to the Gaggia Anima, appear to be priced higher than the Gaggia. Anyway, Gaggia espresso machines, including their fully automatic models, tend to receive high marks by Amazon reviewers and others on consumer and coffee related websites.
The Anima Prestige was introduced in the fall of 2015 and is the top model in Gaggia's new Anima line of automatic espresso machines. The three new Anima machines are publicized as the "soul of Gaggia" and the accumulation of 75 years of experience "finally combined in one coffee machine." Based on the machines features, it appears these advertising boasts may be truthful. Here are some features that make the Anima espresso machines stand out:
First, the Anima performs pre-infusion before making espresso. That means it wets the ground coffee for a few seconds before it begins the pressure cycle that makes the espresso. According to espresso experts pre-wetting the coffee puck assures a better shot. Second, you can adjust the "strength" of your espresso by changing the coffee dosage from 6.5 to 11 grams. This means no more mediocre or underwhelming espresso shots. It is a great feature if you like strong straight espresso or stronger milk based drink. Third, you can change the water temperature to assure a hot drink. You can adjust the water temperature to as high as 184.5 F. Hence, there should be no need to nuke your espresso or milk based drink in the microwave to make it hot. The Anima also has a ceramic burr grinder. Ceramic burr grinders are considered one of the best types of espresso grinders for producing a traditional espresso flavor profile.
Build quality - The one thing I hate about buying expensive items on-line is that you can't truly judge the quality of the product until after you pay and it is delivered. Here are my observations about the Gaggia Anima Prestige: It was boxed carefully and arrived undamaged. Overall, the machine exudes high quality. All metal and plastic parts on the machine fit together well and it has an overall solid feel. One of the best compliments I can give the machine is that my wife said it "looks nice" on the counter. This is from a woman who wants no coffee gear left out after it is used. In summary, in this case it appears the old sayings applies...."You get what you pay for." I paid for a quality espresso machine and that's what I got.
Coffee brewing first impressions - Setting up the machine for first use was a bit confusing. I had to read the manual several times and “I think” I got it right. At first I had an issue with the grinder. It wasn't grinding any beans and the first few espresso shots came out looking like dirty water. I made an adjustment to the grind setting and the problem went away. I then made 3 straight espresso shots and each was better than the last. Crema was not too thick, but thick enough. The shots were more satisfying than any I have ever made with my Nespresso machine using a wide selection of Nespresso capsules.
After making a few straight espresso shots I fired up the milk frother and made a cappuccino. It was excellent, much better than I expected. The Anima Prestige produced nice steamed milk with a fairly thick top layer of milk. The temperature of the drink was perfect, meaning hot but not too hot. As I mentioned earlier one reason I bought this machine was because you can adjust the quantity of beans you grind to make stronger shots. Since I typically prefer powerful Cuban coffee, this was important to me. I put the bean count on the menu screen to 4 out of 5 and made an espresso. I am happy to report it was strong. In fact, I had to back the bean count down to 3. That is a good thing because now I know if I need a power shot, no problem.
In summary, I am very happy with my purchase. While the Anima may not produce as high a quality shot as a Barista might, it meets my needs 100%. To see a few excellent videos about the Gaggia Anima line of espresso machines, visit [...] and enter Gaggia Anima in the search box. The website is user friendly and they know lots about espresso machines. FYI, I have no personal interest in the website other than as a consumer.
Update: Today is December 8, 2016. I have owed my Gaggia Anima Prestige for exactly 1 year as of today. I am happy to report the machine has operated flawlessly since purchase. On average I prepare 5 espresso shots a week. That equates to about 260 shots a year. Here are a few observations: I clean the workings in the machine after every use by flushing the brew group under the kitchen faucet. Being retired, I have time to empty the used coffee puck and clean the machine that frequently. The machine, while easy to use, does leave a small amount of coffee grinds in the brew group and a small bit of water in the plastic tray under the barista part. Small amounts of coffee grinds always have to be wiped away. Personally, I don’t think I would want to wait until a week has passed to clean things up. Also, after about 9 months I noticed my machine made a stressing sound as if plastic was rubbing against plastic. I applied the supplied grease to the moving parts described in the manual and that took care of that problem. So, if your machine sounds like it is straining, grease it up. There are
youtube videos that will show you what to do if you are not sure. Mark
Update: Today is June 13, 2017. Six months since the last update. Only thing to report is that the Gaggia Anima Prestige is still operating flawlessly.