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Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Black. Pannarello Wand Frothing for Latte and Cappuccino Drinks. Espresso from Pre-Ground or Whole Bean Coffee.
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- FROTHING FOR MILK BEVERAGES: Pannarello wand frothing for cappuccinos & lattes. Wand doubles as a hot water dispenser for americanos & tea.
- EASY ACCESS: The dregs drawer, drip tray, and water tank are all within reach and accessible from the front of the machine for quick and easy cleaning and maintenance.
- USER-FRIENDLY DISPLAY: Push-button controls and an LED display with illuminated icons make for an easy and intuitive experience.
- RAPID STEAM TECHNOLOGY: Quick heat up times and robust brewing and steaming operations. Supported coffee types : Ground coffee, Whole coffee beans
- 1 YEAR WARRANTY: Hassle free 1 year warranty handled by Gaggia directly. Brita Filter compatible: Yes
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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.
Automatic Coffee Machine
The Gaggia Brera grinds and brews fresh Italian espresso at the push of a button at a price that can't be beat. Customize your own espresso and cafe crema at the push of a button, at the strength you want. For lattes and cappuccinos, the pannarello wand makes milk frothing a breeze.
- Programmable Brewing
- Stainless Steel Front Panel
- Intuitive Operation
Hopper and Bypass Doser
Brew with either whole bean or pre-ground coffee with the ceramic burr grinder and bypass doser.
Pannarello Steam Wand
An intake hole siphons air directly into the milk, to create rich foam for specialty beverages.
Removable Brew Group
The brew group can be removed from the machine for regular rinsing and maintenance.
Both the water reservoir and dreg box pull out from the front of the machine for easy access.
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The new face of traditional Italian espresso, the Gaggia Brera features an elegant brushed stainless steel front panel and a compact design that is much more space efficient than most machines in its class. But don't let its size fool you; this super automatic takes full advantage of advanced technology-allowing it to go toe-to-toe with the industry's heavyweights.
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Had this machine a while now. Initially was concerned of flimsy plastic parts. Happy to report the Brera is holding up well with daily use with no operational issues. A few new observations:
a) The metal part of the steam wand under the rubber will become coated (plated) with baked-on milk. Nothing seems to prevent this, just a bit of a tedious cleaning required periodically.
b) The "descaling cycle" is nothing more than running descaler through the machine, waiting and flushing.
c) I have the settings dialed in to our liking, with the finest grind possible. The biggest variable is the coffee beans. Experiment and find something fresh and not too oily.
d) Water container is indeed small. You'll fill it every day. Minor inconvenience, and is a tradeoff of small counter space.
I'd buy this again and recommend to friends looking for inexpensive way to get an automatic espresso machine.
Bought the Brera as an upgrade from a Saeco Vienna which I have used daily for about 5 years.
Although, the Vienna is a "low end" super-auto-espresso machine with minimal extra features, it is a durable simple design and makes quite adequate espresso. I've made literally thousands of espresso's with the Vienna; it just works. I've worn out the grinder teeth again (easily repairable), but decided to try a different machine. The family_jewel of all these Saeco machines (Saeco makes Gaggia too), is the brew group mechanism. There are minor variations, but the brew group is the core of the design, and it's pretty obvious the Vienna brew group and the Gaggia Brera brew group are functionally identical.
So, why pay_up for anything other than a Vienna? Simply, convenience features, styling. Examples of what the Brera does that the Vienna doesn't:
1. In the Brera, the current bean grind is the one you're brewing. The Vienna "stores" one or 2 grinds internally, so the current brew is 2-3 grinds old. Not a big deal if you're making lots of Espresso, but if you're a one latte in the morning person, you get yesterdays ground beans in the Vienna. Plus-1 for the Brera, and my biggest complaint about the Vienna. Still, you can work around this.
2. Bypass doser. Allows one time insertion of another grind instead of using beans in the hopper. Vienna just cant do this, and it's only been an issue at parties when someone wanted decaf. Semi-important to me. Brera has this, so another plus there
3. Steam/brew switchover. Vienna has one boiler, so there's a "procedure" to switch over from steaming mode to brew mode. Takes some time, but doesn't affect the final outcome. Brera has two boilers allowing switching from steam to brew quickly. Another Brera plus, but it's purely convenience.
4. Self rinsing. Brera trickles a bit of clean hot water through the brew system at startup and shutdown to flush out remains of your last brew. This is nice. Vienna doesn't do this, but I always rinse all pieces after every use anyhow. Minor plus for Brera for me. Can give consistent better taste if you don't clean often.
5. Better software. Huh? For example, the grind dosage on the Vienna is either preset, or you tune it carefully (manually) to match your beans. Lots of trial and error, but you can definitely "dial it in" if you're careful. The Brera attempts to set the grind dosage automatically by monitoring the grinder motor and other parameters in real time. This appears to work and is another Brera convenience.
6. Brera is pretty. Vienna is ugly.
What's the bottom line?
Brera makes good espresso with little user knowledge required, set the grind to fine and just push the brew button. Vienna can make good espresso if you take some time to learn espresso science a bit.
Both can make equally good espresso, it's just much easier to get consistent good results with the Brera.
Some downsides of the Brera:
Cup height. I can't brew directly into my latte mugs on the Brera as the dispenser is lower. No big deal, but an inconvenience for me.
Water tank. Yes, it's too small. I find myself checking/adding water often. Not a deal breaker, just another thing to do.
Materials and build quality. This is my biggest issue with the Brera. Yes, it works. But the construction materials are flimsy. The brew group door doesn't fit well. The drip tray is flimsy (I know I'm going to break it). I'm quite skeptical this thing will hold up for 5 years of everyday use without something peeling/breaking. I hope to be proven wrong.
If you're looking for the absolute least expensive way to make good espresso with a super automatic machine (grinder+steam+brew), get the Vienna and do a bit of research about how to set it up. It's built like a military tank. It's bullet proof. Kind of ugly, but it works, even with it's quirks. If you don't want to be bothered fine tuning the espresso process, then skip this. The Brera is among the next least expensive Saeco products and you don't have to think much to get good espresso.
If $ isn't your driving issue, the Brera is nice, but I'd spend-up and hunt for a machine with better build quality. For me, spending $1000+ is too much (philosophically) to allocate for a "coffee machine", but that's what you may have to do. Be aware this a luxury category product, and you have to pay-up to get the good stuff. I gave the Brera 4 stars because of ease of use features and it's price point. Even though this isn't an inexpensive device, it's priced near the low end in this category.
If you are willing to learn about the science of the espresso process, and you demand the best espresso possible on earth, you may want to skip over all of the super automatic machines. Espresso aficionados will tell you to buy a stand alone grinder, stand alone frother, and a manual brewing machine. More effort, and not for everyone. Just be aware there's another reality of espresso excellence.
Just my opinions,
The instructions said you can custom-set the length of your coffee, but they didn't say it tops off at 8 ounces. We were used to a 10 ounce cup, so that's kind of disappointing.
The coffee is hot for sure, but wouldn't have minded it brew a little hotter. Having the ability to increase brew temp would have been nice.
Lastly, the machine only stays on for 60 minutes before it goes into sleep mode. When it does go to sleep, the power button blinks red. I'd be fine with it glowing steady red, but the blinking drives me crazy, so I power it down completely from the back of the unit. I don't see any benefit to having the power button blink red, other than drawing attention. Seems unnecessarily annoying.
Performance-wise, it's a great machine. Great coffee each time, simple operation. Seems easy to maintain.
First, the coffee. It really does a great job. You can program the amount of liquid (up to 8 oz for a large cup), and can adjust the strength. It is simple to use in the morning, when complex is bad!
Here is what I like:
+ The cost - this is one of the cheapest superautomatics around, and yet it looks good and feels solid.
+ It works quietly and looks nice. The reservoir for water is on the front left (behind the frothing wand), and there is an identical reservoir that holds the "pucks" that come out after making a cup. The tray slides out easily to remove the water (more on that later). This is easily the quietest superautomatic I've used. It automatically pauses for a couple of seconds to pre-moisten the coffee.
+ You can adjust the grind of the coffee in addition to the strength settings on the front (though it takes a bit of care, since it can only be adjusted when actually grinding). If you push the button twice, it does a double. Hold in the button, and it begins to "remember" the amount of liquid for that button; press it again to program the amount. There are three buttons, for small, medium and large.
+ There are a number of cryptic symbols on the front, but I actually like that - I soon got to know each of them. There is a red dot on the top left (out of water), a similar one on the top right (empty the bean hopper), and an exclamation point type thing to indicate you need to prime the machine.
+ To prime, simply turn the square knob in the middle to the right. Turning that knob to the left will put out steam from the wand. The normal position is as shown on the product page - facing up.
+ The spout moves up and down easily, making it possible to put a full coffee cup under there.
+ I especially like the coffee bin. It holds a couple cups of coffee, and the transparent lid makes it easy to see when you need more beans. There is a slot for using pre-ground coffee inside this area.
+ The machine is programmed to last a long time. When it starts up, it rinses the mechanism. Then when you power down (or it powers down automatically), it rinses again. It will also warn you when it needs descaling - I highly recommend using the Saeco descaling solution. It will work with or without a water filter, but I like using it (mostly because I always used one for the V'Spresso that lasted so long).
+ The brew group is easy to remove and clean - it is behind the door to the rear of the "puck" drawer. It is an ingenious design, and is meant to be cleaned weekly with water, and then air dried. They supply a small amount of grease to be put in one location every 500 cups or so.
There is one thing I didn't really like, although it isn't a deal breaker. The machine constantly rinses water down into the base. If you remember to put a cup under the spout when you walk away, it isn't too bad, but if not, you will find yourself changing out the tray often. You have to pull it out the front, take it to the sink, and then both rinse and (often) clean it. They many rinsings are the price that is paid for keeping the internal workings rinsed and lasting longer.
- This machine is suitable for limited use. The water only holds about 20 oz, and the puck drawer holds 5 - yes, only 5 - pucks. You will find yourself constantly filling the water and emptying the puck drawer if you use this for more than a couple of people. It isn't really a failure, it is just the design. Saeco makes several more expensive models with 60 oz water and 15 puck drawers. I would recommend that if you have a larger family.
- This particular model is wider than it is long. Most superautomatics are long and narrow - this one is the opposite. You should consider this when ordering. It takes up more space on the counter top.
Summary: Great tasting coffee, easy to use, looks great. For a couple of people, this is a really great design.
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