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Gaggia Brera Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Espresso Coffee Machine

by Gaggia

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  • 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
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 45.5 x 33 x 42.5 cm ; 9 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 12 Kg
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  • Item model number: RI9833/70
  • ASIN: B003MAJ4S4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 13 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 192,925 in Kitchen & Home (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Home)
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Product Description

Product Description

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

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.

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
Uses less energy on standby
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
Twin boiler reduces the waiting time between coffee brewing and steam output to just a few seconds
Rapid steam

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
Removable brewing unit for easy cleaning and maintenance
Removable brewing unit

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
Ceramic grinder retains the purity of the coffee aroma
Ceramic grinder

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.

Personalise your perfect cup
Customise everything to your personal taste
Personalise your perfect cup

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
Brew a different blend
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.

Select your preferred strength of coffee
Strength selector
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.

Box Contains

  • 1 x Gaggia Brera fully automatic bean-to-cup espresso coffee machine
  • 1 x Instruction leaflet

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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By BDB3003 on 17 Feb 2011
    I've had this machine now for several weeks. Whilst the coffee has been excellent, I concur with previous reviewers regarding the plasticky nature of the product (although fortunately you mostly look at the stainless steel front).

    It is worth noting that you will have to empty the drip tray quite frequently. When the machine does its self cleaning programme, it also does an internal clean with water ending up under the machine in the extended drip tray. So even if spillage is kept to a minimum, you'll probably still have to empty it every other day. Speaking of the drip tray, the polished stainless steel tray is particularly prone to scratching - which is a pity.

    The 'pannarello' steam wand is also placed quite low on the machine, so it is perhaps more difficult to get larger jugs under. The foam quality coming from the wand is also far removed from the elusive 'micro foam', so you can forget about doing latte art although some fixes have been suggested on the internet.

    On the plus-side, I have no issues with the temperature of the coffee, which is hot.

    Many Gaggia bean to cup machines have been notoriously poor quality (check out some of the Gaggia Titanium reviews available online), so we'll have to see if anyone is willing to update their review in a year's time or so. I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

    The price for this machine (Amazon won't let me add the amount to this review) seems on the steep side (despite its excellent coffee), particularly when you see that this machine sells for about a third less on the continent - which I think is a better reflection of the value of the product.
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    123 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Martin Greenhead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2010
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    My first ever video review. The Brera is a really great machine which make superb coffee and can be used to heat milk for super hot chocolate. Also gives hot water on demand. I haven't worked out how to "personalise" the strength of the coffee, I'm not sure this is actually possible (leave a comment if you worked it out).

    Really recommened this machine, for both taste and ease. Expensive but will repay the investment many times over if you appreciate real coffee - it will be hard to go back to instant. Minor gripe around cleaning but that is the way to keep the coffee tasting great.

    Top tip - make sure the machine is definitely finished before opening the ground drawer. It took me a lot of time to work out how to fix it when I was impatient (actually during the filming of the review - I cut this bit out!).

    The video was filmed with a Sanyo VPC-CG100EXBK-B Xacti CG100 Full HD Dual Camcorder with 14M Photos and HDMI - Black on about the lowest quality setting to keep the file size down.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By keribillen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2012
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    Bought to replace our long-running De Longhi ESAM4200 (De'Longhi Magnifica ESAM4200 15-Bar Bean to Cup Espresso/Cappuccino Maker, Silver). Compared to that it:
    1) Is more compact.
    2) Makes a better espresso. It works well with the same Percol beans I used with the De Longhi, but my favourite beans are now some Fairtrade Dark Roast ones from Starbucks.
    3) Is simpler to configure and operate (via its push buttons).
    4) Requires more frequent emptying of the grounds tray and drip tray.
    5) Requires more frequent filling of the water jug because it uses more water during its rinsing cycle.
    6) Will probably last longer because it is possible to grease the moving parts of the Brew Group.
    7) Has a labour-intensive and complex descaling programme (a real pain for us because we live in an area with hard water). 22-steps, not including repeated ones!
    8) Switches itself after only one hour of not being used (a tad too soon in my opinion.....3 or 4 hours would be better).
    9) Is easier to clean, which is just as well because it requires a fair bit of cleaning, especially underneath the Brew Group: a lot of grinds accumulate there (especially if the brewing cycle is stopped half-way through, e.g. when it runs out of beans during a grinding), which can cause a build of sludge. It can get so bad that it becomes very difficult to remove the Brew Group. To minimise this, the user must never allow the hopper to become empty of beans.
    10) Has a very small opening for adding ground coffee. We don't use it often, but it is annoying and messy when we do. Gaggia should have done much much better here.

    So I am pleased with the machine and would recommend it, but it does need a lot of looking after. The end product it makes is very enjoyable, just to re-iterate. Only serious baristas will be disappointed.
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    26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By LegendaryMrDude TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Dec 2010
    As bean-to-cup coffee machines go, this one is quite a gem. At £600 (Or thereabouts) it's certainly not cheap, but if you LOVE your coffee then for a device that will take your favourite beans and turn them into a fantastically fresh cup of coffee in under 2 minutes at the push of a single button - it could well be worth it. At this stage, I will confess that I didn't pay full price for mine - I bought it with a huge stack of Nectar points, plus £150 cash to make up the shortfall, but I'm more than happy with it.

    Some of the key plus-points are:

    - It's small. I have a tiny kitchen and this fits neatly in a corner. You've got to leave the right hand-side of the machine accessible for cleaning, but it really is much smaller than I'd been fearing when I ordered it.
    - The coffee brewing is highly configurable, from the grind of the beans to the strength of the brew, it can be customised to your taste (although it can be a bit fiddly)
    - It takes beans and ready-ground coffee, which means you can have decaf & regular without too much hassle.
    - It's got two boilers so you can steam milk while your shot of espresso is still warm.
    - Everything is really easy to access for refilling, cleaning etc.
    - It uses 1W of power in standby (which it switches to after 60 minutes of not being used)

    All of that is very good, but what's the coffee like?

    In a word - fantastic!

    The coffee from this machine really is best enjoyed in a glass as it allows you to watch the crema settl on the top and appreciate the full richness of the colour (Bodum do some really nice (if fragile) double-walled coffee glasses). The crema is one of the best I've seen from a home machine, thick, rich in colour and with a really smooth feel.
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