Gaggia Accademia Review

Gaggia 1003380 Accademia Espresso Machine

Review summary

Editor’s rating: 4.5 Star Editor's Rating

Many people want their coffee makers to be automatic, but to also leave them some space for experimenting with the creation of the coffee drinks. This is exactly what the Gaggia Accademia coffee machine is about.

This machine can automatically make multiple coffee drinks which you can also program if that’s what you want. Plus, the coffee maker really does wonders when it comes to steaming the milk, and it comes with a very practical milk carafe and a manual steam wand. Therefore, the machine offers you the perfect balance between quick and automatic drinks and flexibility of customization.

Did you know?

The way professional baristas make espresso nowadays was first invented by Gaggia’s founder, Acchile Gaggia.

Key features:

  • Drinks with the touch of a button
  • Multiple coffee drinks with or without milk
  • Drinks are programmable
  • Two boilers
  • Color LCD screen
  • Comes with a milk carafe
  • Ceramic grinder with 8 grind settings
  • Adjustable dosing from 7 to 10.5 grams
  • Mavea Intenza water filter
  • Flow control dial on the spout
  • Bypass doser
  • Removable brew group
  • Internal coffee ground store and drip tray
  • Manual steam wand
  • 54oz tank
  • 12oz bean hopper with air seal

Pros

Practical and easy to use

Accessible machine elements

Great spout technology

Great milk carafe technology

Milk is programmable for every drink

Cons

Small water reservoir and drip tray

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Gaggia 1003380 Accademia Espresso Machine Ultra-modern, sleek, and practical design

The Gaggia Accademia is undoubtedly a gorgeous coffee machine. Almost all of its parts are metallic in color, and its buttons, dials, and spouts look very fancy and give the machine an aesthetic structure. It’s almost like you can’t take a look at this machine and not think how ultra-modern and sleek its design is.

Not only does this machine look gorgeous, but it’s also very practical and has accessible components. Unlike many other automatic coffee makers, the design of the Gaggia Accademia resembles that of a pop-up book. You can easily open it and have access to its internal components, such as its drip tray, waste container, and the removable brew group. The 12oz bean hopper on the Gaggia Accademia is also easily accessible, and so is the machine’s 54oz water reservoir.

This coffee maker lets you brew your coffee with a touch of a button. It has a great color LCD screen that is easy to use, so you can pick your drinks quickly and with no problem. The machine, furthermore, has a separate milk carafe with a great technology for preparing milk drinks, a manual steam wand, two boilers, and an adjustable coffee spout with a flow control dial on it.

Why does the coffee made on this machine taste so good?

The taste of your coffee made by the Gaggia Accademia is guaranteed by multiple features and technologies that this coffee maker uses.

The quality of your coffee drink starts from the coffee beans and ends with the extraction process. The Gaggia Accademia keeps the coffee beans in the bean hopper fresh and unexposed to a lot of air with its air-tight lid. Since the hopper is inside the machine, the beans are also not exposed to light, so they are protected from all the factors that can alter their chemical structure.

Furthermore, the grinder on this coffee machine is ceramic, which means that it will not affect the taste or the aroma of the coffee beans. Then, the machine uses the Mavea Intenza water filter to get rid of the minerals in the water than can affect the coffee flavor.

Gaggia 1003380 Accademia Espresso Machine Another thing that makes the coffee extracted from the Gaggia Accademia so good is the programmability of the machine. The machine lets you program the amount of the coffee, the coffee temperature and length, and the length of the milk. Furthermore, you can also choose whether you want the coffee beans to be bre-brewed or not and choose between two milk foam thicknesses.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, the Gaggia Accademia also lets you control the flow of your coffee while it get extracted from the coffee spouts. Therefore, this machine is all about personalizing the flavor of the coffee drinks for you.

The Gaggia Accademia makes espresso, coffee, long coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato, hot milk, and it can also heat up water for your tea or some other drink.

About the milk steaming and the unique milk carafe

On the Gaggia Accademia, you can steam milk in two ways. You can either use the manual steam wand on the machine or the milk carafe that comes with the machine.

Now, the milk carafe that’s included in the box is a story on its own. This carafe features a unique design that lets it steam and heat up the milk without the milk going inside the coffee maker. To steam the milk with the carafe, you’ll need to use the upper part of its handle which functions as a spout.

After you’re done steaming, you can put the top of the handle back in its place and the carafe will self-clean handle from the milk debris. What’s also great about the design of the carafe is that after it’s done cleaning itself, the residue is dispensed into the drip tray of the coffee machine. This makes the cleaning process of the machine and its parts a bit easier for you.

FAQ about the product

Can I buy one more bean hopper for my Gaggia Accademia?

No. This machine uses only the hopper that’s integrated in it.

Can I use the frother on cream?

Yes, you can.

Can I connect the Gaggia Accademia directly to the water line?

No, you can’t. You need to use the water reservoir on this machine.

What are some alternatives to the Gaggia Accademia?

Saeco HD8927/47 PicoBaristo Super Automatic Espresso Machine, 1.8 L, Stainless Steel Saeco HD8927/47 PicoBaristo Super Automatic Espresso Machine

Instead of the Gaggia Accademia, you could get the Saeco HD8927/47 PicoBaristo espresso machine. This machine offers more programmable drinks than the Gaggia Accademia and looks great, has a removable brew group, and a 10-level grinder.

Breville BES980XL Oracle Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel Breville BES980XL Oracle Espresso Machine

The Breville BES980XL is another great alternative to the Gaggia Accademia. Its water tank is bigger than the one of the Gaggia Accademia and measures 84oz. Furthermore, the BES980XL doses from 19 to 22 grams of coffee per drink and has a one-touch Americano function.

Conclusion

The Gaggia Accademia will win your heart with how practical and easy to use it is, and with the great coffee drinks it makes. If you’re someone who likes drinking great coffee and have the choice of participating in the making process, this coffee maker might be the one you need. Furthermore, its design is flawless, so if you want your machine to have a great design and performance, we highly recommend you get the Gaggia Accademia.

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