The Gaggia Brera super-automatic espresso machine by Gaggia is an affordable coffee maker that makes good coffee and functions great. The machine has sparked the interest of many ever since it first appeared on the market. It makes espresso and many other coffee drinks, and it’s compact and easy to use.
This is a nice coffee maker for everyone who values the design of the coffee machine as much as its performance. To find out more about the Gaggia Brera, keep reading.
- Super-automatic coffee machine
- Makes coffee from whole bean or ground coffee
- Programmable brewing
- Rapid Steam technology
- Gaggia Adapting System
- Bean hopper capacity: 8.8oz
- Bypass doser
- Water reservoir capacity: 40oz
- Panarello wand for frothing
- Removable brewing system
- The wand also dispenses hot water for some drinks
- LED screen
- Control buttons
- Works with cups from 3.25 to 4.5 inches
Good taste of the espresso and other coffee drinks
Makes double shots
Has an automatic energy-save standby mode
Easy to operate
Cleaning the machine takes more time and effort
It looks great and lasts long: on the design of the Gaggia Brera
If you were to apply for a ‘Miss Coffee maker of the Year’ competition, you would’ve certainly had won with the Gaggia Brera coffee machine. The machine looks very cute with its metallic chassis and curved edges and is a pretty small coffee maker. Measuring 12.4 x 10 x 17.5 inches, the Brera might be a bit larger than its sister, the Gaggia Classic Pro, but it will still leave plenty of space for other coffee products on your counter.
The machine has most of its elements placed in the front, which means that they are easily accessible. Therefore, it not only looks great, but is very easy to use. The ease of use doesn’t stop with the accessibility of elements on the machine, however. The machine is easy to operate with its LCD screen and four control buttons on the front panel.
Something that slightly bothers us when it comes to the design of the Brera are its plastic parts. Even though its front panel is made of stainless steel, there are many plastic elements on the machine. But, truth be told, most coffee makers in this price range do have plastic parts, and our Brera is not an exception. However, most people that have bought the Brera say it lasts long and works well even after several years.
The Gaggia Brera has a lot of interesting features for such an affordable coffee machine, even some that resemble the ones on the Gaggia Accademia. In fact, the Brera is one of the most popular espresso machines under $1000!
The machine is super-automatic, which means that both newbies and more experienced coffee makers will find joy in it. Also, it’s great that it makes all sorts of coffee drinks with or without milk, which is, again, great when we consider its price.
Another cool thing about the Gaggia Brera is its ceramic coffee grinder. Ceramic coffee grinders are one of the best grinders because they are chemically inert and won’t influence the flavor and aroma of the coffee.
Furthermore, the grinder on the Brera heats up while grinding, not allowing the coffee to lose its authentic aroma.
The Gaggia Adapting System is a technology that impacts the grinder and is probably one of the greatest features of this coffee maker. The Adapting System lets the grinder learn about the properties of your coffee beans and grind them properly. This means you’ll get the best flavor out of every coffee bean type that you want to make coffee from.
The Rapid Steam technology the Gaggia Brera uses lets the coffee maker steam your milk very fast. With this technology, you’ll have the thickness of the foam adjusted to every coffee drink. Furthermore, the Panarello wand for frothing lets you make you steam your milk manually and personalize your drinks.
This machine has a bean hopper with a capacity of 8.8oz. However, you can also make coffee drinks from ground coffee by using the bypass doser on the coffee maker. This is great, because you can have coffee drinks made from different coffee types without having to refill the bean hopper.
Will the Gaggia Brera make you fall in love with coffee even more?
The coffee drinks that the Gaggia Brera can make do taste good. Therefore, the many technologies of this coffee maker turn out to be very useful for the machine and its coffee-making capacities. The pre-infusion, the extraction process, and the ceramic grinder make for very tasty coffee.
Also, the programmable brewing with adjustable coffee volume, strength, and grind size let you add your own touch to every coffee drink you want to have. Furthermore, using the Mavea water filter with four stages of filtration can improve the taste of your coffee by reducing the hardness of the water. Add to this that the Gaggia Brera has a cup warmer, and you can imagine how tasty all those coffee drinks that it makes are.
Of course, if you want to get really great quality coffee, you are putting your hopes on the wrong machine. The Gaggia Brera offers good coffee, but it’s not a $2,000 or $3,000 machine. However, it definitely stands out from many of the coffee makers at its price range when it comes to coffee quality: we even consider it to be a more affordable alternative to Breville the Barista Express!
The Gaggia Brera has a removable brewing system that you can easily take out of the machine and rinse. Also, every time you turn the machine on or off, it runs an automatic rinse cycle of the coffee system.
Now, this rinsing can take a long time and you might also need to refill the water reservoir more frequently. Therefore, cleaning the Brera does take more time and effort than cleaning some other coffee makers at its price range.
When it comes to descaling, the machine will alert you once it needs to be descaled. However, if you use the Mavea water filter, your coffee maker won’t need to be descaled very frequently.
FAQ about the Gaggia Brera coffee machine
Why do I get soupy coffee grounds on my Gaggia Brera?
Soupy pucks can happen when the grind is too coarse or when you use oily beans. Also, if the coffee is too finely ground, the machine can get clogged. When this happens, the coffee maker can’t push the ground coffee, and you get more water in your cup.
However, the Gaggia Brera uses the Gaggia Adapting System technology which lets the grinder adapt to your beans. The grinder takes some time to adapt to the beans, but once it does it, soupy pucks will be a matter of the past.
Which are the best types of beans that I can use on this machine?
You should avoid using oily beans since they can clog or damage the grinder. We recommend you use light and medium roast coffee beans.
Does this machine come with espresso cups?
No, it doesn’t.
What are some alternatives to the Gaggia Brera?
One alternative to the Gaggia Brera is the Gaggia RI8260/47 Velasca espresso machine. This machine uses many of the technologies the Brera uses, but it offers greater programmability.
If the Gaggia Classic Pro is mostly compared to the Rancilio Silvia, the Brera will often lead to alternative espresso machines by De’Longhi. One such alternative to the Brera is the De’Longhi ESAMO04110S Magnifica espresso machine. This coffee maker is easier to clean than the Brera and offers more levels of adjustability for various features.
The Gaggia Brera is a very good coffee maker overall. Its manufacturers really tried to bring you the feeling of higher-end coffee machines into an affordable and easy-to-use product. Therefore, this coffee maker deserves a round of applause from both its competition and the coffee lovers out there.