Gaggia Brera is an entry level legit coffee machine with an independent Pannarello Wand producing the steam within about 10 seconds. This machine has set a bar for most of the expensive espresso machines by delivering a professional grade product at an economical price. In fact, this Gaggia Brera review covers all of the factors set it apart from the rest of the coffee machines. You need to see before purchasing the Gaggia Brera espresso machines.
About Gaggia Brera
Gaggia Brera is an excellent entry level espresso machine for the people who expect the top notch coffee yet balance their expenditure to a minimum. In fact, the makers of this machine have added limited but very useful coffee options. It will not only allow you to steam and forth the milk independently but also let you select the perfect ground size and recipe temperature.
In addition to that, the coffee machine itself had a nice, upright stance which will surpass your expectations of an elegant design. It has a semi-lustrous and matt finish giving it an equally stylish and elegant appearance. Also, it has top and side panels made of tough plastic isolating the contamination from entering and heat from dissipating from the machine. Therefore, any of the contact points of the machine will neither be warm nor ugly.
Furthermore, there are many things to discuss when we talk about the features of the Gaggia Brera espresso machine. It includes a four-stage water filter, adjustable grinder, pre-infusion, etc. All of these features together make the Gaggia Brera superautomatic espresso machine a must-have commodity for the coffee lovers experimenting with the taste as well as who hardly knows about the coffee.
Features of Gaggia Brera Super Espresso Machine
Here you will get to know about the features of the Brera, also, the actual Gaggia Brera review starts from here. It makes understanding the product very simple. In fact, mentioning about the versatile functions espresso machine becomes easy to express.
The Gaggia Brera super espresso machine has the feature of pre-infusing the ground beans. It allows the machine to pour the perfect coffee even with the fine ground coffee. Generally, the espresso machines fail to prepare a perfect blend from the finely ground coffee. Because of the tightly packed portafilter, sometimes the pressure over the grounds exceeds the required amount and draining the water becomes difficult.
Therefore, the pre-infusion coffee bean grounds in the Brera superautomatic espresso machine eliminates the water logging/blocking.
In a similar manner, the Brera machine builds the uniform pressure of the water on the whole coffee-puck. Thereafter, the water channels out of the portafilter after attaining the perfect saturation and blend. Hence, it diminishes the chances of having the coffee grounds dry or unmixed.
Coming to the grinding variations the Gaggia super automatic espresso machine provides. The ceramic bur on the top of the machines allows you to feed the beans directly. In fact, you can select the perfect ground settings right from the fine to coarse.
Additionally, the ceramic burr is a great provision in the espresso machines because of many reasons. Firstly, it will not catch up any heat and keep the aroma and taste of the beans intact even after grinding. Secondly, the ceramic burr has a longer life than the metallic grinding burrs. Lastly, cleaning the ceramic burr is a lot easier because of quick assembly and detaching point of the burr at the top of the Brera machine.
Therefore, grinding the beans as well as making the perfect espresso shot or long coffee is the best. Along with that, you can even use the coffee grounds from the market of your choice directly. It gives you a bit of flexibility to choose either the roasted beans or grounds for making the cup-o-Joe.
Water Filter from Mavea
This is the most important factor in our Gaggia Brera review, the water filter from Mavea. In fact, it is a four-stage filter which is very useful for cleaning the tap water. The provision of a water filter makes this machine very useful for the people who do not have a separate filter available. On the other hand, even people who would like to have the water pass through the filter will love the Brera more.
The provision of the water filter will reduce the impurities and dissolves solids from the tap water. It keeps the water reservoir from scaling or spoiling. Because the scaled reservoir is also a type of contamination which in our case will not exist because of the filtered water.
Here, the Mavea filter of the Gaggia super automatic espresso machine is just a capsule in the water reservoir. It will last for a specific time and require replacement thereafter. However, getting the replacement or new filter will be as simple as buying other things online.
The Gaggia features a component called Pannarello wand which is responsible for producing a perfect proportion of steam and air. It helps you make the perfect espresso of either the size of one-shot or the long coffee. The machine can produce the hot jet of steam within a few seconds right after you switch on the machine.
In addition to that, the steam and air proportion from the wand is just the right combination necessary for making the forth. It will form the froth in its smoothest form that too with micro-sizes bubbles.
Components of Gaggia All in One Espresso
You can learn about the working of the apparent espresso machine in this section of the Gaggia Brera espresso machine reviews. Here, we have reviewed each of the components of the Gaggia Brera superautomatic espresso machine.
Starting with the first component from the linear arrangement of the Brera assembly – the hopper. You have the option to grind the coffee beans via the coffee hopper or directly use the grounds. Generally, the bypass doser will sort the flow of the beans and grounds. However, we will talk about the by-pass doser in the next sub-section.
Continuing with the topic, the hopper of the Gaggia is easy to use. In fact, its simple and open design makes it very useful for grinding the beans. All you have to do is open the top panel of the Gaggia Brera espresso machine and slide the beans on top of it.
Also, the transparent top panel will have a knob to adjust the grind levels. You can easily select the grind levels from fine to coarse depending upon the taste of the coffee you want. However, the Brera superautomatic espresso will take a few seconds to minutes depending upon the number of beans you want to grind.
The Brera espresso machines take more time than some of the prominent coffee machines on the market. Nonetheless, the taste and consistency of the grounds are worth waiting for. The ceramic burr silently and uniformly grinds the coffee beans which is commendable.
Here we have the bypass doser which work alongside the grinding channel. The apparent espresso machine comes with the bypass doser and grinder. It allows us to use either grounds or coffee beans for making our java. In this case, if you are using the grounds then you should use the bypass doser. Whereas you should use the grinder to grind the coffee beans.
Both of the doser and grinder opens to the top panel of the Gaggia Brera superautomatic espresso machine. It reduces a lot of efforts to make the coffee especially the first thing in the morning.
Pannarello Steam Wand
Coming to the steam Pannarello wand on our Gaggia review, this is the best provision from the maker of the espresso machine. Moreover, the manufacturers of the espresso machine will not feature the wand independent of the brewer. In fact, that type of coffee fails to have the silky foam homogeneous in the coffee.
On the other hand, the Pannarello performs the best by blowing the perfect proportion of air and steam to the coffee. It will not only allow the forth to develop but also have the micro-sizes bubbles in the foam. The foam with the minute foam bubbles is the smoothest and unparalleled.
Brera espresso machine comes with the removable brew group making the cleansing convenient. This component was worth mentioning in this section because it enhances the users’ experience. It allows you to maintain the hygiene as well as keep the contamination far away from settling inside the espresso machine.
How can we forget the front-loaded water reservoir and coffee dreg box? Because it is one of the best component locations even the prominent brands lack providing in their expensive products. Hence, the Gaggia Brera silver espresso machine despite producing the moderate automatic espresso machine delivers this provision.
Further, both the front-loaded water reservoir and dreg box share the stainless steel panel with that of the front panel. In fact, both the components enhance the appearance of the machine.
Stainless Steel Front Panels
Continuing with the topic, we have a bit to discuss the stainless steel panel. Here, Gaggia Brera has provided the front panel made of stainless steel. This panel adds a lot to the aesthetics of the machine as well as eases the cleaning work. In fact, the information display on the front panel looks just hypnotic i.e. the bright display on a lustrous-matt texture.
Not to mention, the information display shows simple symbols of the functions the user chooses. Hence, the front panel along with the display looks stylish.
On the other hand, the side and top panels are made of the hard plastic material. However, there is an advantage and a drawback of having the plastic panels. Starting with the advantage of the plastic panels i.e. it isolates the Brera espresso machine from the outside atmosphere completely as well as keeps the warmth of the machine from dissipating. On the contrary, the feel of the machine diminishes when the plastic panels are the final material the users look.
Lastly, ending the Gaggia Brera reviews section of features and components with the mention if the interface. Gaggia has done a fantastic job by providing the most necessary series of functions. Even the people who hardly have the knowledge of operating the espresso machine and making coffee can easily make their espresso shots.
Pros/Cons of Owning the Gaggia Espresso Machine
Here, you can learn about the advantges and drawbacks of using this espresso machine.
We have seen the working of the Gaggia Brera superautomatic espresso machine along with its unique features and reliability of the components. Not to mention, we have mentioned one thing about the Gaggia Brera setting it away from being an ideal espresso machine position.
Nevertheless, this machine is perfect for the amateur baristas/people expecting to try the top-notch coffee experience. Because the simple interface and the Panarello wand gives this machine the touch of the professional/commercial machines. Although the coffee machine is a bit expensive for domestic usage. In another perspective, it is the best espresso machine for the people who don’t want to compromise a bit with the coffee experience.