Summary: I bought this machine for my hubby, as he loves good coffee and I wanted to purchase a quality unit that allowed you to grind whole beans, as most machines on the market these days a limited to the use of capsules only, which is not the same. If you want this, it does of course come at a premium but worth every penny. Slight issues with postage, as took a while to get to me from Italy but well worth the wait.
Summary: Overall quite pleased with my new Gaggia Brera. Makes very nice coffee and Lattes but find that the Americano coffee could be a little hotter. It doesn't seem to stay hot very long so needs to be consumed quite quickly. Also the brew unit is a bit of a pain taking it out and installing back into place every week after washing, but all in all I have no regrets about purchasing the machine and would recommend it to a friend.
Summary: Got this as a present, and it took a while to work out why it kept demanding to be primed. The water tank needs to be pushed in "just so" and then it stays primed for ages. you can feel the valve engage if you do it carefully It makes great coffee and the grinder is good.