Summary: Being passionate about espresso, I was thrilled when offered a chance to review the Gaggia Brera. When the Brera arrived on my doorstep I scared the UPS man by jumping up and down with excitement and practically grabbing the box from his hands. Unpacking the Brera I noticed two things immediately, that it was smaller than many of the superautomatic machines I had looked at previously, and the rather large, initially intimidating manual.
Brera vs. Vienna. Brera works, but know it's place
26 April 2013
Summary: Bought the Brera as an upgrade from a Saeco Vienna which I have used daily for about 5 years. Although, the Vienna is a "low end" super-auto-expresso machine with minimal extra features, it is a durable simple design and makes quite adequate expresso. I've made literally thousands of expresso's with the Vienna; it just works. I've worn out the grinder teeth again (easily repairable), but decided to try a different machine.
Summary: I bought the brera approx 6 months ago, i am pleased with the machine.It delivers a proper cup of coffee everytime,youve obviosly got to find the right coffee and make sure you get the grind set corectly.I use Coopers coffee, its called lieu mio, set grind to finest,spot on.I cannot fault the coffee this machine delivers and the throffing wand works a treat.Sadly there are issues with the machine, build quality could of been better.I paid top wak for the machine and too...
Summary: I've had this machine for over 2 years and love the way it makes shot. I think the best feature is that it grinds the beans right into the brew group. I bought this to replace my gaggia titanium, which I bought to replace my C1000. Very easy to use and maintain' looks good and is pretty quiet compared to the others I've owned. Issue 1 - the silver metal around the steam wand is a metallic film and is crinkling off the wand itself. Both a big deal.
Summary: I bought this machine from a specialist dealer. I find this machine excellent as to the ease of use and quality of espresso as well as frothing milk. It is very easy to use and the only effort it requires is to fill up the water tank and empty the waste bin. However after a year of use, this machine stopped working and ultimately it was diagnosed that a safety valve has broken. Turns out that this problem has plagued some other machines also.
Summary: I bought the silver version about a year ago to replace an aging Capresso C1000. Unlike the burnt taste and warm espresso with the c1000, this unit produces excellent espresso in both taste and temperature. For your reference, I mostly use Giggia Intenso whole beans. However, there are some minor problems not related to the espresso produced. 1. After about 4 months of use (latte in the morning), the top silver plating of the frothing handle started to peel off.
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.