1 year in, with heavy office usage, and basically no problems to report
J. Yeager, Amazon
6 May 2014
Summary: After reading some of the other reviews here, maybe I just got lucky, but so far this machine has been great. I too bought this from WLL and haven't had a reason to try to use the warranty or get the machine serviced by their technicians. This is the first automatic espresso machine I have owned. I run this machine for my office and I'd say we go through 7-10 cups per day.
Summary: I will not attempt to re-write Gaggia's marketing stuff, but should weigh in on my experience with this machine. I brew about 9 double-shots a day to fill my .75 liter thermos in the morning. It runs quieter than most low-end SA's though not as quiet as some mid-level machines I have used; though taking off the bean hopper cover during grinding turns up the volume impressively. That rubbery cover earns its keep!
Summary: After reading some of the negative reviews on Amazon I was a bit reluctant to purchase the Gaggia Brera at first, but when a sale came up - I paid $511.00 with two year warranty plan - I just had to try it out! So far I have not regretted it .I purchased this Gaggia Brera from another website, but would like to share my experience with this Superautomatic Espresso Machine. I have had it for a little over 2 months and just love it!
Summary: I've had the Brera for a full week now and I have to say that I am extremely pleased with my purchase. It replaced a Francis-Francis X-8 iperespresso machine that had broken down and was going to cost as much to repair as what I bought it for. As I'm the only one in the house that drinks coffee I wanted something that was compact and doesn't make a big mess and while I was happy with the iperespresso system, I had the desire to try something different.
Summary: After reading reviews on any website I could find, I decided to buy the machine because of the name behind it. I am extremely impressed with this machine. It makes fantastic espresso's. Even my father In-law(who is from Italy BTW), is impressed and said it rivals coffee shops from Italy and Brooklyn. I have to concur as I have sampled from both places. The machine is made mostly of plastic, but in my opinion that is a nice thing.
Summary: I bought the refurb machine Brera silver - I chose a superautomatic machine as apparently I am not capable of making a cappuccino with a simpler machine. I have only had it for about 5 weeks - once I got the preferred strength down - everything works perfectly -- I push its button which starts the engine, in a few seconds it's ready to roll - it makes my coffee perfectly and immediately, I can steam my milk (skim froths best for me).
Summary: The Good This a great coffee machine, it keeps things simple. Pure beans in and press a button. Fits nicely in a kitchen without taking up too much room. I got so used to having it at home, I bought one for the office too. I’ve had the first one nearly year and half so there reliable enough. The Bad It can be a little a noisy but don’t let that stop you.
Summary: Lovely coffee, easy to use. No problems so far in cleaning etc. Coffee strength adjustment instructions clear. Basically it does what it should and much easier than expected.Makes house smell nice is a side benefit.
Summary: This is the best Christmas pressie I've ever bought myself! Has been used almost every day for over a year now and never lets me down, everyone always comments on the great coffee. Easy to adjust for strength and size. Can't complain at this model. Compact, perfect for smaller kitchens. If I were to buy another then I would look at a larger model - bigger water tank and maybe two bean hoppers - decaff/regular.