Gaggia Brera Review

Overall Rating
91
Coffee Quality (40%)
91
Design & Features (20%)
92
Durability (20%)
90
Ease of Use (10%)
94
Brand Reputation (10%)
90

The Bottom Line

A super-automatic model with a price tag that's easier on your wallet, the Gaggia Brera has a 15 bar Italian-made pump, Pannarello frothing wand, and true, one-touch brewing for quality drinks.
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Key Features of the Gaggia Brera

Key Features of Gaggia Brera

  • 15 bar Italian-made pump
  • 34 oz water reservoir
  • 8.0 oz bean hopper capacity
  • Bypass doser for pre-ground coffee
  • Ceramic, conical grinder
  • Pannarello frothing wand, which doubles as hot water dispenser
  • Separate espresso and steam boilers allows you to switch quickly between the two modes
  • Pre- and post-brew rinse is automatic
  • Auto-off after 1 hour of inactivity
  • Spent capsule drawer with 8 capsule capacity
  • User Guide: Click here
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Cup Clearance: 4.0″
  • Dimensions: 10.0″W x 15.5″D x 11.5″H
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Watts: 1400W

Gaggia Brera Overview

Matched up head-to-head with most of the other super-automatic machines, the Gaggia Brera comes up short.

But the Gaggia Brera has one major advantage: its price tag.

While most super-automatic models tend to stretch your wallet, the Gaggia Brera is a little kinder.

Essentially, there are two trade-offs you make by settling for the Brera:

  1. A lot of plastic components
  2. Smaller reservoir, drip tray, and bean hopper capacities

The Brera is very capable machine, but swapping out stainless steel for plastic is a concern.

Still, a lot of Brera users report their machines lasting several years.

Ultimately, the Brera has everything you’d expect a super-automatic espresso machine to have, including a very intuitive user interface that allows you to easily refine your espresso to your tastes.

Pros

  • Significantly lower price point than other models listed
  • Smaller and lighter with lower energy consumption
  • Easily removable brew group (side panel) aids in cleaning
  • One of the best user manuals I have ever seen (seriously, this is a major plus for me)
  • Despite lower-quality build, Italian-made pump

Cons

  • A lot of plastic components; pretty much only the frother is made of metal (stainless steel)
  • Due to small size, all storage compartments are undersized and require frequent filling/emptying
  • Can't adjust for water hardness
  • Doesn’t come with a water filter

Is the Gaggia Brera for you?

Is Gaggia Brera for you?

Gaggia Brera Review: An In-Depth Look

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Gaggia Brera
A super-automatic model with a price tag that's easier on your wallet, the Gaggia Brera has a 15 bar Italian-made pump, Pannarello frothing wand, and true, one-touch brewing for quality drinks.

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