Gaggia Brera Review

Gaggia Brera
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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Bryan De Luca

I'm Bryan but most people know me as The Coffee Maven. I grew up outside Boston, Massachusetts and received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from Providence College. My first introduction to coffee was during my college days, when I used it as a source of caffeine to fuel late-night study sessions, but soon I became obsessed with the chemistry of coffee. How did changes to water temperature or contact time affect its taste? Why do beans from Africa taste fruity while beans from Indonesia taste spicy? I launched The Coffee Maven in February 2017 to explore these questions and help others brew their perfect cup. Welcome to my site, and thanks for reading!

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