Which will you suggest for a perfect shot of espresso? Brera or Jura Ena 7(with Aroma boost)? Cost is no matter, only the better shot! Thanks.
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Further proof that good things come in small packages, the Gaggia Brera is a fully equipped super-automatic espresso machine with a compact footprint that will leave you with plenty of counter space.
The Italian-made Brera has been thoughtfully designed to maximize user convenience. The dregs drawer, drip tray, and water tank all within reach, accessible from the front of the machine for quick and easy cleaning and maintenance. Gaggia has even simplified machine programming and beverage selection with the Brera. Push-button controls and an LED display with illuminated icons make it easy to navigate through your options, which are plenty with this Gaggia super automatic. Coffee aroma, strength, and volume are all customizable; additionally, the ceramic grinder takes advantage of the Gaggia Adapting System to adjust the rpm and guarantee the correct quantity of coffee grounds.
The Brera is an aesthetically pleasing machine with a contemporary stainless-steel front panel and chrome-plated accents; the side panels are available in black or silver to complement your décor. Functionally, the Gaggia Brera is great for entertaining as it can accommodate a wide variety of user preferences. If you prefer to serve guests pre-ground decaf coffee, or specialty coffee you can do so with the bypass doser. For special treats, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and lattes can be made easily and quickly, since the Brera comes equipped with a stainless steel Panarello wand and Rapid Steam Technology. Consider the Gaggia Brera if you’re a little short on space but don’t want to compromise on convenience and espresso quality. This model comes with a two-year limited warranty.
An airtight, UV-proof 8.8oz hopper lets you safely store coffee beans. When you’re ready to grind, the Brera comes with a ceramic grinder to ensure grind consistency and reduce heat transfer—resulting in flavorful and aromatic coffee. For your convenience, the Gaggia Adapting System automatically adjusts grind time and rpm to deliver the desired coffee quantity, regardless of whether you’re using light, medium, or dark beans.
This Gaggia model comes outfitted with a bypass doser, allowing you to skip the grinding process and brew with pre-ground coffee. The bypass doser is a great option for decaf or flavored coffee drinkers.
The Gaggia Brera has a 15-bar pump and a stainless steel boiler to ensure temperature-appropriate, great tasting beverages. The unit has a telescopic coffee dispenser, allowing you to adjust the height to accommodate your cups and mugs. Simply select the desired drink and it will be brewed directly into your cup!
An Optidose function allows you to customize the aroma of your coffee; choose from light, medium, and strong brews. You can also make- an espresso or café lungo with the push of a button; beverage volume is programmable and the Gaggia Brera will “remember” your preferences for future use.
The Brera has a 1.2-liter water reservoir. A Mavea Intenza water filter (not included), with a four-stage filtration system, removes impurities and prevents scale buildup, to prolong the lifespan of your machine.
The Gaggia Brera has a metal Pannarello steam wand to create creamy froth and steamed milk for your favorite specialty beverages. The steam wand can be swiveled, left to right, to accommodate a variety of cup or steaming pitcher sizes.
This machine is equipped with Rapid Steam technology, which translates to quick heat up times and robust brewing and steaming operations. You’ll be able to steam and brew back-to-back with ease, thanks to the Rapid Steam feature.
The easy-to-maintain Gaggia Brera has a self-rinse cycle that activates when the machine is switched on and off and enters or exits standby mode. This rinse cycle will help to preserve machine performance and keep the unit in brew-ready shape. An icon will appear on the display screen to alert you, should the Brera need to be descaled.
10"W x 12.4"H x 17.5"D
Silver and Black
Frothing milk is a tricky business. Much like brewing espresso, there are a number of factors and techniques to consider when trying to create the perfect microfoam. While we've made tutorials and videos outlining the steps to making a good cappuccino or latte, we've never really addressed the subject of frothing with different kinds of milk... until now.
Today was an exciting day as we assembled participants for an event that came to be dubbed the "Froth Off." Assembling five identical Gaggia Brera espresso machines and five different kinds of milk (Soy, Skim, 1%, 2%, and Whole) we made a cappuccino with each one to see what differences we could find. But, before moving on to our findings, here's a little chart we threw together outlining the calorie information for the milk we used.
Calories per 1/2 cup:
Soy: 45 (2x the calcium of dairy milk)
As you can see, the results of our little experiment were rather varied. The separation of layers in the Soy and Skim milk was surprisingly more pronounced than the other varieties. In terms of what I'll call “foam longevity” the Skim milk held its foam for quite a while, whereas the foam on the Soy milk fell rather quickly. The foam on the 1%, 2%, and Whole milks was pretty consistent, although it seemed a bit creamier on the whole milk. The coolest thing I found about all this was that no matter what kind of milk you enjoy, you can still steam and froth it for your favorite drinks.
General Frothing Tips
Working in a company like Whole Latte Love that encourages you to test the products it sells is a wonderful experience. Especially if you like using the products! Customers get great information and opinions from actual hands on testing, and I get to enjoy some of the finest coffee drinks anyone can make for free! I really like and crave coffee, so being able to try all kinds of brewing equipment is a wonderful perk.
One machine that has steadily gained my favor is the Super Automatic Gaggia Brera. I use it about 5 times a day. Several co-workers have blogged about its features and the technical aspects of its boiler, grinder adjustability, brew group, etc. I am not going to blast you with more of the same; however, I do want to make a few points about the usability and performance of the Brera.
The Gaggia Brera is very compact and has easy access to the water reservoir and the dredge drawer from the front of the machine. But, when push comes to shove, does any of that really matter when you wake up in the morning craving a great cup of coffee? I personally am only thinking “I want my cup of coffee and I want it now!!!!”
The Brera helps me to get that first cup easily. I can set my cup under the brew spout, push a button and walk away knowing when I come back the brewed coffee will be the same quality as the cup I had earlier or the day before. Typically the first three trips to the Brera are for a normal cup of black coffee (Café Crema). Later I will usually make two cappuccinos using the Brera to brew the shots of espresso.
Now with all the different espresso machines I have access to you might ask why I am using a super-automatic. It comes down to one simple explanation. It is one of the easiest espresso machines to use. So if you’re looking for a machine that is easy to use, produces great espresso coffee consistently, get a Gaggia Brera. I am confident you won’t be disappointed.
Stay tuned! I will continue to write honest opinions about the machines I test. If I don’t like it you will know!
In this video, I talk about what a removable brew group is and show you how easy it is to clean. I also explain that some machines come with them while others don't. Hope you enjoy the video. Happy brewing!
In this video, Randy and I answer a question we hear from our customers often: what's the difference between a semi-automatic and a super-automatic espresso machine? We cover general differences and also similarities between the two types of machines. I hope you'll enjoy this video and if you have any more questions, please feel free to ask.
If you would like to know a little about the many types of espresso machines we sell, this would be a good video to get you started. This video covers the machines we sell and based on your lifestyle, what you like to drink, and ease of use. It will give you an overview of different espresso machines and help you determine which one best suits to your needs.
I would watch the video and focus on a particular kind of machine—prosumer, semi-automatic, and super-automatic to decide which kind is ideal for you. Then, you can go and look at individual models to get a better idea of exactly what you want. Of course, if you narrow it down to a few espresso machines and are still undecided, give us a call and we would be glad to help!
|Dimension - Width (Inches)||10|
|Dimension - Height (Inches)||12.4|
|Dimension - Depth (Inches)||17.5|
|Housing Materials||Stainless Steel/Plastic|
|Drip Tray Material||Plastic|
|Drip Tray Cover Material||Stainless Steel|
|Drip Tray Capacity (Oz)||28|
|Drain Line Adaptable||No|
|Spent Coffee Capacity (Dregs Drawer)||8|
|Easy To Rotate||No|
|Power Cord Length (Inches)||36|
|Steam Wand Style||Pannarello|
|Usable Length (Inches)||2.5|
|Height Off Counter (Inches)||5 Stars|
|Number Of Holes||1|
|No Burn Wand||Yes|
|Optional Steam Tips Or Wands||No|
|Reservoir Or Plumbed||Reservoir|
|Reservoir Capacity (Oz)||40|
|Water Level Visible||No|
|Type Of Controls||Push Button|
|Display Type||Indicator Lights|
|Adjustable Coffee Dosage||Yes|
|Coffee Dosage Quantity||7-10.5|
|Cup Volume Control||Yes|
|Aroma / Flow Control||No|
|Low Water Warning||Yes|
|Passive / Active||Passive|
|Number Of Boilers||1|
|Brew And Steam Simultaneously||No|
|Brew Boiler Data|
|Brew Boiler Type||Thermoblock|
|Brew Boiler Watts||1300|
|Brew boiler Volume (Oz)||Low|
|Brew Boiler Material||Stainless Steel Lined Aluminum|
|Maximum Pressure (Bar)||15 Bar|
|Self Priming Pump||Yes|
|Number Of Grind Settings||5 Stars|
|Hopper Capacity (Oz)||8|
|Initial Heat Up (Seconds)||47|
|Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds)||47|
|Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup)||164|
|Brew Time for 2 Oz||18|
|Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup)||168|
|Time To Produce Steam (Seconds)||70|
|Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds)||83|
|Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F)||183|
|Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds)||69|
|Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds)||0|
|Sound Level - Brewing (Db)||63|
|Sound Level - Grinding (Db)||72|
|Descaler Used||Gaggia Descaler|
|Country Of Manufacture||Italy|
|Repairs By||Whole Latte Love|
Rated 5 out of 5
Has owned for:
1 - 6 months
I just love this little machine. I have had it for about 6 weeks now, and have had NO problems with it. First thing in the morning i have is a long coffee . Sooo good. I make about 3-4 long coffees, and 2 cappuccinos a day. In between i also make espressos . Still trying different coffees.
1 - 6 months
Coffees, cappuccinos and espressos are so very good. Love the crema on top. Still trying out other drinks
Follow all the instructions carefully. Descaled it once and it worked fine.
Still trying different ones, but so far like the more medium ones.
Material is a bit flimsy, like plastic parts etc. Brewing unit a bit sensitive and difficult to reinsert. Handle with care:-)
Rated 5 out of 5
Has owned for:
Less than 1 month
A little background. Used to own a Saeco Incanto Deluxe that I liked a lot, but it gave up the ghost on me (would grind beans and then just dump them without brewing). Replaced in with a Jura Capressa ENA 4. Loved the espresso but hated the steam wand. Started blowing off all the time not matter what and Whole Latte Love graciously accepted my return. Enter the Gaggia Brera. Reminds me a lot of my Incanto but with a more compact footprint (we don't have a lot of counter space so a real plus). Programmable enough for me. Basically make a couple of triple shot lattes to go in the morning before work. More relaxing ones at home on the weekends. Makes very good espresso. The Brera is a simple machine to use. I like that the water reservoir is accesible from the front -- smaller than the Incanto but bigger than the ENA 4 ... kinda Goldilocks "just right." The only thing I'm not really fond of is the turbo Pannarello frothing wand. IMHO it makes too much foam too fast. I'd prefer something less "fancy" and more "straightforward." The wand/sleeve on my Incanto was much better (I closed off the little pinhole on it so that it more just a "regular" steaming wand). When the steam wand stayed on (which it wouldn't after a while) on the ENA 4, it produced great steamed milk for lattes. I know some of it is a function of technique, it's also a function of design. The wand/sleeve on the Brera is just designed to froth up milk with more foam easier. Otherwise, I like everything else about the Brera and it's pretty close to "perfect" for a no fuss superauto for daily use.
Less than 1 month
Easy to use and program. Compact footprint. Front access water reservoir.
Read the instructions and you shouldn't have any problems.
No brand in particular. I use a mix of dark and medium roast beans.
I wish they would give you different options for the steam wand/sleeve.
Gaggia Classic, Breville Cafe Roma, Saeco Incanto Deluxe, Jura Capressa ENA 4
I've had mine a year now, having taken advantage of a WLL refurbished machine. It's been a solid performer over the past year, knocking out 10 to 20 double shots every day without a hitch. The only complaints about the machine is the size of the water reservoir which could be bigger and the "metal effect" covering on the wand where it joins the machine is coming away, revealing the plastic beneath. Overall however I'd definitely recommend it.
I have had my Brera for about 2 years now...love love love it! I needed a super automatic with a smaller foot print for my condo and this has worked great. Love the frothing wand and it makes a really nice shot of espresso. I usually make decaf americanos so having the ground coffee by pass dispenser is invaluable. Also it dispenses fairly hot water for tea too. I hope everyone knows to run a decalcifier through their machine at least every 3 months. This will keep the machine in great working condition.
I have had this machine for about 2 months now. Pros - great shots. Consistently brews great shots with good crema. I roast my own beans and was never able to get the consistency in brewing with an Expobar semi auto. So I realized I was not the barista I wanted to be and moved to the Brera. Great shots with my different roasts. Also very quick. Warms up very fast and have multiple shots in very few minutes. Size - small footprint and fits under cabinets in corner of kitchen. Easy to use - good button layout and easy to change settings. Cons - not the most convenient machine to use if you brew a lot of shots. I make a double shot cappuccino for myself and wife in the morning. And during the day we have at least another couple of shots each. I have to fill the water and empty the puck collector at least once a day. And the bean hopper runs out as well. I have it set on the 2 Bean strength - which is Medium - around 8.5 grams of coffee per shot. I notice when I clean it that there is a LOT of ground coffee that seems to go loose inside the machine. I brush out a lot of coffee every Sunday when I clean the machine. So the small footprint that makes it convenient also keeps the water reservoir small, the puck collector small, and bean hopper small. Also since the warm up cycle and cleaning cycle each time you put the machine into standby uses a lot of water - you have to refill often and empty the catch tray quite often. Do I love this machine - no. I admit I am used to the convenience of an Expobar with a very large water tank and large drip tray. Do I love the shots from this machine - Yes. So it is a trade off like anything else. Small, nicely made, looks good, great shots. But if you plan on brewing a lot of shots I would look elsewhere on WLL for a higher volume machine.
I wanted to write a follow up to my original review from 5/30/12. The Brera has been great but I started having problems with frothing milk. After many calls and internet research, I discovered that it was the milk I was using (Horizon 2% Organic). This milk brand was frothing well until the warm/dry weather hit. Then it wouldn't froth at all. I thought it was the machine (if you keep the frothing wand and air hole clean, it's the milk). I tried a different 2% milk and it worked great. Why did the Horizon milk stop frothing all of the sudden? Cow's diets change and so does the milk. Still loving my Brera!
I usually don't write reviews but this machine warranted one. I've had this machine for two weeks now and overall I like it. Previously, I had a grinder/maker drip machine and wanted to upgrade. After a lot of research I chose the Gaggia Brera. The online videos and reviews were very helpful and so were the WLL staff. This machine makes great espresso especially with the Lavazza Super Crema beans. But the machine isn't perfect. It can be finicky. But, all the answers are in the manual and the online videos. Once you get used to it, the machine produces a beautiful crema and great lattes. I use less coffee with this machine, with better results, than any machine I've owned.
This was our first ever automatic espresso maker having used Bodum presses or coffee makers for about 10 years. We drink mostly Cafe Longo style drinks but have found that cappuccino making is pretty easy. Our only critiques are the smallish size of the water reservoir (minor inconvenience but ensures fresh water!) and the sometimes problematic removal and reinstallation of the brew group for cleaning. However, this product produces consitently excellent coffee drinks!
This is my first superautomatic. I feel like I have died and gone to heaven. They don't make them any better at the barrista's! This machine is so amazingly easy to set up and use - trust me - I typically can function with no more than 3 instructions - one SHORT sentence each. There may be a little more to the set up than that - but not much. It is so amazingly easy to use and clean - very stylish appearing - I'm feeling italian come from my lips yet I've never studied it. I'll NEVER GO BACK!
I’ve tried them all…Jura, Saeco, Delonghi. Decided with all the great sales on Gaggia I’d have to give them a try. Hands down the Gaggia Brera makes the best espresso that I’ve had out of any super-automatic I’ve owned. From what I understand about the Brera is that it has a superior grinder (ceramic burrs, self adjusting) then most of brands which apparently makes a big difference in the quality of your espresso. I can tell you one thing…the grinder is definitely much more quite then my Delonghi machine. Quite honestly the Delonghi I sounded like a jet airplane starting up every time the grinder ran. I would certainly recommend the Brera to anyone looking for a reasonably priced super automatic that makes great espresso.
When the Brera first arrived I opened the box to find it professionally packaged. I make a note of this because this is frequently a problem I have with internet companies - Amazon included occasionally. The manufacturers box was in perfect condition indicating that it wasn't an "open box" like a returned item selling as new, or damaged in handling. That is a pet peeve of mine because at least at a store I can pick the one I want so trust is an important factor. Taking the Brera out of the box was uneventful as hoped. All the parts appeared to be well stored and were accounted for. Anxious to get this beauty brewing I went with intuition and filled the water tank and bean hopper, plugged it is and a pushed the on button. I was really simple to get it started and I was able to avoid the instructions and still get a my cup of espresso in a couple minutes. I will get to steaming latter. The first cup was not good, but I was not surprised. The espresso was flowing very fast which was an obvious sign that the grind was not fine enough. I noticed the grinder adjustment knob when I poured the beans in so I adjusted it to a finer grind and WOW what a difference. Since then I have found out that different espresso beans will do better with different grinds so this features works supreme for me. Mostly because I know better, I would not be surprised that others users would not think to try different settings. We all get our kicks in different ways, but I really like the steamer on the Brera. It just works so fast and produces such a silky froth, with literally no technique. I am amused when I read reviews about other machines where they spend gallons of milk learning how to froth. My morning ritual is to steam my milk directly in my cup, 15 seconds maybe, then brew my double espresso, Drizzle some caramel syrup on top. Fall into my cushy couch. Get back up again to retrieve the newspaper. Fall back down and sip my way to the bottom thinking "yummy" for the next 5 mins. What could be better? I highly recommend the Gaggia Brera and kudos to the Whole Latte Love sales crew for helping me get exactly what I hoped for!
One thing I learned on my trip to Italy is that Gaggia is pretty much a household name over there. Not being a huge fan of espresso and cappuccinos before my trip, I had the revelation while I was there that we as Americans are really missing the boat when it comes to drinking our good old drip coffee. That said, I knew nothing about making espresso and thought that I would have to become a trained barista and purchase a $3000 machine to make espresso that came even close to what I was getting in Italy. Being that I had a budget of less then $1000 dollars and my 55 hour a week work schedule kind of put a halt on me becoming a barista I decided to take my chance with the Brera. I can say with all honestly that the Brera makes as good, if not better, espresso then I was getting in Italy and believe it or not it literally is as easy as the press of a button. I’m extremely happy with my purchase and I’m now addicted to cappuccinos and haven’t had drip coffee at my house in the six months that I’ve owned this machine.
I have really enjoyed the Brera over the last 6 months. Having owned super automatic machines for 10 years I experienced the vast improvement in quality over time. With the Brera the advancements are definitely in the quality of the coffee. My old Saeco Magic Delux was a really trooper but the in cup flavor was always not quite what I hoped for. The convenience is always appreciated first thing in the morning for sure and the Brera starts up very fast compared to my previous equipment. I didn't use to do that much milk steaming due to the long heat up time for the steam pressure, but that has changed immeasurably now. Super fast milk steaming has made this my all time favorite kitchen appliance. I highly recommend this to all those who are looking for their first super automatic but were afraid that they could be disappointed. No gimmicks. Just straight out of the box enjoyment. All you need coffee and your good to go.
I am writing this review for my mother. It was a Christmas gift, so at this time it has been in operation for 10 months. The Brera is working perfectly and she uses it a few times everyday. The forther works great and the espresso is rich. Whole Latte Love recommended that we set the grinder to the finest setting and I would agree. I purchased it for her because of the lower profile and because the water reservoir comes out from the front. She put it under a lower than normal kitchen cabinet and it fits perfectly. We both highly recommend it.
I purchased the Gaggia Brera from Whole Latte Love based on the positive reviews and great videos they produce. Having owned several super automatic espresso makers over the years I knew what I liked and what I didn't. What I like is simplicity and speed vs the early morning agony that the semi automatics force me to endure. Agony to me is: 1. waiting for the machine to heat up 2. grinding coffee and then cleaning up the grinds on the counter. 3. finding out my first shot is better for my garden, dumping the grounds and re-grinding and cleaning again. 4. changing the temperature to steam and waiting, then purging the water in the wand 5 my espresso is getting cold... I know that some semi autos have fast heat up times, but that is not enough to entice me away from my sweet baby Brera. What I like is making different drinks for my friends, trying out all kinds of espresso based recipes and drinking my masterpieces in a peaceful state of mind. How does the Brera allow me to do this so successfully? In general because it takes care of the problems that can frequently occur so you don't even have to think about them. Such as temperature. It was not unusual with my past machines to not brew hot enough. I would have to preheat my cups in those cases. The Brera brews plenty hot so those thoughts are not even in my head. Other problems that the Brera avoids is heat up time for brewing and steaming. The key here is if the time is so long that I find something else to do, like empty the dish washer, feed the dogs etc. I don't even think of moving away from the machine. I push or turn a button or knob and it responds immediately. No downside, just anticipation. The interface is very intuitive and allows you to reprogram the brew setting if you want. I did and it was easy. Maintenance is straight forward like emptying the drip tray, used coffee grinds and rinsing the brew group. This is pretty much the routine with my past machines and takes a minute to do. I have no issues here. The construction is a very solid steel body with a stainless steel front plate. The esthetics are very clean crisp lines that do not overstate it's presence. It is a compact machine and can fit pretty much any where your toaster will. That about all you need to know if your looking for a super automatic espresso machine. I got mine on sale so I hope you can too.
I purchased this machine about 8 months ago and it has working flawlessly for me. The reason that I choose this machine was based on the Whole Latte Love sales support crew that really understood what I was looking for before I did. I say that because they asked about what I had used before, what I liked and didn't like about it. We narrowed it down pretty quickly to a compact super automatic that was priced within my budget and was a top performer in it's price class. Finding a machine with stainless steel anything is a treat even though that does not make the coffee taste better, it just makes the product more appealing. I use the Gaggia Brera for Cafe Americano, which it so delicious I put my coffee maker in storage. I only break that out when I have alot of friends and family over. However, they usually crowd around the Brera anyways - pushing buttons and asking where I got this. I buy all my coffee and equipment from Whole Latte Love and have done so for years. They are an awesome company with experience that you don't find anymore. Gotta reward any company that can pull that off these days. I don't like long reviews where people try to sound like creative experts so I will close with this. The Gaggia Brera and Whole Latte Love make a great pair, give them a shot if your in the market.
Pros - good espresso, easy to use & refill, great value, quiet Cons - steam wand location & durability, small water & bean bins Overall - very satisfied with this machine. Bought as replacement for Gaggia Synchrony Compact. This is my second super-auto, first lasted 5 yrs brewing avg of 15 shots/day (underwent a few repairs for wear & tear with my high use). I have had the machine for 6 weeks under the same usage and hope to get the same long-term use from the Brera. It is much quieter than the synchrony and the water bin in front is nice, especially since I'm filling it often. The poewr stand-by is a nice feature. Brera brews a very good shot and is very easy to program. The steam system is very fast and makes it a breeze to froth milk. With the exception of the steam wand, the build quality is pretty good. The wand location in fron of the water bin is a bit of a hassle. The wand itself doesn't feel all that sturdy, especially when removing the rubber grommet for cleaning (we'll see how it goes, but so far so good). I have yet to descale the machine and opted not to use the water filter (the tank is small enough as is). I removed the plastic safety cover in the bean bin (over the grinder feed) to allow for more beans and this works well. At this point I am relly impressed with the machine. It is a major upgrade from the synchrony (no more "bonk"..."bonk" tamping noise for double shots. Good quality, easy to use and quiet. Time will tell on build quality, but my past experience w/ Gaggia has been good. As always, WLL staff were very helpful in the selection process and know their stuff. Hope this helps!
Ordered this model because of limited under-cabinet space. The tank has to be filled often, but this is not burdensome as it is so easy to fill from the front. I tried out quite a few other models at my local store and they all had either tanks in the back or on the side, which required moving the machine to fill. I also tested auto milk frothers on the lower-end models... what they do not tell you is that the milk doesn't get very hot. After testing those models I realized it's not difficult at all to manually steam milk, and you can control the temperature all the way. I like my latte HOT and don't miss an auto frother. The Brera isn't as programmable as other models, which is not an issue for us. There are only three strength settings, one two or three beans, which controls the amount of ground coffee in the chute. The lungo button, while you can program the amount, has a maximum programmability of 8oz per cup. For a big cup of american coffee my husband runs two cycles for a total of 16oz. Again, not a lot of flexibility here but perfect for our household of 2 coffee drinkers. If you have more people in your house and more countertop space I would go with a different model and you won't have to fill tank as often. But for us the simplicity of the machine and it's very small footprint outweighed everything else....it is perfect for us.
This is our first "real" machine, and I purchased it after seeing the video and talking with WLL's representatives. Operation is truly almost as simple as on the video. We mostly make cafe crema, and the Brera does a fine job with this, as well as espresso. The overall size is great. We love that the water reservoir and dregdrawer are easily accessible from the front--a major design advantage over many other machines. Cleaning is also easy. After 2 months, we're definitely glad we bought the Brera.
Just got this machine after using pods for a long time. I was tired of being limited and did not think it was very cost effective. I have been really impressed with the quality of the espresso. I have read reviews on a lot of machines along with the Brera. Now that I have used the Brera, I agree with them, I have been impressed as well. I also like the way everything is set up - easy to get the beans in, the display is easy and functional, I can get to the water tank easily and it is easy to fill. I really did not like steaming with my past machines, this one makes it easy to enjoy a cappuccino. I am really surprised by the quality for the price. Mark helped me choose a machine and I need to give them a thank you as well.
Rated 5 out of 5
Has owned for:
1 - 6 months
I finally bit the bullet and bought my first real Espresso maker. It gets a lot of use in my college apartment and we all love it. The stainless steel front gives it an awesome look and it brews a very good cup. I have steamed a few times and it has been very easy to use, now I have to learn a little more about what to put in a Latte.
1 - 6 months
Easy to use and the espresso is great.
Set the grinder the finest grind and keep some already ground decaf around just in case you end up drinking to much.
It works just fine the way it is.
Rated 5 out of 5
Has owned for:
1 - 6 months
I choose this machine because of of its size and looks. The video by Tracy and Todd helped me with deciding which one to buy. I have used it for about 5 weeks now and it has worked perfectly. It fits under my kitchen cabinets and I like the way the water tank and used coffee box come out the front. Espresso is very good and frothing is easy and consistent.
1 - 6 months
Easy to learn, use and is not to tall
Like all machines keep the frother clean.
Have used many different coffee's. Vivace, Whole Latte Love, Lavazza and others.
Delonghi, Saeco, Gaggia
I'm wondering what the normal volume of "waste" water is for the Brera. I realize that there will be waste from condensate and dripping, etc, but there seems to be an awful lot of waste in my machine.
I tested this today, and found the following:
45 mL of water in the drip tray after:
Steaming (1 cycle - about 45-60 seconds)
Brewing 1 shot
Start-up brewgroup purge and steam wand purge were emptied from the drip tray before performing the above test.
Is this normal?
Hi! I am wondering how to clean the metal steaming wand? Do I just pull it apart and rinse it out? Worried that I may damage the parts when pulling it off. Also, what is a normal schedule for cleaning the different components? Wand = every use, brew group = once a week, and descale once a year? Thanks!
Can you please send me the instructions for descaling Gaggia Brera with the Unrnex Cleancaf, lubricating the brew group, and cleaning the grinder? I can't seem to find these instructions in the manual. Thanks!
I've had my machine for about 4 days, and it is working like a charm. My only concern is that the machine makes this thumping noise while it is steaming. At no other setting does it make the noise. After expelling the water I turn the knob to neutral and wait for the lights to be steady. Then I turn the knob toward steam, and there is about a 15 second delay then the rhythmic thumping noise starts and the steam comes with it. I use a filter in the water compartment. If this is normal I don't care. I just want to make sure that there's nothing wrong with the machine or the way I'm using it.
My wife just got me the Gaggia Brera for my birthday, and I was starting to prepared the machine, I noticed that there was coffee residuals in the brew group. The machine is brand new, so why would I find coffee in the brew group?
My Brera appears to have given up the ghost. Brewed three shots this morning and then it turned off. Unplugged it and plugged it back in and the on/off button glowed twice and then went dark. Just left it unplugged for several minutes and plugged it back in - no glowing light at all now. Reseated power cord, brew group etc but no effect. Any ideas? Might there be a (user serviceable) fuse that could perhaps be the culprit?
Hi, I just got my new Brera and did "the first use" steps which are basically brewing preground coffee without coffee 3 times. The machine was making squeaking-grinding noise in the brew group area on and off during the brewing stage. It wasn't loud but it was definitely there. I watched the videos about making coffee with this machine and didn't hear that noise then. What can it be and will I be able to do something about it? Thank you.
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|Part Diagram: Gaggia Brera Parts Diagram Rev 07-2012.pdf||Part Number||Diagram / Page / Index|
|Water tank outlet valve spring||11003672|
|Water tank outlet valve seat||11003673|
|Water tank outlet valve seal, rubber||11003671|
|Water tank outlet valve cover||11001298|
|Bean hopper clear for Brera||11012724|
|3 Prong Power Socket, Molex||12000280|
|Display board LED 120V with cable for Brera||11021372|
|Knob steam/ hot water chrome for Brera||11021338|
|Teflon coffee outlet tube, 2x4x250mm||11004132|
|Cotter Pin, Retaining Clip for D4 Tube||9011.144|
|Hand grip for pannarello wand, black rubber for Platinum Brera Unica||11007194|
|Pannarello wand inner black tube for Platinum Unica Brera||11001620|
|Pannarello Wand, Stainless Outer Sleeve||11001621|
|Pump Safety Valve, 16 Bar||11004689|
|Ulka EAP5S Pump, 120V 60Hz||12000142|
|3 pole wire for flowmeter||11005948|
|Grinder Motor for Brera and Platinum||11000511|
|Guard for bean hopper (new style) for Brera||11014285|
|Crinkle Washer, Steel 21.8x14.0x0.25||128381800|
|Washer white Mylar for brew unit motor||9161.132|
|Brew Unit Drive Motor, 120V||11005214|