Gaggia Syncrony Digital Product Spotlight
The Gaggia Syncrony Digital has been a staple in the super automatic industry for over 4 years. The reason for its success is simple: it’s a straightforward, easy-to-use machine that has the right combination of features and produces great espresso. Its ongoing popularity and consistent performance have allowed the Syncrony to remain unchanged since its introduction, simply proving that when you get something right the first time, there’s no reason to change it.
Like all other super automatics, the Syncrony will grind whole beans, tamp the grounds, and brew delectable espresso. But this espresso machine also gives the user control over just about every part of that process. On the right side of the machine, below the 10.6 oz bean hopper, you’ll find an 8-setting lever that allows you to select the fineness of the grinds the grinder produces, allowing you to brew everything from the perfect shot of espresso to a robust café crema. An additional lever on the right side of the machine (on the brew group access door) gives you the ability to change the strength of your brew by adjusting the amount of ground coffee that’s used in a single brewing cycle between 6 and 9 grams. But if you’re in the mood for something different, you also have the option of adding preground coffee to the Syncrony’s bypass doser and brewing with those grounds instead of the whole beans in the hopper.
To further customize your brew, the Syncrony has 3 programmable brewing buttons, giving you the power to select what liquid volume of coffee is brewed every time a specific button is pressed. This is a great feature for multi-user households or for those of us who simply like to add a little variety to their daily caffeine fix. Programming these buttons is as simple as pressing and holding the one you’d like to set. Once the desired liquid volume has been dispensed, just let go of the button. Now every time you press it, the same amount of coffee will be brewed.
Making cappuccinos and lattes with the Syncrony is just as easy as brewing, thanks to its Pannarello wand. This specially designed steam wand takes the practice out of steaming and frothing milk, so even first time users can get the best. The wand also has a sleeve that can be removed to reveal a commercial-style steam wand for those seasoned baristas who prefer to “work” the milk themselves. This wand will also dispense hot water if you desire, allowing you to easily make a cup of tea, a bowl of oatmeal, or a tasty café americano.
The Syncrony’s brain extends far beyond the ability to program brewing buttons. With its digital display, this espresso machine actually communicates with you, telling you in plain English when the Syncrony is ready to brew, ready to steam, or when just about any maintenance procedure needs to be completed. If the water reservoir or bean hopper is empty, a message will appear on the digital display. If the dump box needs to be emptied, the Syncrony will tell you. When the machine needs to be descaled – you guessed it – the digital display will let you know. The Syncrony even walks you through the descaling process, so there’s no guessing.
For even more control over the Syncrony’s functions, it offers a digital menu that you can access by pressing and holding the bypass doser activation button, which says “ent” next to it. Once you’ve entered the menu use the large and medium cup brewing buttons, which are marked with up and down arrows respectively, to scroll through your options as they appear on the display. Here you can choose one of 8 display languages, select a high or low brewing temperature, and turn preinfusion, pregrinding, and the actively heated cup warmer on or off. From this menu, you can even view how many cups your Syncrony has brewed and tell the machine when to go into Energy Saving mode. With all of this control at your fingertips, the possibilities are endless.
Another thing that has made the Syncrony a customer favorite is its stylish exterior, which unassumingly houses some of the highest-quality components available for super autos. Wrapped around a steel frame, the Syncrony’s curvy lines are highlighted with a light silver finish that picks up ambient colors and allows it to fit easily into any kitchen décor. But Gaggia knows that looks aren’t everything and built the Syncrony to be as beautiful inside as it is outside.
Super Simple Cleaning
A heavy-duty thermoblock boiler allows the Syncrony to heat up quickly from a cold start and switch from brewing to steaming in under a minute. The Syncrony also houses a removable brew group, which makes for simple weekly cleaning (just give it a rinse and let it air dry once a week) and easy longer-term maintenance (like removing and cleaning the shower screen), while also allowing you an inside view of the brew group, which houses most of the Syncrony’s major moving parts.
Other routine maintenance includes emptying the dump box when the machine alerts you to do so and emptying the drip tray when it’s full, both of which are simple remove-and-replace procedures that take about 30 seconds to complete. To keep your Pannarello wand in tip-top shape, you’ll also want to release a bit of steam after every use and wipe the outside of it with a damp cloth to prevent milk from adhering inside or outside of this piece. The Syncrony will also alert you when it’s time to descale the machine, which simply means removing any scale that may have built up in the internal tubing or boiler. With the Syncrony’s digital display, all you’ll really need to do is follow the instructions as they appear after quickly consulting your user manual.
The Gaggia Syncrony has built such a reputation for its consistency, quality, and reliability that it’s become a benchmark in the super automatic industry. Its rock-solid combination of useful features and user friendliness continue to withstand the test of time and have made the Syncrony Digital an effortless choice for first-time super auto owners and veterans alike.