The espresso machine I like and use the most is the Gaggia Brera. I am not sure how many times a day I actually use the Brera that’s in our office very near my desk, but every time I use it, it never lets me down.
The Gaggia Brera has two programmable brew control buttons that are very easy to use. And I love how easy it is, from the front of the Brera, to remove the 40-ounce water reservoir for refilling and the dredge box for emptying and cleaning. The brew-group is also easily removed from the side by opening the door, pushing the tabs and pulling it out.
The five grinder settings and the adjustable doser (7 to 10.5 grams) allow me to make everything from a single shot of espresso to a latte without losing taste or quality. Also, the 1300-watt Thermoblock boiler quickly produces plenty of steam for making lattes and cappuccinos.
There are several more unique well thought out features in the Brera. The first is a little disc in the bean hopper that vibrates to keep beans moving along while grinding. The second feature is the unique design of the drip tray; it has baffles that prevent liquid from sloshing all over when you remove it for draining and cleaning.
Lastly, the modern Italian design of the Gaggia Brera with its visually appealing clean lines, stainless steel panels and compact size will look great on any kitchen or break room counter.