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Michael Soebbing

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at 10-20-2013 9:48am
Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Black
Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Black

Hi,
We're getting wet coffee grounds in grounds container. Not "pucks" like we're used to. The machine is brand new and we are wondering if this is a problem, or just part of the machines learning process?

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techkathy Sometimes oily beans can cause the same issue. The wet pucks wont hurt the machine or effect the flavor of the coffee. If your beans are oily, try turning the grind setting just a bit coarser.

10-31-2013 1:59pm |

S Ben

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at 08-10-2013 11:15pm
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Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Black

I am looking at the Gaggia Brera as a possible option for my first espresso machine. It has overall, very good reviews and is around my price range. I like the fact that it is fully automatic and seemingly very "user-friendly". However, I would like to know if it is the best fit for my needs. The machine will primarily be used for 3-4 lattes/day. Is there another machine I should be considering?

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mjackson ♦ Ben,
Almost all the machines will do exactly what you are looking for. So your shopping should be based on cost, features, looks and reviews. I agree with you for the price you are getting a very good machine. It will make good shots because of ceramic burrs, has a lot of features at the price and also is a great looking machine. I think you did your research well.

08-13-2013 8:12am |

Jorge Rodriguez

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at 07-25-2013 2:29pm
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Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Black

I want to buy a fully automatic espresso machine. I cannot decide between the "Gaggia Brera" and the "Saeco Odea Go Plus". The Gaggia Brera I can get for 500 while the Saeco costs 370. I see that Saeco detects the type of bean and adjusts how coarse the grounds will be. Does the Gaggia do this?

Overall, which is the best choice?

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mjackson ♦ Jorge,
That is a great question.I am biased so I would say the Gaggia. The grinders are the same. The Brera has more features especially a bypass doser. I like it better and I think the coffee is hotter as well.

07-27-2013 9:28am |

Manoj Mehta

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at 06-30-2013 12:50pm
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I am choosing between the Gaggia Brera and the Saeco Vienna Plus or Odea Giro Plus (same price as the Vienna at Costco). Which machine do you recommend?

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mjackson ♦ Manoj,
Thanks for the question. I really like the Brera as it has the most features, brews the best espresso and is the best value. I do think you will be happy with the Brera if you decide to order that machine.

07-10-2013 9:03am |

Robert Withrow

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at 06-10-2013 5:22pm
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Tip: when cleaning the Pannarello you need to orient the little hole in the metal part with a hole/flat place in the rubber part. Otherwise you won't get good Cappuccino foam because the air can't get to the milk thru the hole. This isn't mentioned in the manual or anywhere else I can see...

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andrea morseburg

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at 06-03-2013 1:20am
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Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Black

is it possible to just brew an 8oz cup of coffee?

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Sanfam ♦ While it is technically possible to brew a large shot in this machine, it is not designed with that purpose in mind. The machine grinds enough coffee to brew a balanced 1.0-1.5oz shot. Larger drinks can be brewed but will start to lose their strength and gain a bitter aftertaste. An option we suggest is to have the machine to brew two 4 or 5oz shots in sequence, the total volume being 8-10oz and the flavor being much better.

06-10-2013 12:25pm |

russweb

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at 04-18-2013 11:54am
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Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Black

Hi everyone
I've had my Brera for nearly 4 months and couldn't be happier - a big step up from my Baby Dose.
I only have a slight problem I'd like help with.
I descaled the machine for the second time today - I do it as soon as the light comes on.
I did the whole process but when I followed the last instruction to reset and turn the "needs descaling" warning light off, it didn't work.
I repeated the whole process with the same result.
It's not end of the world but it does mean that with the light stuck on it won't tell me when it needs descaling next time.
Any advice would be gratefully received.
Thanks

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techkathy Russ - press and hold the dose (bean spoon) button. It will clear the descaling signal and reset the counter for the next time.

04-19-2013 9:15am |

RobertJ

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at 02-08-2013 4:27pm
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Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Black

How does the Swiss family of machines, such as the Jura Impressa 5 or 6, compare with the titanium or Gaggia line. I gather the Swiss brewer components, etc are a different breed. Which do you recommend?

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mjackson ♦ I like each machine for different reasons. I know the Gaggia can make a better shot beacuse of the ceramic burrs. It also is more reasonably priced when comparing features. The Jura has a better maintenance and cleaning system. It also will make a stronger coffee as at maximum dose it uses more coffee 16 grams versus 10.5 grams on the Gaggia. Me , I still like the Gaggia more.

02-11-2013 8:57am |

RobertJ

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at 02-07-2013 8:27pm
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You imply that the Brera has a newer brewing unit than, say, the titanium. The titanium seems to have more features, temp control, multiple volume options. But the Titanium has metal grinder, not ceramic. Not the end of the world. But is the brewer unit the next generation in the Brera compared to the titanium office..??? (Which should I get?)

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A A Robert,
The Titanium is certainly an advance on the Brera in a lot of ways. I know a lot of people are concerned about the metal/vs ceramic burrs, but keep in mind this machine is grinding on a shot by shot basis, and brewing in between. The burrs aren't working hard enough for a long enough time to really heat up to make a difference. In that price range though, you really cannot find a machine with more options than the Titanium. Even going above $1000 a lot of the machines don't offer everything that the Titanium does. If you are worried about the durability of this machine, take heart in that it was designed to be able to be used in a light commercial environment like an Office or a waiting room. Home use is a vacation for this machine!

While not interchangeable, the brew groups are actually very similar, and very reliable. We have put both machines through the ringer here, and we haven't had our own machines fail in any area yet.

02-08-2013 8:35am |

remarc

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at 01-28-2013 5:35pm
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Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Black

I received a Gaggia Brera from Whole Latte Love as a gift. The espresso and cafe cremas are great! However, I'm having a problem with a lot of unbrewed grounds being dumped out inside the machine.

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techkathy It is normal for some ground coffee to miss the brew unit and end up in the bottom of the machine. You can use a damp sponge to clean out the ground coffee in the brew unit area. You should be rinsing the brew unit weekly. This is a great time to remove any excess ground coffee that is fallen into the unit.

01-30-2013 12:59pm |

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