Gaggia Accademia Espresso Machine

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Coffee on demand has never been easier. With the Gaggia Accademia, seven dedicated drink buttons for espresso, caffe, caffe lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato, and hot water mean that great tasting beverages are just moments away. The machine can also memorize your preferences for truly customized drinks.

This one-stop coffee center features an integrated ceramic burr grinder to deliver freshly ground coffee every time. The Accademia also comes equipped with a bypass doser, so you’ll be able to effortlessly brew pre-ground or brew decaf, pre-ground, or specialty coffee. The grinder and bypass doser combo will give you the flexibility needed to accommodate multiple users and a variety of drink preferences.

The smartly designed Accademia is a latte and cappuccino drinker’s dream, as it features a unique Milk Management System with a detachable carafe. Since the milk circuit is detachable, milk never actually enters the Accademia during the steaming/frothing process. You’ll never have to worry about old milk contaminating your machine. As a matter of convenience, the milk carafe can be disconnected and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to brew.

For those who love to entertain, the Gaggia Accademia’s intuitive interface offers a big advantage; it’s so simple to use your guests can make their own beverages! On top of its impressive features, the Gaggia Accademia is a modern, attractive machine that would look great in any kitchen. It features a contemporary stainless steel front panel punctuated by a bright display and intuitive push-button controls. The Gaggia Accademia is the ideal companion for the busy coffee lover. (Dimensions: 15.2"H x 11"W x 16.8"D - Weight: 45lbs.)

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Programmable Options

The Gaggia Accademia has seven fully programmable drink options to deliver tailor-made espresso, caffe, caffe lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato, and more. Beverage temperature, strength, and volume can be preset to your specifications. The same goes for milk selections, which allow you to choose from minimal, normal, or no froth options.

Brewing Benefits

The Accademia has a 15-bar pump and two powerful stainless steel boilers, which will let you to alternate between brewing and frothing without any down time. Additionally, Gaggia’s unique pre-brewing cycle infuses coffee grounds with hot water to help extract the flavor and aroma of your drink. The brew group is detachable for quick, easy cleaning and maintenance. The Accademia has a height-adjustable telescopic coffee dispenser, with a max height of 6.5” to allow you to accommodate a variety of cups, mugs, and glasses.

Grinder and Bypass Doser

This unit has a heavy-duty ceramic burr grinder, along with a double-lid, aroma saving bean hopper. Seven grind settings allow you to exercise a fair amount of control over the grinding process. The Accademia also has a bypass doser to cater to pre-ground/decaf drinkers. Both the grinder and bypass doser are accessible through the top of the machine.

Steaming and Frothing

This Gaggia super automatic has an automated one-touch Milk Management System that can deliver steamed or frothed milk directly into your cup, depending on the chosen drink. An external milk circuit ensures that milk does not enter the machine and the detachable carafe can be stored in the fridge for your convenience. An automatic cleaning cycle rinses the milk circuit after each use, to ensure that it is free of clogs and contaminants. Should you wish to steam/froth manually, you’ll be able to do so, as the Accademia has a steam wand/water dispenser.

Water Management

The Accademia has a generous 1.7-liter water reservoir; this unit comes with a four-step Mavea Water Filter to prevent scale and mineral build up. Users can control water hardness to ensure great tasting coffee.

Maintenance

The stainless-steel front panel of the machine opens to reveal the removable brew group and dregs drawer. Both can be easily detached for routine cleaning and maintenance. The Gaggia Accademia has an alert system that will notify you if the dregs drawer or drip tray need to be emptied, or if the bean hopper needs to be refilled. The display screen will also warn you, if the machine needs to be descaled.

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lebeaulieu asked:

My Gaggia Accademia coffee maker has recently been making a smell that is a bit like chemicals or burning.  It got into the cup of coffee I made,  so I tossed that and made another, same thing.  When I smell near the water tank, I can smell it.  I cleaned everything.  Do I need to lubricate it?  Any ideas?  There was nothing in the manual.  I have never used the milk set up, and have used mostly plain coffee making and the hot water dispenser a couple of times intermittently.

Answer by Sanfam:

In general, a "burning smell" could either be something simple (the plastics inside of the machine reacting to heat) or something not-so-simple (a malfunctioning component).  This is generally the situation where I'd suggest contacting Technical Support to discuss the matter furhter, as they could provide you with a good idea of whether or not it is something to be worried about.  

Should you want an immediate answer, I'd follow the cardinal rule of "If it smells like burning electrical stuff, discontinue use immediately."  If it's just a "burning wax" type of smell, I wouldn't be worried about anything serious.

Jack asked:

What does he machine come with as far as warranty and how does it work?  Would I need to find a local service center in New Jersey?  If I bought the extended warranty does it begin after the factory warranty expires? 

Answer by Nick B:

Hi Jack,

The Gaggia Accademia comes with a 2-year warranty at no extra charge to you. During the first year, both parts and labor are covered minus a flat rate shipping fee of $39 to send the machine to us. During the second year of the warranty only parts are covered while shipping and labor are covered under a $120 fee. The second year/extended warranty begins after the first year warranty ends. We are the only authorized Gaggia repair center. Taking your machine to be repaired by a third party will void your warranty. Our repair facilities are located in New York. I hope this helps!

Hi I have noticed that the front door of my Accademia seems to have dropped on the left side - opposite the hinges. If I push the front then it moves up and closes correctly. Is this standard? If not how would I ensure the door closes correctly?

Cheers Pierre

 

Answer by Sanfam:

In addition to the spring-latch on the left-side, the Accademia also has a set of magnetic latches that hold the top-left corner in position.  This, however, is offset by the roughly 1.5lbs of brass that make up the front-mounted drip tray. If the door is pulling out-and-down for any reason, it could be that there is too much weight on the tray, or a bit of play developing in the hinges that is allowing them to be pulled apart.  

In general, though, so long as the machine is able to brew without leaking and the door is able to latch securely, I would suspect that the machine will continue operating just fine.

MikeySan asked:

Has anyone had this issue?  Our machine's over a year old and serves us faithfully several times a day.  However, last week the "add more coffee" message started coming on even though there are beans in the hopper.  Rearranging beans or taking some out or putting some in sometimes fixes it but several times I've had to clear all the beans out, turn the machine on and off, do all sorts of withcraft to finally get it to finish grinding.  The problem is intermittent - doesn't always happen - but when it does it might not work no matter what you do, until later it magically works.  I descale the machine regularly and have cleaned out the grnder and watched it in action and it seems to grind the beans no problem. I have not changed any setting on the machine for the last 6 months.  

Any ideas on what is causing this? 

Thanks!

Answer by Sanfam:

I'm sorry to hear about the problem you're encountering with your Accademia.  Generally speaking, the "Add More Coffee" message becoming a frequent occurence could mean a few things.

The grind may be slightly too fine for the coffee bean you're using; The finer the grind, the slower the beans tend to fall into the burrs.  Try a coarser setting and wath for improvement.  
The beans are too oily and are are sticking to the surface of the bean hopper; This is an effect known as "bridging."  You can test this by using a different style or batch of beans, and also being sure to wipe down the surface of the bean hopper (once emptied) with a dry cloth
The grinder recognizes when it is out of beans by detecting the faster spin of the burrs; If the grinder is slightly clogged up, beans may be passing through too slowly for the machine to think they are present.  If the interior is clogged, you can try setting it to a super coarse setting to flush out any lingering grounds from within the grinder.  
If all else fails, you may want to consider sending the machine in for service.  

I have a height clearance of 18 1/2 inches from the granite counter to the wall cabinet. What will the height issues be if any in regards to the operation and maintenance of the Gaggia Accademia Espresso Machine? Also where on your website can I see what accessories are included with this machine and what accessories are extra or optional?

Answer by Erik:

This machine will fit but to fill the bean hopper and the water reservoir you would need to slide the machine out to get access

Answer by DanMoraldo:

The machine stands 15" tall with the bean hopper door and water reservoir door closed.  When those doors are ajar the machine's total height is 19".  The machine comes with some cleaning tablets, a water testing strip and a mavea intenza water filter as well.  

PMM asked:

Only one spout seems to be working, the other only occasionally drips. I have tried cleaning the brew group and checked the alignment.  What's the problem?

Answer by Todd Salzman:

The usual problem for coffee coming out of one spout on a machine that it not sitting level and is tipped to one side.  But in this case it has to be either the removable spout that needs to be cleaned or the outlet that drops the coffee into the removeable spout.  

Robert asked:

In most respects I'm happy with my Accademia. However, it has one annoying quirk. Within a month of purchase, the bypass doser stopped working. Is there a remedy for this, or must I give up use of ground coffees?

On an unrelated note, what kind of detergent is to be used for the carafe-cleaning cycle?

On a second unrelated note, is there a panarello wand that will attach to the Accademia's steam wand?

 

Robert

Answer by techkathy:

Try doing a bypass dose without dropping any coffee in the chute.  The machine should make a cup of hot water.  Try all 3 cup sizes in the same way to make sure that each produces some water when doing this type of "blank shot".  If they all work, you may be using too much coffee. Try using a little less than one level scoop of coffee in the chute.  

Rinza : http://www.wholelattelove.com/Urnex/urn_rinza.cfm

Unfortunately there is no pannarello wand that will fit on the Academia.  

 

Answer by Robert:

The problem is that the ground coffee goes right through the doser; thus, no brew is produced at all.

Answer by Robert:

The problem is that the ground coffee goes right through the doser; thus, no brew is produced at all. - See more at: http://community.wholelattelove.com/questions/4227/gaggia-accademia-bypass-doser-problem#sthash.2SffuczJ.dpuf

Answer by Robert:

 Does anyone know the solution to the issue stated above? Thanks!

My Accademia leaks at the black spout, coffee running between the chrome housing and the black spout outer surface. It falls in the cup, too, but is annoying. Should I disassemble the door and the spout assembly? Where could that leak come from? I looked on the "exploded" diagrams but could not find the location that might leak. Can you point a part on the diagram?

Answer by techkathy:

The coffee spout may be misaligned. 

Click on the links below:

Correct:  http://s3.amazonaws.com/wll-community-production/system/attachments/15/right.jpg

Incorrect: http://s3.amazonaws.com/wll-community-production/system/attachments/16/wrong.jpg

Dan asked:

If I program the machine to how I want my cappuccino or espresso and later unplug it, will I need to reprogram the machine everytime I plug it back in?

Answer by Erik:

Unplugging the machine should not effect the programming at all.

LoriGarcia asked:

Love our machine!! My only issue is that the coffee just could be a little hotter.  We have the setting at the hottest.  This is for the long coffee -- so just regular coffee.  We have cleaned it and checked things just in case.  Does anyone else feel it doesn't stay not very long and wish it would start a bit hotter?  

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

Hello,

I might be able to help with this.  I have the machine at home myself.  We mostly do travel mugs in the morning to go.  With regards to the E-Plus system on the front.  I find I get hotter coffee when I have the flow set to it highest point.

robinadair asked:

On my machine (Gaggia Accademia), when I set it to use the 3 beans dosage setting, I get quite a bit of what I am assuming to be overflow.  There will be close to 1/4 cup of dry coffee grounds on top of the internal drip tray, to the right hand side of the brew group each time I empty the drip tray and spent coffe pucks.  Is there an internal setting for grind time.  I would like to have the full range of adjustment (1 to 3 beans) and not waste coffee.

Answer by Maggie:

Thank you for your post.  Some coffee grounds in the area around the brew unit is normal-static electricity does pick up some grounds with each brew.  However, it definitely sounds excessive-dial the setting on the grinder one notch coarser, and that should clear up the problem.  Always remember to make adjustments to the grinder while it is grinding!

C@ff8nated asked:

Hi, New to the super automatic expresso machines club.

We just purchased a gaggia-accademia-espresso-machine and should be delivered soon.

My wife and I are mostly cafe crema drinkers and are eager to try this machine.

We are upgrading from a Tassimo Disk machine and were used to Italian cafe cremas Tassimo offered. We were brewing 8 fl oz. cremas.

Could someone be kind enough and recommend a good working setting to make a good crema? We are aiming close to 8 fl oz. drinks.

I'll experimenting with Lavazza Super Crema Whole Bean Espresso

 

- Thanks in Advance - 

 

P.S. I love this community BTW :)

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

Hello,

Thank you for the question.  I happen to have the same machine at home.  I actually do not monkey with the grinder setting for a cafe crema.  I do choose the 3 bean strength.  The next thing to play with is the e-plus system.  I perfer to set my e-plus to full open, so it is least restrictive and I pick up very few bitter notes doing it that way.  I would start full open then close the e-plus valve to slow the flow to find the flavor you want.

Answer by C@ff8nated:

Thanks Shane!

First let me tell you this machine is amazing! I can't believe I was missing out for so long. I haven't had a good cup coffee at home in a long time until I got this machine. I just came back from Jamaica and could not wait to get my home made coffee :) 

Even though I love Jamaican coffee, the expresso machine over there could not get even close to the Accademia :)

I found the perfect balanace for my cafe crema and even expressos:

Grinder:  The 3rd finest from the finest to the coarsest one.
3 Beans strength
Hottest coffee setting.
e-plus set to position 5 basically one notch higher/stronger than the middle setting. It comes with 8 dots or notches "I believe".
I increased the coffee duration to 2 bars up than default.
Set the milk foam just to raise half way of my coffee mug.
This seems to work great with Lavazza Super Crema, a local Colombian coffee and local Colombian decaf grinded coffee.

I just can hope this machine can last me long time because I really love it. I already saved $20 in just a couple of weeks. I used to have a single cup coffee machine "Tassimo" while it was great I saw myself buying coffee disks ever week $10 each time.

 

- Thank You -

Rebecca asked:

I purchased my Gaggia Accademia in December, 2013, when I push the button to make a latte, the machince only heats the milk and does not grind or process the beans.  In addition, when the milk dispenses it coughs and sprays everywhere, doesn not flow in the cup.  I am an espresso drinker, so did not realize this problem until now when I'm trying to make latte's for guests.

Answer by Maggie:

The Latte button actually will only steam milk-the Latte Macchiato button is what we would term a traditional Latte, with espresso and with steamed/frothed milk.  As for the spraying, what kind of milk are you using?  Liquids like almond milk and soy milk will do that, as they do not have the same protein structures as plain old cow's milk.  I would suggest running a carafe cleaning cycle with the http://www.wholelattelove.com/Urnex/urn_rinza.cfm first.  Should that not clear it up, follow the instructions in your manual for disassembling and cleaning the carafe, or call our Technical Support team for further assistance.  Technical Support is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., EST, at 1-888-411-5282, option 3.

I received my Gaggia Accademia on February 20 of this year and have been very happy.  My previous machine was a Saeco Royal Digital Plus.  Yesterday, I powered up the Gaggia as usual and pressed the espresso button.  The machine went through the typical motions to make my espresso  but only dispensed weak-looking water.  I checked the bean hopper and it was empty.  I assumed that the Gaggia would have notified me long before this point.  I refilled the bean hopper and everything was fine.

Just now, I pressed the Cafe button and while the coffee was being dispensed into my cup, the machine ran out of water.  A notification was displayed but instead of waiting for me to refill the water so that the rest of the cafe could be made, the machine dumped the puck and I was left with only a half-cup of coffee.  

My quite old Saeco never had either issue I have described.

Any thoughts?  Should I open a problem ticket with Tech Support so that I can return the machine if these

problems continue?

 

 

Thanks!

Answer by Erik:

Yes.  Please contact tech support at 1-888-411-5282 option 3

Paula asked:

If I take it out of the box and cannot figure it out, can I return it and get all my money back?

Answer by ShaneAncefsky-Sales:

Thank you for the question.  We do have a restocking fee if the item is returned.  Although, addressing the issure if the machine is to hard to use.  I have walked many people through the use of this machine.  The machine can come off as very difficult to use with all the functions on it.  I can assure you that once it is in front of you it can be quite simple after you have used it a few times.  Remember we are always here and know the machine very well as we use it in our own breakroom.  Anyone of us can help you through the operation of the machine if a little help and clarification is needed.  You are more then welcome to call me 1-888-411-5282 ext 5198(Shane).  I can explain the machine before you even make the purchase.  Have a great day!

RGS asked:

We bought the above machine from you a little over a year ago and I just got an error message and the machine will no longer work.  The message is E 05 "Restart to Solve".  Pressing the power button does nothing, and unplugging, waiting, and then replugging the machine in still show the error and it still doesn't work.  I don't seem to be able to remove the brew group.  I have been washing and lubricating it regularly, but it seems stuck in the machine at this point.  Any ideas?

Answer by Maggie:

An E-05 error is a blockage somewhere in the water circuits, and would necessitate the machine coming in for repair.  If you have not done so already, please contact our Technical Support team at 1-888-411-5282, option 3.  Technical Support is available Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., EST. 

The milk only gets to 110 degrees at the most. I do not like drinking luke warm lattes or caps.

Answer by Maggie:

The automatic milk carafe will only raise the temperature of the liquid inside it about 70 degrees from start, so the colder the milk you put in to it, the lower the final temperature will be.  The machines were originally designed to work with ultrapasteurized milk, which is kept at room temperature.  I would suggest making sure that you use a preheated cup, and then using the steam wand to heat up the milk a little bit more.  

Answer by liuping:

High temperature ultra pasteurized milk is only kept at room temperature until you open it, then you have to keep it in the refrigerator like normal milk. Why would they make a machine that requires a fresh box of milk every time, but add a removable carafe that you can store in the refrigerator?
The only thing I found so far that helps is to make sure the coffee temp is set to the highest setting,

Michael asked:

This unit has a ceramic flat burr type grinder, are there any advantages or disadvaantages of this type versus conical ceramic?

Answer by Sanfam:

The advantages are largely quieter, more precise grinding action and lower temperature imparted to the bean.  The downside is that it can feed more slowly, and adjustability is slightly limited.  For a super automatic espresso machine, neither of these are downsides.  In the past, they were prohibitively expensive to manufacture, but that's changed due to improvements in manufacturing techniques. 

Tim asked:

I just completed the first descaling on our Accademia. I need to order some additional descaler for next time, but the product that came in the box is not listed. Which is the reccomended descaler for this machine? Thanks

Answer by Pong123:

http://www.wholelattelove.com/Gaggia/gaggia_decalcifier.cfm

This should get you to what you need. I had to go hunting for it but I found it. If not call Whole Latte Love and they can assist. They are very helpful and will get you what you need. I love my machine. Have fun!

Cal asked:

Are all the plastic parts that come in contact with water/coffee BPA free?

Answer by mjackson:

Cal,
Yes according to Gaggia they are all PBA free. Also this machine does a great job making espresso.

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Misc Data
Manufacturer: Gaggia
Model: 1003380
Specifications
Dimension - Width (Inches): 11
Dimension - Height (Inches): 15.2
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 16.8
Weight (lbs): 43
Watts: 1500
Volts: 120
Housing
Housing Materials: Stainless Steel/Plastic
Bean Hopper Material: Plastic
Drip Tray Material: Plastic
Drip Tray Cover Material: Stainless Steel
Removable Hopper: No
Drip Tray Capacity (Oz): 10
Ground Coffee Container Material: Plastic
Drain Line Adaptable: No
Spent Coffee Capacity (Dregs Drawer): 15
Easy To Rotate: No
Tall Legs: No
Power Cord Length (Inches): 36
Cup Height
Adjustable Height: Yes
High (Inches): 6.5
Low (Inches): 3
One Touch cappuccino
One Touch Cappuccino: Yes
One Touch Cappuccino Or Milk Carafe: Milk Carafe
Adjustable Froth Quality: Yes
Height (Inches): 5.5
Separate Manual Steam Wand: Yes
Programmable: Yes
Milk Carafe Type: Plastic Attachable
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Dishwasher Safe: No
Frothing Wand
Material: Plastic
Steam Wand Style: Commercial Style
Wand Movement: Pivot Side to Side
Usable Length (Inches): 2.5
Height Off Counter (Inches): 5 Stars
Optional Cappucinotore: No
Number Of Holes: 1
No Burn Wand: Yes
Optional Steam Tips Or Wands: No
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Water Filter Type: Mavea
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 54
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Reservoir Access: Top
Reservoir Removable: Yes
Water Level Visible: No
Water Filter: Mavea
Controls
Adjustable Coffee Strength: Yes
Number Of Grind Settings: 10
Type Of Controls: Push Button
Display Type: LCD
Programmable Brewing: Yes
Temperature Control: Yes
Adjustable Coffee Dosage: Yes
Digital Display: Yes
Clock / Timer: Yes
Coffee Dosage Quantity: 7-10.5
Cup Volume Control: Yes
Aroma / Flow Control: Yes
Auto Shut Off: Yes
Bypass Doser: Yes
Pre-Infusion: Yes
Low Water Warning: Yes
Energy Savings: Yes
Decalcification Warning Indicator: Yes
Multiple Programmability: Yes
Pressure Gauges: No
Brew Temperature Display: No
Cup Warmer
Material: Stainless Steel
Size (Inches): 4x6
Passive / Active: Active
Brew Group
Material: Plastic
Type: Automatic
Preheat: No
Removable: Yes
Self-Cleaning: Yes
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers: 2
Brew And Steam Simultaneously: No
Rapid Steam: Yes
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Type: Thermoblock
Brew Boiler Watts: 1400
Brew boiler Volume (Oz): Low
Brew Boiler Material: Stainless Steel Lined Aluminum
Brew Boiler Heater Location: External
Insulated: No
Steam Boiler Data
Insulated: No
Steam Boiler Type: Thermoblock
Steam Boiler Watts: 1400
Steam Boiler Volume (Oz): Low
Steam Boiler Material: Stainless Steel Lined Aluminum
Steam Boiler Heater Location: External
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 15
Self Priming Pump: Yes
Grinder Data
Number Of Grind Settings: 8
Hopper Capacity (Oz): 12
Burr Type: Flat
Burr Material: Ceramic
Freshness Lid: Yes
Performance
Initial Heat Up (Seconds): 72
Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds): 72
Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup): 167
Brew Time for 2 Oz: 18
Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup): 167
Brew Temp for 8 Oz: 57
Time To Produce Steam (Seconds): 15
Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds): 81
Maximum Effective Frothing Duration With Stock Steam Tip (Seconds): 120
Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F): 165
Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds): 53
Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds): 0
Sound Level - Brewing (Db): 66
Sound Level - Grinding (Db): 70
Maintenance
Maintenance Alerts: Yes
Descaler Used: Gaggia Descaler
Water Filter: Mavea
Details
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Italy
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home Use/Office
Available Internationally: Yes
Service provided
Repairs By: Whole Latte Love
Contact Number: 1-888-411-5282

A Time To Clean

Posted By: DanMoraldo
May 30, 2012 03:52PM
Related Categories Super Automatic Espresso Machines

Let’s face it, espresso machines require regular maintenance. This type of maintenance also requires time. If you recall, I previously posted a blog entitled “Time Is Money”. I may seem a little obsessive about the issue of time but as I have mentioned before, I do NOT particularly like to waste mine. Cleaning my espresso machine feels like I am doing just that, wasting time. It really bothers me to think about it though I know it has to be done. I know there are others out there that share these sentiments and that is why, again, it is wiser to go with a one-touch super-automatic espresso machine rather than a semi-automatic. It is just a matter of time for any espresso machine to require a proper cleaning and descaling. I’ll spare you the boring details as to why we need to do this exactly but it is certainly vital to the functionality and longevity of your machine. The nice thing about super-automatic one-touch machines is not only do they alert you when it is time to clean, but they also do the cleaning for you. All you need to do is add your descaling cleaning agent accordingly, put a decent size container underneath the spouts and push the self cleaning button. Once it is finished with its 15-20 minute cleaning cycle, you simply refill your water reservoir and you are good to start brewing again. Oh and as un-manly as it may seem to read instructions, you may want to consider reading the owner’s manual for cleaning your machine. Why? Because they are not all the same and you don’t want to miss an important step. This cleaning should ideally be done roughly every 2-3 months depending on how heavily you are using your machine. I would much rather have a super-automatic one-touch machine that cleans itself rather than going through the whole back-flushing process required for a semi-auto or prosumer machine. Not to mention the ease of removing the brew group for a quick rinse, and sliding out the dredge drawer for a quick flip into the garbage, a rinse and snap back into the machine. I find super automatics overall simplify your life by saving time and effort especially where cleaning is concerned. Semi-automatics are too hands-on even when cleaning…and don’t even get me started with the mess a grinder makes. Ugh! I am literally getting sick to my stomach just thinking of that whole mess. I am not necessarily a clean freak but I definitely do like my kitchen to be tidy. Coffee grinds all over my counter tops is NOT tidy! Not only does the super-automatic one-touch machine aid in keeping my kitchen clean but it saves me time!

Gaggia Accademia Review

Posted By: mjackson
Oct 17, 2011 02:39PM
Related Categories Coffee Talk

Things I Like About This Machine - Stylish & Appealing The Accademia has a sleek look and style. It would look magnificent in any situation. The overall design and stainless steel and steel construction is impressive and beautiful. This machine would fit very nicely in a kitchen that has stainless steel appliances. - Ease of Use Nothing is easier as a one touch machine and as a bonus this machine will also let you steam milk with the added steam wand if you prefer. You can dial in things such as strength, temperature and size of drinks. It allows you to create drinks exactly as you like and then by pushing a button you will to get the same drink every time. Programming is very easy as well as intuitive through the programming menu. So whether you prefer an amazing espresso or a delicious latte the wide array of programming options will get you exactly the taste you are looking for. As a side note, I also find the display on the Accademia fun to watch as the drinks are being made. - Quality of The Espresso Having used the Accademia in our office for the better part of a year I am constantly impressed by how good the espresso is. The ceramic burrs really do great job of cutting the beans evenly and finely enough for espresso. They also are much quieter as an added bonus. In addition, the grinder is situated directly above the brew group giving you fresh coffee with every brew. You can also dial in the grinder settings as well and dosage (amount of bean ground). - Easy to keep clean This machine really does a nice job of helping you keep it running smoothly. You will want to use the Mavea water filter that will soften your water by removing Lime and Calcium as well as giving you better tasting water. It also has built in rinsing and cleaning cycles that will happen automatically or the machine will let you know what you need to do via the control screen. The milk container actually does a rinsing cycle after every drink to keep things sanitary, so not really a lot to deal with as far as cleaning milk lines. Things I would Improve: - It would be nice if the water tank would come out of the side of the machine instead of the top. - It would be nice if you could fit just a little taller glass then four and three quarters under the coffee spout. Recommended Use: This machine is for those people looking for a great machine that is easy to use and maintain. Because of the one-touch features, it fits those with a busy lifestyle. Compared to many super-automatics, it gives an exceptional espresso to those who may not have thought a super auto could do such a thing. The ease of use also is great for entertaining as you can still have fun while being the barista for your party. This machine is something that will appeal to those who value their time when they have guests over.  

A Super Auto For Every Price Range

Posted By: DanMoraldo
Apr 20, 2011 04:47PM
Related Categories Super Automatic Espresso Machines

In last month's article, we took a look at a few standout semi-automatic machines for every price range. This time around, we're exploring super-automatic espresso for every budget. If you're in the market for a new machine, take a moment to check out our top picks below. Economy Machine The Saeco Vienna Plus, available in silver and graphite, is one of our most popular starter machines. While the Vienna Plus may not have all the bells and whistles found on higher-end machines, it is a solid super automatic suitable for daily use. Ideal for the value-conscious espresso lover, this machine is easy to use and maintain. Surprisingly accommodating, the Vienna Plus can be programmed to brew 1-8 ounces of espresso. This model also features Saeco's famous OptiDose system to let you adjust the amount of beans ground per cup to customize the flavor and strength of your beverage. For full-flavored drinks, the Saeco Vienna Plus comes with a pre-infusion cycle that saturates grounds prior to brewing. Don't let its price tag fool you; this machine has been outfitted with quality parts and features. Beneath the hood is a stainless-steel lined Thermoblock boiler, capable of quick and efficient operation. To the right of the control panel, you'll find an integrated conical burr grinder with 18 grind settings. A Pannarello wand makes for easy steaming and frothing; it can also dispense hot water for tea or an Americano. When it's time to clean your machine, the brew group pops right out. Just rinse it under a faucet, put it back in place and you're good to go. Mid-Grade Machine A step up from the Vienna Plus is the Jura-Capresso Impressa ENA5. In addition to letting you customize beverage strength and volume, the ENA5 lets you program drink temperatures. It is also equipped with Jura's Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System, a two-step pre-infusion cycle that ensures maximum flavor and crema extraction. There is a digital display that acts as an indicator, letting you know exactly what is going on with your machine. Maintenance alerts and programming features are clearly displayed for your convenience. The mid-grade ENA5 offers the additional option of brewing with pre-ground coffee. If you're an occasional decaf or flavored coffee drinker, the bypass doser will let you prepare drinks from pre-ground coffee and prevent cross contamination with your regular beans. Like the Vienna Plus, the ENA5 has a conical burr grinder, but with this model there are six grind settings to choose from. A stainless-steel lined Thermoblock boiler minimizes warm-up time and accommodates on-demand water usage. The Impressa ENA5 also eliminates minerals and scale from your tap water using an advanced Clearyl filtration system. The result is great tasting drinks and reduced scale buildup. A dedicated alert will even let you know when the filter needs to be replaced. Its frothXpress system is another big advantage the ENA5 has over the Vienna Plus. This user-friendly system will automatically steam and froth your milk and dispense it directly into the cup. You can also manually steam and froth using the dual frother plus wand. If you're looking for a well-equipped super-automatic machine, the Jura-Capresso ENA5 may just be the one for you. High-End Machine Want to go all out? The Gaggia Accademia is a super automatic machine that's built to impress. This machine has been designed on a one-touch platform so you'll be able to make your favorite drinks with the push of a button. There are seven programmable drink buttons for espresso, caffe, caffe lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato, and more. The Gaggia Accademia lets you adjust coffee strength, temperature, and volume. Even the milk options are programmable with the Accademia; you can choose from normal, minimal and no-froth settings. The Milk Management System can add perfected steamed and frothed milk to your cup but since it functions on an external circuit, there milk actually never enters the machine. In addition, this one-touch machine has a stainless steel steam wand to let you manually steam and froth for lattes and cappuccinos; it also doubles as a hot water dispenser. Gaggia's top-of-the-line machine super automatic has a built-in ceramic burr grinder with seven grind settings. As with the ENA5, the Accademia has a bypass doser to accommodate pre-ground coffee. This model operates on two stainless steel boilers, a vast improvement over both the ENA5 and Vienna Plus. With to boilers, you'll be able to alternate between brewing and frothing without any down time. Best of all, the Accademia is exceedingly easy to clean and maintain. The milk system has an auto rinse cycle that cleans the circuit after each use to keep it free of residue and contaminants. Also, the brew group is removable so, like the Vienna Plus, the group can be rinsed under tap water. Dedicated maintenance alerts will let you know when the machine needs to be cleaned or descaled. The Gaggia Accademia is an investment that will deliver a world class brewing experience.


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