Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine in Silver

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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.

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Grinding

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.

Bypass Doser

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.

Brewing

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!

Programmable Features

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.

Water Tank and Filter

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.

Steaming and Frothing

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.

Rapid Steam Technology

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.

Cleaning and Maintenance

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.

Additional Features

Weight

18.7 lbs

Dimensions

10"W x 12.4"H x 17.5"D

Origin

Italy

Available Colors

Silver and Black

Average Rating : ( 5 out of 5 )

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Lib asked:

I descaled the machine according to specs and pressed the scoop button for 7 seconds but the descale icon is still lit. How do I get the icon light to turn off so I'll know when to descale again?

JOHN PIERCE asked:

Hi, when I use the bypass doser my machine dumps the dry grounds without making a shot.  Have cleaned, decalcified, tried various dose amounts, prayed to the coffee gods and cursed like a sailor (which I am).  Any other ideas?  Works fine when whole beans are ground, but my flavored coffee clogs the hopper so I need to bypass with already ground coffee.

Answer by mjackson:

You need to make sure you use the scoop and only put in 7 Grams of coffee. If you put in more it will not work. Also if coffee is to coarsley ground it will not brew . If to finely ground it wont let coffee through. I hope this helps. And really flavored coffee is not the best for your machine it will clog it up. Try using a syrup after you brew regular coffee to flavor it . 

seans asked:

Hi all

I have had my Brera for about 3 years. I am pretty good abut cleaning it at least evey two weeks - remove the brew unit and so forth. Lately it has started to grinf the beans (hopper can be full or not) an then give the error code that there are not enough beans - and I waste a lot of beans I roast myself - yikes!

Any ideas why it would suddenly start doing this?

thank you 

sean

Answer by Sanfam:

Are the beans you're roasting in any way oily, or more oily than they were before?  The shallow bean hopper of the Brera (along with most Super Automatics) can allow for beans with an oily coating to bind to the bean hopper and "bridge" with one another; While some may fall into the grinder, the majority will stay bound together until stirred up. 

You can attempt to troubleshoot the cause first by examining your beans; You may be able to adjust for the oil content (if it is indeed a factor) by changing your roast profile to keep the beans as dry as possible.

Second, you can try wiping down the bean hopper to evenly spread the oils that have likely accumulated (even with dry beans) and remove the inevitable excess.

Third, you can try removing the finger guard from the bean hopper itself.  This is the clear-ish round-ish dome at the lowest point of the hopper.  It has a single Philips-head screw in the center.  Loosen the screw to the point where the entire guard can be lifted out as a single piece (it should consist of the plastic shroud, a brass bearing, and the screw), and stow it in a ziplock baggie or something similar.  Its absence shouldn't cause any problems, but may allow your beans a less obstructed path into the burrs.  

Finally, if all else fails, the grinder may be clogged and could require service.  If this is the case, I would suggest contacting Technical Support to discuss sending it in for service.

Machine is three years old, love it. 

Used grinds are not coming out in solid disk. Very watery. 

Any ideas what's wrong?

Answer by Erik:

I would ask you to please contact our technical support department at 1-888-411-5282 option 3

Answer by Jeffrey Hammel:

I fixed it.  Took the side part out, gave it a good cleaning and manually had it working. 

Put it back in and am enjoying the brew once again. 

Sam asked:

Water in coffee ground drawer, HELP.

This is our second Gaggia Brera machine.  We are surprised this machine always drops water in the coffee ground drawer after brewing, the coffee grounds in the drawer are wet and do not form a dry cylinder like the previous machine.  We are afraid this is a sign of a disaster waiting to happen.  We love this machine and would like it to last for a very long time.

Hi Whole Latte Lover Community, anyone has an answer to my question regarding the water in the coffee ground drawer?

Thank you,

Sam

Answer by Sam:

Hi Whole Latte Lover Community, anyone has an answer to my question regarding the water in the coffee ground drawer?

Thank you,
Sam

kodiakpm asked:

This morning my machine decided not to dispense water for my espresso. I tried cycling off and back on, i removed the filter in my water dispenser, just in case... Any thoughts on next test step? Thanks.

Answer by Maggie:

Thank you for your post.  Are you able to run water through the steam wand? Is your brew unit clean? Are you getting a lot of water in your dreg box for the spent coffee?  If you try using pre-ground mode (press the bean/spoon button until just the spoon is on the screen, then press the brew button-no need to put coffee in, just try without), are you able to get water through? If that is the case, you may need to adjust your grind setting back a notch or two, as the coffee may be keeping the water from flowing through.  If that does not clear it up, you will want to contact our Technical Support team to set up a repair. 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.  

Sandy F. asked:

What is the longest recommended time the Gaggia Brera should be left in standby mode.  If I skip a day or two of brewing espresso, I can't help but feel anxious seeing that flashing button....

Answer by Sanfam:

Much like other modern machines with built-in power saving modes, the Brera can be left plugged in and switched on (at the rear switch, that is) for extended periods of time without issue.  We typically suggest turning it off at the main switch if you expect to be away from the machine for more than one day at a time, as this disconnects it from the main power and reduces the risk of damage due to power surges or other electrical gremlins during your absence.  If the blinking light is a source of anxiety, you can feel safe switching it off after use without any risk of harm or damage.  

Candy asked:

We have had our Gaggia Brera for over 2 years and loved it until now.  When we turn on the espresso machine, it runs normally until we press one of the buttons to brew coffee.  It sounds like it is grinding the beans, then the red warning light comes on saying the bean hopper is empty and the process stops.  We can brew pre-ground coffee just fine, the steamer works and we can get hot water.  We have cleaned the brew group quite well and lubricate it as suggested.  Any ideas what to do?  We miss our machine!!!

Answer by Sanfam:

With the symptoms you've reported, I suspect there is either a clog in/around the grinder, or that the beans are simply unable to make their way into the grinder from the hopper.  At the most basic level, I'd suggest removing all of the beans from the hopper, removing the plastic finger guard "dome" from the center (it's held in by a single philips head screw), and then vacuuming out the center (easily done using a small hand attachment for a vacuum, or simply a bare nozzle pressed flush against the center).  This would help clear out anything that might have accumulated there.  From there, you can try wiping down the hopper in a two-step pass to remove excess oils and spread the remaining around evenly--use a damp cloth (not soaking wet) and wipe across the entire hopper, then dry it with a dry cloth/towel. 

For re-assembly, you don't even necessarily need to reinstall the plastic dome, as it may be catching on the beans you're using and holding them back, depending on how sticky or oily they are.  If you choose to leave it out, place it in a plastic sandwich bag and try to avoid poking fingers into the running grinder for largely obvious reasons.

You can try putting beans into the hopper again once everything is completely dry..  Repair is your next step if the problem persists.

Answer by Candy:

HI Sanfam ~

We had already tried what you suggested and it didn't help.  Something I neglected to originally mention was this is an intermittent problem.  It'll work for a week or so and then after the beans are ground, the red warning light comes on telling us the bean hopper is empty and the process stops.  I don't know if this makes a difference or not but thought I ought to mention it.  

So any other thoughts?  If not and repair is the only other answer, where do we find a Gaggia repair person?

MariS asked:

I use distilled water in my Gaggia Brera-do I need a filter and also do I need to descale?

Answer by Maggie:

The filter would not be necessary, although you would still want to descale the machine every 4-6 months (depending on usage) for the best performance of the machine.

lesley asked:

hello we have had our brera for a little over 2 years now. today we had our first problem and I was wondering if you have any ideas. when I turn on the machine everything cycles as normal. but when I hit the button to make espresso. all of the upper red warning lights come on and nothing happens. the lights stay on until I shut the unit off. any ideas.

thanks
jim

Answer by Maggie:

There are a couple of things it could be-does it only happen when you press a brew button, or does it happen if you try to steam or get hot water? Will it function properly if you use pre-ground mode? You may have something in the grinder keeping it from moving, or it may be a more serious issue. Please call us at 1-888-411-5282, option 3, when you are able to be with the machine, and we will be happy to do some troubleshooting.

lesley asked:

hello I was wondering if you might know whats going on with my brera machine. we have had the machine now for two years with no problems. but today when we turned on the machine it ran through its normal cycle. all the lights came on like normal. but when i pressed the espresso button all 4 of the upper warning lights came on and stay on but nothing happens. the only thing that I can do is power the machine off. I tried it a couple of times but always the same thing. any ideas. my wife loves the machine and is loosing her mind. any ideas?
thanks
jim

Answer by Maggie:

There are a couple of things it could be-please give our technical support staff a call at 1-888-411-5282, option 3.

Newton asked:

On a Gaggia Brera Machine, I was wondering what the remedy might be for peeling and flaking of the Panorello Arm just where it exits the top of the machine. The underlying plastic is unsightly. Any suggestions?

Answer by Maggie:

There really isn't a remedy for it other than replacing the piece. Please call us at 1-888-411-5282, option 3, and we will be happy to assist you.

Alison asked:

We have been using our Gaggia Brera for about 6 months. I noticed a few times now that there is a leak - water pours from the bottom out the side. I've been very careful when I refill the water tank not to spill it as I put it back in. Our kitchen counter has a layer of water on it from the machine. Any ideas?

Answer by techkathy:

Alison - I would recommend sending the machine in for a repair. Call technical support at 888-411-5282, option 3. We can set up a repair order and have the machine come in while its still under the warranty.

Stephen asked:

My Gaggia Brera brews great coffee, but in the past month or two, about 20% o the time after the grinding cycle, the out of beans indicator light turns on and she dumps the unbrewed coffee grounds into the dispenser. I wash the brew group once per week, which includes cleaning the area above the brew group with a dry toothbrush. If I look down the bypass doser hole during grinding, I can't see any obstructions or issues that would cause the machine to dump the unbrewed coffee grounds. Any thoughts?

Answer by techkathy:

Is the coffee you are using a dark roast or oily? Oily coffees tend to stick together and not fall into the grinding burrs. The machine will then act like it is out of coffee.

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Misc Data
Manufacturer: Gaggia
Model: 59100
Specifications
Dimension - Width (Inches): 10
Dimension - Height (Inches): 12.4
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 17.5
Weight (lbs): 18
Watts: 1400
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): 28
Ground Coffee Container Material: Plastic
Drain Line Adaptable: No
Spent Coffee Capacity (Dregs Drawer): 8
Easy To Rotate: No
Tall Legs: No
Power Cord Length (Inches): 37
Cup Height
Adjustable Height: Yes
High (Inches): 4.5
Low (Inches): 3.1
One Touch cappuccino
One Touch Cappuccino: No
Adjustable Froth Quality: No
Frothing Wand
Material: Stainless Steel
Steam Wand Style: Pannarello
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): 40
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Removable: Yes
Reservoir Access: Front
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: Indicator Lights
Programmable Brewing: Yes
Brewing Light: No
Temperature Control: No
Adjustable Coffee Dosage: Yes
Digital Display: Yes
Clock / Timer: Yes
Coffee Dosage Quantity: 7-10.5
Cup Volume Control: Yes
Aroma / Flow Control: No
Auto Shut Off: Yes
Bypass Doser: Yes
Pre-Infusion: Yes
Low Water Warning: Yes
Energy Savings: Yes
Decalcification Warning Indicator: Yes
Multiple Programmability: No
Pressure Gauges: No
Brew Temperature Display: No
Cup Warmer
Material: Plastic
Size (Inches): 7x3.5
Passive / Active: Passive
Brew Group
Material: Plastic
Type: Automatic
Preheat: No
Removable: Yes
Self-Cleaning: No
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers: 1
Brew And Steam Simultaneously: No
Rapid Steam: Yes
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Type: Thermoblock
Brew Boiler Watts: 1300
Brew boiler Volume (Oz): Low
Brew Boiler Material: Stainless Steel Lined Aluminum
Steam Boiler Data
Steam Boiler Volume (Oz): Low
Steam Boiler Heater Location: External
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Type: Vibration
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 15
Self Priming Pump: Yes
Grinder Data
Number Of Grind Settings: 5
Hopper Capacity (Oz): 8
Burr Type: Flat
Burr Material: Ceramic
Freshness Lid: Yes
Performance
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
Maintenance
Maintenance Alerts: Yes
Descaler Used: Gaggia Descaler
Water Filter: Mavea
Details
Warranty (Years): 2
Country Of Manufacture: Italy
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home
Available Internationally: Yes
Service provided
Repairs By: Whole Latte Love
Contact Number: 888-411-5282

The Skinny on Frothing: Foam Quality and Calorie Content of Milk

Posted By: Nick B
Jan 11, 2013 01:57PM
Related Categories Coffee Talk

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) Skim: 45 1%: 55 2%: 65 Whole: 75 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 Purge your wand first! Before frothing, always make sure to purge any that might have condensed in your steam wand before frothing. Keep things cold! Cold milk and a cold pitcher will give you a little more time to work with your milk. When frothing, always keep the temperature of the milk below 160 degrees. Using a frothing thermometer is a good way to keep an eye on how hot your milk is getting. To stop frothing, cover the air intake hole! When frothing with a pannarello wand, if you simply want to heat the milk as opposed to frothing it, submerge the air intake hole on the side of the wand in your milk. Watch our video of the "Milk Froth-off".

Gaggia Brera- It's so Easy!

Posted By: ShaneAncefsky-Sales
May 25, 2012 09:30AM
Related Categories Super Automatic Espresso Machines

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!   

The Removable Brew Group

Posted By: Whole Latte Love
May 31, 2011 09:19AM
Related Categories Super Automatic Espresso Machines

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!


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