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Gaggia Unica Super Automatic Espresso Machine

By: Gaggia
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note: 2 year warranty on NEW machines only!

Created with ease-of-use and convenience in mind, the Gaggia Unica is equipped with everything you need to go from bean to cup. It has automated grinding, tamping and brewing capabilities as well as has a straight-forward interface perfect for home use. Reasonably priced, the Unica makes the most of its small footprint, integrating solid features such as a ceramic burr grinder, 15 bar pump, swivel base, removable brew group and Pannarello steam wand. This well-rounded espresso machine actually shares the same internal components as the high-end Gaggia Platinum line; at a fraction of the price, the Unica is recommended for value-conscious coffee lovers.

We recommend using only light to medium roasted coffee beans for best Unica grinder performance. Dark roasts with more surface oil on the bean, or oily beans in general tend to inhibit the grinder performance. Do not use Starbuck's Dark Roast, or the rebranded Starbuck's Dark Roast like Pete's and Kirkland Dark Roast Coffees in the Unica. The surface oils on Dark Roast beans will certainly cause the grinder to jam and fail.



The Gaggia Unica has been fitted with a stainless steel boiler and 15-bar pump. The front panel of the machine features a straightforward interface consisting of a LED display, with illuminated icons, and four control buttons. Power, brewing and steaming options each have their own dedicated button to make machine operation a breeze. You can opt to make a single or double espresso by pressing one of the two coffee buttons located on the front panel. Both buttons can be programmed to dispense the desired drink volume for your convenience. Best of all, the coffee dispenser can be raised or lowered to allow you to accommodate tall and short cups alike.

Grinder and Bean Hopper

Featuring a ceramic burr grinder, the Unica minimizes heat transfer to protect the flavor and aroma integrity of your coffee. There are 5 grind settings to choose from, allowing you to fine-tune grind fineness as needed. The grinder takes full advantage of the Gaggia Adapting System to adjust grinding duration and rpm to ensure that the proper coffee volume is ground every time, regardless of the roast.

We recommend using light to medium roasted coffee beans for best grinder performance. Dark roasts with more surface oil on the bean, or oily beans in general tend to inhibit the grinder performance.

Once your coffee has been ground, it is automatically dosed, tamped and brewed, according to the drink selected, for your convenience. The Gaggia Unica also has an 8.8oz bean hopper, with an aroma saving lid, to let you to safely store up to ½ pound of whole bean coffee directly in the machine.

Steam and Hot Water Features

The 1.7-liter water tank is accessible from the side for easy refilling. You can dispense hot water for an Americano, tea or soup directly through the steam wand. Should you choose to make a latte or cappuccino, the steam wand is also equipped with a Pannarello attachment to create rich steamed and frothed milk.

Rotating Base and Drip Tray

The base features three-heavy duty wheels for maximum mobility. The Gaggia Unica’s clever design lets you rotate it as necessary or even slide it down the counter without having to lift machine. Gaggia has also equipped the Unica an easy-to-remove drip tray for hassle-free maintenance.

Cleaning and Maintenance Alerts

The Unica features a series of alerts designed to let you know when the machine requires attention. Dedicated icons, located within the LCD display, will alert you when the machine needs to be descaled, the water tank should be refilled or the bean hopper is empty. There is also a ventilate notification.


This super-automatic espresso machine has a durable Thermoplastic exterior, with a matte silver front panel and black side panels. It weighs 18.8 pounds and measures 12.6”W x 14.6”H x 18.1”D.


Misc Data
Manufacturer: Gaggia
Model: Unica
Dimension - Width (Inches): 12.6
Dimension - Height (Inches): 14.6
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 18.1
Weight (lbs): 18
Watts: 1500
Volts: 120
Housing Materials: ABS Plastic
Bean Hopper Material: Plastic
Drip Tray Material: Plastic
Drip Tray Cover Material: Plastic
Removable Hopper: No
Drip Tray Capacity (Oz): 8
Ground Coffee Container Material: Plastic
Drain Line Adaptable: No
Spent Coffee Capacity (Dregs Drawer): 14
Easy To Rotate: Yes
Tall Legs: No
Power Cord Length (Inches): 36
Cup Height
Adjustable Height: Yes
High (Inches): 4.5
Low (Inches): 3
One Touch cappuccino
One Touch Cappuccino: No
Frothing Wand
Material: Plastic
Steam Wand Style: Pannarello
Wand Movement: Rotating
Usable Length (Inches): 6
Height Off Counter (Inches): 4.5
Optional Cappucinotore: No
Number Of Holes: 1
No Burn Wand: No
Optional Steam Tips Or Wands: No
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Water Filter Type: Mavea
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 57
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Removable: Yes
Reservoir Access: Side
Reservoir Removable: Yes
Water Level Visible: No
Water Filter: Mavea
Number Of Grind Settings: 3
Type Of Controls: Push Button
Display Type: Indicator Lights
Programmable Brewing: Yes
Brewing Light: No
Temperature Control: No
Adjustable Coffee Dosage: No
Coffee Dosage Quantity: 8
Cup Volume Control: Yes
Aroma / Flow Control: No
Auto Shut Off: Yes
Bypass Doser: No
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): 6x3
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: No
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Type: Thermoblock
Brew Boiler Watts: 1400
Brew boiler Volume (Oz): Low
Brew Boiler Material: Stainless Steel Lined Aluminum
Steam Boiler Data
Steam Boiler Heater Location: External
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Type: Vibration
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 15 Bar
Self Priming Pump: Yes
Grinder Data
Number Of Grind Settings: 5
Hopper Capacity (Oz): 8.5
Burr Type: Flat
Burr Material: Ceramic
Freshness Lid: Yes
Initial Heat Up (Seconds): 50
Recommended Heat Up Time (Seconds): 50
Brew Temp (F) (2 Oz Shot In Paper Cup): 174
Brew Time for 2 Oz: 15
Brew Temp (F) (8 Oz Shot In Paper Cup): 171
Time To Produce Steam (Seconds): 15
Time To Steam 8 Oz Milk (Seconds): 70
Hot Water Temp 8 Oz (F): 183
Hot Water Time 8 Oz (Seconds): 58
Hot Water Recovery Time (Seconds): 0
Sound Level - Brewing (Db): 66
Sound Level - Grinding (Db): 72
Maintenance Alerts: Yes
Descaler Used: Gaggia Descaler
Water Filter: Mavea
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


I followed the directions from WLL and Gaggia, now it keeps asking to release pressure from the wand. Any suggestions? 

Answer by Sanfam:

I presume you're referring to the final step of the descaling cycle, which would involve opening the steam valve in "hot water" mode to allow water out through the steam wand.  Is there another step you're referring to?

Answer by Patrick Kirkland:

Actually I got through the final step of descaling. But now it just goes through this cycle of prepping the puck, heating the water, and after a few moments, it asks me to drain through the steam valve. Then it returns to trying to heat the water, then instead of coming out of the drip valves, it asks me to drain through the steam valves. It does this continually. I've tried turning off, even unplugging for several hours, and it still happens. 

Lauren asked:

HOw do you descale the unit? Does the descaling solution go in the water and get filled with water? And then which is the hot water function?

Answer by Tracys:

You need to do it manually. You need to put solution in the tank, add water . Then run the solution out the steam wand using the hot water function. Start it then let it sit for about ten minutes, then continue running hot water out of steam wand. When done with that then run clean water out about half a tank to rinse it all out then you are finished.


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