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.

Gaggia Brera has easy accessability to the drip tray, water reservoir, dregs drawer, and bean hopper from www.wholelattelove.com

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!!!!”

Gaggia Brera is a one-touch Super Automatic Espresso Machine from www.wholelattelove.com

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.

Gaggia Brera Bean Hopper has easy access and a freshness sealed cover from www.wholelattelove.com

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!   

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Bruce 12 months ago

I have and really LOVE my Gaggia super-automatics. Yes, a Platiunum Swing up for work, and a Brera for home. Lately the Gaggia Brerra has been puzzling me with two modes of steaming for milk, one that produces little of no foam, unless I really work it, and another mode that produces enormous amounts of fabulous foam, that overflows the pitcher before any of it gets hot. All this, seemingly regardless of the manner in which I clean and re-attach the steam wand. At first I thought it was because the wand was not seated properly and was entraining more air with the steam, but I don' think this is the case. I am wondering if you have you encountered this, or do you have any clues as to why this might be happening?