Gaggia Brera Review – Best Economic Espresso Maker

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The Italian company Gaggia has been producing coffee machines for years now. They are a name of quality and when they launched their product Gaggia Brera, the expectations were high. It didn’t take much time to establish that Brera is a fully-equipped and result-oriented automatic machine. It has a compact footprint to ensure that you get to save counter space while having a delicious cup of your favorite beverage every day.

Gaggia Brera

You are searching for an automatic machine and that too within a reasonable budget – your search is over, Gaggia Brera is the answer to your search. It is easy to use, and easy on the eyes – a perfect espresso maker for home.

Glance on Gaggia Brera Super Espresso

Brera can be said as the most economical super-automatic espresso machine that costs under $500, and that’s why the product is so much success. It gives chance to so many owing to a super espresso at the cost of a simple coffee machine. Though it doesn’t contain all the features, it does boasts the required ones. Before we get into details, let’s have a look at its features:

Features and Specifications

  • Dimensions : 15.5 x 10 x 11.5 in
  • Weight: 19 lbs
  • Programmable brewing
  • Front panel made of stainless steel
  • Front-loading water reservoir for easy access
  • Removable brew group for easy cleaning
  • Panarello steam wand
  • Bypass doser to choose between whole beans and or ground coffee
  • Optimal extraction is assisted by a 15-bar pressure pump
  • Energy-efficient, it goes to standby mode after 1-hour of inactivity
  • LED display that makes operating easy and lets you select your brew options
  • Installed rapid-steam technology
  • Frothing option for milk beverages
  • Grind can be adjusted
  • 2 boilers used in the machine
  • It gives pre-cleaning notifications

Elegant Look

The front of the machine has a stainless-steel panel, giving Gaggia Brera a classy look. The design of the machine is compact enough that it takes less counter space.

Adjustable Grinding Option

To hold the fresh beans, an adjustable burr grinder is placed at the top of the holder. The grinding system installed is automatic and it adjusts itself to ensure that an optimal grind is achieved and a perfect cup is delivered.

Gaggia Brera Grinder

A smart feature like this surely distinguishes a brand from others since many machines are not able to reduce heat transfer and ensure grind consistency. There is always a big ask about aromatic and flavorful coffee, Brera is a machine that is up to the task.

Bypass Doser

Gaggia Brera Bypass Doser

The Gaggia Brera gives you the option of using the Bypass Doser; you can simply skip the grinding process and start brewing with pre-ground coffee.  It is a cool feature since you can experiment with your taste, plus you won’t need two separate machines.

Steam Wand

Gaggia Brera Steam Wand

A stainless steel Panarello steam wand in this espresso maker is perfect for producing nice frothy milk for our beloved beverages such as cappuccinos, espresso macchiatos, and lattes. The steam wand can easily be swiveled right and left.

Water Filter

For any automatic espresso maker, a water filter plays an integral role in removing impurities that a tap water might contain. The use of Mavea water filter in Gaggina Brera makes it more desirable. The water is utterly filtered in a four-step process.


  • It is energy-efficient, it goes to standby mode as soon as there is no activity for 60 minutes
  • The dispensing spout slides can be moved up and down so that mugs of various sizes can be accommodated. Plus, there is no splashing for small espresso shots or Ristretto
  • The bypass doser is a good feature that allows you to enjoy interim shots of various kinds of coffee grounds
  • It is easy to clean and maintain
  • The frothing of milk is done in an exceptional manner


  • It has a higher plastic-metal ratio
  • It makes noise while grinding, the noise is not much and definitely a lot better than many other machines out there
  • The small size of drip tray needs to be emptied and cleaned on frequent basis
  • No Timer

Gaggia Brera Super-Automatic Espresso...
  • Note: 1)Too coarse a grind, too little coffee, or...
  • FROTHING FOR MILK BEVERAGES: Pannarello wand frothing for...
  • EASY ACCESS: The dregs drawer, drip tray, and water tank are...
  • USER-FRIENDLY DISPLAY: Push-button controls and an LED...


There is not much to complain about the energy-efficient and user-friendly Gaggia Brera. It is needed to make perfect coffee and this is where it scores high marks, it makes an impeccable cup of coffee.  So, if you looking for an automatic coffee machine, then Brera is undeniably a solid buy. Another popular model by Gaggia is the Classic Pro, an immensely popular gear for the beginner and intermediate home baristas. We just suggested the Classic to give you an option in the semi-automatic category if you want more control over your espresso shots.