Gaggia Brera Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Espresso Coffee Machine - £215.66 Amazon Warehouse
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Gaggia Brera Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Espresso Coffee Machine - £215.66 Amazon Warehouse

£215.66Amazon Deals
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Found 19th Mar 2013
Click 'Used Buying Choices' to see discounted prices. I paid much more for a 'Used Good' machine a few months ago. It was mint, just a slightly damaged box. 241 for 'like new'

'Proper' bean to cup machine. Not without some issues if you see reviews but I love mine. Quite high maintenance requiring fairly regular descaling and cleaning but well worth the effort at this price.

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Not keen on Gaggia bean to cup - but a bargain at this price!

very tempted but do I really need one ?

Gone for it been watching the price over the last week and the warehouse deal has gone from 270 to this price and cant see it going down anymore..

Hope it come in good condition..

Cheers Op..

Original Poster

I use these beans with it, now also near their all-time low price:

amazon.co.uk/Per…1-1

With subscribe and save, works out at 10.79 a kilo.

Nick did you buy a warehouse deal one and what was the cosmetic damage like if you did and at what price did you pay ?

Original Poster

I did buy from Amazon Warehouse. Box was tatty but unit unmarked to my untrained eye. Cost £50 more than this. Someone posted the Brera on here for £330 new a few months ago and it made 466 degrees. Given amazon will offer 30 return, it anyway comes (I think) with 2 year Philips warranty and retails in some places at nearly £700, reckon if you need one it's a good deal. Cheers

Just bought this because of your posting. Even got wifes permission first lol.

Been debating a bean to cup machine for a while, at this price (well £241 for the like new one), and the good reviews of them I had to take the plunge.

Thanks Op, (i think lol)

Original Poster

Good luck. You may turn into a coffee geek like this guy m.youtube.com/wat…TV0

Saves reading the manual anyhow.

NickNick

I did buy from Amazon Warehouse. Box was tatty but unit unmarked to my … I did buy from Amazon Warehouse. Box was tatty but unit unmarked to my untrained eye. Cost £50 more than this. Someone posted the Brera on here for £330 new a few months ago and it made 466 degrees. Given amazon will offer 30 return, it anyway comes (I think) with 2 year Philips warranty and retails in some places at nearly £700, reckon if you need one it's a good deal. Cheers



This a definate? Did you register on their site or just assuming?

NickNick

Good luck. You may turn into a coffee geek like this guy … Good luck. You may turn into a coffee geek like this guy http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3gTJ6bVVTV0Saves reading the manual anyhow.

lol and thats the short version! oO

Original Poster

Earlier post I think asked about warranty? Warranty reads 'commences on date purchased from dealer and is valid for two years. The extractible dispensing unit if completely automatic machines is a guaranteed for a period of five years from date of purchase'. I think the latter means the brew unit.

NickNick

Earlier post I think asked about warranty? Warranty reads 'commences on … Earlier post I think asked about warranty? Warranty reads 'commences on date purchased from dealer and is valid for two years. The extractible dispensing unit if completely automatic machines is a guaranteed for a period of five years from date of purchase'. I think the latter means the brew unit.



Cheers Nick, Wonder though if the fact this is sold as "USED" would warranty still apply?

Original Poster

It's a fair point. These are just customer returns so I wouldn't have thought this affected your statutory rights but am no expert. Interestingly (I need to get out more), the email receipt does not mention warehouse or that it is used. In my world that is my proof of purchase if it ever needs a warranty claim with Philips.
Edited by: "NickNick" 19th Mar 2013

NickNick

It's a fair point. These are just customer returns so I wouldn't have … It's a fair point. These are just customer returns so I wouldn't have thought this affected your statutory rights but am no expert. Interestingly (I need to get out more), the email receipt does not mention warehouse or that it is used. In my world that is my proof of purchase if it ever needs a warranty claim with Philips.


Yes would agree with your thoughts, thanks very much as this may have swung me to purchase.

rampantscot

Yes would agree with your thoughts, thanks very much as this may have … Yes would agree with your thoughts, thanks very much as this may have swung me to purchase.



Beaten to it, gone now but cheers none the less

£216??

how is this hot ? You can get a kettle for less than £10

NickNick

I use these beans with it, now also near their all-time low … I use these beans with it, now also near their all-time low price:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Percol-Black-Beyond-Coffee-Espresso/dp/B0043PU4NG/ref=sr_1_1?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1363705164&sr=1-1With subscribe and save, works out at 10.79 a kilo.



They're ok. But for a better taste (IMO) freshly roasted beans are so much better than these mass produced vacuum packed ones which were probably roasted months and months ago (if not years!). I use an ebay seller for mine having shopped around a lot and trying a number of different beans -

roasterartisan

£9 a kilo + delivery works out only a little bit more but the difference is massive

I got this machine at Xmas when it was £329 new and use it with their Columbian beans - would never go back to instant now!






Must say Gaggia machines are good but I think this range has had its fair share of problems and as the OP says very heavy on maint and cleaning. But at the price, If anyone fancies getting into expresso cheap try the Gaggia Cubika, had mine over 8 years now and use it every day and still going strong.

Might be missing something, but cheapest used one I can see there is now £399.

all gone at this price (i think)

kylewalker

£216??how is this hot ? You can get a kettle for less than £10


yes you can. Plus you can walk rather than buy a car or buy a bedsit rather than a mansion. You may not like coffee, for those of us that do, bean to cup machines make great coffee.

ukmonkey

Nick did you buy a warehouse deal one and what was the cosmetic damage … Nick did you buy a warehouse deal one and what was the cosmetic damage like if you did and at what price did you pay ?


I bought the Brera a few months back from Amazon Warehouse as a Used - Like new for £270. It was indistinguishable from new as was the box.

kylewalker

£216??how is this hot ? You can get a kettle for less than £10



You can, and then you can go and enthuse over Nescafe Millicano when it's on offer for £1 a tin.

Or, if you actually appreciate good coffee, you can understand how a proper brewing method creates something that is absolutely impossible to recreate with vaguely coffee-flavoured, freeze-dried grit. For a bean to cup machine, this is a hot price. Or was.

I also got one of these around xmas time in the last deal posted. I'd have no problems recommending it, yea you have to clean it and things fairly frequently, but i don't really see that as a problem.

Good Machine

227 BHA

They're ok. But for a better taste (IMO) freshly roasted beans are so … They're ok. But for a better taste (IMO) freshly roasted beans are so much better than these mass produced vacuum packed ones which were probably roasted months and months ago (if not years!). I use an ebay seller for mine having shopped around a lot and trying a number of different beans -roasterartisan£9 a kilo + delivery works out only a little bit more but the difference is massiveI got this machine at Xmas when it was £329 new and use it with their Columbian beans - would never go back to instant now!



Thanks for that, as a relative newbie to beans I appreciate the recommendation. Purchased their taster pack, shame their website isnt a bit cheaper for purchasing directly with them.

I'd also recommend coffee-direct.co.uk/ for freshly roasted beans. Their Barista Reserve and Old Brown Java beans are particular favourites.

Mr_Bump

Must say Gaggia machines are good but I think this range has had its fair … Must say Gaggia machines are good but I think this range has had its fair share of problems and as the OP says very heavy on maint and cleaning. But at the price, If anyone fancies getting into expresso cheap try the Gaggia Cubika, had mine over 8 years now and use it every day and still going strong.



I wonder so where is this extra tasks for cleaning and maintaining comes in comparison to classic espresso makers like Cubika? Even with Cubica you need to descale it regularly, and usual machine cleaning like bottom catch drawer and frotting nozzle..

Any one got there's yet ?

Should be delivered today. Should !

Ok mine has arrived. Nice machine and in perfect condition. A couple of questions for those that have one already if you can help please.

I bought a pack of starbucks espresso beans to test it with and it is nice. Using it on the highest strength though on a large cup is the only way to get a drinkable cup though, without using espresso setting. The large cup dispenses about 200ml coffee and you can see the strong coffee coming through at the start and then it getting weaker, practically just water at the end. is this normal ??

Also in the video the coffee grinds come out as pucks, mine comes out as a watery paste, would this seem right also ?

Thanks in advance

Ali

alictait

Ok mine has arrived. Nice machine and in perfect condition. A couple of … Ok mine has arrived. Nice machine and in perfect condition. A couple of questions for those that have one already if you can help please. I bought a pack of starbucks espresso beans to test it with and it is nice. Using it on the highest strength though on a large cup is the only way to get a drinkable cup though, without using espresso setting. The large cup dispenses about 200ml coffee and you can see the strong coffee coming through at the start and then it getting weaker, practically just water at the end. is this normal ??Also in the video the coffee grinds come out as pucks, mine comes out as a watery paste, would this seem right also ?Thanks in advanceAli


Yes, the dispensed coffee gets visibly weaker toward the end of cycle. The pucks should be relatively solid, mine have recently started coming out watery too, hopefully someone will tell us why (I suspect mine is needing a good clean/descale as it is 4 months old).

Hmmm, seems to be a common problem, may be down to type of coffee beans according to forums. Anyone tried the starbucks espresso stuff with similar watery results ?

Damadgeruk do u find that the large coffee has to be on the strongest setting too ?

First impressions arent awesome unfortunately

alictait

Hmmm, seems to be a common problem, may be down to type of coffee beans … Hmmm, seems to be a common problem, may be down to type of coffee beans according to forums. Anyone tried the starbucks espresso stuff with similar watery results ?Damadgeruk do u find that the large coffee has to be on the strongest setting too ?First impressions arent awesome unfortunately


No, I initially used the strongest setting though am down to weakest for most of the beans I use. Favourite ATM is Taylors Italian though I really need to get the finger out and order some freshly roasted (general concencus is most prepacked may be roasted weeks/months before purchase) as this makes the most difference to flavour.

Original Poster

This is from an earlier thread (now expired) - hotukdeals.com/dea…516

It also has an 'adapting system' which learns about the quality of the coffee after a few brews. P30 of the manual. Sounds like cobblers but my first few attempts weren't great but now getting perfect results every time with no more adjustments. The grind setting is in the bean hopper. Mine is set to three and on the highest '3 bean' aroma setting produces a perfect long coffee, with rich crema. You can adjust the length of the coffee. The coffee puck is solid. Good luck. See below:

chuf
Mine comes out like a chocolate biscuit

May have solved it - what grind setting do you have it on? On the finest setting, and weakest coffee it comes out wet and horrible. On coarsest grind and max strength it comes out fairly solid. I've had a lot of coffee now because of all the testing, not sure how I will sleep tonight.

Edited by: "NickNick" 21st Mar 2013

Thanks Nick,

Ok turned the grinder to the coarsest setting and brewed a cup on max strength and voila a puck !!, Not a tight densely packed puck, but nonetheless a puck of sorts. Need to try my other pack of beans soon, although Im getting to my fill of todays coffee

Thank you OP mine arrived today - pretty sure it was 100% new unopened still had the original Gaggia tape sealing it, protective films etc... Very pleased.

bxc048

Thank you OP mine arrived today - pretty sure it was 100% new unopened … Thank you OP mine arrived today - pretty sure it was 100% new unopened still had the original Gaggia tape sealing it, protective films etc... Very pleased.

cool which option did you buy ? the like new or used good condtion?

Mine has been playing up a bit, not sure wether to ride it out or return it.

The wee red triangle has been flashing on the front on occasion when pressing for a coffee, I couldnt get it to clear earlier, but it did eventually after flicking between hot water and steam.

A bit disconcerting, particularly because of the potential limited warranty.

Original Poster

Sounds like the water priming warning but should only occur if it's been unused for a while. As has been mentioned, these machines are not low-maintenance esp compared to Pods etc - tragically I kind of enjoy the whole routine and it produces fantastic coffee. Just hope you haven't received a rogue machine.

Is it a known issue ?

My unit although in mint condition never had any of the protective films on it, other than the one on the display. Im losing confidence in it

Is it a 90 day warranty direct with Amazon ? Guess I could keep it for a bit longer then send it back if it continues
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