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The De’Longhi Icona is so stylish and comes in a range of cool colours – blue, black, white, purple, and red – and offers Italian chic at an affordable price…oh, and it makes great espressos and cappuccinos too, from either ground coffee or ESE (Easy Serving Espresso) pods using the new 2 in 1 crema filter holder.
There are lots of other great features too, such as the ‘cappuccino system’ which mixes steam, air, and milk to produce a wonderfully rich and creamy froth for amazing cappuccino.
It also boasts a cup warming plate just like at your local coffee shop, and a removable water reservoir which makes filling and cleaning a breeze.
Weighing just 4.1kg, the Icona produces a high performance 15 bar pump pressure, has a traditional milk frother, and a built in tamper.
It has a water tank with a capacity of 1.4litres and can handle a full sized cappuccino or 2 espresso cups.
There is also a removable drip tray and the boiler can switch between espresso and steam production at the touch of a button with adjustable steam emission.
And just to make it easy there is a ground coffee measuring spoon included.
The icona makes a great addition to any kitchen with its 3 button ease of use and the coffee shop quality of the espressos and cappuccinos it produces – and all at a fantastic price.
Negative consumer Comments:
- A common complaint is that the boiler sometimes develops a leak after a few months.
- The gap between the outlet and the drip tray should be bigger to allow for larger cups/mugs.
- Some owners have complained that the machine is overly noisy.
The Gaggia Brera automatic coffee machine allows you to brew your coffee the barista way in the comfort of your own home with its compact design, ease of use and its energy saving capabilities, while the Gaggia Brera automatically switches to standby mode after one hour to save you energy when not in use, using less than one watt per hour when in standby mode, while the twin boiler reduces the waiting time between coffee brewing and steam output to just a few seconds.
This Gaggia coffee machine can use either coffee beans or ground coffee, making it ideal for preparing espresso. The twin boilers allow you to brew coffee and add milk to make a cappuccino or latte without an additional wait, so you can froth milk to make cappuccinos, lattes and macchiato coffee with a simple turn of the steam knob.
The Brera boasts a high-quality ceramic grinder which is durable and safe in use and which retains the purity of the coffee aroma due to the fact that ceramic material is inert and thus ensures the best results without changing the consistency and flavour of the coffee. The grind can be adjusted easily from very coarse to very fine with the default setting giving you a medium grind.
Naturally, the finer the grind the more flavour can be extracted from the same volume.
Ceramic grinders significantly reduce noise and the amount of coffee residue left in the cup, and are very long-lasting; so the quality of the grinder is extremely important.
Naturally the Brera allows you to fully customise the settings. You can program the dispensing buttons on the control panel to suit your own personal taste.
Everything can be customised to your personal tatse, from the size of coffee to the amount of milk that is dispensed. The Gaggia coffee maker has a finger touch function to save user settings incorporating two buttons which can each be programmed for a personalised coffee. So it can save two people’s individual settings, giving you a morning cup made exactly to your liking at the press of a button.
The Brera has even more versatility as you can brew a different blend without having to change the beans due to the integrated groung coffee compartment.
The decision about which settings to use is made easier as Gaggia have helpfully included a ‘strength selector’ feature to help you; so you can experiment making anything from very mild to very strong coffee, and everything in between – and altering the settings is not difficult at all.
Maintaining the Brera is also made easy as it comes with a detachable brewing unit for easy cleaning. Regular cleaning is necessary as it removes hard water mineral deposits, residual oils from previously brewed coffee and other grime that can adversely affect the taste of your coffee. Scale forms while the machine is in use, so it’s also necessary to de-scale every three to four months of use.
Enjoying quality coffee in the comfort of your own home is easy with the compact and stylish Gaggia Brera bean-to-cup coffee machine. This compact and lightweight machine comes with an electronic LED control panel, a 250g bean hopper and a 15 bar pressure pump for professional results. It has an integrated ceramic coffee grinder, and is easy to clean due to the removable brewing unit.
It also has a good-sized water tank and a stainless steel boiler.
In short, the Gaggia Brera is an effortless and efficient bean-to-cup coffee machine and would make a great addition to any kitchen.
- Electronic controls
- LED display
- 250g bean chopper
- 15 bar pressure pump
- Integrated ceramic coffee grinder
- Removable brewing unit
- Stainless steel boiler
- 1.2 litre water tank
A machine for the coffee enthusiast, the award-winning Espressivo delivers the perfect espresso, cappuccino or latte every time, with each component designed to ensure a wonderfully rich flavour. From the 15 bar pump delivering the ideal pressure required to create the perfect crema, to the Thermobloc water heating system providing instant hot water and steam as required, Dualit have covered all the bases. Everything is designed for ease of use, giving you coffee shop quality at the touch of a button. As you would expect from Dualit the Espressivo combines design, durability, and quality in equal measure.
- Self priming 15 bar pressure pump
- 1.5 litre removeable water tank
- Easy froth nozzle
- Stainless steel and cast metal body
- Extra cup height clearance
- Pop up drip tray indicator
- Three coffee options,single serve,dual serve,ESE pod
- Accessory holder
The compact design and quality performance of the Espressivo make it a great buy.