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This machine is great if you're looking to get your feet wet in coffees. It's powerful enough that with a decent grinder (which has to be purchased separately), it can pull espresso shots on the same level as most cafes. With more time and practice, you'll be able to do better. It's also modular enough for tinkerers to experiment with, and the fact that it doesn't come with a grinder means you can change things up without buying a whole new espresso machine. See More
The Pannarello wand on the Gaggia Classic can be unreliable for steaming milk. It is not as powerful as other steam wands and requires a little practice to get right. The attachment is made of plastic, instead of the more common stainless steel found in other wands. See More
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The Nespresso Inissia brews coffee from capsules instead of beans, but it doesn't compromise on the quality of the brew. The espresso tastes great, and there are different capsules to choose from, each with a different flavor profile. See More
Gaggia Brera is a super-automatic espresso machine. There's very little to set up apart from depositing coffee beans into the bean hopper (or pre-ground coffee); the grinder has an adjustment system that automatically adjusts the grind levels for you. After that, it's just pressing a button to get a cup. This makes it ideal for busy people who wants a quick quality cuppa. See More
The Gaggia Brera comes with its own grinder on top for whole beans, along with a bypass doser for pre-ground coffee. The grinder has an automatic adjustment system that automatically adjusts the grind levels, and it only grinds the amount of beans required for a cup and leaves the rest of the beans in the hopper intact. See More