Gaggia makes espresso makers the same way Italian engineers did for years and is one of the only companies that will now ship those machines to the United States and sell those machines to American shoppers. The machine that we recommend to our shoppers is the Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine. We like the Anima Prestige because it has convenient features like a removable brewing chamber as well as a water reservoir that comes out of the back.
Worth the Investment?
The Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine is one of the best espresso machines that money can buy and one of the only ones designed for those who like the authentic taste of real Italian espresso. It has a hopper that stores more than eight ounces of beans as well as a bypass doser for using ground coffee. The water reservoir slides out for convenient filling, and the brewing chamber comes out for rinsing too.
One issue with the Anima Prestige is that it will occasionally change the settings, and some found that it also registers the hopper lid as being open when they close it. You will also need to worry about the machine failing just after the warranty ends or that you’ll need to go without an espresso machine to send it back to Gaggia. While we think this machine is worth the investment, you may prefer the Anima Deluxe, which has a similar look but costs a few hundred dollars less.
The number one reason to select a super automatic espresso maker is because it lets you enjoy coffee faster and without doing as much work yourself. With the Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine, you have access to a water reservoir that holds 60 ounces and a bean hopper that holds almost nine ounces of full beans. Its digital display lets you choose how fine you want to grind those beans based on the taste you desire.
A once-touch design makes this one of the easiest espresso machines to use. Even teenagers and college students who never used an espresso machine before can use this one. They can press one of the recipe buttons on the machine to make a cup based off a standard recipe, but the machine also lets you change recipes to include some of your unique preferences.
Serious coffee drinkers have specific temperature preferences. Some like a higher temperature that gives the finished coffee a roasted flavor, but some prefer a lower temperature because a higher temperature can make the coffee taste bitter. The Anima Prestige has three temperature settings: low, medium and high that rise to a maximum temperature of more than 184 degrees Fahrenheit.
Maintenance of this machine is easy too because of the alerts that Gaggia built inside that come across the digital display when you turn on the machine. The Prestige will keep you from brewing when you need to descale the machine. It also alerts you to a lack of beans and/or water.
Pros and Cons
• One-touch design lets you both brew coffee and froth milk with one touch
• Can change the programs to automatically make a different coffee drink at the temperature and strength you want
• Has minimum, medium and maximum temperature settings with a range between 177 and 184 degrees Fahrenheit
• Now comes with an extended warranty for American shoppers that covers all parts for two years
• Features a more modern digital display that automatically changes and updates when you make selections
• Can remove all parts of the brewing system for rinsing and removing of coffee grinds and other debris
• Froths milk directly inside the include carafe before adding to a cup placed beneath the spouts
• Stainless-steel exterior adds to its modern appeal and design
• Holds more than eight ounces of beans and up to 60 ounces of water inside dedicated containers
• Bypass doser allows the machine to make drinks from ground coffee
• Some machines fail within the first 8 to 12 months or right after the warranty expires
• May experience problems with the machine changing your settings