Gaggia Anima Prestige Automatic Coffee Machine Review
The Gaggia Anima Prestige Coffee Machine is an elegant yet powerful fully automatic espresso machine. It is extremely user-friendly and quite easy to use, having a simple and intuitive interface that consists of designated drink buttons along with a digital display. It can prepare coffee according to a broad range of preferences as each drink can be customized by setting the parameters.
The espresso machine by Gaggia comes with an excellent ceramic burr grinder, which grinds beans evenly while minimizing heat transfer. It has a big water reservoir that can hold up to sixty ounces of water, whereas the bean hopper has a total capacity of about eight ounces of whole bean coffee. Moreover, the dip tray has an ample capacity of twenty-four ounces to rinse water from the sprouts and other external sources as well as collect water from the inside of the machine.
The machine features an internal dreg box that can hold up to fifteen pucks of coffee before there is a need to empty it. It is very easy to maintain and clean as its brew group can be removed and rinsed to enhance its performance and protect its longevity. It is also programmed with an automatic descaling cycle, which can be run at intervals that you set depending on the hardness of the water. When there is a need for maintenance, the coffee maker alerts the user via the LCD. After one hour of idle time, it enters a low energy standby mode that reduces power consumption.
The Anima Prestige Espresso Machine by Gaggia can prepare drinks at the push of a button thanks to its auto-cappuccino system and integrated milk carafe. It features a double chambered carafe that locks into the front of the machine to dispense and froth milk into your cup directly. The carafe has an automatic cleaning cycle so that the milk circuit remains clean. When not in use, it can be removed and stored in the refrigerator. The hot water spout can be used to dispense water for drinks such as hot tea and Cafe Americanos.
Every drink button on the machine can be programmed according to the parameters that you set. You can customize the strength and volume of the drink as well as select one from the three brew temperatures. It features dedicated buttons for the one-touch brewing of cappuccino, espresso, and latte macchiato. In addition to this, you can also program pre-infusion to moisturize the coffee grounds gently before brewing. The coffee maker has an Optiaroma system that enables you to select from 6.5 grams to 11.5 grams of coffee to be ground per brew. There is a total of five settings for the strength that allow you to have a perfect cup of coffee according to your chosen strength.
Pros and Cons
The best thing about this machine is its convenient design and simple operation along with its ability to froth milk automatically and consistently. The only downside is the cost of the coffee maker, as it is relatively expensive when compared to other models with similar features.