Gaggia Carezza De LUXE Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine
As low as $349.00
When we first saw our new Gaggia Carezza, we forgot what year it was. The retro Italian styling is a blast from the past, belying what we found to be substantial brewing power for its class. A built-in temperature gauge shows a real-time readout of the boiler, which heats up rapidly. The Carezza is ready to brew in moments within powering on, which is ideal for anyone on a tight schedule. A few of us have been relying on it to get started at the office.
The story begins in the brew group where pre-infusion functionality evenly soaks your coffee to maintain temperature and help release the right flavors for brewing. The Crema Perfetta double-walled pressurized portafilter is specifically designed for use with ESE pods and ground coffee, eliminating the need for a grinder. Tamping isn’t necessary either, but our tests found that a light tamp can really improve your shots. The large basket can hold up to 18 grams of coffee, allowing for some room for experimentation with flavor and shot timing. Combine this with the pannarello wand attachment that can be used as a more manual frother for tight microfoam latte art, and you get a retro machine best matched to our baristas on a budget.
The Gaggia Carezza’s small footprint of just under 1 square foot ensure that it will fit well in even the most limited of spaces. Cleaning and machine maintenance is simplified by the automatic spout rinsing, and descale function. Energy use is conserved after nine minutes of inactivity, automatically shutting down the Carezza. All-in-all, the we find the Carazza to be a respectable low-budget machine that’s easy to use and easy to maintain. Compared to other semi-autos that don’t need a companion grinder, you won’t find anything better.
- Pressurized double shot basket
- Pressurized single shot basket
- 54mm Crema Perfetta Portafilter
- ESE pod single basket
- Ground coffee double basket
- Pannarello wand
- Cup warmer
- Temperature gauge
- Auto Pre-Infusion
- Auto Descaling function
- Auto Shut-off