Elite Espresso Kit: Gaggia Accademia plus Mazzer Major
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This is the Elite of all coffee making combinations. Gaggia Accademia Espresso Machine plus Mazzer Major Coffee Grinder. Designed for high-profile high-quality professional use, this combo will impress casual coffee drinkers with the superb quality brews they create.
Gaggia Accademia Espresso Machine
Rise through the ranks with the Gaggia Accademia, a smartly appointed super automatic espresso machine, whose charming good looks and responsive performance are sure to earn it place at the top of its class. With a contemporary stainless-steel front panel, durable metal frame, and a bright display, the Accademia embodies refined design aesthetics. Anchored by one-touch, programmable push-button controls for espresso, hot water and milk outputs, the Accademia dispenses perfect beverages on demand. Just select your desired beverage from one of seven dedicated buttons capable of delivering the following drinks: espresso, caffe, caffe lungo, cappuccino, latte, Latte macchiato and hot water.
Created with latte, cappuccino, and macchiato drinkers in mind, this intuitive coffee center comes equipped with an innovative new milk management system. Fully detachable, the Academia’s Cappuccino System features an external milk circuit and sturdy carafe, which may be removed and refrigerated to keep your milk fresh. With a detached milk circuit, milk does not enter the Accademia. You can also choose to froth manually, since the machine has an integrated steam wand/water dispenser. With a ceramic burr grinder, automated user friendly controls, as well as dedicated machine and milk circuit cleaning cycles, the Gaggia Accademia is truly a turnkey espresso center for the busy coffee lover.
Mazzer Major Coffee Grinder
Used for over a decade by the world’s largest coffee shop chain as their primary espresso grinder, the Major is an excellent choice for a volume location. Like all of the Mazzer espresso grinders, the Major is a high quality unit, only this model takes the standard technical elements to the extreme. Combining motor speed with grinding burr size, the Major was the first large format burr grinder on the market and continues to dominate in areas the require high production. Available in black or silver enamel finish with either timer switch or automatic dose fill switch.
We looked at a lot of different fully automatic machines, (mostly on line and reading reviews like this one), before centering in on the Academia. For the most part we are very satisfied with our choice, produces a great cup of espresso, works with ANY type of bean, (doesn't have the limitation of many of the automatics, which is they don't take oily beans -What? espresso beans ARE oily...), all in all it is a good looking, solid, great piece of equipment. As others have pointed out it is constructed mostly of metal, which I really like, instead of plastic like many of the machines on the market. We love the design of the milk caraffe, clear plastic so you can easily see home much is left - much better than the ugly bottle style on other automatics, that set on the counter with a little siphon tube to the machine. The caraffe, with its built-in little handle sets mostly in the refigerator filled with milk, easy to retrieve and then quickly snap into place on the front of the machine. The steam comes out to meet the caraffe where the actual frothing takes place, so no milk goes into the machine itself, (great design). Self cleaning of the caraffe is frequent, but is OK with us because it seems to keep the frothing system free of any old milk built-up and the caraffe comes apart easily for occasional cleaning. The progamming for the various automatic button functions is easy to use and fairly intuitive. Now to the areas I think could be improved on future models, (many of which have been mentioned in previous reviews): 1. The Return/catch tank for the water used in the frequent automatic cleaning functions is too small - should be at least twice the current size to minimize dumping. Although quick and easy to do this clean out process, it gets a little tedious. 2. Similar story on the clean water supply tank, its small size necessitates frequent filling... Even 1/3 larger would make a difference. 3. Temperature: The shots come out great. It's when you start adding more than a small amount of steamed milk that you run into problems. The temperature of the cup begins to reduce dramatically, especially if you like a large cup of cafe latte to fill your 16 Oz insulated cup before you head out in the AM. Now... We have figured out, and you CAN simply use the seperate steaming wand to bring the steamed milk up to the 160 degrees or so that WE like for a hot cup of Joe. It doesn't take long but it just adds one more step to the process that we were hoping to minmize with the fully automatic machine. Keeping in mind that the addition of any amount of flavored suryp, (we like vanilla lattes), necessitates some additional frothing/heating anyway, so we kind of put up with this one... The thing is, I don't know if any of the other similar "Super Automatic Machines" do this any better, but I would like to see this area improved if possible. 3. Now this one is just plain silly: To activate either the hot water or steam to the seperate wand, you hit one of the main buttons, the one on the bottom left on the face of the machine, THIS activates the two middle of the four central control/programming buttons just below the video display screen. So far so good, right? The difficulty comes with the icons on the initial button on the lower left of the machine, the activating button: They show the wand with the steam coming out of it on the LEFT, and the cup of coffee icon, (to indicate hot water), on the RIGHT. But once you hit this first activating button and move to the central screen to see which small black button below has been activated for what, the location of the icons is reversed. NOW its coffee cup/hot water on the LEFT, and Steaming wand on the RIGHT! VERY confusing for the novice. Now for sure, after a while you barely look at the buttons and icons because you memorize their positions, however, when you are trying to teach other friends or family members how to "make their own cup" which everyone loves to do with these automatic machines - boom - now its confusing again. This one has a simple solution, however: Just change the software. You don't even have to reprint the first button face, just make the video screen show and activate the steam wand on the left and the hot water cup on the right, just like it shows on the face of the first activating button. Simple right? This one should be fixed, its easy, it should be done. "Just do it" as Nike would say... Well that's about it, I could repeat a lot of other comments others have made about the machine but that doesn't seem to serve. Overall a great machine, have had no problems in the month we have owned it, and with the limitations listed above, both my wife and I can easily and consistently produce a great cup of coffee from a good looking machine -- and that's what we were looking for.
I have owned many Supper Automatics and this is far better easer to use then them all. I bought this as a gift for family with some Hawaiian Coffee and we can't stop using it. It is just so good. The Gaggia is built like a tank easy to clean and even can make tea. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting the best machine on the market. Plus Roaste had a great price and shipping was very fast. I am very happy.
This is an 83mm flat burr grinder made for shop use. It's a large grinder for your kitchen or coffee bar,but if you want a fast, constant espresso grinder let will last a lifetime it might the grinder for you. There's simply mods to make the doser better for home use.
This grinder is one of the best flat burr grinders out there as far as I know. Most people normally see titan conical grinders as the ultimate grinder but I don't agree with that completely. The generally accepted opinion and from my own experience,is that, conical burr tends to give a brighter(more acidic) taste profile given the same bean and temp. Where as a flat burr like Mazzer Major gives a more mellow upfront with more chocolate bass notes. Both the titan conical and flat burr grinder can bring out the best and nuances of each coffee but emphasizes on different aspect. It's just the individual preferences of the few top baristas that prefer brighter cup and thus perceive that as 'better'. But in my very honest opinion that's not the case. But do keep in mind that a flat burr won't necessarily make bright coffee like Kenyan chocolatey. It's the bean that determines most of the taste profile. Grinder probably accounts for 10% of it. About this grinder: Mazzer's name is synonymous to quality and durability. I have a used Mazzer major and I believe it's at least 15 years. But it is still running very strongly and has never skipped a beat on me. Based on the built, I would say it can run for 5 decades no problem at my home. The grinder grinds very quickly, 15g in about 6 seconds. The grind is very fluffy and very consistent. It retains very little coffee(0.2-0.4g) without sweeping the chute but close to no retention when you sweep the chute. This is very excellent as compared to many titan conical grinders that retain more than 5g. As a whole, I would perceive this as the perfect ultimate grinder for me. If I were to nitpick, the only downside of this grinder is the inefficient doser. THe doser could be designed better and eliminate the needs to sweep the chute. The sweeping efficiency of the dosing vane could be improved too. It would be perfect if I do not have to mod the dosing vane with DIY electrical tape. As a conclusion, if you can afford this grinder, it is one of the best choice you could get. Its close contenders would probably be Anfim Caimano or k30 Vario etc.
This is by far and away the best grinder I've ever used. Mazzers have always been known for their build and quality output and this machine is no slouch. The giant 83mm burr set creates the most consistent grinds I've ever come across. I'm guessing that most of this machine is made of steel, which accounts for its incredible weight. This also accounts for how durable the machine is. My Major has to be at least a decade old, if not significantly more. The Mazzer Major will probably last the average home enthusiast's lifetime.