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New Gaggia bean-to-cup coffee machine unveiled

£450 Gaggia Unica is automatic bean-to-cup model

Gaggia Unica

Gaggia’s new Unica coffee machine is a fully automatic bean-to-cup model that will let you ‘enjoy quality coffee the easy way’, according to its makers.

A fully automatic bean-to-cup coffee machine will grind, tamp and brew a cup of espresso at the touch of a button. This model’s no different – and at £450 is reasonably priced for a coffee machine at the luxury end of the market.

UPDATE 09/11/11: We have now published full test results for the Gaggia Unica coffee machine, 

The Which? coffee machines review reveals full test results for 13 other Gaggia models.

Gaggia Unica coffee machine

Gaggia says the coffee beans are ground at a low temperature to avoid ‘overheating or any metallic taste in the coffee’. The coffee dose can be adjusted to your liking, and it comes with an automatic shut off after 60 minutes.

To help make the coffee machine easy to use, the Unica features a simple four-button control panel. It also comes with an adjustable spout for difference sized cups, a steam pipe for frothing milk, and removable parts to aid cleaning and maintenance.

A turntable makes it simple to access the water tank and waste coffee bin.

Reasonable price

Which? coffee machines expert Lisa Galliers says: ‘£450 seems quite expensive – but for a fully automatic bean-to-cup coffee machine, it’s not a bad price point.

‘A simple control panel is always a bonus, as these machines are designed to do everything for you.

‘To help keep them in tip-top working order, coffee machines should always be cleaned and de-scaled regularly. Features like the removable brew unit, which can help to make cleaning and maintenance easier, are always welcome.’

Choosing a coffee machine

If you’re unsure what type of coffee machine you want, head to our interactive choosing a coffee machine tool, which compares bean-to-cup coffee machines with espresso and capsule coffee machines. You can also find out how to make the perfect espresso and cappuccino in our expert video guides.

The Gaggia Unica is available from April, costs £450, from selected department stores, online and independent cookshops.

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