Gaggia Accademia Overview
The Gaggia Accademia is a luxury Italian espresso machine that is both designed and manufactured in the outskirts of Tuscany. It is a fully automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine with a customizable menu of 19 beverages. Milk drinks can be prepared to your liking with the automatic frothing carafe, or using the commercial steam wand to produce latte art quality milk foam. The Accademia is distinguished by incorporating premium materials into its design with all-steel housing and a black glass front panel. Its 5-inch touch display features phone-like responsiveness for intuitive menu navigation and beverage preparation.
Features and Benefits
The Accademia has the rare distinction of being an Italian made and manufactured espresso machine complete with a metal frame and housing. Its full color 5-inch touch display is vivid, crisp, and highly responsive. Additional navigation is handled in the margins with a suite of four capacitive touch buttons on the left and a textured rotary knob and selector on the right. The entire front of the machine is backed with black glass and accented with the backlit Gaggia Milano red stripe. Cups can be stored on the programmable and electrically heated cup warmer that can be set with unique timers to turn on and off automatically throughout the day.
When brewing coffee beverages, each drink can be customized with a unique volume, strength setting (between 6.5 - 11.5g), a unique temperature (low, medium or high), your desired level of pre-infusion (no pre-infusion, short, medium or long), and ultimately the flow rate of the coffee using the Accademia-exclusive Espresso Plus System for regular, full-bodied or lighter cups of coffee. Beyond that, the Accademia includes the option to brew using pre-ground espresso via the bypass doser and many drinks can be doubled up via the “Two cups” function which grinds and brews a beverage twice in a row. Lastly, the Accademia serves as the debut for Gaggia’s Coffee Boost system, which initiates a second grinding cycle for your beverage while maintaining your desired volume.
Milk frothing is performed either automatically with the removable carafe, or manually by means of the commercial steam wand. The Accademia’s 11 milk beverages are prepared with the carafe and can be customized with your desired milk volume and texture (across four variations of milk foam consistency). Milk can also be frothed manually with the commercial steam wand, which articulates on a ball joint for perfect positioning in your frothing pitcher. The steam wand can also dispense hot water for standard infusions and 195°F water for Black Tea and 175°F water for Green Tea.
The full menu of beverages contains the following drinks:
Ristretto, Espresso, Espresso Lungo, Coffee, Americano, Cappuccino, Cappuccino XL, Macchiatone, Melange, Cafe Cortado, Flat White, Caffelatte, Cafe au Lait, Latte Macchiato, Frothed Milk, Hot Milk, Hot Water, water for Black Tea, water for Green Tea
Once customized, beverages can be renamed and saved to one of four user profiles for easy access. One of the four profiles can also be designated as the default start screen when the machine turns on. The Accademia also features an On-the-Fly function which allows for real-time modification of drink variables in the moment with the option to save your changes at the end of the brew cycle.
For maintenance, the Accademia has several programs that can be run for both quick rinsing and deep cleaning with care products including a descaling cycle and a deep clean of the milk system. To protect against scale buildup, the Accademia uses Mavea Intenza water filters with one included with each new machine. To conserve energy, there is an optional ECO mode and the ability to turn off the cup warmer, button lighting, button sounds, adjust screen brightness, and specify a timer to enter the low energy standby mode.
The Gaggia Accademia measures 11.1” W x 16.5” D x 15.2” H and weighs 30.4lbs. It has a 54oz water reservoir, a 12.3oz bean hopper and a 14 puck dreg drawer. Cup height can be adjusted between 2.95 and 6.5 inches.
Why You Should Get It
The Gaggia Accademia is an incredible espresso machine that offers the highest degree of beverage customization available on the market while remaining simple and convenient to operate. Its luxurious and innovative design incorporates both metal and glass for tangible quality that its plastic competitors can't touch. We recommend this machine to anybody looking for the best of both worlds regarding performance and aesthetics.