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Gaggia Anima Deluxe SUP043P review

1.8L water reservoir capacity. Priced at $1499.

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CHOICE recommends automatic espresso machines with an overall score of 70% or above, so long as they also score 70% or above for taste and at least 54% or above for milk frothing.

CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

This overall score is made up of taste (60%), ease of use (20%), milk frothing (15%) and coffee temperature consistency over consecutive cups (5%).

Taste test score View more details.

Three experts test the espressos in a 'blind' tasting, checking the colour and thickness of the crema (the tan-coloured foam on the top of an espresso), aroma, flavour, mouth-feel (for example, creaminess or wateriness) and aftertaste.

Ease of use score View more details.

We test how easy the machines are to use by trying the controls, filling the water tank and the bean hopper, adjusting the grinder, making a coffee, cleaning inside and out, and programming a coffee.

Milk frothing score View more details.

We experiment with each machine to find how it best froths milk, looking for fine, pourable froth.

Coffee temperature consistency score View more details.

We measure the consistency of four consecutive coffees for each machine after warming it up for five minutes.

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Availability View more details.

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The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are often flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar stores for options.

Milk frothing feature
Coffee strength settings
Yes (5)
Measured heat-up time
Frothing ready
19 sec
Water reservoir capacity (L) View more details.

The water reservoir is the water container for the machine.

Pump pressure – stated (bars)
Dimensions (H x W x D, cm)
33 x 22 x 42
Weight (kg)
Items supplied
Espresso machine, power cord, literature, pre-ground coffee scoop, grease for machine parts, hardness test, plastic tubing
Standby mode View more details.

Defined as an 'eco', 'sleep' or 'low power' mode where the machine doesn't completely shut off. 

Automatic power turn-off View more details.

Machine can shut itself down after a certain time.

Removable water reservoir View more details.

Some can be completely removed for refilling while others need to be filled at the unit. All tested models have removable reservoirs, however, being able to fill the reservoir without removing it helps to preserve the connection points.

Water tank empty reminder
Steam wand
Hot water nozzle View more details.

The hot water nozzle has a bigger opening than the steam nozzle allowing more water to flow through. It could be used to make hot water for tea or long blacks.

Removable drip tray
Cup warming plate
Cord storage
Programmable coffee quantity View more details.

Can you program the strength and volume of the coffee coming out into your cup?

Digital display
Grinder adjustment View more details.

Are you able to adjust the fineness/coursness of the grind on the machine?

Hopper empty warning View more details.

The hopper is the area that holds your coffee beans. Some machines alert you when the hopper is empty.

Cup counter View more details.

Some models keep count of how many cups of coffee the machine has made, which is useful if you need to track how much it's being used (like in an office kitchen for example).

Dregs box full indicator
Espresso pressure or milk temperature gauge
Adjustable water temperature for coffee making
Yes (3 settings)
Adjustable coffee dispensing height/depth
Yes / No
Removable group for cleaning View more details.

The group forms the puck and extracts the coffee. You can remove this in some machines for cleaning.

Wash / cleaning cycle View more details.

Does the machine have a cleaning cycle function whereby water is flushed through the coffee and milk spouts?

Decalcifying cycle View more details.

Is there a decalcifying cycle to remove mineral build up in the machine? Normally this requires a tablet or powder of descaler.

Can use pre-ground coffee View more details.

Whether the machine can accommodate pre-ground coffee or only coffee beans. Bear in mind these machines are designed to be used with beans and can generally only handle one serve of ground coffee at a time.

Water hardness adjustable
Instructional DVD supplied View more details.

Whether an instructional DVD is supplied. Not so relevant these days, as many tutorials are accessible on video sites like YouTube or via the manufacturer's app.

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