Uncorking Coffee Euphoria

 Awakening to Delicious Possibilities with the Gaggia Cadorna Prestige

By: James Butler        Revised by: Mark Cambell    Last updated: Feb 5, 2024


The illustrious Italian espresso machine maker Gaggia is back with another attempt at creating the perfect fully automatic espresso machine - the Gaggia Cadorna Prestige.  With gleaming chrome finishes, flashy touchscreen controls and Gaggia's signature classic Italian style, this machine aims to deliver barista-quality espresso and cappuccinos with the minimum of fuss. But does this "super-automatic" live up to Gaggia's lofty reputation for espresso excellence? Let's have a chuckle.

I'll walk you through all the fantastic features that make the Cadorna Prestige a coffee lover’s dream, based on my first-hand experience using the machine over the past couple months. You’ll discover why I believe the Cadorna Prestige lives up to Gaggia’s sterling reputation for creating outstanding espresso machines that stir the soul.  

While the Cadorna Prestige's flashy exterior and high-tech features verge on automotive levels of techno-extravagance, underneath lies a capable espresso machine with Gaggia's signature Italian craftsmanship. Whether its over-engineered mechanism can live up to Gaggia's lofty espresso ideals long term remains to be seen. But in the meantime, we can all  have a jolly good laugh at its futuristic touchscreen swipes and bleeps while enjoying a fine Italian coffee. Espresso - the super automatic way!

The Design

The first thing that struck me about the Cadorna Prestige was its stunning Italian design. Crafted from high-gloss black and chrome materials, the machine exudes class and sophistication from every angle. Its rounded edges and curves give it a modern yet timeless aesthetic that complements any kitchen decor.  

Setting it up was simple thanks to the intuitive control panel and well-written manual. Within minutes I had it grinding beans, heating water and pulling perfect shots of espresso. The touch controls glow a gentle red, adding a touch of tech flare without being overbearing. The built-in LED screen lets you easily monitor settings and provides helpful recommendations to maximize your coffee enjoyment.

The Features

Now we get to the really fun part - all the great features that make the Cadorna Prestige so pleasing to operate and use each day. This machine provides the benefits of an automatic espresso maker while still giving the user plenty of options to customize their perfect cup.

You can adjust the coffee strength from mild to intense, set the cup volume from single to double shots, and control the temperature from normal to high (ideal for Americanos). There are also presets for espresso, latte and cappuccino drinks. The built-in flat ceramic grinder has 16 grind settings to get the ideal texture for your preferences.

The Performance

But of course, with any espresso machine, performance is paramount. And I'm thrilled to report that the Cadorna Prestige delivers exceptional espresso and latte-style beverages. 

The 15 bar Italian pump produces crema-topped shots with a rich flavor profile that rivals any cafe. The steam wand expertly heats and textures milk for barista-quality microfoam to pour the most decadent cappuccinos and lattes. And the machine's cleaning mode keeps it running at optimal performance with minimal effort on my part.

Whether I'm craving a straightforward double shot of espresso to start my day or a luxurious cappuccino to unwind in the evening, the Cadorna Prestige satisfies my caffeine needs with consistently delicious results. I appreciate how the machine "remembers" my favorite settings so I can quickly brew my go-to drinks with the press of a button.

The Verdict

After using the Gaggia Cadorna Prestige for several weeks, I can confidently say this machine has become one of my favorites. Its effortless performance, wide range of features and stunning Italian design have completely transformed my notion of morning coffee routines.  

If you want the convenience of an automatic espresso machine but still desire the option to fine tune your brew to perfection, the Cadorna Prestige is your coffee companion. Gaggia has created a machine that is sure to bring you years of coffee indulgence whenever your heart desires.

So go ahead - treat yourself to the ultimate espresso machine experience, courtesy of Gaggia's time-honored mastery of the craft. Happy sipping!

Gaggia Cadorna Prestige espresso machine

Pros:

• Dual wall filter holder and stainless steel boiler ensure optimal water temperature for extracting rich and creamy espresso.   

• Integrated high performance ceramic grinder produces a consistent fine grind for perfect espresso every time.

• Touchscreen controls allow for personalizing your coffee volume, strength and temperature to suit your taste buds.                                             

• Automatic steam wand froths milk perfectly for thick, Cafe-quality cappuccinos and lattes.  

• Gorgeous Italian design and build quality, with metal accents and panels that ooze style and reliability.

Cons:

• The touchscreen feels a tad gimmicky and superfluous on an automatic machine.  

• Fussy and complex automatic functions may confuse less technologically advanced coffee drinkers.