Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige [2020 Review]

Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige article

Gaggia Cadorna Milk

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8.4

Gaggia Cadorna Milk

8.7/10

Gaggia Velasca Prestige

8.0/10

Pros

  • Cadorna has Updated Technology
  • Both Great Brewing
  • Both Great Milk Prep
  • Excellent Cleaning and Maintenance

Cons

  • Velasca Is Looking Dated

About the Gaggia Cadorna Line

Our Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige comparison is also our Cadorna Milk review. The Gaggia Velasca Prestige is a fantastic machine and a true classic.

In our Cadorna Buyer’s Guide we outlined the new Cadorna line, which includes four models. In order from highest to lowest price those models are the Cadorna Prestige, Cadorna Milk, Cadorna Plus and Cadorna Style.

It appears that the purpose of the Cadorna line is to update Gaggia’s best models and combine them under a single product line.

All four of Cadorna models them made our 20 Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines for 2020 list. So, we expect that the Cadorna line will mean the end of the Gaggia Anima, Brera and Velasca band names, at least.

The Cadorna Milk made our list of the Top 20 Super Automatic Espresso Makers for 2020.
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We also recently wrote that the top of the line Cadorna Prestige is not meant to be comparable to the Accademia or the Bilba. Although the Cadorna Prestige is a good product and a good value for a single boiler automatic espresso machine.  

Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige: Many great things in common

When comparing the Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige we notice how much these two models have in common.

Both the Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige are excellent at all the core functions of grinding, brewing coffee, steaming and foaming milk. They are both well engineered and designed. Both are single, quick heat boiler systems.

Both will brew two cups simultaneously. Both have great pre-infusion. Both the Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige have similar capacities and settings for grinding, coffee temperature, milk storage, coffee bean storage, puck capacity and more.

The Cadorna Milk is a slightly taller espresso machine. But it is also a little shallower than the Velasca. The two machines weigh just about the same. They come with the same accessories although the Cadorna’s are updated a bit.

Cadorna Milk Review: Significant Differences

While the Cadorna Milk and the Velasca Prestige have a lot of things in common, the differences between them tell you a lot.

The most obvious differences between the Cadorna Milk and the Velasca Prestige are the materials and design. The Velasca Prestige has a more classical, stainless steel appearance. All four Cadornas have a more modern appearance. They are black metal and plastic and the Cadorna Milk has some red trim. Maybe this is Gaggia’s way of saying it thinks the stainless steel look is getting old.

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The Cadornas have dramatically better touch screens than all of Gaggia’s older models. The Cadorna’s also have more presets than older, comparable Gaggia models. They are also easier and more intuitive to program and customize.

But the most important difference is that the Cadorna line are meant to be global products. They are intended to be marketed everywhere. This is why you can choose from 17 languages in the settings.

Brewing Features Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige

The Cadorna Milk and the Velasca Prestige brew great espresso. Both have a single, quick-heat boiler that does the job you would expect of a product in this price category.

The Cadorna Milk has preset programs for 10 drinks and the Velasca Prestige only does 4 one touch plus two others. Both make espresso, espresso lungo, cappuccino, milk froth and hot water.

Our Cadorna Milk Review gives it the edge here because it also makes ristretto, Americano, latte macchiato and café au lait.

Both have 5-settings in their Optiaroma system which allows you to adjust the amount of grounds in each drink. And, the Cadorna Milk coffee spout raises up a little higher for taller cups.

Grinding

Both machines have ceramic grinders with 10 settings. Both are easily adjustable and will grind consistently fine espresso grounds. The bypass for the Cadorna is better than the Velasca. I think the Velasca’s bypass door is awkward and will lead to more spilled grounds.

Microfoam and Milk Steaming

The Cadorna Milk and the Velasca Prestige are the lowest priced models under their respective brand names which emphasize milk drinks.

Gaggia doesn’t make a machine that doesn’t brew great coffee and make nearly perfect microfoam. So, as you would expect, both the Cadorna Milk and the Velasca Prestige both have great milk frothing systems and produce great microfoam.

I do prefer the Velasca’s placement of the milk carafe over the Capp in Cup System of the Cadorna Milk. But, the Cadorna is a more modern design and both are very good overall.

Maintenance & Cleaning

The Cadorna Milk and the Gaggia Velasca Prestige both are easy to clean and maintain. Although the designs and materials are very different, the two machines have similar removable components for easy cleanup. You can access the brewing systems and filters in both systems easily.

They both have very effective automated milk cleaning programs and descaling as well.

Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige

We were impressed with both machines. When considering the Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige the truth is, event though they are very different, you can’t really go wrong with either.

Ultimately the Cadorna Milk is a good update to the Gaggia Velasca Prestige. The Cadorna is not yet for sale online in the US but both machines should be comparable in price. We do like the timeless stainless-steel look of the older Gaggia’s.

Overall, the Velasca is looking dated, especially next to a Cadorna. So, our Cadorna Milk Review concludes that it is a better automatic espresso machine and a better value.

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About Gaggia

Gaggia is an Italian based company that focuses mainly on automatic espresso makers. Gaggia has one of the best histories in the business. Achille Gaggia patented the steam expressing coffee maker in 1938. Since then Gaggia has made many, many amazing automatic espresso machines.

Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige FAQs

What is better the Gaggia Cadorna Milk or Gaggia Velasca Prestige?

In our 2020 review we rated the Cadorna Milk 87/100 and earned the #11 spot on our top 20 list. The Gaggia Velasca Prestige scored 80/100. Both are good machines but the added features, flexibility and the design of the Cadorna give it an edge.

Where is the Gaggia espresso maker made?

Gaggia is an Italian based company that focuses mainly on automatic espresso makers. Gaggia has one of the best histories in the business. Achille Gaggia patented the steam expressing coffee maker in 1938. Since then Gaggia has made many, many amazing automatic espresso machines.

Is the Gaggia Cadorna Milk easy to clean?

The Cadorna Milk and the Velasca Prestige both are easy to clean and maintain. Although the designs and materials are very different, the two machines have similar removable components for easy cleanup. You can access the brewing systems and filters in both systems easily.

Gaggia Velasca Prestige easy to clean?

The Cadorna Milk and the Velasca Prestige both are easy to clean and maintain. Although the designs and materials are very different, the two machines have similar removable components for easy cleanup. You can access the brewing systems and filters in both systems easily.

Does the Gaggia Cadorna Milk make great microfoam?

Gaggia doesn’t make a machine that doesn’t brew great coffee and make nearly perfect microfoam. So, as you would expect, both the Cadorna Milk and the Velasca Prestige both have great milk frothing systems and produce top quality microfoam.

Does the Gaggia Cadorna Milk Brew Great Espresso?

The Carona Milk came in #11 on our 2020 list of the 20 Best Super Automatics. It has outstanding brewing, pre-infusion and great capacities and settings for grinding, coffee temperature, milk storage, coffee bean storage, puck capacity and more.

Does the Gaggia Velasca Prestige Brew Great Espresso?

Although it is looking dated next to the Gaggia Cadorna, the Velasca Prestige earned 80/100 points in our 2020 review and still a top espresso maker that makes outstanding beverages

Does the Gaggia Velasca Prestige Have a Programmable Screen?

The Velasca Prestige has a somewhat dated looking LCD that allows you to customize beverage settings, temperature, milk length and many other settings.

What drinks will the Gaggia Cadorna Milk Brew?

The Cadorna Milk has built in, adjustable settings for Ristretto, Espresso, Espresso Lungo, Caffè, Americano, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Cafe’ Au Lait, Frothed Milk and Hot Water.

What drinks will the Gaggia Velasca Prestige Brew?

The Velasca Prestige has built in, programmable settings for Espresso, Espresso Lungo, Cappuccino, Milk Froth, Baby Cappuccino and Hot Water.

How big is the water tank on the Gaggia Velasca Prestige?

The water tank stores 1.5 liters of water.

How big is the water tank on the Gaggia Cadorna Milk?

This Gaggia holds 1.5 liters of water.

What are the Gaggia Cadorna Milk Specifications?

Full specifications are below but it measures 26 x 38 x 40 cm and weighs 9.3KG. It holds 1.5 liters of water, 300 grams of beans and 10 pucks of spent coffee grounds.

What are the Gaggia Velasca Prestige Specifications?

Full specifications are below but it measures 25,6 x 34 x 44 cm and weighs 9.4KG. It holds 1.5 liters of water, 300 grams of beans and 10 pucks of spent coffee grounds.

Cadorna Milk vs Velasca Prestige Specifications

Cadorna Milk SpecsVelasca Prestige Specs
Uer InterfaceFull Color, Rich DisplayLCD
Backlit ButtonsYesYes
Pump15 Bar15 Bar
Preset Beverages106 (4 one-touch)
Preset DrinksRistretto, Espresso, Espresso Lungo, Caffè, Americano, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Cafe’ Au Lait, Frothed Milk, Hot WaterEspresso, Espresso Lungo, Cappuccino, Milk Froth, Baby Cappuccino, Hot Water
Adjustable Coffee LengthYesYes
Adjustable Coffee TempYesYes
Water Tank1.5L1.5L
Brew 2 Cups SimultaneouslyYesYes
Boiler Single Stainless Quick HeatSingle Stainless Quick Heat
Milk Capacity0.5L0.5L
Milk SystemCapp In CupMilk Carafe
Carafe SizeCarafe Size0.5L
Adjustable Milk LengthYesYes
Rinse CycleAutomaticAutomatic
Ground Coffe BypassYesYes
Gaggia Adapting SystemYesYes
Bean Capacity300G300G
Spent Pucks Capacity1010
Languages17: IT-EN-DE-FR-ES-PT-NL-PL-RU-EL-RO-HU-DA-BL-CS-SLO-LT
Dimensions (LxHxD)26 x 38 x 40 cm25,6 x 34 x 44 cm
Weight9.3KG9.4KG

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