Gaggia is best known for its lower-cost automated espresso makers like the Brera and the Syncrony Logic RS, which are genuine bargains if you want an intelligent espresso maker that won't use up your entire credit line. The Gaggia Velasca Prestige is a move toward the higher end of the market. It has most of the bells and whistles you'd expect on a more expensive machine and currently has a solid five stars on Amazon, but that may be because it so far has only one review.
The Prestige (a name clearly designed to express Gaggia's heightened ambitions) is a full bean-to-cup espresseria. One of its nicest features is the detachable milk carafe, which you can keep in the refrigerator when you're not ready to use it but snaps into place when you want some froth in your beverage. (The somewhat lower-end Gaggia Velasca, without the "Prestige," uses an external milk carafe, but currently costs about $300 less on Amazon than this model.) The coarseness of the grind can be set to ten different levels using a knob inside the machine, letting you adjust how strong the drink is going to be. The Prestige lets you toggle on or off the pre-infusion feature, where the beans are soaked in hot water before being ground to bring out everybody's favorite part of the coffee: the aroma. The machine comes with a 54--ounce water reservoir that pops out of the front, so you don't have to move the device out from beneath any overhanging shelves to refill it.
Similarly, the drip tray slides out so you can periodically empty it. (A red pop-up indicator tells you when it's full.) The LCD display keeps you apprised of other maintenance needs, like a low water reservoir, a shortage of beans or calcification build-up. (Decalcification is automatic, using the supplied decalcifying fluid.) Buttons on the front panel let you select among espresso, espresso lungo, cappuccino or milk froth. For similar machines, check out the more expensive Jura Impressa C9 or the very high end Philips Saeco Royal One Touch.
We had our first cappuccinos this morning and they were very good. The unit is a great size, looks good on the countertop and is easy to clean.
Does exactly what we want... We drink more coffee now! Perfectly recommended machine!
Awesome nice device! Always work properly and never feel wrong. Have him already for 1.5 years.