1st in Coffee sells the Jura-Capresso S9 Super Automatic for $2,199, and comes with a case illy coffee (6 cans, your choice) to get you started. Also available are the S8 and S7 models at cheaper prices; both have similar features (including the dual thermoblocks) but a less polished finish and lacking some of the high end items of the S9.
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Far too long ago (I'm a baaaaaad boy) Capresso sent CoffeeGeek a couple of Super Automatic espresso machines to review. They sent them with the excellent help and guidance of 1st in Coffee: the Jura Capresso F9, and the Jura Capresso Impressa S9.
The F9 turned out to be a dud. We don't know if it was just our machine, but we could never seem to get the proper temperatures out of the machine, and most of the coffee brewed with it came out at around 80C.
Not so with the S (as in Sam) 9. As you will see in this detailed review, this machine has become our official "standards" machine - the one we are using to test all other super automatics against. Why? Because as far as super automatics go, this one runs on almost all cylinders, and rates a fairly high rating (for super automatics).
I said at the top I'm a bad boy, and I am. But it's not my fault! I swear!
Okay, it is.
But the real news is, about seven months ago (and about 8 months into my testing of the product), I had the detailed review written, a whole slew of photographs taken and optimized, and I was about set to go through the process of publishing the review.
And my IBM Thinkpad's hard drive completely tanked. Major failure. Lost all my work on the project, because (and this is where it is my fault), I didn't back up the articles.
That, and other factors, made me put this review on the back burner. Which was very unprofessional and very, very bad. And now, the Jura Capresso Impressa S9 is close to being a discontinued product.
And that in itself is a shame. Because this is a great super automatic family - all the S series machines. Currently, the S7 and S9 are still available, and hopefully this detailed review will help you make a decision on whether or not this will be your next Super Automatic, if you're in the market for one.
Once again, I'd really like to thank Jim at 1st in Coffee for his patience and understanding about the technical problems I had producing this review.
Now, let's get into this!