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Jura Capresso S9 - Conclusion & Recommendation
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: July 20, 2005
Detailed Review rating: 8.3
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Jura Capresso Impressa S9

For all my bitching and griping in this review about dis and dat, I have to say this. The Jura Capresso Impressa S9 is the best super automatic I've ever tested or used, outside of some of the high end Franke machines (not the Saphira).

There's so many things right about this machine. And I want to end this commentary with those "right" things, so let's list what is wrong first.

What could be improved

My biggest gripe with the machine is the lack of a programmable preinfusion (as in turn it off, puleeese), and the lack of adequate grinder settings at the fine side. I have noted the first shots are also a bit bitter and weak, which tells me that too much ground coffee is left in the machine between  shots (but not nearly as bad as the Solis Palazzo or Saeco / Starbucks Barista). Fix these things and the machine will be a marked improvement for this espresso snob.

What I'm neutral about

I'm not totally bothered by the plastic body, but when anyone was told the price, it was one of their first comments. Steel plates and facing would be nice. The cup warmer gets up to about 50C in one corner, but only about 40C in the front of the machine. It could stand to be hotter. And the beans get a bit hot in the bean bin. I'm not overly concerned about that, but many an espresso snob would be.

What rocks about the Jura Capresso Impressa S9

In a word: lots. Let's bullet point it, shall we?

  • great temperatures for brewing shots - best I've seen on a super automatic
  • steaming performance was great, considering the automations and convenience factors
  • very quiet machine (and the next generation is supposedly even quieter)
  • wide range of programming controls and functions, including "fine tuning" on shot volumes. Nice....
  • Hot water delivery is fantastic. I could write a book on it (I think I almost did).
  • Frothing traditionally is possible, and produces nice, pourable microfoam.
  • Looks good, albeit boxy.

And there you have it! Once again, a huge massive shout out and thanks to Jim Smith at 1st in Coffee for his patience, understanding, and to be frank, amazing tolerance at my delays in getting this review out. He rocks.

The Final Word
This is the standard setter in our lineup of super automatics. It fought the good fight against a low end commercial super automatic, the Franke Saphira (more than double the price), even beating it in a blind, side by side taste test. If you must go super automatic, we give a high recommendation for this product. Looking forward to the S9 Avant, and hopefully a less expensive S7 or S8 Avant as well!
Rated 8 out of 10
Product Supplier

1st In Coffee, LLC
www.1stinCoffee.com
1-800-709-8210
P.O. Box 476
Marlboro, NJ 07746
info@1stincoffee.com

Product Pricing

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.

Detailed Review rating: 8.3
Author: Mark Prince
Posted: July 20, 2005
feedback: (19) comments | read | write
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