Jura Capresso Impressa ENA4 Review

[easyazon-image asin=”B001B64I1Y” alt=”Jura-Capresso 13421 ENA4 Automatic Coffee and Espresso Center, Ristretto Black” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31SMY4%2BSOPL._SL160_.jpg” align=”right” width=”160″ height=”160″]If you are looking for a great espresso machine that delivers a sensational coffee with the perfect crema topping in a compact machine that does not take up your entire counter, then congratulations! You have found the absolute perfect espresso machine.

The striking distinction in this fully programmable, super automatic machine is that it is not the size of the Hubble Space Telescope. First time buyers may doubt its ability to produce a quality espresso or latte, but they will be sold after the first shot. Its skinny waistline is just nine inches!

The ability to squeeze this amazing espresso machine into a tight space on your counter is only one of the features you will love about this machine. It does everything from grinding to steaming to frothing in one place so you do not need separate appliances for these functions–an awesome option for a shoebox size apartment or condo.

The space saving detail alone is a winner, but how does it look you may ask? It’s gorgeously designed with platinum metallic and chrome accents on the front and top. The sides are black, “ristretto black” to be exact, very sleek and modish. The “ristretto” reference in the color refers to a barista technique that provides a short shot by pulling a hand press faster than usual for a shorter brew.

Once the machine goes into standby mode, it does not draw any energy at all from the electrical source. This is great news for your electric bill, and certainly important if you’re sensitive about your carbon footprint.

Once you find the settings that make your favorite cup of coffee, it will make that same perfect coffee every time at the touch of a button. The great thing about it is that you can switch the dial to temporarily override the setting for a special cup made differently, and you do not have to reprogram your perfect setting.

The Low Down…

  • The easy to read digital display tells you everything you need to know.
  • The easy-to-decipher-even-for-a-newbie display uses the traffic light color-coded system. When you see red you know something needs your attention. When it is green, it’s good to go. Yellow means you are in the process of setting the programming features.
  • It will alert you when the water or beans needs filled, when to empty the used coffee, when to use the descaling tablets (not all that often with the awesome water filtration built in!), when to change the water filter, when to switch loads of laundry…okay, maybe it’s not that good, but almost!
  • It is a no-brainer for the forgetful or the scatterbrained because it tells you what it needs when it needs it, eliminating the need to set dozens of reminders on your Blackberry.
  • …And Dirty (any Foreigner fans out there?)
  • It boasts a five-stage conical burr bean grinder; however, if you want to make a cup with pre-ground coffee beans, you can use the bypass funnel.
  • The double spout can be adjusted for most cup sizes, so if you have a late night/early morning situation, put two large mugs under the spouts, and you might make it to lunch time.
  • The ENA4 has a stainless steel lined ThermoBlock heating system that heats quickly for fast brewing. As a matter of fact, it will grind, tamp and brew in about a minute, then it self cleans in less than a minute! You will want to be sure to put a spare cup under the spout after you get your cup of coffee to catch the drainage from cleaning.

What Others Are Saying

  • It’s a love fest out there for this machine. Not only did it usually make the perfect strength of coffee for most users, the few that experienced issues loved the customer service. So you really cannot go wrong. You will probably love it. Should you decide that it was only infatuation and not love and you want to return it, apparently the company is very gracious and anxious to please.
  • The only con that seems to be a common theme among users and reviewers is that the frother wand was inadequate and sometimes fell off during operation, which could pose as a hazard with hot steaming milk. There was mention of the small water tank, but again, compact design people!
  • One user dealt with the frother issue head on by contacting Jura, who immediately sent her a new frother wand. The customer service representative advised her to be sure to keep it in froth mode and also to rinse the milk out of the wand each time. She never had another problem with it again.

Read more reviews here.

Is There A Warranty?

Jura does provide an unrivaled two-year warranty, and will provide shipping both ways if there is a problem. No other espresso manufacturer has this level of service. They have extended customer service hours that includes Saturday, so someone is almost always there to answer a “pressing” question (pun intended).

The Jura Company

Jura is a Swiss company that has been designing and manufacturing high-end appliances since 1931. The main office is in Niederbuchsiten, Switzerland next to the Jura Mountains, which is how the founder, Leo Henzirohs, derived its name. Its tagline is “If you love coffee.”

Jura’s Website

Perusing Jura’s website is a pleasure. It is easy to navigate and is logically organized. Users can expect to find what they need in a few clicks.

ENA4 Technical Specs

  • The power output is 1450 Watts.
  • Pressure is controlled with a vibrating pump. The performance pressure is between 7 and 9 bar, and maximum pressure is 18 bar.
  • It weighs about 20 pounds and the dimensions are 17”x9”x14”.
  • The water tank holds 37 ounces and is removable. Some users may find that a bit on the small side, but remember you are probably going to pick this over other models because of its compact size. You can’t expect a compact espresso machine to have enough room for a tubful of water.
  • The ENA4 has a Clearyl water filter that keeps the machine clean and running smooth and to calcium buildup to a minimum. This also ensures that the integrity of the taste of the coffee remains untainted.

The Last Word

Espresso lovers cannot go wrong with this product. Figure how to correctly use the frother wand, and you will have no complaints, just the perfect cup of espresso every time you use it.

Where Can I Get It?

Check out Amazon for a discount and free shipping.

Jura Capresso Impressa E8 Review

[easyazon-image asin=”B00066814A” alt=”Jura-Capresso 13187 Impressa E8 Super-Automatic Espresso Machine, Black” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41EQ23V82HL._SL160_.jpg” align=”right” width=”160″ height=”159″]JURA, as you may have guessed, is the creator of high-end automatic coffee centers. They go by JURA Capresso in the U.S., and offer home and commercial products, owned by parent company JURA AG of Switzerland, JURA Capresso claim to be the global market leader in the premium segment of automatic coffee centers. Here we’ll look at the Jura Capresso Impressa E8

Roger Federer, Swiss tennis legend, is JURAs “Ambassador”, “…communicating their common values of performance, precision, prestige and passion for excellence.” That’s a lot of “P’s”!

JURA casually mention that their products, all of them, are 100% made in Switzerland. If it were my company, this would be the first thing you learned, and why not? They could be the next army knife! Or, Swatch! Or yodeling! Okay, maybe not that last one, but Swiss made is cool.

So What About The Jura Capresso Impressa E8?

Yay, the good part! Okay, so first thing first, the JURA Impressa E8 is, as you may already know, a discontinued model. So why are we taking a closer look? Well, the answer is simple. Cost benefit. Buying a fantastic machine at a great price is always a smart move. So let’s see what you get at a discounted price.

The JURA E8 is very much a competitive espresso machine in terms of features, and quality. Ranging somewhere near the middle of JURAs product line, you get some of the goodies from the top shelf, but that doesn’t include the cabinet. If you are looking for a full stainless machine to compliment your existing collection of appliances, you will not find it in the E8.

That’s not to say that the E8 is unattractive, far from it. It’s just that the whole thing is plastic, some of it is plated to look like chrome though, and so unless they walk up to it and thump it with a spoon your friends are unlikely to notice. Some say the footprint is a little on the large side too, but that has never been a put-off for me.

A few button presses will end in either one, or two, coffee drinks via the height adjustable spout. Between one and eight ounces are yours depending on where you turn the dial on the face of the machine. You get the standard adjustment of strength, with strong using 50% more coffee than when in the mild position.

Choosing the two coffee drink option, of course, doubles the amount of coffee that the machine puts out. Therefore, if you choose eight ounces the maker will produce a total of 16oz., pretty straight forward. The maker uses a simple memory system of keeping the last setting used for the next cup until you change it again.

This is in high contrast to some of the newer makers that remember everything besides your favorite movie. If you like a lot of techno with your super-auto this may be a sticking point, but if a great coffee is what you are really after then you’re in luck. My guess, and I’d put money on this, is that the insides are basically the same as the “high-end” machines. JURA simply saves money where they can, then pass that on to you, and that, folks, works for me!

Other really cool features, that shouldn’t go unmentioned, are a 64oz. water tank, a steel conical burr grinder and a water filtration system that all but eliminates the need for decalcification. The E8 uses JURAs frothXpress “dual” froth and steam wand that lets you steam or froth milk in a cup or container. Hot water is available also from the wand for tea infusions or anything else you might need it for.

As you can see the Impressa E8 offers pretty much all of the basic functionality of other systems, but at a much reduced price.


I’m getting mixed signals for the Impressa E8, and you know what? Things couldn’t be more typical. What I mean is that the good, and bad are so common to super-automatics that they have almost become the norm.

In fact, when a maker reaches beyond one of these complaints it’s usually something of high praise. Anyway, let’s start with the areas of concern.

Oily Beans?

Some users complained of oily beans causing problems for the burr grinder. Usually this is not a big problem, more of an annoyance than anything else which involves manual agitation of the beans with a spoon to get them to feed properly into the grinder. Still, it seems the manufacturers could get a hold on this problem. Perhaps a steeper grade for the interior walls of the grinder is the answer?

Questionable Temperature?

Another very common complaint is the coffees temperature. If you use it, you can raise the temp of your drink via the use of steamed milk. The maker has a “cup warmer” but my understanding is that it doesn’t work well. This, you guessed it, is also common. A typical way that people deal with this problem is to pre-warm their cup with hot water from the spout, or by using their microwave. I have noticed that some of the newer makers seem to have gotten better at this, but again it’s not uncommon.

Is It Good Value?

On the bright side, this maker will cost you hundreds less than comparable models if you buy refurbished or even used. Amazon has great deals, as always, and their customer service is outstanding.

Construction of the machine, cabinet materials aside, was praised by reviewers for being tough, and well-engineered. Ease of use, and quick warm up was cited by many. There are plenty of “one-touch” models out there, but you have the complication of setting them up, and storing everyone’s preferences etc… I really like the way this maker functions, by watching videos, it seems straightforward and intuitive.

A free DVD is available (from the website below) to help you along, so even if you do get stumped it won’t be for long. The biggest praise is that the Impressa E8 makes excellent coffee drinks and that, my friends, is what matters.


• Weight: 22lbs.
• 64oz Water Tank w/ Patented Filtration
• Powerful 18 Bar Pump
• L.E.D. Display
• 8oz. Bean Hopper & Pre-Ground Coffee Port
• Steel Conical Burr Grinder
• Height Adjustable Dual Spout
• Adjustable Doser 5 – 15 grams
• Made in Switzerland


W 11” x H 13.6” x L 17.1”


1 Year Limited Warranty


The JURA website no longer features the Impressa E8, but I came across this page at U.S. partner Capressos website. Here you will find all forms of great information on the E8 including instruction, and reference PDF files, as well as a few promotional videos. Unfortunately if you are there trying to buy filters, or the machine itself, they are no longer available here, but it’s still worth a look.


They call it Core Competencies.

JURA explains: “Any innovative product is preceded by the development of new concepts, technologies and design. And every day at JURA, a team of highly qualified and motivated product developers, engineers, designers and marketing specialists search for answers to a single question: what will espresso and coffee machines look like in the future?”

Going on to explain how their distribution companies and Swiss headquarters build local markets, JURA basically pins down their marketing strategy. There are other pages too that explain more about what they do, and why, but I’ll let you discover more about their operations should you be so inclined, or maybe if you are interested in becoming a shareholder. Frankly, it’s more than I ever needed to know, on the other hand, I don’t think you can ever include too much information on your website.


This is obviously going to vary depending on the deal you come across. Amazon has them used, and is your best source. The original asking price was around $1000.00, so what is asked of you now is going to be much less dear.


[easyazon-block asin=”B00066814A” align=”left”]For most of us the idea of saving a couple of hundred dollars or more on something, especially when it’s something that you want, more than something that you really need, is cause for celebration. In fact, if you rationalize the daily cost of drinks that you purchase versus the convenience and cost over time of owning a refurbished super-automatic you may find a sizeable savings there.

When manufacturers refurbish a product, they usually go to surprising lengths to make certain that the product is on par in quality with a new model. Often times very little of the original machine is left when they put it back on sale. It’s important to compare models when shopping for luxury items.

I think the best way to do it in this situation is to find the price of the refurbished JURA E8 and compare it to like priced new models. You may find that the E8 is exactly what you’ve been looking for. Regardless of your findings, if you decide to purchase the E8 or another refurbished super-automatic, the money you save is going to buy you an awful lot of your favorite beans!


Jura Capresso Impressa C5 Review

[easyazon-image asin=”B00330QVLG” alt=”Jura-Capresso 13531 Impressa C5 Fully Automatic Coffee Center, Piano Black” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414Du77U%2BBL._SL75_.jpg” align=”right” width=”74″ height=”75″]Browsing on Amazon.com the other day and this particular espresso machine caught my eye. The Jura-Capresso Impressa C5 Automatic Coffee Center made me salivate when I first saw it.

Amazon will gift wrap this treasure if you want to give it to a friend or loved one, but I can’t imagine buying this cool looking espresso maker and giving it away. This machine would be a great addition to my kitchen, and I can’t resist the idea of not having to stop at the local coffee shop on the way to work every morning to get my espresso fix.

A Closer Look At The Jura Capresso Impressa C5

Not only does this beauty make espresso at the touch of a button, it also makes what I can only imagine is a killer cup of coffee. This baby will pay for itself in no time, as much coffee as I drink.

Upon closer look at this machine, I’m reminded of something from a 1980’s science fiction movie because it looks like, in addition to making a cup of coffee or espresso, this machine could blast me into a world where no one has gone before. Let’s take a look at what this baby can do.

Here’s A Video Of The C5 in Action

As you can see the machine does a pretty good job of that latte.

Features of The Jura Capresso Impressa C5

This Jura-Capresso machine comes with a thermo-block heating system. That gives me confidence that every cup of coffee I make with this machine will come out hot and delicious. There is nothing worse in this world than hot coffee that ends up lukewarm at best.

I need a steaming cup of coffee to get me going most mornings, especially those cold winter mornings when all you want to do is crawl back in your nice, warm bed.

[easyazon-image asin=”B00330QVLG” alt=”Jura-Capresso 13531 Impressa C5 Fully Automatic Coffee Center, Piano Black” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414Du77U%2BBL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”157″ height=”160″]There is one part of the C5 machine that reminds me of the old telephone my grandmother had in her house when I was a kid; the rotary dial that lets you choose whether or not you want to make a cup of coffee or an espresso. I didn’t think any company used anything even remotely like that any more.

I feel like instead of using the dial to choose what kind of drink I want to make, I should just call the milkman and make sure I’m still getting ice-cold milk delivered to my front door. I suppose I should just be thankful that I do have the option of making either coffee or espresso with the same machine. As tiny as my kitchen is, the last thing I have room for is multiple appliances.

The Jura Capresso Impressa C5 can make one or two cups of coffee at once. This is brilliant in my opinion. There are mornings where I’m really dragging that I’ll drink a cup of coffee at home before I leave for work and I’ll drink another cup of coffee on the way to work.

Now when I wait till the last minute to make the coffee (which happens more often than not lately) this life saving machine will save me precious time in the morning. Anything that makes my life more efficient makes me quite happy. Another great feature of this coffee maker is that it comes with a cappuccino frother that can alternatively be used as a hot water nozzle.

This makes me salivate even more when I think about owning this beautiful piece of machinery.

The Buzz on The Jura Capresso Impressa C5: Both Good and Bad

Of the six reviews I saw on Amazon.com regarding the C5, five of the reviewers gave this product a five star rating. The sixth reviewer gave it a three star rating. Overall, everyone that reviewed it seemed pretty happy with it.

The Good

People seem to agree that not only is the machine easy to use, it lasts for quite awhile. One reviewer even said they had been using machines similar to the C5 since the 1980’s, and due to heavy use, none of them ever lasted more than a year.

The C5 machine has lasted this person three years and after three years the machine still works perfectly. It’s always good when an appliance has the longevity that this one seems to. For you average working class citizen, this machine costs quite a chunk of change. Knowing it is a quality machine that is likely to last years is a great selling point to most of us.

The Bad

On the other side of the coin, I also read a review on Amazon where the person purchased an Impressa C5, but actually ended up exchanging it for a different one. The person’s reasoning behind the exchange was that they wanted to control the temperature and overall technique used to make their espresso.

Sure, you can’t control the temperature with this machine, but as long as it makes me a great cup of coffee, I don’t really care. Another of the reviewers on Amazon wrote that the C5 is not only too hard to use, it’s not worth the money it costs.

While I do agree that it’s a pretty expensive product for your average Joe, it seems to be a good investment for any heavy coffee drinker. The reviewer that said it was too hard to use said it took them at least two hours to read the owner’s manual.

While that’s a shame for them, I can’t assume because this person found it hard to use that I would too. Some people are more tech savvy than others, and some people are better at reading and following instructions than others.

Further Opinions on the Impressa C5 Machine

I was curious to see what people who purchased this product elsewhere thought about it, so I did a search for the product and found another site with consumer reviews on the C5. One reviewer commented that they think it is worth the money they spent on it, but they wish they could control the temperature better.

The difference between this reviewer and the one on Amazon that was unhappy about not being able to control the temperature is that this reviewer kept the product, despite having a complaint about it. Overall though, most of the consumer reviews I read were in favor of the product.

My Final Analysis of the Jura Capresso Impressa C5

If I’m going to spend the money to purchase what I consider to be a luxury appliance, I’m going to go with the Impressa C5. I’ve weighed both the pros and the cons of owning this machine and I can’t think of a decent reason why I should turn down the chance to have one.

I would feel like I had my own mini, do it yourself coffee shop right in my kitchen, and that is something I just can’t resist. I justify the large price tag on this item by pointing out the amount of money I’ll save by making my daily coffee at home, as opposed to buying it every morning.

And heck, when it comes from my own kitchen, I know it will be made exactly the way I want it. Just being able to avoid the long lines at the coffee shop makes this machine worth purchasing. Plus, I would enjoy having a new toy to play with. Anything that makes life easier is a winner to me.

Where Can I Buy It And How Much Should I Pay?

As usual we found Amazon had the best price we could find for this machine.

Read more –> Jura-Capresso 13531 Impressa C5 Fully Automatic Coffee Center



Jura Capresso Impressa J5 – Best Price and FREE Shipping

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IMpressaj5The Jura Capresso Impressa J5 is the first from the family of automated coffee machines.

From all angles, the J5 is a masterpiece with its smooth, clean lines and sharp details and is a delight to look at.

The J5 is one of the best machines in the world that make the coffee the way it is meant to be.

There are lots of features that come with this elegant machine to make it the best pick amongst the lot.

The features include an external thermal milk container, a water reservoir both of which can be detached for cleaning and stored separately, an LED panel which shows signals and programming options, Frother Plus to provide frothing options and eight buttons with the help of which the size of the cup, the heat, the grinding and many other things can be controlled.

The machine is designed to be sleek so that it can be carried around easily and can fit into any corner of the house or the office and is user friendly. Using the Jura Capresso Impressa J5 one can even change the taste of the coffee with the many programs that are pre-installed. The different buttons allows the user to control the heat and the amount of water required to make a perfect cup of coffee.

The Jura Capresso Impressa J5 has the style and look which no other similar product on the market can match. It not only makes tasty coffee, but with its elegant design and look, it brings beauty to the kitchen or the place where it is installed.  The slender ledge holds the coffee in a perfect position to deliver the coffee into the coffee cup without spilling any around the place.

Compared to other products the J5 is surely expensive, but with all the features installed, the Jura Capresso Impressa J5 is certainly the best pick.

This awesome espresso machine can be ordered directly from Amazon here.

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Jura Impressa F8 with FREE Shipping and Great Price

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ImpressaF8The Jura Impressa F8 is the latest in the F series. It has the similar design in the F-design concept with a user-friendly layout.

The LED displays the brew if it is mild, regular or strong coffee while the machine is brewing. What makes the Impressa F8 different from other machines is that you can make the coffee taste the way you want it to.

The chrome plated die-cast coffee spout and a stainless steel grind enhances the performance of the machine.

The Jura Impressa F8 fits into any office or home and with its auto illuminating buttons along with the beautifully accented matt silver finish adds, elegance to the machine.

Features of Jura Impressa F8

  • The dial is used to change the size of the cup which makes it very convenient in choosing the size of the cup
  • Two step pre-infusion cycle moistens and conditions the ground coffee to give it maximum flavor
  • It grind from 5 to 16 grams of coffee from mild to strong
  • The temperature can be set according to one’s requirements
  • The process of steaming, frothing and grinding happens immediately which saves a lot of time
  • The water container is removable with a capacity of 64 oz.
  • There are six setting which allows to adjust the fineness of the beans
  • The hot water function can also be programmed
  • The CLEARYL water care system removes chlorine, lead and copper from the tap water which makes it fit for drinking
  • There is a separate funnel for pre-ground coffee
  • The Dual Frother Plus has two setting for latte and cappuccino
  • The frother function can be set between  3 to 120 seconds
  • There is a 10 digit LED display dialog system
  • Electronic water level sensor
  • Automatic hot water rinse

As the newest member of the Capresso F Series, the Impressa F8 continues the stunning looks of the range with clean symmetrical lines and a super easy to use layout.

The LED display showing the strength of the current brew and cup size all during the brewing process. The F8 is a fully customizable beast and gives the user total programmability.

With its stunning coffee brewing illumination and elegantly emphasized matte silver glowing buttons the Impressa F8 will look fantastic in any office or kitchen.

This outstanding espresso machine can be ordered cheaply from Amazon by clicking here.

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The Jura Capresso S9 with FREE Shipping

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Impressas9A perfect date is complete with a perfect coffee and the Jura Capresso S9 is the coffee machine that helps make the perfect coffee.

The consumption of coffee is an ancient tradition. In the old days, the coffee pods were ground by hand and then filtered to make a tasty coffee. With the advancements in technology, everything is made simple to mankind. Even the process of making coffee has seen this revolution.

The proof is in the Jura Capresso S9.
The S9 is a perfect fit in the house but is also seen at weddings, restaurants, offices and parties. It pounds almost 100 shots making almost anything from mocha to macchiatos.

The Jura Capresso S9 is a part of the S series and comes with two frothing systems – a traditional frothing style and an automated frothing style.

The machine is totally automated. All one needs to do is program the machine for a predetermined time and the coffee is ready to be sipped.

An LED display is located on the upper left side of the machines panel along with buttons which help select the cup sizes and other functions. On the right hand side of the panel there are few more buttons, a dial and a steam wand which helps to pour hot water and to program the heat that is required. The machine flushes twice by itself – when it is turned on and when it is turned off.
There are dozens of options that can be programmed into the Jura Capresso S9.

  • The amount of coffee required
  • The temperature of the coffee
  • The required water quantity
  • Steam portion to set the time of how long the steam wand will work
  • The claris filter cartridge sets up the filtration system
  • Economy mode
  • Auto turn-on
  • Auto shut-off
  • Languages

One of the coolest features of the S9 is the invisible bean sensor. This means you’ll never run out of beans again! You get a reminder to refill any of the bean containers when the special beam sense that there are not many left.

This fantastic espresso machine can be ordered at the best price from Amazon.

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Jura Capresso Impressa Z5 Review

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What kind of coffee lover are you?

Maybe you love a hot, frothy cappuccino. On cold days, a cup of freshly brewed coffee hits the spot. You don’t have a particular favorite style of coffee beverage; instead you drink the beverage that looks appealing when the mood strikes.

Does the idea of an at home coffee center that will make all your favorite coffee drinks at the touch of a button sound like heaven?

If so, then the Jura-Capresso Impressa Z5 should be high on your list of considerations.

(Amazon’s discount prices change daily so check out the sale price for this item right now by clicking here)

Now, this is no regular automatic espresso machine. This is a state-of-the-art coffee center that will sit serenely on your counter top in all its platinum metallic glory and dispense coffee, cappuccino, lattes and more with the press of a button.

This machine is made just for the serious coffee enthusiast! It is also a serious monetary investment, so it is very helpful to thoroughly know this machine before you decide to purchase one. So, where to begin? First, let’s take a look at an in-depth video of this machine

Jura-Capresso, Inc.

This company is a result of a merger between Capresso, Inc. and Jura AG. Capresso, Inc. has been making high-end at-home coffee equipment since 1994. Jura AG has been in the business in Switzerland since 1931. Many Jura-Capresso customers believe their machines produce beverages that are comparable to or often better than those $4-5 cups at the local coffee bar.

What Is the Benefit of High-Pressure Brewing?

Compared to other brewing methods, such as French Press, Auto drip, or cold brew, to name a few, high pressure brewing has a reputation for achieving more flavor and more aroma. The high-pressure system features an 18 bar pump that forces hot water through the coffee grounds, leaving behind the bitterness.

Jura-Capresso Service and Quality

A visit to the Jura-Capresso Inc website will quickly reveal that the company prides themselves on making machines that are easy to use, easy to take care of and beautiful to look at.

The site also features many testimonials from customers raving about the company’s coffee centers and great customer service. Of course, this is the company website, so they are going to feature themselves in a favorable light.

Now, when we take a look at other review sites, we will see some more balanced reviews. The reviews tend to be mostly favorable, with good, detailed descriptions of the machine and each reviewer’s experiences with it. However, the low-rated reviews discuss issues with defective parts and company customer service issues that are important to take into consideration.

What People Are Saying About the Impressa Z5

Reading the reviews for the Impressa Z5 is very helpful, as people who own this machine can give you a clear picture of how to use it, what to watch out for and any problems they have run into. As a whole, the people who give this machine high marks love the convenience, the taste of their coffee beverages and the ease of dealing with the Jura-Capresso company. As one reviewer put it, “I am a customer for life and can’t say enough about how much we love this coffee machine!”

There are some pitfalls to watch out for, as mentioned above in talking about the company itself. Negative reviews of the Impressa Z5 seem to fall into three main categories:

  • Poor customer service
  • Defective parts/numerous breakdowns
  • The quality of the machine vs. the high price tag

Many people report sending the machine for repairs numerous times, and some say their dealings with customer service were more of a headache than helpful. Some felt that the warranty conditions were a hassle, with having to send the whole machine for repairs, while others reported the repairs were done quickly and felt the experience was positive.

So, as you can see, it really is a case of many individual opinions, and the best way to handle this may be to read as many reviews as you can and make the best decision based on your coffee center wants and needs.

What You Get When you Purchase the Z5

The Jura-Capresso Impressa Z5 is an automatic coffee center that can brew these beverages at the touch of a button:

  • Cappuccino
  • Latte
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Hot tea
  • Ristretto
  • Espresso
  • Café Lungo
  • Crema Coffee

When you remove the Z5 from the box, you will find:

  • Your dual tone platinum metallic coffee center
  • Quick reference guide
  • Operating Instructions
  • Cleaning tablets
  • Clearyl Filter
  • Cappuccino cleaner
  • Burr grinder release
  • Tool
  • Water hardness indicator
  • Strip
  • Measuring scoop

It has been noted by several reviews that you will be replacing the filters, tablets and cappuccino cleaner a quite a fast clip, so be prepared. The warranty will only hold up if you are buying approved replacements from the Jura-Capresso brand, which can be a little pricey. As for that warranty? Here are the details:

Product Warranty

Jura-Capresso offers a 2 year or 6,000 cup warranty, whichever comes first. During the warranty period, customers are asked to send the machine to Jura-Capresso for repairs, and the company will send the machine back once repairs have been completed.

Now that we’ve taken it out of the box, let’s take a look at our machine.

A First Look at the Jura-Capresso Impressa Z5

The Impressa Z5 is 14” tall by 12.5” wide by 16.5” in length and it weighs 30 pounds.

Let’s start by looking at the top. This is where the beans will go into the machine for grinding. It may be best to find a home for your machine on an open spot on your counter top, as you will have to get to the top to pour in the beans, and won’t be able to accomplish this easily if the machine is under a cabinet.

Also on the top of the machine is a rotary dial that allows you to change coffee strength or coffee/milk volume without messing with the presets.

The Front Panel

Next, the machine features a row of eight silver buttons across the top of the front panel. These buttons are the one touch beverage options for your machine.

They are designed to be easy to use and each button is preset for the beverage you are making. However, the Z5 is fully customizable! You can reprogram or rename all the buttons to your liking, which is a nice feature.

The machine features an LED screen that displays helpful messages, and tells you what type of coffee beverage you have chosen. Down lower will be the two spouts. The middle spout is height adjustable for short or tall cups. On the right side of the machine is the cappuccino spout, which is removable so you can attach either the short or long spout.

The bottom of the machine is taken up with the drip tray. It is recommended by many reviewers that the machine, or at least just the drip tray, is placed on a waterproof surface, as there will be spills when emptying.

Inside Knowledge

There are a few essential things to know about the inside of your machine. First, there is a 20 ounce stainless steel milk container within that will keep the milk cold for up to eight hours. Also, the stainless steel burr grinder is integrated right into the machine, and features a safety lid that only allows the grinder to work with the lid on.

Many reviews note that the grinder is very quiet. One thing to keep in mind: it is suggested that the drier your beans, the better the grinder works. Oily beans tend to gunk up the system.

Another cool feature of the Z5 is an invisible bean level sensor. It will let you know when you are low on beans so you don’t run out. Also, there is a funnel system that allows you to use pre-ground coffee, too.

The machine has a 96-ounce removable water container, which will make 60 espressos, and a 10-ounce bean container.

As you can see, the machine has many features that make it easy to use and perfectly dispense coffee drinks.

Cleaning the Impressa Z5

Jura-Capresso, Inc. includes the Clearyl filter, cleaning tablets and cappuccino cleaner with your machine, and you will be buying more as you use your coffee center. The Clearyl system removes junk from your tap water to help your coffee taste better, and there is an indicator to help you know when to change your water. Much of the cleaning the machine does is automatic, with helpful reminders on the LED screen. The LED screen will “talk” you through the whole process, and you don’t have to remove any parts!

The Jura-Capresso Website Has Helpful Information

The Jura-Capresso website has many helpful features available so you can get the most out of your product. There is a complete page full of information about the Impressa Z5, and all of their other products, plus comparison charts, videos, photos and reference guides. You can also contact customer service through the website.

A Final Note

So, there you have it. If you’re dreaming of a world where you can wake up to a coffee bar right in your own kitchen, the Jura-Capresso Impressa Z5 should be on your list of automatic coffee centers to consider.

you should be able to get fully half of the original list price at Amazon.com and seems to be the best deal when buying new. Just make sure if you look elsewhere that you know what you are getting, as there are many refurbished Z5’s for sale.

Still not sure? Want to look at other machines too? Check out our Super Automatic Espresso Machine Guide