[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.
WHAT ARE OTHERS SAYING?
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.
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?
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.
SPECIFICATIONS & CAPACITIES
• 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
EXPLORING THE COMPANY WEBSITE
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.
JURA’s MISSION STATEMENT
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.
WHERE CAN I BUY AN IMPRESSA E8 AND HOW MUCH SHOULD I PAY?
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!