Does The Modern, Automated Nature Of The Jura Impressa C5 Espresso Machine Make Or Break It?
The long, encouraging sale pitch of the Jura-Capresso Impressa C5 Automatic Coffee Center features the line “Grind, Tamp, Brew and Clean in under 60 seconds..with a push of a button!” and this makes the C5 sound like a very clever and convenient machine.
In addition to speed and clever programming, this appliance boasts a specification including a ThermoBlock heating system, conical steel burr grinder, 15-bar pump and powder recognition for ground coffee. There are a lot of features to take in but do they all lead to a delicious cup of espresso?
What benefits have users experienced when making coffee with a Jura Impressa C5 and does this contemporary feel help?
There are plenty of advantages that have been highlighted in consumer reviews and many revolve around the idea that this Jura Impressa C5 Automatic Coffee Center really does offer a great tasting cup of coffee in a range of styles.
There is a lot of talk about the quality of the latte and, unsurprisingly, the espresso but curious consumers should also note that it can produce a high quality cappuccino and a hearty Americano.
More specifically, a lot of the positive feedback addresses the consistency of the produce – although, as will be seen later, some disagree with this idea – as well as the quality of the crema and this great range is partly due to features such as the the specialised, easy-to-use cappuccino frother, the adjustable-height coffee spout and the removable water tank.
As well as having a lot to do with little details in the specification, this great produce is also attributed to another of the machine’s major advantages – its modern, automated nature.
There is a lot of love for the quick and quiet delivery process and the “Click and Drink” idea, which are seen through the use of a rotary dial for choosing between styles and quantities and what Jura call an “intelligent pre-brew aroma system”.
Interestingly, one of the automatic features that gets the most praise it not part of the coffee making process but rather the cleaning and the mechanised de-scaling.
The other benefit of such a contemporary design is that it fits in so well with a modern kitchen and it has its own edge with the red lights on the displays. It may look like a large beast in the photos but it is surprisingly compact and sits easily on the kitchen counter.
What disadvantages have been noted in customer reviews for this Jura coffee machine and what are these disagreements over the consistency of the quality?
While there is a lot of positive feedback for the continual high quality of lattes and other coffees, there is a small criticism with the espresso where buyers have noticed a weakness and inconsistency with the double shot.
Unfortunately this is not the only negative comment because others have complained about the lack of automation for such a pricey appliance and the fact that it takes some careful studying of the 25+ page manual to fully understand how to use it.
For example, some buyers mentioned that there is no setting that lets the Jura Impressa C5 remember personal preferences and they feel that given the other specialised electronics and features that have gone into this machine, a feature this sought after should have also been considered.
Some will argue that these are minor points and that people are nit-picking but others will defend this approach because their expectations were raised so high when they paid such a high price.
Summary: is this Jura Impressa machine overpriced and can it still be recommended for its positive features?
The cost of this machine will be the deciding factor for many buyers sitting on the fence and the idea that it “grows on people” may not be a good incentive to make people purchase it.
Having said this, reviews show that you can achieve a great tasting cup of espresso from this stylish machine and, while you do have to pay a lot for the privilege, perhaps the positives balance out this cost in the long run.
Clearly this is not a machine for every coffee drinker in the world, and you do need to be a coffee lover more than a coffee drinker, but if you are in the market for a high-end machine and money is not an issue then there is a lot to enjoy from this versatile Jura espresso machine and its clever, automated features.