Anyone who has ever owned a high end coffee machine whether for a cafe or for home-use, will have probably heard of a company called Jura. They are simply known for making some of the best espresso machines in the world. One of their most impressive models is the Jura Impressa S9 One-Touch espresso machine. But just how good is this machine and is it right for your specific coffee needs. Check out our Jura S9 review below to find out.
Truthfully, this Jura S9 review can't have any spoiler alerts because our opinion of this machine was already made apparent in the title of the article. Yes, we were impressed and see why Jura fittingly named its line of espresso machines “Impressa”.
The Jura S9 is a one-touch machine which the designation given to espresso machines that make specialty drinks without having to move the cup. The Jura S9 Impressa espresso machine offers a 6-setting conical burr grinder, 90 oz water reservoir, sizable bean hopper, a cup warming surface, programmable timer options, along with pretty much everything you'd expect from a quality espresso machine. For this Jura S9 review, I could go through the technical list of its baseline features but as a coffee inquisitor myself, I don't think that'd be useful.
Instead I'm going to discuss some of the “little things” that can often tip the scales when it comes to a buying decision. By that mean, it's usually the subtle but distinguishing factors that ironically matter most in making a purchase. The Jura Impressa S9, with it's laundry list of impressive features, also has many of the “little things” that make it a very solid value. For example, anyone who uses different size cups and containers knows the importance of having enough clearance between the coffee spout and your cup. The Jura S9 Impressa has two-tier spout adjustment. The nozzles themselves can retract but for additional clearance, the spout unit as a whole can move up. So whether it's a regular sized mug or even an extra tall thermos, you're covered. Taken alone this is certainly not a make or break. But when you have many of these “types” of amenities, they really add value to the entire package.
As another example, the Jura Impressa S9 has 5 different strength or “aroma” settings which is more than you'll find in other Jura espresso machines. While this won't matter to folks who stick with the same coffee strength, it's great to have that extra level of control when making your coffee in the morning. I can't ever imagine myself using the extra mild setting but that might actually be perfect for some of my non-coffee-loving friends (yes, I have those).
Another feature that distinguishes this espresso machine is it's adjustable milk frother. The frother allows you to change the density of the froth, a rare feature to find in even some of the best espresso machines out there. It ranges from being able to make heated milk to very light, foamy and airy milk for cappuccinos.
The world of One-Touch latte is a literal dream come true for any coffee lover looking to make specialty coffee drinks at home. Place the cup, set up the milk, press start are basically the only steps you need to take to enjoy a gourmet quality latte at home. The Jura Impressa S9 has a milk supply tube that delivers milk directly to your cup without you ever having to lift a finger.
The machine's user-friendly design is a testament to Jura's product designers. Even though this machine offers a wealth of customization and programming option, its still very easy to use which is especially important for folks who are new to the high-end espresso making world.
In wrapping up this Jura S9 review, it's really easy to see why this machine has been so popular for so long. I said this before but it's worth mentioning again. You can make specialty drinks without having to move the cup! For me, that's the coolest feature
I'd make mention that I realize that Jura's aren't cheap nor should they be. In most things, you get what you pay for. And that's especially true of coffee. If you're interested in buying a Jura espresso machine and are looking for ways to save money, you may want to consider purchasing a Jura S9 refurbished. Check out our guide on refurbished Jura espresso machines.