Jura Giga 5 Review | A Little Luxury With Your Latte?
Jura Giga 5
- Very quiet, fast, large capacity machine
- Easy to use thanks to large, intuitive screen
- Beautifully designed
- Very heavy at 40 pounds
- Very expensive
- Water tank could be a little bigger for a large capacity machine
Buy this machine and you and ten of your closest friends will be giddy with excitement over the chance to make your next espresso drink. The Jura Giga 5 is the perfect combination of power and pizazz.
Is It Worth Your Money?
But, if you’re ready to take the plunge, the Giga 5 will always be there for you in all your greatest moments of coffee need.
The Giga 5 is one of Jura’s most expensive home rated super automatic espresso machines, but it doesn’t come cheap for good reason.
This massive machine houses two boilers, two pumps, and two bean hoppers so that it can simultaneously make more than one drink at a time any way you desire it.
Detailed Review and Breakdown
The folks at Jura have matched the capacity of the Giga 5 with equal capability. To keep up with the large 87-ounce water reservoir, amply sized dreg bin, and two 9.8 ounce bean hoppers, the Giga 5 is equipped with two boilers, two flow meters, and two pumps.
This increased horsepower is significant since most home espresso machines, even larger capacity ones, only have one boiler, meter, and pump. Two of each major component on the interior of the machine means it can keep up with the demands placed on the outside.
The Giga 5 can quickly brew up one or two doses of a variety of espresso drinks in no time, and be ready for the next order without needing time to adjust water temperature.
Choosing a drink is easy thanks to the large full-color display with corresponding buttons and a spin dial for scrolling through the choices. Drinks available at the touch of a button include ristretto, espresso, long coffee, cappuccino, latte, latte macchiato, and so much more.
Each drink can be fully customized and programmed for brew strength, milk foam type, temperature, milk volume, and coffee volume. Of course, a variety of other settings can be programmed too, such as a timer for each day of the week, language, screen display, auto shut off, etc.
One really unique feature of this machine is the ability to choose coffee from two different hoppers. You can choose to have your drink made with a mix of both hoppers, and you can specify exactly what percentage of your espresso you want pulled from each hopper. So if you set it up right, you can actually get a half-caff beverage.
- 12.6”W x 19.6”D x 16.3”H
- 7-ounce water reservoir
- 40 pounds
- 2 ceramic disc grinders with stainless steel lids and rubber gaskets
- 2 thermoblock boilers
- 17 programmable drink options
Ease of Use and Reliability
The whole interface of the Jura Giga 5 is designed with ease of use in mind. To start, the face of the machine is quite large, which means plenty of room to place two or more large cups under appropriate spouts.
The Giga 5 has a double espresso/milk spout and one dedicated hot water spout. Both the hot water and espresso spouts adjust up and down to fit a range of cup sizes. And, the espresso/milk spouts can be moved closer together or further apart from each other depending on cup width.
The menu screen is big, bright, and intuitive. Drinks can be selected using the corresponding buttons and an easy to use spin dial situated on the front top of the machine. The dial even has a finger indent in it so you can spin to your choice ergonomically.
This machine is built to stand up to the heaviest traffic a break room or busy house can bring on. Even though Jura put more parts into the Giga 5 to keep up with a high user demand, all the components are still classic, high quality “Jura made”.
So rest assured, the Giga 5 will dependably serve you espresso until you get your full money’s worth, and probably then some.
Passing the $5,000 mark, the Giga 5 is one of the most expensive “home” super automatic espresso machines that Jura has to offer.
But, as long as you are purchasing this machine for a high traffic environment such as an office, crowded home, or busy studio you’ll be making investing your money wisely.
Who Is This For?
It’s also a great choice for a teacup bistro or retail space where coffee service is part of the business.
Yes, it’s an expensive machine, but the price tag is justified by the Giga’s elegant design, ease of use, large capacity, and souped-up interior.
We love all the Giga 5 has to offer from its detailed programmability to its easy to use display, and its adjustable brew dispensers. We even love that it comes with recipes for fancy espresso drinks. We’d recommend this machine to anyone looking for a beast of an espresso maker.
Other Options Worth Looking At
If you want a smaller capacity machine to use at home that’s nearly as awesome as the Giga 5, check out the Jura Z6. It’s got a smaller footprint, but many of the wonderful qualities featured in the Giga 5.