Juggling Java with the Jura Impressa C9
While the Jura Impressa C9 may seem a little schizophrenic in design, it does solve a classic cup juggling dilemma.
If you’ve felt chained to your super automatic espresso machine, sliding your coffee cup between milk and espresso dispensers, we’re here to cut you free. The Jura Impressa C9 gives you the option of two different spouts: one dedicated for milk based espresso drinks, and one for straight espresso.
Is It Worth Your Money?
Well, it all depends on what you’re looking for in a super automatic espresso machine. You will be paying for the added convenience of dedicated spouts in the Jura Impressa C9.
But, if convenience factors heavily into your decision making, then yes, the C9 is definitely worth your money. Like all Jura machines, the Impressa C9 is built with quality. And, it’s fully equipped to maintain optimal functionality for years and years.
Detailed Review & Breakdown
“Cleanliness is next to godliness,” they always say. Well, if that’s the case then the Jura Impressa C9 is a heavenly angel. Besides great coffee, this super automatic espresso machine is specifically engineered to keep itself clean and highly efficient brew after brew.
The Jura Impressa C9 won’t let you get away with much. It will alert you for just about every action that needs to be taken. If the drip tray needs to be emptied, the C9 will let you know. Time to change the water filter? The C9 will pester you until it’s done.
If you blew off using a water filter all together, then the C9 will make you descale. If you choose to neglect the descaling, the C9 will go on strike until you do it. If the water needs to be refilled, the C9 will let you know.
Besides alerting you for your part, the C9 also rinses itself out consistently upon start up and after every brew cycle. The whole point to all of this rinsing and cleaning is to maintain the pristineness of the C9 so that it can consistently provide the best espresso drinks as long as you want it to.
Besides its ritualistic cleanliness, the Jura Impressa C9 features a unique two dedicated dispenser system. Many super automatic machines have separate spouts to dispense espresso and steam milk. This requires the user to stand with the machine and move the cup between the two dispensers, or use two cups.
With the Impressa C9, you can now choose a milk based espresso drink with the touch of a button, and actually walk away. It will do everything for you. Or if you just want espresso, then go the traditional route and place your cup under the usual brew head in the center.
Programming is a bit basic with the Impressa C9. You’re able to customize one drink, which becomes the default drink for the machine. However, you can play around with the milk foam texture on the fly.
And, you can use a nifty dial to change other settings like coffee strength and temperature on the fly as well. But next time you go to make a drink, the machine will revert back to the program you’ve set previously.
- 13.5” x 11” x 17”
- 14 ounce stainless steel vacuum milk carafe (non-dishwasher safe)
- Programming for coffee strength, temperature, milk amount, grind size
- Active cup warmer
- 64 ounce water reservoir
- 18 bar vibration pump
- Coffee Pre-infusion
Ease Of Use & Reliability
Despite all the visual madness the C9 has got going on, it’s actually pretty easy to use. The small LED screen will tell you exactly what’s going on with the machine or anything it needs you to do.
Reliability is what Jura is all about, so you can rest easy with the Jura Impressa C9. The Clearyl Water filtration system, 18 bar power pump, stainless steel lined thermoblock boiler, and self cleaning mechanisms all work together to provide stress free espresso making for years to come.
Any Other Criteria?
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that there is another Jura very similar to the Impressa C9. The Jura J6 is a slightly newer Jura machine that delivers very similar features as the Impressa C9. The display is different, but the function is much the same. They are similarly priced too. So, either machine is a good bet.
- Easy to use
- Large water reservoir
- One touch system
- Make changes on the fly
- Older design
- Small bean hopper
- Only one pre-program setting
We’re getting up there in price with the Jura Impressa C9, at over $2,000. But you are paying for a truly one touch system with this machine, which means the convenience factor is high. If you are willing to spend this money on the C9, just make sure you’re happy with the limited programmability.
Who Is This For?
The Jura Impressa C9 is a machine meant for those looking for a truly one touch, higher capacity machine at a somewhat affordable price. If you don’t mind getting a smidge involved in the steaming process, then other Juras are available at a lower price point that are just as capable as the C9.
But if you love convenience, and you’re willing to pay for it, then the Jura Impressa C9 is a great bet. Jura is a company known for its durability and self cleaning capability. So we would be surprised if you felt let down by this machine.
We like what Jura is doing with the Impressa C9, by creating a one touch system while attempting to keep the price reasonable. And, we really like the looks of its more modern relative the Jura J6, which is similarly priced.
However, we’re not sure the added convenience of the dedicated spouts is worth the price given that the programmability on the C9 is limited. It might be worth just biting the bullet and paying a bit more for a truly one touch machine that also has more programmability built in.
Other Options Worth Looking At
If you aren’t interested in paying more for dedicated spouts but you want a good quality espresso machine with a milk function, take a look at the Jura Impressa A9. It’s a lot smaller; but, it has one spout that does both espresso and milk. So, if you can put up with refilling the tank more often, you can still get everything you want, and at a lower price than the C9.
If you’re looking for a larger capacity machine with the same (or higher) customizability check out the Saeco Royal One Touch super automatic espresso machine. It’s got a huge 74 ounce water tank and a 12 ounce bean hopper. Adjustments are easily made, and you can program more than one drink.