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juanteal
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Posted Fri Jul 22, 2005, 12:03pm
Subject: Re: Jura Capresso Impressa S9 Super Automatic
 

I'm a little confused. According to the review:

1) The Starbucks Italia makes better espresso than 80% of the shops in Vancouver (and the test model was straight off the shelf, not even "dialed in.")

2) The Jura S9 makes significantly better espresso than the Italia.

3) Jura S9 espresso is good but still inferior to many others because superautos are inherently inferior.

Is this saying that a good automatic is so insanely good that it's better than a machine that makes better espresso than any cafe in Vancouver? Or just that espresso in Vancouver sucks?

I do have an agenda here, because I have an Italia that I think does a fine job....
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Posted Fri Jul 22, 2005, 1:50pm
Subject: Re: Jura Capresso Impressa S9 Super Automatic
 

I think I pulled the Italia comments from my first look, when a cafe-crawl Aaron DeLazzar and I did was still fresh in my mind. Out of twelve cafes visited on Main Street in Vancouver (incl. a starbucks), the best shot we had that day was not from any of the cafes and their commercial machines, but from a demo given to us with the Starbucks super auto - the Saeco Italia.

- Super autos are still very much inferior in terms of shot quality, when compared to traditional machines with a quality grinder used, by someone who pays a bit of attention to the shot pulled.

- Me saying a machine like the Italia or the S9 is better than the majority of cafes out there (in terms of shot quality) is not so much an endorsement of how good super autos are. It's an indictment of how bad the average cafe is at pulling a decent shot.

A note on the Italia, and all other super autos based on that "engine" (configuration design by Saeco, which has made it into Gaggia and Solis machines as well). It's biggest flaw by far is the extra long path the ground coffee has to make from the grinder to the brew group. It can take up to three shot pulls to see a difference if you do a grind adjustment.

This also means that as much as 3 shots' worth of ground coffee is sitting in the machine between pulls. Very bad, and very poor thinking by Saeco.

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Posted Fri Jul 22, 2005, 3:53pm
Subject: Re: Jura Capresso Impressa S9 Super Automatic
 

SkyRyders90 Said:

... the "mod." I put it in quotes because all I did was take the steam tip from an OLD Krups coffee/espresso combo machine ...

Posted July 21, 2005 link

I was gonna say ... that sure looks like a Krups tip. Glad to hear it is working well (my old Krups steamer actually seems to steam pretty well with a 9-10oz boiler, no thermostat switch, and that single-hole tip).

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Posted Sun Jul 24, 2005, 11:46am
Subject: Re: Jura Capresso Impressa S9 Super Automatic
 

I'm fairly new to great espresso and I know very little about superautomatics, so pardon a basic question:

What's the point of a superautomatic?  

It doesn't sound easier to me.  With a superauto I still have to foam milk.  I have to put beans in the hopper and make adjustments.  The only thing I save is to dose, tamp and lock in the portafilter.  My machine (Isomac Millennium) makes me time my shots but others don't.  To balance this dose-tamp-lock-timing burden, a superautomatic takes more time to clean.  It has a much more complicated mechanism and is more likely to need maintenance over the next ten years.  Its durability is unproven.

As for the coffee, the conclusion of this article is that a $2000 superautomatic will not make coffee as good as a $400 machine and $250 grinder.  

More money, arguably more work (if you consider the cleaning), less reliable, and the coffee isn't as good.  So what's the point?  

Clearly these machines are popular.  Mark, please explain why people like them.  And, once they've had them for a couple of years (and deal with cleaning and maintenance), do they still like them?  

Why do people buy them?  Are people so unused to good coffee that the superauto coffee seems tasty?  Or are people so afraid of regular machines or untrained that they are intimidated by them?  Or do buyers just like showing off for friends: "all have to do is push a button!"


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Posted Mon Aug 1, 2005, 5:57pm
Subject: Question for Mark
 

Mark, you mention that you set the S9 for 150 ml for the special coffee and had amounts listed for the small cup and large cup. Can you post where those measurements are in relation to the sliding scale bar in the setup menu for water quanity.
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Posted Sat Aug 20, 2005, 9:36pm
Subject: Re: Jura Capresso Impressa S9 Super Automatic
 

Mark,

Thanks for a really well considered, thoughtful review.

I see now that the AvanteGarde is now available...do you know if the main issues you identified in your review have been addressed in the updated product?  I am seriously considering laying out the money for one of these machines....

Issues:

Inability to turn of pre-infusing

Small puck diameter

Lack of finer grinding settings...

Appreciate any help you can provide.  Thanks.

Mark
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Posted Sun Aug 21, 2005, 11:23am
Subject: Re: Question for Mark
 

Nickinpa Said:

Mark, you mention that you set the S9 for 150 ml for the special coffee and had amounts listed for the small cup and large cup. Can you post where those measurements are in relation to the sliding scale bar in the setup menu for water quanity.

Posted August 1, 2005 link

I'm not sure I understand this question... could you rephrase?

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feng
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Posted Wed Aug 24, 2005, 4:14pm
Subject: Re: Jura Capresso Impressa S9 Super Automatic
 

Hey all.

I actually bought an S9 before I saw this review, and was glad to see a comprehensive review of it.  I'm pretty new to this whole coffee thing, and have a few things that I noted here...

  1.  Yup... that preinfusing thing confused the heck out of me too... I'm like... WHAT it's broken already!!?!?!
  2.  I have my grind on the finest settings, and I cranked my powder quantity up a bit for the bigger cup (which I use for double shot setting) and find it tends to drip a bit more than usual (not streaming) on the first cup.  After that, it's GREAT for all subsequent cups... and I actually get about a 23 second shot (for a double quantity) out of mine.  I suppose that's good is it?? :|
  3.  Frother is a pain in the ass... dunno if all are like that... but starting to get used to it... are all frother tips like that in the sense that it has a hole at the side for air (I presume), and one at the bottom?  And I noticed that someone in the posts above changed theirs?  Is this easy to do in the sense that is a replacement easy to find for these things?
  4.  I never use the auto frothing thing... find that at least doing SOMETHING manually is fun :)  I manage to get pretty nice milk and a few decent latte pours.
  5.  I found cleaning it for the first time a breeze... chuck in a tablet... fill up the water, put a container under the spouts, press the clean button and walk away... :) not sure why people consider that more work than a standard manual machine.  Aside from the 100 or so cup clean, it auto rinses on start up and on shut down... :)

1 question I do have is (which is the same as what Nickinpa asked)... how do I know how much powder I'm putting in?  I had a quick hunt around, but nothing seems to tell me.  All they have is a scale like |======||==| which is about where I've got it.  Default is a little under half.

Aside from that, I find that it actually makes a nice drop... nicer than a lot of coffees I've tried out there... I think I must be going to the wrong place...  I will most definitely get a manual with a decent grinder once I have the bench space to store both :P  I like the ability to have a quick semi-decent coffee in the morning (when you're running late for work) :)  Plus the wifey is a bit lazy ;) we won't comment what she does to the coffee :) ahhahah

Thanks for a great review... taught me a thing or two :)
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feng
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Posted Wed Aug 24, 2005, 4:16pm
Subject: Re: Jura Capresso Impressa S9 Super Automatic
 

Oh... and here's a pic of mine... ;) with the stock beans that came with it ;)

feng: coffeemachine.jpg
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Slugline
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Posted Thu Nov 17, 2005, 2:17pm
Subject: Re: Question for Mark
 

I returned my Saeco Incanto Sirius and picked up a new Jura S9A. I should have stuck with the Incanto. The new S9A doesn't have the program abilities of the old S9. Water can only be program in .5 oz instead of .25oz. No =/- fine tuning, can't program grinder for each program button, etc.

Plus, I can't get micro-foam with wand no matter what I try. I'm surfing on top and plunging tip at appropriate temp. All it produces is bubbles or hot milk. And yes, the sleeve is up? I am using non-fat and/or 2% because this what I see recommended for the most part. However, I did read on this site where they recommend whole milk?

I guess I'll try the Xpress Froth system. I haven't used yet as it looks like a mess to clean up. I was having much better success with pulling shots and frothing on my Incanto Sirius? Plus, it's built like a tank with it's stainless steel body as opposed to the lame plastic on Jura.
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