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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 7:23am
Subject: Jura-Capresso Impressa S8, anyone own/have experience with it?
 

I'm new to the forum, and came here because I have some questions about the machine.

I found one of these yesterday in like new condition at Goodwill for $16 with the milk frothing attachment, filter cartridges, descaling tabs, manuals and everything, so I figured I'd give it a try and see how it is.

It took me a while to get it up and running as it apparently had air in the pump, but got it going last night after much fussing around. Wasn't about to drink coffee at 3 in the morning so I waited until now to make some (I discarded the first couple of shots to clean out any residue that may have been in the machine after the rince cycle).

Up until this time I've been using a Saeco Classico which has soldiered on for years.

The machine is a nice idea but since I can't seem to get a really good shot out of it, now the only coffee I had was some Mother Parker's that I had picked up from a local overstock dealer to try (can't resist trying anything that has the potential to be good and have never heard of). I think the main problem is not the coffee itself but the internal grinder, I'm not sure how fine to set it because it is difficult to determine from the wet grounds how fine it is grinding the coffee.

I tried messing around with the settings for strengths for cup sizes and it didn't make a substantial amount of difference, it changed the strength of the coffee but the overall results were similar.

I'd blame the unknown coffee but was able to get decent results out of it with the Saeco as long as I could monitor the grind.

I'm looking for anyone with some experience in regards to this machine or other similar models that could tell me what kind of results they were able to achieve with it.
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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 8:19am
Subject: Re: Jura-Capresso Impressa S8, anyone own/have experience with it?
 

Check for videos on YouTube from Seattle Coffee Gear (SCG) or on their website.
Since you got it used, it could have suffered some damage in the grinder burrs that is not allowing it to brew decently.
I think it has an opening on top for preground coffee. Get some fresh coffee beans and use that to see if it is any different.
Some (all?) of the Jura's are more adept at making something more like a cup of coffee than a "real" espresso.
The upper-end Jura's programming is quite complicated and so it can take some time to go through all the choices.
One weakness of the Jurra machines is that the brew group is no removable for cleaning and user service, so if there is some thing wrong with that you are paddless up the creek.
Have you used the cleaning tablets and run a cleaning cycle?
And the bottom line is that the super auto machines are generally not looked well upon and you are experiencing why.

 
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Posted Fri Aug 23, 2013, 9:27am
Subject: Re: Jura-Capresso Impressa S8, anyone own/have experience with it?
 

I cleaned it pretty well last night but didn't run the tablets through the unit had very few cups on it (the setting in the menu lets you know cups it has done and it wouldn't have been enough to even use up a filter cartridge) and for the most part looks pratically brand new. Supposedly it is supposed to let you know when it needs the cleaning according to the manual, I may try it.

I'm guessing someone got an expensive gift they didn't want, need or know how to use.

I maxed out the strength settings and fooled around with the settings and after a couple of experiments with some of the setting changes and grind and I was able to get a fairly decent result. I actually don't believe who had this before even used the grinder, it looks like they were using preground stuff.

I'm going to pick up some different beans when I'm out later as at the moment this is all I have, they were roasted on August 2nd or something so they're not the freshest. Maybe grind some up seperately and dump them in and try and match the setting with the internal grinder.

I pretty much figured a superauto would limit what results could be achieved but push button convenience on those mornings you're running late seemed like an appeal and I really couldn't argue with the price, I'll probably hang onto it if I can get decent results simply for convenience if the results are decent enough.

I mean in a sense it does appear to be operating properly but does not quite achieve the same results I was able to get out of the Saeco doing it manually, its better than say the Braun pump one I've got in the closet.

I'll report back later after I fool around with it some more and watch the videos.
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Posted Mon Aug 26, 2013, 8:47am
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After much fussing I was able to get more reasonable shots out of it. I've had worse from the wrong people at a coffee shops so I'm on the right track. Doesn't quite beat the Saeco but you simply can't beat the convenience, once you've got it pretty well dialed in it is just push a button you're done. I can see the appeal, if you just want to stick the cup under the spout, press the button and you're done.
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Posted Thu Jan 23, 2014, 4:36pm
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So now that I have had this thing for a few months, I had time to fiddle around with it extensively. Beans that are not super oily work better, I did run a cleaning tab through it. You have to adjust the grind every time you switch beans. Once you get the desired strength programmed in you are not bad off, you get decent shots at Keurig push of the button convenience, it heats up faster and the coffee quality is superior.

The largest drawbacks are you get decent control but it still isn't as good as doing it yourself, you sacrifice some quality.

The machine is automatic enough but after a bunch of cups you have to clean the tray which is too shallow and I am assuming most of the machines based on the design will have the same issue. If you use it daily you basically run through half a roll of paper towels to keep it clean every week.

Best suited to fast decent quality in the morning, or if you have guests and want to rattle off a bunch of cups ASAP.
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