1st in Coffee sells the Jura-Capresso S9 Super Automatic for $2,199, and comes with a case illy coffee (6 cans, your choice) to get you started. Also available are the S8 and S7 models at cheaper prices; both have similar features (including the dual thermoblocks) but a less polished finish and lacking some of the high end items of the S9.
A few months back, Capresso sent CoffeeGeek two Super Automatic espresso machines at the same time via their vendor of choice, 1st in Coffee: the Jura Capresso Impressa F9 and the Jura Capresso Impressa S9. Lemme tell you, it was a true comedy of errors when talking both Capresso and 1st in Coffee on the phone about the two products.
"Yes, the eff nine is pretty neat, I like that Internet connectivity..."
"The ess nine doesn't have internet connectivity, the eff nine does..."
"sorry, I have a cold."
Putting aside a naming convention which could be much better thought out, I was especially looking forward to testing the mac-daddy of the Jura Capresso "consumer" super auto lineup - the S9 model.
In fact, it's almost a shame to call the Jura Capresso Impressa S9 Super Automatic a "consumer machine". This is a dual thermoblock machine, with independent heating systems for brewing and steaming. It's a large capacity and large volume automated espresso machine designed to see heavy duty in the home, and even medium to heavy duty in the office.
While Capresso doesn't officially recommend this, it has been hinted that the machine could also see light duty in a small restaurant looking to offer espresso and cappuccino drinks.
The S9 heads up a three machine lineup from Jura Capresso that also includes the S7, at $1,799 and the S8 at $1,999. In our Detailed Review, we'll cover the differences between these machines; I will mention a similarity right now - they all feature the dual thermoblock system, meaning you can steam and brew at the same time on all three machines.
Our Detailed Review process for this machine will take approximately six months, as we put the machine through a very heavy duty cycle, including two social functions, two planned meeting assemblies, and even a wedding reception.
But for now, you're going to be reading our first week's experience with the machine. The good news is, I've used good beans this time around, from the get go! Our brand new official coffee bean supplier is Intelligentsia Coffee, and pretty much all the coffee used to evaluate this product will be supplied by those fine folks.
I'll also give an early evaluation of the machine's performance, looks, and ability to produce a good shot of espresso, but please keep in mind, this is a First Look, not a Detailed Review. Don't call it a review - it's a very basic, introductory look, and anything and everything about this First Look can change by the time of the Detailed Review.
Let's delve into this First Look for the Jura Capresso S9.