Sure, our espresso machines give us energy, but how much are they taking from the planet? We ran a test on a few of our favorites to show examples of the electricity draw and cost involved with running these machines each year. Our cost estimates are based on a national US average of $.11/kWh — you can find more accurate data for your specific area here.

Machine Name & Type |
kWh Used |
Estimated Annual Cost |

Superautomatic |
.17/day 62.05/year |
$6.83 |

Superautomatic w/One-Touch |
.24/day 87.6/year |
$9.64 |

Semi-Automatic w/Single Boiler |
.81/day 295.65/year |
$32.52 |

Rocket Espresso Cellini Premium Plus Semi-Automatic w/Heat Exchange |
1.91/day 691.15/year |
$76.03 |

Incidentally, we measured how much kWh it took to make a one-touch cappuccino on the Jura Z7 and found that it was .02kWh — at $.11/kWh, that means you’d need to make about 5 cappuccinos to rack up 1 cent in energy costs!

Was that to power the unit for a day, for a shot, etc?

Thanks for this.

We tracked the electricity usage for a 24 hour period and then extrapolated from there. During that time, we tried to make a few different drinks with it in order to simulate average use at home. The only per drink calculation was for the Z5.

Can you calculate the costs for some commercial machines? I’ve got one running at 220v and 3700w on a 30amp circuit and I’m curious to know how much it’s costing me.

The best way would be for you to measure it yourself, because then it would be specific to your setup. We used this meter: http://www.smarthome.com/1139/Energy-Meter-w-LCD-Display/p.aspx — not super complex, but a great little gadget that isn’t too pricey and will allow you to track how your energy use fluctuates based on your traffic, etc.

Something is wrong with the Rocket Numbers. I was shocked to see such high usage so I plugged our Kill A Watt EZ meter to our Rocket and let it run this morning. Dawn and I each had 2 small lattes and I used some water for oatmeal from the hot water spout on our Rocket. After 3 hours, I am measuring .48 kWhr or about .06 worth of electricity. Multiplying over 24 hours would be about .25 cents per day.

$76.00 per month is about 690 kWhr @ .11 per kWhr which is about 22 kWh’s per day which equals to 920 Watts of continuous usage 24/7!

Can you check your numbers again?

Thanks.

Morgan