There are people in this world that you will meet and you will realize that they have a somewhat disturbing affinity for robots. They vacuum their floors, they refill their dog’s water bowl, they wash their windows, they navigate their car long distances. In fact, their devotion to robots could be deemed somewhat dangerous, even a harbinger of an era soon to come in which our robot overlords rule us because we have lost all of our ability to vacuum the floors, refill the dog’s water bowl, wash our windows or navigate our cars long distances.
Add to that list of crucial skills that may soon become extinct, ‘making a latte’ … that is, if our crew’s favorite superautomatic and one-touch espresso machines have their way!
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Whether you’re a pour over aficionado or an espresso maestro, selecting the right grinder for the job is one of the most important decisions you can make.
We asked the crew to share their opinions of which grinders they prefer in both the stepped and stepless grinder classes. Watch and learn what they dig and why!
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We’re not really sure of the provenance of this drink and, truth be told, we were quite skeptical of it when we heard its ingredients. Surprisingly, however, it is refreshing and somehow works together! Watch as Brandi walks us through it on the Jura Giga 5.
- Carbonated lemonade
- 1.5 oz of espresso
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add carbonated lemonade until it’s 2/3 full. Pull shot directly over lemonade and ice … enjoy!
While traditional Tiramisu usually incorporates ladyfingers soaked in espresso, Brandi’s approach is distinctly more deconstructed. Using the Jura Ena Micro 1, she whips up a delicious drink that could be used in a variety of formats …
- Vanilla pudding or custard
- Shortbread cookies – broken into bite-sized chunks
- 1 1/2 oz of espresso (we used Lavazza’s Crema e Aroma)
- Monin Caramel sauce
Coat the inside of your serving glass with the pudding or custard until it’s well covered. Pull your espresso shot(s) directly into the glass and then float shortbread on top. Drizzle with caramel sauce and get serious!
There is something so intriguing about a secret menu. Starbucks has one. In-N-Out Burger has one. And now, the Jura GIGA 5 Automatic Coffee Center does too. After a hot tip from Kat that there was indeed a secret menu, I decided to play detective. I found these new recipes through my favorite machine testing method called ‘random button pushing.’ You won’t find this covered in the Jura user manual (unless you happen to look at page 20…). The Reluctant Barista has some delicious insider information to share.
The initial screen shows what you might come to expect from a superautomatic menu: Ristretto, Espresso, Coffee, Hot Water, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Milk, Milk Foam. From these simple settings you can further customize the coffee dosage, water temperature, water volume, milk volume and milk foam. The Jura GIGA 5 does not come standard with an integrated milk carafe, so I used a Jura Cool Control Automatic Milk Cooler and the included hose that came with the GIGA 5 to make a bevy of milk-based beverages.
Last week I made my go-to drink, a foamy hazelnut latte and was happily surprised by how hot the drink got. Monday morning I had the GIGA 5 pour me a double cappuccino. I needed it! After the caffeine kicked in, it was time to explore uncharted territory. There were 12 more “secret” recipes once I twirled the rotary dial on top. I have to admit, these recipes perplexed me. Were they chosen by an Italian espresso aficionado? Were they chosen by the Swiss manufacturer? Who mixes lemonade and espresso? They did not seem to be targeted to Seattle taste profiles, or at least not my particular taste. However, I did try the recipe for ‘Winter Magic Coffee.’ This turned out to be what I would describe as a Nutella Latte. It was so popular with the SCG Crew that I ended up making 5 drinks back to back.
Sadly, there was no barista gnome inside the Jura GIGA 5 to prepare the drinks. You need to provide your own ingredients. From home I brought my treasured Nutella and used Monin Honey Sweetener although it was sweet enough without it. The GIGA 5 walked me through each step with a series of easy to read screens. I especially liked the final step of each drink I made when the GIGA 5 screen simply said, ‘Enjoy!’
The Jura GIGA 5 “Secret” Drink Menu:
- Marocchino – espresso, Monin Dark Chocolate Sauce, chocolate powder
- Pepresso – espresso, Monin Dark Chocolate Sauce, mixed peppercorns (Watch Brandi make this recipe)
- White Cool – espresso, carbonated lemonade, ice cubes
- Gourmet Latte Macchiato – espresso, evaporated milk, Monin Irish Cream Syrup (non-alcoholic) or Bailey’s Irish Cream (alcoholic)
- Irish Coffee – coffee, brown sugar, Irish Whiskey (alcoholic), whipped cream on top
- Café Melange – coffee with whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top
- Viennese Coffee – coffee, vanilla ice cream, Monin Vanilla Syrup and chocolate shavings on top
- Winter Magic Coffee – espresso, Nutella, honey and a pinch of ginger and cardamom on top
- Shakerato – espresso, lemons, sugar, ice
- Mango Lassi – espresso, yogurt, mango puree
- Red Cool – espresso, carbonated lemonade, Campari (alcoholic), ice
- Summer Fire – espresso, Monin Coconut Syrup, lemon pepper
Thank you GIGA 5 — we will enjoy!
In addition to the temperature, foam quality and other general performance questions we get about stand-alone milk frothers, how they whip up non-dairy milks is definitely high on the list of many folks researching these little gems.
Since soy is one of the most popular non-dairy milks around, we selected it to perform a side-by-side functional comparison of the Capresso FrothTEC, Breville Milk Cafe and Nespresso Aero3. Watch our experiment video to learn how they measure up!
When you invest in a Jura GIGA 5, you get a little tiny elf-sized barista inside who will pop out and serve up your favorite drinks. And that tiny elf-sized barista just happens to be named Brandi. Watch as she crafts a delicious drink, featuring chocolate, espresso and freshly ground pepper. Wow!
- 1 teaspoons Monin Dark Chocolate sauce
- Freshly ground pepper (to taste)
- shot & a half of espresso
Coat the bottom of your glass in chocolate sauce. Add pepper and then pull shot over chocolate and pepper combo. Give it a little stir and enjoy!
If texturing milk is not your jam or you want to easily whip up a batch of frothy hot cocoa at the touch of a button, a stand alone milk frother like the FrothTec from Capresso could be the answer to your prayers. With a glass carafe and dishwasher safe components (except the base, love!), it easily produces hot or cold frothed milk while you tend to other endeavors, like finally completing that needlepoint lighthouse you’ve been working on since 1996.
Watch as Gail takes us through the FrothTec’s features and specs, then demonstrates whipping up a batch of dry cappuccino-quality foam.
When we asked Sam and Shiami what we should write about Jura’s super-fancy GIGA 5, they replied, ‘well, it’s pretty balla.’
When we think of ‘balla,’ we think of the Notorious B.I.G.’s seminal debut single, Juicy, in which he paints a dreamscape of how he envisions his life before and after making it as a rapper. Written and recorded before he actually did make it, rhymes like ‘Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, when I was dead broke, man, I couldn’t picture this’ and ‘Birthdays was the worst days, now we sip champagne when we thirsty,’ provide insight into what he considered to be hallmarks of financial success. And if the GIGA 5 had existed back in the early 90′s, we’re fairly certain it would have merited a shout out because it is just that awesome.
Not convinced? Watch Gail’s walkthrough of its features and specs, including a demo of its interface and one-touch cappuccino functionality. If that doesn’t convince you that you should be rocking this bad boy on your countertop, well … maybe you’re just not ready for it, baby. But don’t worry — you’ll get there. We believe in you.
It was hard for us to believe that we’d never cornered Gail on the Impressa S9 by Jura — it’s been around for a few years, after all, and working it out high and tight as a store demo that entire time. Somehow it slipped through the cracks, so it was time to break it down for you.
Watch Gail talk to us about the features and specs of this easy-to-use superautomatic espresso machine that features one-touch cappuccino functionality. Then she demonstrates making a delicious beverage that we can all enjoy.