Category Archives: Jura Capresso

Crew Review: Jura Cool Control – Redux!

Jura Cool ControlA superautomatic isn’t authentically one-touch if you have to bother preparing the milk first, right? You can take all the guesswork out of your cappuccino crafting by employing one of two Jura Cool Control countertop refrigerators.

Designed to work with all of their one-touch superautomatics, the Cool Control and Cool Control Basic will keep your milk supercool, which results in delicious foam creation without risk of the legendary blue cheese latte. These are also highly recommended for small offices that are using a Jura one-touch in their company kitchen, as you can fill it up with milk throughout the day and then do one thorough cleaning at the end of all of it.

Watch as Teri shows off these updated versions of the Cool Control!

Crew Review: Jura Cool Control – Redux!

Brewin with Brandi: Marochino a la GIGA 5

Jura GIGA 5Brandi’s at it again with her favorite little coffee robot, the Jura GIGA 5!

This sophisticated espresso machine incorporates a ton of fancy features, including dual bean hoppers, one-touch cappuccino and an extensive drink menu that covers all the traditional drinks (like latte macchiatos and cappuccinos) as well as offering up a selection of rather unique recipes. They’re fun and super easy to make, as the GIGA 5 will outline the ingredients and then guide you through creation — at the touch of a few different buttons!

In this video, Brandi takes on the rather tasty Marochino:

Recipe: Marochino a la GIGA 5

Brewin’ with Brandi: B52 Latte Recipe

B52 Latte RecipeIt’s not a bomber nor is it a particularly funky pop group from the 80′s. It is, however, a delicious latte recipe inspired by the cocktail of the same name featuring Irish cream and orange liqueurs.

This sobriety-friendly version, however, infuses two Monin syrups (Irish Cream and Mandarin Orange) with espresso and tops it all off with delicious frothed milk. Sound good? Watch Brandi whip it up for us using the Jura Ena Micro One and Automatic Milk Frother!

B52 Latte Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

Combine syrups and espresso together in a serving glass; stir well to incorporate. Top with steamed or frothed milk to taste. Head down the Atlanta highway.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Summer Fire a la GIGA 5 Recipe

Jura Giga 5 RecipeIf we had to choose one word to describe the recipes integrated into the Jura GIGA 5, it would probably be interesting. We’d love to meet the mad scientist who came up with such a wide array of selections, particularly because they incorporate rather strange ingredients that look peculiar on paper yet end up tasting quite nice in the cup.

Watch as Brandi guides us through yet another of these recipes on the GIGA 5, this time incorporating Monin’s coconut syrup and … lemon pepper! Yes, you read that right: We combine lemon pepper with espresso — ijole!

Recipe: Summer Fire a la GIGA 5

SCG How-To Guides: Packing Your Espresso Machine for Shipping

Packing an Espresso Machine for ShippingDoes your Saeco Via Venezia need to be repaired but you don’t have a repair center in your area? Did you try on a DeLonghi Magnifica for size and it didn’t quite fit? Will that Rocket Espresso R58 see more action at your vacation home? Regardless of your reason for shipping your espresso machine — repair, return or simple transit — ensuring that it’s packed properly to limit damage is key.

In this series of videos, we asked a member of our shipping crew, Spencer, to guide us through the best practices for three general styles of espresso machines: Small (under 35lbs), large (over 35lbs) and superautomatics (watch those drip trays!). Check out the video that most closely matches your style of machine to learn how the pros do it.

Episode One: Packing a Small (Under 35lbs) Espresso Machine

Episode Two: Packing a Large (Over 35lbs) Espresso Machine

Episode Three: Packing a Superautomatic Espresso Machine

Brewin’ with Brandi: Shakerato a la GIGA 5 Recipe

Jura Giga 5The shakerato is one of the tastiest summer drinks, we think, so when we saw that it was one of the options built into the guided recipe interface of the Jura GIGA 5, we were intrigued.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on our series of videos covering the recipes included with this machine, you know that they often have a rather unique approach … and the shakerato is no exception. Watch as Brandi takes it on.

The Reluctant Barista: Jura Versus Jura

Jura Impressa C5My job at Seattle Coffee Gear allows me to try all of the demonstration models, just like a customer. I try to do it before the store opens when no one is watching because I generally make a mess. Today Gail found me trying to figure out the steam wand on the Jura Impressa C5 Superautomatic Coffee Center. ‘You have to twist the knob AND push the button on this model,’ she explained. Easy for her to say! I had hot water squirting out of the wand for Americano coffee or tea instead of steam for my frothing pitcher. I’m used to the Jura ENA 4 which is very straightforward.

With additional programmability comes a little more head-scratching the first time facing the espresso machine control panel. Lots of folks consider Jura espresso machines are the Cadillac (or insert any fancy auto brand here, maybe a Tesla!) of superautomatics. The quality and temperature of espresso shots produced is consistently delicious from the most basic to the most programmable model.

Because there are so many different models, let’s talk about what makes the C5 different from my simple standby, the ENA 4. The C5 takes the standard choices of coffee or espresso, volume, plus it offers additional manual control so you get your drink just how you want it. From my personal pre-dawn experimentation, it has better milk frothing capabilities as well. The water tank is much larger on the C5 (64 oz compared to 37 oz), so is the bean hopper and the dregs box, but it is only 2.5 inches wider. The C5′s sleek case and controls, larger capacity and better froth is hard to beat.

Which Jura wins? If you’ve got multiple users who care for cappuccinos, the C5 is a crowd pleaser. Don’t need the fine foam, the fancy case or capacity? Go ENA4 for a tried and true superauto — or the smaller, coffee-only Micro 1 for a bit more space saving. No matter which route you choose, the espresso from the Jura 15BAR stainless steel thermoblock is delicious in any ‘case.’

Brewin’ with Brandi: Red Cool a la GIGA 5 Recipe

Jura Giga 5If there’s one word that we can use to describe many of the recipes integrated into Jura’s GIGA 5, it’s interesting. Many of them include the combination of ingredients that we wouldn’t have previously considered, but actually end up tasting quite nice.

Case in point: the Red Cool, which is a variation of the White Cool we crafted awhile ago. Watch as Brandi let’s the Giga do the heavy lifting to create this refreshing drink.

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons Campari
  • 1.5 oz espresso
  • ice
  • carbonated lemonade

Directions

Fill your serving glass with ice. Pour the Campari over the ice and then fill the glass with carbonated lemonade about 2/3 of the way. Pull your shot of espresso and pour it over the lemonade to create a layered look. Serve with two straws so that you can mix everything together before enjoying.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Mango Lassi a la GIGA 5 Recipe

We aren’t personally big fans of mangoes, but when mixed up with yogurt into a refreshing drink and sipped along side a seriously serious vindaloo, we can appreciate its virtues. When Brandi revealed to us that the Jura GIGA 5 had a recipe for a mango lassi that incorporated espresso into the mix, we were a bit, well, concerned. Watch her take this bad boy on!

Don’t have a Giga 5 but want to try this out? Here’s the situation:

Ingredients

  • 4 1/2 teaspoons mango puree
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons plain yogurt
  • 1 oz espresso

Directions

In your serving glass, layer the mango puree and then the yogurt. Pull your shot and pour it over to float it on top. To enjoy it in all of its glory, dip your spoon to the bottom of the serving glass so that you get all three flavors in each bite.